OCA High Performance Track Program

Full Program Document: 2019-2020 HP Track Program

The Ontario Cycling Association [OCA] is excited to announce its High Performance Track Program for the 2019-2020 Season. In consultation with Cycling Canada, Canadian Sport Institute Ontario [CSIO], and provincial club coaches, the OCA will be implementing new programming to allow for individualized training across a tiered system, with a focus on providing additional training opportunities for athletes tracking towards international success. These training opportunities are intended to be an enhancement of club/personal coach training.

At the request of club coaches, the OCA will transition its’ Teams of Ontario Program, by allowing coaches of selected athletes access to individualized training sessions with the athletes. The aim of this transition is to provide more opportunities for individual development and skill acquisition across all track cycling events, to build well rounded athletes. In addition to the High Performance Program, the OCA will also run a Sprint Workshop aimed towards developing technical skills that can be applied in all types of race situations.

The OCA is also excited to announce a new Talent Transfer initiative beginning this year. Athletes from other cycling sports (MTB, BMX, Road, etc) will have the opportunity to try out the track with an accelerated learn-the-track held over one weekend in November. The Talent Transfer athletes will be incorporated into Camp weekends throughout the year.

The OCA is thrilled to have a variety of coaches leading different groups within the program, providing a wealth of knowledge and experience. The OCA will also be bringing in expert coaches to assist with the High Performance Training Group throughout the year.

Summary of Programs:
HIGH PERFORMANCE TRAINING GROUP

Focusing on individual development and skill acquisition in a high performance setting, this group will meet weekly for track sessions and bi-weekly for strength and conditioning sessions led by a CSIO strength coach. As a holistic program, athletes will also have access to additional services throughout the season (regular individual meetings with mental performance consultant, dietician, physio/massage/chiro). These athletes will also be invited to take part in OCA’s warm weather camp in February (Location TBD). Track time will be shared with NCIM in order to encourage positive competition amongst athletes, while still providing individualized attention.

In addition to the regular weekly training sessions, the OCA will host ‘Camp’ weekends, which will be led by guest coaches (ex. former national team members, national team coaches, international coaches).

TIER 1 – INDIVIDUALIZED TRAINING WITH CLUB COACHES

At the request of individual clubs, the OCA will assist selected individuals by providing structured track time led by their private coaches. Athletes will need to be selected into the OCA programming, and once selected, will be allocated track time along with their private/club coach during Camp weekends. These sessions will be shared track time with the High Performance Training Group camps.

Select athletes from Tier 1 may be invited to participate in the HP Camps at the discretion of OCA Coaches.

TALENT TRANSFER

As a new initiative, athletes across all cycling sports will be given the opportunity to attend an accelerated Learn-to-Ride weekend at the velodrome. Following this weekend, athletes will start to be integrated into Teams of Ontario training camps throughout the winter.

TEAMS OF ONTARIO – Nationals Preparation Camp

Following the Provincial Championships, invited athletes will be selected to participate in OCA’s March Break Camp. Training will focus on preparation for the National Championships, to include all team and individual events.

SPRINT WORKSHOP

In an effort to improve the technical skills of all Ontario track cyclists, a Sprint Workshop will be run in December. While the skills will be taught in a sprint context, athletes will learn skills relevant to ALL disciplines of track racing. Emphasis will be put on achieving technical excellence.

Athletes interested in participating in OCA programming for the upcoming season should complete the Google Form: https://forms.gle/UzUhENZvksQvatbR6 by no later than September 30, 2019.

Any questions about the OCA Track Program can be directed to Joseph Veloce at joe.veloce@ontariocycling.org