The Ontario Cycling Association is pleased to announce the series of events that will make up the 2021 Cyclo-Cross Calendar. For the 2021 season, the Calendar currently features 12 events including 1 National, 1 Provincial Championship, 5 Ontario Cups, and 4 Weekly Series races.
For the 2021 Cyclo-Cross Season, similar to Road and MTB, the OCA will be allowing 2021 issued Citizen Permits or UCI licenses for riders to be eligible to participate in 2021 CX Provincials, OCup Series events, and any of the 4 weekly series.
Please note: in order to race in the nationally sanctioned event, you will be required to hold a 2021 UCI License to be eligible for a title. There will be no day of registration at any events as all registration will be completed online beforehand. Each event within the OCup Series will have registration closing the Wednesday before the event at 11:59pm.
Youth Ability System
Athletes 8 to 16 years of age can now self-seed based on their 2019 Cyclo-Cross results into 3 ability categories for boys (A, B, and C) and 2 ability categories for girls (A and B). This category structure will be utilized at all Regional and OCup events. A suggested seeding chart for U13, U15, and U17 athletes can be viewed within the 2021 Cyclo-Cross Guidelines Document: available here.
The goal of the youth ability system is to build skill level, preparing them for life-long enjoyment within the sport. Parents are reminded that the focus of the youth ability system is on the development of their child, and that performance at races are not a reliable indicator of future international success, however it is a key stepping stone in building continued participation in the sport. Age-based categories will return at the Provincial Championship where a U13, U15, and U17 champion will be recognized.
Want to try Cyclo-Cross? At the Organizer’s discretion, and upon approval from the OCA, Non-Member permits may be available for select Citizen, Regional and OCup races via online pre-registration.
2021 Cyclo-Cross Calendar
The 2021 Cyclo-Cross OCup Series will start with the OCup #1 – We Need More Cowbell on September 26th, 2021 and continue with back-to-back Sunday races through to OCup #5 – KWCX on October 24th, 2021. Four additional weekly series races will take place in Whitby, Oro-Medonte, Thamesford and Ottawa Region. New to the race calendar is the Eastern National CX Race, taking place in Milton on Saturday, October 30th, 2021 followed by CX Provincials at the same venue on Sunday the 31st.
*Please note the schedule listed below is preliminary and subject to change. Events will be added to the OCA events calendar upon confirmation and completion of the event sanctioning process by organizers.
Provincial Championship events for 2021 are open to Citizen Permits and UCI license holders. Riders must have a Cyclo-Cross code on their license and race in the age-based category as indicated by the National category code on their license. For a breakdown on category licenses please refer to the provincial championship licensing chart within the Cyclo-Cross Guidelines.
Provincial Champions will be recognized within each age-based category with a provincial medal and podium presentation at the event and a complimentary jersey, to be ordered online by the recipient, post-event.
Eastern National Cyclo-Cross Race
Ontario Cup Cyclo-Cross Race Series
Ontario Cup events are open to Citizen Permit and UCI license holders for 2021. A breakdown on category licenses please refer to the Cyclo-Cross licensing chart or the 2021 Cyclo-Cross guidelines available here. For more information about the OCup Series, please visit our website.
Citizen Cyclo-Cross Races
Citizen races are great for someone new to the discipline of Cyclo-Cross. Participants will need to posess a Citizen Permit, UCI Race License or purchase a Non-Member Permit (upon Organizer request and OCA Approval).
Weekly Cyclo-Cross Series
Any questions please contact the Events Department: [email protected]ling.org
**All dates are subject to change **
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