The transition from junior into U23/Elite is a significant development jump, often creating challenges for many strong athletes that aren’t able to progress directly into a national team program, trade team, or other supported programming. Additionally, even when athletes are able to enter into these programs, they are often facing new lifestyle challenges transitioning into post-secondary, starting careers, and/or moving away from their familiar home and training environment. All of these changes can result elevated stress levels and decreased motivation, often resulting in talented athletes leaving the system prior to reaching their full athletic potential.
To assist in addressing this issue, Cycling Canada and the Ontario Cycling Association are launching an Ontario High Performance Training Group. Although the program will be based out of the Milton Velodrome, the program is open to identified athletes from all cycling sports. The program will provide open and flexible training opportunities to help accommodate athlete schedules, while creating a “training group” support system to help motivate athletes and push their training potential.
- Provide identified athletes with additional training and support services to assist in progressing towards national team selection projects and programs
- Provide opportunities for athletes to train in a group setting, creating a social and supportive environment to enhance athlete engagement
- Deliver sport science services and information workshops to improve off-bike training practices and habits
- Create opportunities for athletes to participate in multiple cycling sports as part of their on-going training
Providing character and professional growth opportunities to develop the complete athlete both on and off the bike
Interviews with Athletes in the HP Training Group
Ryan was identified as part of the RBC Training Ground program. Relatively new to cycling, Ryan is quickly learning to transfer his power to the pedals.
James Hedgcock [BMX/Track Sprint]
A multi-sport athlete, James represented Canada at both Junior Track and BMX World Championships in 2019.
Dylan Bibic [Track Endurance/Road]
A talented Road and Track Endurance athlete, Dylan has been dominant on the track with multiple national titles and Canadian records.
Jackie is an RBC Training Ground identified athlete making the transition for varsity volleyball player to track sprint cyclist.
Ruby West [Cylco-Cross]
Ruby is a Cyclo-Cross athlete who currently races for Belgian team Proximus-Alpha Motorhomes-Doltcini.
Madison Dempster [Track Sprint]
Madison represented Canada at the 2019 Junior World Championships and currently holds multiple Canadian cadet and junior track sprint records.
Andrew is an aspiring track sprint athlete who represented Canada at the 2019 Junior World Championships. He was recently named to the NextGen Program.
Dan is a talented track and road cyclists who has represented Team Ontario in both disciplines.
Will has raced at Canadian Championships in both track and road and is looking to continue his development across both sports.