Horizon Youth Cycling

**Unfortunately for a variety of reasons we will not be running the Horizon Youth Cycling program in 2022. We will reassess the situation next year to see whether we can get back to running it in 2023**

The program provides youth aged 9 through 16 with an opportunity to build fitness with others while learning road cycling skills. Registrants need to know how to ride a bike before participating.

Cycling can play an important role in increasing the physical activity of young people. The Horizon 100 Cycling Club (H100) and the Saskatchewan Cycling Association (SCA) are committed to increasing youth participation in the sport of cycling. Horizon Youth Cycling (HYC) incorporates several unique features to attract and retain youth interest in cycling.

HYC can accept up to 50 youth (9-16) with basic to advanced cycling abilities who have an interest in developing their cycling skills. HYC explores the fundamentals of sport, placing emphasis on continued fun, safety, knowledge, fitness, and skill acquisition. The program works towards facilitating athletic growth and development in road cycling. Once the HYC is completed, participants will have the option to continue cycling in the H100 Lite Ride.

The HYC program has the following goals:

  1. Technical mastery (bike-handling skills)
  2. Cycling Safety
  3. Learning to express speed through increased effort
  4. Building distance and endurance.
  5. Introducing youth to road cycling
    HYC Participants will develop the following abilities:
  6. Coordination
  7. Strength
  8. Stamina
  9. Concentration

HYC emphasizes the enjoyment of cycling for the participants, as this is the main contributing factor for sport participation at this age. In addition to the sense of accomplishment in completing the program, participants will be given opportunities to serve as ambassadors for the sport.

The eight-week program runs through July and August and works towards facilitating athletic growth and development in road cycling. During the eight weeks, the program will provide local riding experiences and is the first step in a young cyclist’s pathway to confidence in a group and road cycling. Cyclists take part in coached sessions and are required to have their own bikes. Cyclists will be required to bring athletic shoes and appropriate clothing for cycling and weather conditions. Other equipment required includes: Tool Kit, Spare Tubes, water bottles, cycling clothing, helmet, gloves and glasses

An advanced group will be operated for 14 to 16 year olds who are experienced road bikers and who meet our skill requirements. It will focus on faster paced group riding, criterions, interval training , time trialing, and providing experience of different kinds of cycling like cycle cross biking.

Please contact Patrick Lapointe at hyc@horizon100.com if you know of someone interested in participating OR helping out.

There is funding assistance available for registraton and equipment to ensure everyone has an opportunity to participate in the HYP. Call Patrick Lapointe at 306-220-2372 to discuss assistance available to low income families.