Active Start: Learn to Ride

FUNdamentals: Learn to Ride

Learn to Train: Kids CAN-BIKE

Cycling is one of the world’s great activities. Whether for transportation, recreation or competitive sport; as BMX, Road, Mountain Bike or Track; whether for able-bodied or Paracycling athletes – cycling is participated in and loved by millions around the world.

Along with teamwork, cycling teaches participants fundamental movement skills, fundamental sport skills and the ABCs – agility, balance, coordination and speed – of physical literacy.

Cycling’ Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model consists of nine stages.

  • Active Start (M, F 0-6 / 0 sport years) – Encourages fundamental movement skills through fun and games.
  • FUNdamentals (M 6-9, F 6-8 / 0-3 sport years) – Introduces and develops basic cycling skills and fundamental movement skills.
  • Learn to Train (M 9-12, F 8-11 / 1-5 sport years) – Develops fundamental sport skills and refines basic cycling skills.
  • Train to Train (M 12-16, F 11-15 / 3-6 sport years) – Begins developing specific sport skills and introduces racing.
  • Learn to Compete (M 16-18+/-, F 15-17+/- / 4-8 sport years) – Consolidates skills and develops further physiological components with an eye to proper training and competing practices.
  • Train to Compete (M 18-21+/-, F 17-21+/- / 6+ sport years) – Refines physical, mental, tactical and technical skills while preparing for a career in cycling.
  • Learn to Win (M, F 19-23+/- / 8+ sport years) – Maximizes all capabilities and lifestyle components for high-performance success and consistency.
  • Train to Win (M, F 23-25+/- / 10+ sport years) – Perfects skills and preparation for competition at the highest levels.
  • Active for Life (M, F all ages) – Encourages physical activity and sport involvement, either competitively or recreationally, for life.

Cycling LTAD Model
This document is based on an extensive process of analysis and designed to give the best opportunities to all cyclists, whatever their goals or stages of development.

Mountain Bike LTAD
This document is a guide to MTB based on principles of Long-Term Athlete Development, and informed by our work on Gold Medal Profile for MTB. Along with all Canadian sport organizations, Cycling Canada has adopted the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model as its framework for athlete and sport development. LTAD is based on sport science research combined with the practical experience of working with thousands of athletes and coaches to develop a comprehensive set of principles for effective athlete development.

Para-Cycling LTAD
This guide presents an outline for athlete development and lists recommendations for the cycling sport system to support athlete development. This document focuses on the particular needs of athletes with an impairment in cycling.

Para-Cycling Event Integration
This document complements the Para-cycling LTAD and concentrates on issues regarding cycling for athletes with disabilities.

BMX-Specific LTAD
This material outlines how to win in both kinds of BMX – “BMX for Fun and Skill” and “BMX for Performance”.

BMX-Specific LTAD Brochure
Outlines BMX’s LTAD pathway.

Track-Specific LTAD
Outlines Track-Specific LTAD pathway.

CanBike is a program designed for the more than 14 million Canadians who ride bicycles. Through a series of courses, participants learn about all aspects of cycling safely and enjoyably on the road.

The Let’s Ride! Community Cycling Initiation is for novice, pre-competitive cyclists at the community level, including participants in the Active Start, FUNdamentals and early Learn to Train stages of athlete development. The program is simple, based on a number of pre-designed lesson plans, and adaptable to the varying skill and ability levels of participants.

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