Youth Programs

The Peterborough Cycling Club offers several youth-focused programs designed to develop sound riding skills, cycling etiquette and a lasting love of the ride.

Our Youth programs begin at 5 years of age with our popular Sprockids program, and progress into further skill development for riders aged 12-17 through Devo-Riders or performance MTB cycling through our Transition Riders program.

SPROCKIDS

Registration for Sprockids has been postponed, and is provisionally scheduled to open May 1!

Sprockids is all about changing the role and definition of sports in our society. Being active and having fun should be a part of everyday life. Sprockids is all-inclusive. The program is designed to teach young people mountain bike skills and enable them to safely and successfully enjoy mountain biking. Mountain biking is about fun, adventure, adrenaline, and discovery.

  • Open to young riders ages 5-12* who must be able to ride on bumpy grass independently.
  • Riders will be grouped according to skill.
  • Sprockids will hold the first session at Nicholl’s Oval. The remaining weeks will take place at Harold Town Conservation Area, Old Norwood Road.
  • Note, Sprockids WILL NOT run on May 20 (Victoria Day).

Mondays
6:00 – 7:30pm
April 27 to June 22, 2020


Harold Town Conservation Area


Cost: $40 + OCA membership ($36)

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

Parents!

Check out the new Youth Bicycle Rental Program from Wild Rock Outfitters. Perfect for growing kids, and a great new perk of PCC membership.

DEVO-RIDERS

Registration for Devo-Riders has been postponed, and is provisionally scheduled to open May 1!

The goal of Devo-Riders is to create an opportunity for more kids to get on bikes in order to foster a life-long passion for cycling. The program will build on skills taught in Sprockids (ages 5-12) and continue to focus on safety, fun and skill development. The participants will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun team relay events, develop the foundations needed for grassroots racing and explore trail maintenance and building techniques.

Participants in the program must be able to ride at a level where they understand gear selection, general bike handling skills and are comfortable climbing hills and riding singletrack trails. If you are concerned about whether or not your child is ready for our program please email youth@peterboroughcc.com for further information.

  • Open to young riders ages 12-17
  • Past participation in Sprockids is not a pre-requisite for Devo-Riders
  • Limited to 12 riders for year

Interested in helping out?

We’d love to have you! The program is successful because of its volunteers who help with on-site organization of riders, coaching, parking coordination and high-five giving. If you think you can lend a hand, please email Alex Lefebvre.

Tuesdays
6:00 – 7:30pm
April 28 to June 23, 2020


Harold Town Conservation Area


Cost: $40 + OCA membership ($36)

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

Parents!

Check out the new Youth Bicycle Rental Program from Wild Rock Outfitters. Perfect for growing kids, and a great new perk of PCC membership.

TRANSITION RIDERS

Registration for Transition Riders has been postponed, and is provisionally scheduled to open May 1!

The Transition Riders Program will foster a sense of community and comradery among members so a foundation of a team can be created.Riders that have graduated beyond Devo Rider will take part in this 6-week development program. The program will focus on training and mentoring in the following areas:

  • On-bike skills that will allow success in an O-Cup XC Race
  • State of mind and perspective to encourage long term athletic development
  • Race simulation exercises to ensure mental and physical preparedness on race day

We want to foster a sense of unity and growth among all riders no matter age or skill level. The program will be an environment of learning from a fun perspective.The focus will be to equip riders adequately for racing in the same way a development program would without the pressure or expectation of results. We will drive a sense of intrinsic motivation and personal achievement rather than chasing results.

This will be an “All ships rise with the ride” approach. Every rider has improvements to make and will benefit long term in their athletic and racing development within this program.

Tuesdays
6:00 – 7:30pm
May 5 to June 16, 2020


Harold Town Conservation Area


Cost: $40 + OCA membership ($36)

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.

Parents!

Check out the new Youth Bicycle Rental Program from Wild Rock Outfitters. Perfect for growing kids, and a great new perk of PCC membership.

YOUTH RIDE

The Thursday Night Youth ride is an introduction to competitive group riding. The goal of this ride is to give youth the experience and skill to ride competitively in a pack and to join the adults on the Thursday Nighter. Early in the season we often break into two or more groups to allow those new to group riding a chance to work on their skills at a mid tempo, while the more experienced youth work at a higher tempo. Most rides start with a focus on cooperative group riding in a pack for up to half the ride, and end with competitive group riding and a sprint or two for the finish. Riders should have good bike handling skills, some experience riding in a group, the ability to sustain at least 24 km/h in good conditions on their own, and some solid grit.

Rides start and end at the Douro Arena and will vary in length from 30 – 55km with shorter rides more common in the shoulder seasons. We follow similar routes to the Thursday Nighter and will frequently pass or be passed by adults and groups. The competitive portion of these rides means riders will be left behind and could be riding on their own back to the Douro Arena. However, while they can be dropped from the ride, the ride leaders will wait and/or circle back to ensure all youth return from the ride. Just like for the adult rides, youth riders are expected to be PCC members, to wear a helmet and to bring everything necessary to be self-sufficient on the ride, including water, snacks, lights, appropriate clothing, spare tubes, tools for changing a flat and a cell phone for emergencies.

As rider skill improves, some youth will be encouraged to ride with the Adult B group of the Thursday Niter when they are in Douro, and eventually will transition to riding just with the Adults.

Thursday 6:15pm
Youth Level 1 / Youth Level 2

PARENTS — PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD’S PARTICIPATION, ENSURE YOU READ AND UNDERSTAND THE RIDE PARTICIPATION GUIDELINES.