The St. Catharines Cycling Club, Youth Road Programme aims to integrate young riders into mainstream club rides for progression in the sport through example and mentorship. Modified routes for regular club rides are utilized until enough fitness is gained to fully integrate.
By developing skills and providing physical challenges, youth riders are encouraged to progress from club level riding to competition locally and in Ontario Cycling Association sanctioned races.
Club youth benefit from the strength, knowledge and experience of many seasoned racers from varying disciplines who are readily available on regular club rides. The St. Catharines Cycling Club also hosts certified coaches who are a benefit in this pursuit.
Some support is available to youth who race for the St. Catharines Cycling Club (in club kit) to assist in the development and the pursuit of higher level racing. Please contact the club for application details.
With hard work, youth graduate from this programme to compete provincially and nationally on team projects. See the Accolades page for many successes!
Not all bicycles are created equal nor are they suitable for all conditions. Having a reliable and relatively trouble free bicycle will result in a positive experience. Use of department store bicycles is discouraged as they generally lack components such as quick release wheels and seat adjustment, and in the case of mountain bikes, may have heavy and forks and frames do not last under trail use conditions.
It is strongly recommended to seek out the advice from the inventory of Niagara’s many independent bicycle stores. Support your local bike shops and Club sponsors.
For those riders interested in club clothing, there are a few pairs of old stock shorts and bibs that may fit some of the youth riders – and prices have been discounted. If you are interested, please contact Rick Clift to arrange a time to check out what is available.
Important items to bring on each ride includes water (bottles or hydration packs), food (gels, electrolyte replacement), spare tube, tire levers, portable pump or CO2 system, eye protection, clothing suitable for variable weather and riding conditions and a multi-tool. Also consider sunscreen and insect repellent when they may be required.