Ontario Youth Cup Road Series
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Bridging the Gap
A gap in youth cycling opportunities was identified two years ago. To address this issue the OCA created a brand new road series that allows youth between the ages 9-16 to experience the speed and thrills of road racing. The series focuses on participation and fun. The series continued to grow in 2009 with more youth riders and higher quality events around the Province. The series is driven at the grass roots support from racers, parents, clubs and officials.
Youth Skills Challenge
Open to youth aged 9 – 16 as of Dec. 31, 2013
|CATEGORY*||AGE||BIRTH YEAR||ROAD DISTANCE**||TT DISTANCE**|
|CADET U17 Boy/Girl||15-16||1997-1998||25-30KM||2 – 4 KM|
|MINIME U15 Boy/Girl||13-14||1999-2000||20-25KM||2 – 4 KM|
|PEEWEE U13 Boy/Girl||11-12||2001-2002||10-15KM||1 – 2 KM|
|SQUIRT Boy/Girl||9-10||2003-2004||5-10KM||1- 2 KM|
* Age and boy/girl categories may be combined depending on field size.
** The distances are suggested and may be adapted to individual courses.
The participants shall be members of an affiliated cycling club or possess an OCA citizen permit.
Youth Cup – Stage race for youth featuring a time trial and road race. Placing is based on combined points from the TT and road race for a general classification (GC) result. These races will be awarded maximum series points. In the event that the points are tied the winner will be determined by who has the higher result in the road race.
Series Points per Race
The series winner in each age group will be mailed an engraved plaque. Any ties will be decided at the series finally.
As is usual in other cycling sports the final race or a designated “championship” race determines the champion in each age group. This season the “Championship” race is the CHCH Youth Tour September 7th.
The wearing of an approved helmet is mandatory. However, aero helmets are not permitted. Cycling gloves are strongly recommended. The participants are encouraged to ride on a road-racing bicycle however other suitable bicycles may be utilized. No aero bars are permitted. All equipment must be in good repair, have adequate tires and operating brakes.
Gear restrictions are currently in place for the Cadet Category, however all racers and parents are encouraged to learn about gear restrictions and adapt bicycles used by riders under the age of 19 to meet the requirements. Gear restrictions are in place at regional and Ontario Cup road races. Youth series gear restrictions are under review. Click here for more info on gear restrictions.