What is Track?

Track racing is an especially exciting, spectator-friendly form of cycling competition in which riders’ race on a steeply banked oval track, or velodrome. The bicycles used for Track racing are very different from regular Road bikes in that they have single-speed “fixed gears”, no shifting and no brakes.  Fixed gears allow a rider to come to a complete stop on the track and balance indefinitely, which can be a useful tactic in certain events such as the Match Sprint.

Currently there are two indoor velodromes in the province.  Forest City Velodrome located in London and the Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton, a host venue for the 2015 Pan American Games. Ontario has managed to produce many medal winners at World Championships and Olympics over the past 30 years in the track events!

Selecting a Track Race Category

This chart is designed to help riders new to the sport to pick a category at Ontario Cup Track Events as well as help all riders determine which kind of membership is required to participate in their categories. Riders who still have questions about categories after reading these charts should contact the OCA office.

 
Category
 
Age Information
Citizen
Permit
UCI
Licence
UCI Licence
Code
Ability
Level
Cat 1 WomenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TW1
Ability Level: All
TW1All
Cat 2 WomenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TW2
Ability Level: All
TW2All
Cat 1 MenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TM1
Ability Level: All
TM1All
Cat 2 MenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TM2
Ability Level: All
TM2All
Cat 3 MenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TM3
Ability Level: All
TM3All
Cat 4 MenAge: 17+
UCI Licence
UCI Licence: TM4
Ability Level: All
TM4All

* Any riders under 17 interested in racing in an Ontario Cup Race must submit an upgrade request (in accordance with the Youth Track Upgrade Request Policy) and be approved by the OCA.

Note: Riders may be classified on race day into separate categories based on closeness in ability. All individuals racing at a velodrome should have track certification.