March 14, 2009 – Here is the latest news from the ABA, including the announcement of a new women’s coaching development program, the publication of the 2009 provincial team program and selection criteria, and the publication of the Canada Summer Games selection criteria and procedure.
Women’s Coaching Development Program
The Alberta Bicycle Association is excited to announce a women’s coaching development program. The program which is funded by the InMotion Network will allow up to 8 women coaches to assist with funding (up to $200) participation in coaching education, professional development and mentoring opportunities.
All applications must be made in writing and include the following:
– name, address, home and business telephone numbers, fax number, e-mail address
– current coaching position (or desired future coaching perspective)
– previous coaching positions (include level of coaching position, dates of full-time and part-time employment, name of employer)
– additional coach education, courses or clinics attended
– related athletic background
– major coaching achievements.
Proposed Learning Objectives
– identify clear learning objectives and outcome related to the specific grant
– indicate how the proposed activity will provide a practical coaching/educational experience.
– indicate how the activity will contribute towards higher levels of coaching certification.
Professional Development Opportunities
– Coaches will be asked to support take part in one of the following ABA programming activities:
2. Provincial Team Project
3. High School Development Camps
4. Coaches are asked to indicated which of these activities they would like to participate in.
Promotion of Women in Coaching Activity
– Identify an activity (e.g. presentation, course, publication) as part of your proposal that will help to promote women in coaching. Include information about the target audience, location and date of the presentation, etc.
Letter of Support
– Your application must include a letter from a club or mentor coach supporting your participation in the program.
All applicants must be members of the Alaberta Bicycle Association in good standing.
Applications close March 22, 2009.
For more information contact:
Alberta Bicycle Association
11759 Groat Road
2009 Provincial Team Program and Qualification Criteria
The Alberta Provincial Cycling Team program helps Alberta based and licensed espoir and junior riders develop their talents in a team environment by enabling them to compete at higher level events than are available in Alberta . At provincial team projects, team members will receive coaching and logistical support. Team members will usually be expected to pay a portion of the costs for the team project.
The program is designed to support espoir and junior riders as the long term goal of the program is to develop riders to participate in National Team projects. In addition, some Alberta Bicycle Association funding is related to the Canada Games and Western Canada Games, both of which have age limits.
2009 is a Canada Games year, so activities up to the date of those games (August 15th to 22nd in Charlottetown, PEI) will focus on preparing our team of six men and six women for that event. Once the games have been completed, the Alberta Bicycle Association will provide support for the balance of the season to track and cyclocross riders.
For more information about each discipline visit the ABA web site here.
Road and Cross Country
1. Victoria, February 10-17
2. Penticton, March 27 — April 5
3. Canmore, July
1. Banff Bike Fest, June 18-22
2. Devon Grand Prix Stage Race, June 27-28 (juniors only)
3. Tour de Bowness, August 1-3
Out of province events
1. National Road Championships, July 4-7 (juniors only)
2. Tour de l’Abitibi, July 20-26 (junior men only)
MTB Cross country races
1. Edmonton Canada Cup, June 13
2. Canmore Canada Cup, June 20
3. National Championship, July 11-12
1. National Championship, August 27-30
1. National Championship/Jim Horner UCI, October 11-12
1. National Championship, July 18-19
In most disciplines riders will be required to meet qualifying standards for out of province events.
Canada Summer Games Selection Criteria and Procedure
The Canada Summer Games (“CSG”) will take place in Prince Edward Island from August 18-21, 2009. Cyclists must be under 23 years of age and at least 17 years of age as of December 31, 2009, (born 1987-1992) to be considered. A total of six (6) men and six women will be selected and provided full funding for this project.
Events: Events at the Canada Games include Road (Individual Time Trial, Criterium, Road Race) and Mountain Bike (Cross-country). Athletes must compete in all races.
Team Alberta Selection Procedure
Riders will be selected according to total cumulative points earned in the qualification events. A pool of eight (8) athletes will be selected no later than June 23rd. Positions on the team, for both men and women, will be awarded as follows:
1. 1st place — Road points in selection events
2. 1st place — Mountain Bike points in selection events
3. 1st place — Overall combined points (or next best if already selected)
4. 2nd place — Road points (or next best if already selected)
5. Racing Committee Selection
6. Racing Committee Selection
7. Racing Committee Selection
8. Racing Committee Selection
The first 4 athletes will be automatic selections to the CSG Team. The final two (2) athletes will be selected by August 4, 2009 by Racing Committee selection from the four (4) riders remaining n the pool based on performance at team training races.
Selection Events, Categories, and Points
Qualifying Events MTB (XC)
1. June 13 — Canada Cup Series # 5 — Edmonton, AB
2. June 20 — Canada Cup Series # 6 — Canmore, AB
Qualifying Events (Road)
1. May 9 – Velocity Road Race — Edmonton, AB
2. May 10 – Aerobic Power ITT — Edmonton, AB
3. May 31 – Pigeon Lake Road Race — Pigeon Lake, AB
Team Training Races
1. Banff National Park Bike Fest (June 18-19-20- 21)
2. Tour de Bowness (August 1 — 3)
All riders must compete in Cat 1/2 and MTB Elite. Riders wishing to compete for team positions can request a temporary upgrade from the Racing Committee. Junior athletes may be granted upgrades upon request after the Velocity Road Race.
Points will be awarded according to the Alberta Cup Schedule for “˜A’ Level events. Overall ties will be broken by performance in the Aerobic Power ITT. If a rider gains selection in more than one category (road, mountain, or overall points), the category in which the rider is selected 1st on points shall take precedence. If a rider qualifies first in more than one category, the category in which the rider earned the highest number of points shall take precedence