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November 2/06 12:51 pm - OCA News

Posted by Editor on 11/2/06

OCA News

NCCP Level 2 Road Course is now scheduled

Attention all coaches looking to further your coaching certification. The OCA has secured a date (November 18-19) for an upcoming Level 2 Road Technical Course. If you are interested in this course you must have completed your full Level 1 Certification as well as Introduction to Competition B. For further information please visit the link below.

OCA Cycling Celebration & Seminar tickets selling fast!

The OCA, with the support of the Ontario Trillium foundation, will be enhancing the Cycling Celebration weekend and hosting a number of events on November 25th.

9:30am-10am: Club President's reception
10am-11:15am: Club Presidents meeting
11:30am-6:00pm: Several seminars will take place during the day.

Seminar topics will be

* Inside the Pro Peleton - by Gord Fraser

* Maximizing Mental Capacities for Peak Performance - by Bruce Gottlieb

* Event organization: Community Cooperation Connecting with Cycling - by John McMurchy

Meetings and Seminars will be hosted at the Sport Alliance Building on Eglinton Avenue in Toronto. OCA Cycling Celebration Awards Night will be hosted at the Mongolian Grill on Don Mills Road in Toronto.

6:30pm - 7:30pm Reception: (hors d'oerves & drinks)
7:30pm-9:00pm - Buffet dinner - enjoy the world famous stir fry at the Mongolian Grill!
9:00pm + OCA Awards and special presentations

The seminars will be FREE for OCA members ($5 for non-OCA members) and space will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Register at
Tickets for the Cycling Celebration Awards night will be sold on a first come, first served basis. Warning: last year sold out so make sure you register early.
Tickets for the OCA Cycling Celebration (November 25th) can be reserved and paid for by clicking For group rates, please contact the OCA office at 416-426-7416 or Thanks to the Cycling Celebration sponsors: Pedal Magazine, Securi Sport, and Jones Brown Insurance Brokers.

Jeremey Ludwig Leaves OCA

As of December 6th, Jeremey Ludwig is voluntarily leaving the Ontario Cycling Association.

Jeremey has commented on his time with the OCA:

The OCA has travelled a long way since I began here six years ago. In April 2001 the OCA office consisted of three staff. Organizers did not have race websites or email addresses and a significant portion of our membership did not have internet access. Cyclo-Cross, Track and Road participation was suffering. Timely road results were considered a bonus. BMX was not even part of the OCA.

How things have changed.

As we all know, fast forward to 2006 and Ontario is once again becoming a powerhouse in the country.

I've had the luxury to be the OCA Development Coordinator for six years. During my OCA tenure, I have attended roughly 120 bicycle races (averaging 20 per year), ranging from Windsor to Ottawa to Elliot Lake and in between (including a fantastic week at the Worlds in Hamilton). Through my duties, I have had the luxury to see many great places and meet many great people. Next summer, I know it will feel weird to sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Over the years there have been many people who I would like to thank for helping me. From club issues, event set-up/take down, podium photographer, helping at registration, awards MC, volunteer committee members, offering me Cycling 101 advice and more - you took time out of your hectic life to make mine easier. I truly appreciate it.

Six years ago I arrived at the OCA with virtually zero cycling knowledge. On December 6th I leave making some headway in the cycling department but more importantly I leave making lots of headway in the friends department.

I wish each of you a safe winter, a warm training camp and a great 2007 season.

Employment Opportunity at OCA

The OCA is looking to fill Jeremey's position before the end of the year. If you are interested in applying for the job, please view the application information below.

Job Opportunity: Development Coordinator of the OCA

The Ontario Cycling Association is looking for a full time Development Coordinator for its provincial bicycle racing programs, including road, mountain cross-country, downhill, cyclo-cross and track. This is a full time position and requires extensive weekend work throughout the summer. The Development Coordinator is primarily responsible for the racing activities that fall under the control of the OCA. They include the following:

* Overall responsibility for processing membership and racing licenses

* Ensuring that race organizers are in compliance with all OCA requirements of the sanction for which they have applied

* Issuance of insurance certificates for events

* OCA club affiliations and insurance program

* Managing fees for OCA sanctions, levies, insurance, etc.

* Work with respective Chief Commissaires to establish race assignments

* Work with the VP Development and the Development Committee in the generation of the race calendar

* Responsible for ensuring that race packages are sent out to promoters on a timely basis

* As a team player, this person will be willing to help out where necessary to ensure the OCA meets the objectives of the Strategic Plan

* The ideal candidate should have:

- Knowledge of the UCI/CCA/Provincial licensing system
- Knowledge of the sanctioning process
- Knowledge of the rules under which competitions are held
- Proficiency in MS Office
- Ability to work with a wide range of personalities
- Ability to express themselves effectively in both oral and written communication.
- Ability to work with limited direction and exercise sound judgment in complex situations.

Reports to: OCA Executive Director

Applications should include salary expectations. Please send in Word format no later than November 17, 2006.

Steve Merker -

Only candidates selected for interview will be contacted.


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