Team Ontario Para-Cycling Programming 

Full Program Document

BACKGROUND

Ontario is relatively young in terms of offering para-cycling development and high performance programming.   In recent years, more formalized Team Ontario projects, camps and programming have taken place.  Also, during this time, the OCA contracted the research and development of a Para-cycling Strategic Plan to guide the continued implementation of para-cycling initiatives.

For 2021, the OCA  has launched a multi-stream program to help support a variety of  levels of aspiring athletes.  The program will maintain a focus on providing identified athletes, who are committed to pursuing international success, with additional training opportunities, increased technical assessment, and opportunities for high level competition support.  However, the OCA will continue to offer opportunities for developing para-cycling athletes to participate in training camps and Team Ontario projects.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES 

  • Provide additional support for Ontario’s high performing para-cycling athletes through supplementary training opportunities, sport science support, and technical assessment.
  • Develop a core training group(s) of athletes to foster positive competition amongst Ontario’s athletes.
  • Increase the overall number of para-cyclists in Ontario from grassroots to national team
  • Prepare athletes for selection to NextGen and other Cycling Canada projects through achievement of established time standards.
  • Maximize Ontario’s contribution to Canada’s international success in para-cycling 

OCA PARA-CYCLING PROGRAMS

Team Ontario – Associate High Performance Athlete 

Focused on athletes that are currently involved with Cycling Canada programs (under the guidance of a National National Team Coach).  These athletes are fully committed to achieving international success through dedicated training and competition programming.  However, they will join Team Ontario for specific training and competition projects as required.

Athletes will receive:

  • One (1) Team Ontario Jersey
  • Coaching & mechanical support at Defi-Sportif and National Championships
  • Automatic selection and subsidy to attend Winter Training Camp (camp/travel costs are responsibility of the athletes)

Selection Process: Initial selections have been completed.  However, we are always open to new applicants.  Please contact Provincial Coach Blaine Betzold [[email protected]] for more information

Requirements: Must sign an athlete agreement which includes the requirement to represent Ontario at Defi-Sportif and Canadian National Championships, & participate on a Team Ontario camp/event as a mentor to developing athletes.

Team Ontario – High Performance Athlete

Focused on athletes tracking towards Cycling Canada programs with goals of achieving international success.  Athletes must commit to a dedicated training plan under a certified coach (appointed or approved by the OCA) and attend all scheduled training sessions and projects.   

Training Plan and Monitoring* 

  • Annual Training Plan review around athlete specific goals
  • Monthly check-in and workout plan review (emailed)
  • Baseline Testing to track progress

Technical Skills, Sport Science Workshops and Training Camps  

  • Para-cycling technical skill camps/workshop using outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Instruction provided by variety of coaches with related expertise; video analysis conducted with athletes having access to video following sessions with feedback
  • Off-bike workshops relating to topics such as nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, etc.
  • Competition preparation camp [i.e. Defi-Sportif, Nationals]

Mental Performance Workshops and Consultations

  • Planned group sessions
  • Individual consultations may be available as needed

Nutrition Workshops and Consultations

  • Planned group sessions
  • Individual consultations as required

Winter Warm Weather Camp** 

  • Automatic selection to OCA Winter Training Camp [7-days]
  • Camp fee waived, travel/accommodation subsidy

Competition Support

  • Full coaching and mechanical support at Defi-Sportif and Canadian National Championships
  • Course recon and race planning
  • Travel Subsidy (when available)
  • Other competitions may be added to program

*Consultation on programing and monitoring provided by a OCA approved and NCCP trained coach (not intended to replace personal coach but rather to work with the coach in providing another opinion)

**Pending COVID-19 safety and travel limitations

Team Ontario Kit 

  • 1 Team Ontario Jersey
  • 1 Team Ontario Bib Short/pant
  • 1 Team Ontario t-shirt

Equipment Access [Loan]

Athletes in the program will be eligible to access training equipment at no cost

Available Equipment Includes: Smart Trainers, Garmins, Power Taps, Compu-Trainers

Selection Process: Initial selections have been completed.  However, we are always open to new applicants.  Please contact Provincial Coach Blaine Betzold [[email protected]] for more information

Selection Criteria: Athletes will be evaluated based upon the assessment tool (Appendix A of Program document) and athlete interviews (if required)

Team Ontario – Development Athlete

Focused on athletes tracking towards OCA Training Group Program within 2-years with potential to progress towards national team programming.  Athletes must commit to a dedicated training plan under a certified coach (appointed or approved by the OCA) and attend all scheduled training sessions and projects.

Training Plan and Monitoring* 

  • Annual Training Plan review around athlete specific goals
  • Monthly check-in and workout plan review (emailed)
  • Baseline Testing to track progress

Technical Skills, Sport Science Workshops and Training Camps

  • Para-cycling technical skill camps/workshop using outdoor and indoor facilities
  • Instruction provided by variety of coaches with related expertise; analysis conducted with feedback
  • Off-bike workshops relating to topics such as nutrition, hydration, injury prevention, etc.
  • Sport science workshops for nutrition and sport psychology

Competition Support

  • Course recon and race planning at Defi-Sportif and National Championships
  • Light mechanical work/bike preparation
  • Other competitions may be added to program

Team Ontario Kit 

  • 1 Team Ontario Jersey
  • 1 Team Ontario Bib Short/pant
  • 1 Team Ontario t-shirt

*Consultation on programing and monitoring provided by a OCA approved and NCCP trained coach (not intended to replace personal coach but rather to work with the coach in providing another opinion)

Selection Process: Initial selections have been completed.  However, we are always open to new applicants.  Please contact Provincial Coach Blaine Betzold [[email protected]] for more information

Selection Process: Athletes will be evaluated based upon the assessment tool (Appendix A of Program document) and athlete interviews (if required)

Rising Stars Skills Camps, “Active for Life”

Open skills and introduction camps for new and developing para-cycling athletes.  Camps will be focused on introducing basic skills, light riding, and information on training and preparing for racing.

Selection Process/Criteria: Applications on a camp by camp basis

Requirements: Must be a member [UCI/Citizen Permit] of the OCA.  Additional requirements may be needed for specific camps and will be indicated in the project guide.

Cost: Specific to each camp