Junior & Youth Requirements
Cycling BC is pleased to announce that our Provincial Championship categories will be run entirely based upon age groups for Youth and Junior athletes.
Through consultation with many of our affiliated club coaches, a consensus was reached – namely, that having these young athletes compete within their age groups will be good for both the development of the sport and the athletes themselves.
This is the one race in the season to which the no-upgrades policy will apply, with the hopes that it levels the field for all and provides us with a consistent measuring stick for the performance of our young riders.
Depending upon the number of entries, Cycling BC may ask race organizers to combine age groups if it will create a more optimal racing environment. U19 riders will be eligible to upgrade to Elite and U23 when these events are hosted on separate dates or if numbers are low in the U19 fields.
For more information on Youth and Junior requirements, including race distances, gearing, and equipment restrictions please click here.
Cycling Canada recently launched their Race Clean: OWN YOUR VICTORY program that is athlete driven. Cycling BC has created an Anti Doping Policy outlining our stance on the matter. All High Performance team athletes are required to read this document. Once selected to the team, you will be required to sign a document outlining you’ve read and fully understand the policy and the implications it will have on your racing career.
From 2015 it will be MANDATORY for all Cycling BC High Performance and Carded Athletes to take the CCES Online Modules related to Anti-Doping. Begin the sign in/sign up process here if you wish to get started now. Please make sure that all certificates are forwarded on to Tara.
Other Anti-Doping Resources:
- CCES (Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport)
- UCI (Union Cycliste International)
- WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency)
- Global Drug Reference Online (DRO) – Canada: The Global DRO provides athletes and support personnel with information about the prohibited status of specific medications based on the current World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List. Visitors can search the Global DRO for specific information on products sold in the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Japan.
Concussions are a known injury in cycling and it can be difficult to know what to do if you suspect an athlete might have one. If concussions are understood and managed properly, including using a step by step return to play guideline, then the chance of persistent symptoms and complications can be drastically decreased and the athlete may return to full health quicker.
Concussion Baseline Testing through BC’s online Advance Concussion Clinic.
For more information for coaches, parents, and athletes, check out the Concussion Awareness Training Tool.
To find a practitioner near you check out this list.
Athlete Services and Benefits Program
By virtue of its status as a “targeted sport” within the British Columbia Integrated Performance System (IPS), Cycling BC is eligible to nominate selected athletes and their coaches for enhanced benefits, programs and services support through the Canadian Sport Institute and the network of regional centres in BC.
This is referred to as “Canadian Sport Institute/PacificSport Athlete and Coach Registration,” which provides athletes at various levels with funding and resources to pursue excellence. The Canadian Sport Institute & PacificSport services are broken into levels, each with a slate of designated services, some of which are free and others of which are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please click on the following for an outline of Athlete and Coach Programs and services.
Targeted Cyclists and their coaches apply to Cycling BC to be considered. Applications are reviewed by Cycling BC’s High Performance Coordinator, and those applicants who meet the criteria outlined below are then put forward to the Canadian Sport Institute.
Once you have been selected, you will be notified of your selection by the Cycling BC High Performance Coordinator, and will be provided with information on how to register with your local Canadian Sport Institute or Regional Centre.
Athletes and coaches must register with their local centre to initiate the process, which will provide them with their athlete or coach card, which in turn, enables them to take advantage of the programs and support services to which they are entitled. Athletes who do not register with their centre may forfeit their ability to be selected to receive enhanced benefits, programs and services the following year.
There are four different levels of athlete benefits, programs and services offered, for more information please click here.
Applications are now open until January 20, 2017.
Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program
The Cycling BC Athlete Assistance Program (CBC AAP) is an athlete-centered program of financial assistance funded by Cycling BC. The program seeks to recognize high-performance athletes who are participating in programs offered through Cycling BC in recognized national or international competitions to relieve some of the pressures associated with training and competition needs.
The focus of CBC AAP funding is for those athletes who are in the position to compete for Team BC at the Canada Games and who are not yet receiving Sport Canada Athlete Assistance Program funding (S1/S2 carding levels).
Be sure to email Tara with the following after submitting your application online:
- Letter of support from NCCP Certified Coach
- 2017 Training Plan
CBC AAP Application Deadlines:
- June 1st, 2017
- July 15th, 2017
For more information on the CBC AAP please check out our Policy Pamphlet here: 2017 BC Athlete Assistance Program
If you have any questions or concerns please email Tara Mowat at: tara(at)cyclingbc.net.
External Sport Credentials Program
Cycling BC is responsible for issuing verification letters to student-athletes who have:
- Met the requirements of an approved athlete program
- Received funding through the BC Athlete Assistance Program
Team BC athletes who competed at the Western Canada Summer Games or Canada Games will be sent a verification letter by the Sports Branch of the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development shortly after the completion of the games.
- Student athletes are required to contact the appropriate provincial sports organization to confirm involvement in an approved athlete program and to request a verification letter be sent to them
- Athletes receiving Sport Canada Athlete Assistance need to contact their National Sport Organization to request a verification letter
- Students are responsible for submitting the letter of verification of participation for External Sport Credentials to their high school counsellor
- Students who earn External Sport Credentials prior to entering grade 10 need to file this documentation and present it once they have entered Grade 10 and are earning graduation credits
Coach Education & Maintenance
Canadian Sport Institute Sport Performance Speaker Series: These events are free to attend and are intended to be an open exchange of information and to build upon your current knowledge of sport. The Sport Performance Speaker Series will feature expert presenters on topics related to sport performance and time will be given for a question and answer period.
Cycling Canada Coach PD Opportunities: The Coaching Association of Canada, Cycling Canada and Cycling BC recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in Professional Development programs. Your Professional Development activities and points are tracked on your transcript in The Locker. As part of your ongoing commitment to coaching, all certified coaches will be required to maintain their certification by accumulating PD points over a set time frame. Click here for details about professional development.
Performance Points are a collection of articles authored by Canadian Sport Institute’s in-house experts. They’re short, easy reads. Topics include athlete and life services, coaching and performance planning, mental performance, nutrition, performance analysis, physiology, prevention, strength & conditioning.
Cycling NextGen Program
The Cycling NextGen program was created to support the implementation of Cycling Canada’s high performance development system in BC to ensure athletes and coaches are being trained to standards required to win Olympic, Paralympic and World Championship medals in the sport of cycling. The program is delivered in partnership between Own The Podium, Cycling Canada, Cycling BC, the Province of British Columbia, and the Canadian Sport Institute.
Selected athletes will be provided the fundamental support to further their athletic goals, which will include sport-specific coaching, sport specific facility access, and sport medicine and sport science services.
All cyclists in the Cycling NextGen program will continue to represent their club and/or trade team in all cycling competitions.
Canadian Athletes Now Fund
CAN Fund is a not for profit organization created to fill a funding gap and give our Canadian athletes the financial support they need to train and compete for Canada. For more information and to apply check out the CAN Fund website.
Cycling BC High Performance Fundraising Program
Cycling BC’s High Performance Chimp athlete Fundraising page is available to all current High Performance Team athletes and Alumni athletes who are currently training and racing internationally. In order to qualify, please send results from all major international races in the last 12 months, as well as, a training schedule from the last 12 months and the next 12 months outlining where you were/are/will be training.
If selected, you will be responsible for filling in all of the fields within the page, as well as, regularly updating the page in order to let supporters know how the season is going.
Cycling BC’s Chimp Fundraising page can be found here.
More info on how to create an athlete fundraising page will be available upon successful application to the program.
Temporary Upgrades & Letters of Permission to Race
For athletes looking for temporary upgrades to participate in team or club events, selection events, Nationals/Rimouski, etc. OR for those whose category is not available in a particular race (eg. U17 is the youngest category available but you’re U15), complete and submit this form THREE WEEKS prior to the event date.