November 25, 2009 (Toronto, ON) – Here is the latest news from the OCA, including an appeal for participation in an Ontario Cup DH survey, announcement of a partnership between the FCV and Tri-Ontario, Orangeville Indoor race series info, and 2009 Hespeler Grand Prix of Cyclocross race info. Read on for all the details.
2009 Ontario Cup Downhill Survey – Input Needed
After a successful and exciting 2009 Ontario Cup Downhill Series presented by Peter Appleton, Sir Bike A Lot Racing and sanctioned by the OCA, we would like to get some input from the series participants. Please click here to participate in the survey. The survey will close December 2 at 10 am.
FCV and Tri-Ontario, in partnership with OCA
The Ontario Cycling Association and the Forest City Velodrome have been working hard to fulfill the mandate of their recently awarded Trillium Grant. The largest mandate of the grant is to bring new riders to the Velodrome over the winter.
OCA staff member Nicky Pearson contacted Tri-Ontario to see if they would want to send their athletes down to the track, and Provincial Tri Coach Craig Taylor and Executive Director Linda Kirk met with Nicky to discuss this partnership.
On Saturday November 21st the first group went down and had an outstanding experience under the leadership of Track Guru Rob Good and his outstanding volunteer staff.
Letters from Coaches/Parents that attended:
We had a fantastic experience and the kids were thrilled!!
I would like to pass on a few photos and thanks to the good people at Trillium for allowing the youth racers to experience the thrill of the velodrome and the top drawer instruction from Rob Good.
Yet another reason to love cycling and this was a highlight of the weekend.
Thank you very much,
Thanks so much for taking our triathletes through a session at the velodrome on Saturday. Everyone benefitted from the experience, and they were energized and excited after the experience.
I’ve posted a short video on our blog, here.
Hopefully it will help us generate some more interest amongst the younger kids. I’ll keep you posted on upcoming dates that we’d like to send some athletes.
To see photos of the event, click here.
If you have any athletes that would like to take advantage of this great opportunity, please contact Nicky Pearson at the OCA, email@example.com 416 426 7247
Orangeville Indoor Dirt Series Starts This Weekend
Last winter was a ton of fun up in Orangeville – so easy to get to, so much fun to spend part of the winter with your friends. Bring jackets as there is minimal heat in the new building. New for winter 2009 – REAL DIRT ! FOUR straights of fun, 4 man start gate, officials, photographers, newbies, pros – how much fun can you have in one day?? Same grounds as last year, but in new building: “when you are looking at the front of the buildings from the parking lot – it is the building on the very far right. It has a rounded white roof. Looks kind of like a barn.”
Directly from organizer Brent Smith, and available on Facebook at “Orangeville Indoor Mountain Bike and BMX series”
* All riders, race and practiceopen ride must have 2009 OCA membership. One Weekend permits are available on site for $10 per weekend. 6 Races booked for this season. 3 Weekends.
2009 Orangeville Indoor Race Series
– Race 1 – November 28, 2009
– Race 2 – November 29, 2009
– Race 3 – December 05, 2009
– Race 4 – December 06, 2009
– Race 5 – December 12, 2009
– Race 6 – December 13, 2009 – Finals, Double points.
– 10 am – Noon – Registration
– 10 am – 12:30 – Practice Training
– 1 pm – Racing starts
Please note this is a slight change from season one, an hour earlier race start time. We will be staying tight to this timeline to help get long distance travellers out in good time.
– Open Ridepractice – $15
– Am Racing – $25, Medals to 4th place
– Pro Racing – $40, 50% payback
So far HARO bicycles and KONA bikes have stepped up as sponsors, committing to some cool merchandise prizes for the series. The more sponsors, the better for the competitors, this event will get lots of exposure in the Ontario bike scene for any area companies. If anyone is interested in joining as a sponsor, please get in touch.
We also have room for some vendors to set up. As we near Christmas, this is a great time to show the riders the latest goodies. Any shops interested in vending, please inquire.
For more information, post message on the facebook site, or contact Brent firstname.lastname@example.org.
2009 Hespeler Grand Prix of Cyclocross – Dec. 13, 2009
Think the ‘Cross season is over? Think again, announcing the 2009 Hespeler Grand Prix of Cyclocross presented by the Hub Bicycle Shop, taking place on Sunday December 13th, 2009 at the Hespeler Arena in Cambridge. Since there are no Ontario Series points up for grabs, the emphasis will be 100% on FUN, but prizes will be a plenty for everyone who joins in (not just the race winners!).
Format will be a 2 mass race starts, no seeding or time gapped classes. Please be honest with yourself and register for the race you will have the most FUN in.
– 11AM race for all women, cadet men, beginner men, Master 3 men and slower M2 men.
– 12:30PM race for elite men, Master 1 men, Junior Men, and the faster M2 men.
Course will be a mostly flat, technical, grassy circuit with a few small bumps. Be sure to take your time through the Money Trees as you could be rewarded handily! Awards will be given to the riders who appear to be having the most FUN on the course.
Prizes for the top 3 and the last 3 in each race, as well as other intermediate race prizes! Women, Juniors and Cadets will have their own prizes also.
Come on out have some FUN and keep some of your cross fitness into the Holiday season.
Click here for the event flyer.