Through the work of Cycling Canada coaches and Canadian Sport Institute Ontario sport science practitioners, a comprehensive athlete behaviours and off-bike skill set has been identified for athletes at three different stages of the performance pathway [Development, NextGen, Elite]. These behaviours reflect those required for long-term athletic success at higher levels and provides the foundation to build yourself into a better athlete.
The OCA is excited to offer the opportunity for athletes to pilot the inaugural Athlete Education Program – Level 1 Certification. This program provides athletes with the foundational knowledge and skills to train effectively. Athletes will learn key nutrition, strength and conditioning, and mental performance principles and be challenged to implement them into their training routines. Education on the characteristics of a high performance cyclists will be explained as well as the training loads and capacity required to achieve those characteristics.
Complete program detail and tentative schedule can be found HERE
Pilot Program Application
As this is the initial launch of this program, we are looking to pilot it with a small group of athletes. The program will be run from January to April using weekly online and live webinar delivery along with short applied skills activities. There is also a 1-day Virtual Athlete Conference which will involve interactive workshops.
We are looking for athletes [aged 16 – 23] interested, and prepared to commit to completing all workshops, to participate in this program. There will be no cost.
We encourage all interested athletes to complete a short Expression of Interest HERE [Deadline Dec. 13] . Priority will be given to athletes identified within Cycling Canada programs/camps and OCA/CSIO programs.