OCA Sprint Skills Clinic

December 7, 2019 – December 8, 2019 all-day
Mattamy National Cycling Centre
Joe Veloce

The camp will consist of 4 sessions all focusing on skill development that will be led by former Team USA Sprinter Kelyn Akuna and former Team Canada Sprinter Joseph Veloce. While the skills will be taught with a sprint context, they will be applicable to both sprint and endurance type races. This camp is open to all U17 and U19 riders who registered for our Assessment Day in October. If you were unable to attend the assessment day and are still interested in attending, please contact Michael Suraci at the OCA office michael.suraci@ontariocycling.org

Please use the following link to register before the deadline on December 2 at 11:59pm:


Please select “Sprint & Skills Camp” when registering. 

Session 1: Saturday, December 7 (morning) – Flying 200 Approach (When & Where to Accelerate) 

Athletes will begin the camp by reviewing their Flying 200m approach and effort. Experienced athletes will have the opportunity to refine their ‘push points’ and work on  perfecting their approach.

Session 2: Saturday, December 7 (afternoon) – Track Awareness & Reaction 

Athletes will work on their spatial awareness and comfort on the track by riding looking in all directions. Once they are comfortable with this, athletes will work on skills relating to recognizing and reacting to attacks from other riders.

Session 3: Sunday, December 8 (morning) – Creating & Rushing a Gap 

Athletes will learn how to effectively open gaps using their position on the track, and “rush” in order to pass another rider. This is typically done at the end of a sprint, to maximize an aerodynamic advantage. Athletes will get to practice their timing and execution.

Session 4: Sunday, December 8 (afternoon) – Defending the Front

As a continuation of the Creating & Rushing a Gap session, athletes will learn how to ‘ride from the front’, effectively defending and executing the sprint when riders are applying pressure from behind. Athletes will have the opportunity to practice managing their speed and energy in order to win a sprint from the front by using a ‘razor’ tactic.