Ontario Cup Series

Superfly Racing is happy to again be at the helm of this series for 2018!

The Ontario Cup (O-Cup) is one of Canada’s premier XC Mountain Bike racing series. For riders who enjoy challenging courses and competing against riders from across the province, this race series is for you. The 7-event series attracts both full-season racers, as well as riders who simply want to enjoy the challenge of individual races.

The O-Cup season kicks off in the spring (April 22nd this year!) and concludes with the Provincial Championships at the end of summer.  Events are typically 2 to 6 weeks apart and again include Canada Cups at both Horseshoe and Hardwood Hills.  Only the best venues in the province are chosen to host O-Cups with each venue adding its own twist for riders. It might be a highly technical hilly course, a high speed flat course or a combination of the two. Whichever type of course it is, it will be fun and challenging to all abilities.

O-Cup riders are categorized based, first by age, then by ability. Riders earn upgrade points to upgrade to the next higher ability category. Ontario Cup points are awarded to all categories.

 

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Last year’s new format for the 9am races continue

Last year’s exciting new initiative had both success and failure, we are hoping to improve all kids racing in 2018!  Brought to you by Cat/Durham Shredders, the 9:00am timeslot features more user-friendly courses for youngsters and beginners.  In addition to being more spectator friendly, these courses will be less hilly, and feature more beginner friendly technical trails.  We are very excited to continue with our sponsor, CATERPILLAR, and also have the support of Durham’s new kids’ Mountain Bike program, the Durham Shredders.

 

How do we choose venues for O-Cups?

We are constantly approached by riding enthusiasts who want an Ontario Cup at their favorite riding spot.  Unfortunately, trails are only one component – venues need to have sufficient on-site parking, nearby amenities, or something equally important.  Having support from a nearby riding community or enthusiastic township is very important, and if some of these aren’t present, being close to the GTA can make a big difference.  We also need the ability to close the trails for the event. The 2018 season will see the addition of some old classic venues, are we are keeping away from any clay based venues in the spring, as very unrideable conditions plagued us in the 2016/2017 seasons with Highlands and Kingston respectively.

Who can Participate?
Anyone with a sense of adventure!  Riders who are at least 9 years of age (“Squirt” division) can participate in the O-Cup XC Series, and with the new, less hilly and technical 9:00am courses, it’s a perfect series to introduce youth to the exhilaration and comaraderie of racing!

What Type of Membership is Required?
In order to participate in an O-Cup you must be a racing member of the OCA.  However different categories have different restrictions.  There are, however, 1-day licenses available for all but Expert/Elite level categories.   Click here for a guide to selecting the type of membership that suits your needs.

Registration
Riders can register at the event (cash only) but it is to their disadvantage.  Pre-registering reduces waiting in line the day of the event (the Pre-Reg line is always shorter and quicker) as well pre-registering makes sense economically.  Register for the FULL 7 event series and save an additional 7 – 10%, AND receive your FREE Ontario Cup T-shirt c/o Plastiglas, AND riding BUFF from our Friends at Wild Betty’s

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** Pre-Registration ENDS midnight, the Wednesday prior to each event, in the case of Woodnewton, Wednesday, April 18th!

Canada Cup XC/Ontario Cup XC – Categories 2017 stay tuned, we are shaking up the categories for 2018!

Please visit the OCA Website for more details on Competition rules, points assignments, etc.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU AT THE RACES THIS YEAR!

 

 

 

The official 2018 SERIES Schedule 

Sunday, April 22 – O-Cup #1, Mansfield Outdoor Center

Sunday, May 6 – O-Cup #2, Woodnewton, Uxbridge

Sunday, June 10 – Canada Cup #4/ O-Cup #3 at Horseshoe Resort

Sunday, June 17 – Canada Cup #5/ O-Cup #4 at Hardwood Ski and Bike

Sunday, July 8 – Ontario Cup #5, Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride

Saturday, July 28 – Ontario Cup #6, Albion Enduro-O-Cup

Sunday, August 26 – Ontario Cup #7, Kelso Conservation Area

 

Season Schedule

Cup Location Date
Ontario Cup #1 Mansfield Mansfield
Ontario Cup #2 Woodnewton TBD
Canada Cup / Ontario Cup #3 Horseshoe Resort Horseshoe Resort
Canada Cup/Ontario Cup #4 / Canada Cup Canada Cup at Hardwood **
Ontario Cup #5 – Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride! / Ontario Cup #5 at Sir Sam's Ski and Ride Sir Sam's Ski and Ride
Ontario Cup #6 – Albion Hills Endur-O-Cup! Albion Hills
Ontario Cup #7 Provincial Championships / Provincial Championships Location TBD
Learn-to-Ride Clinic (O-Cup #1 Weekend) Woodnewton (private property)4849 Concession #6

** These events are run by Pulse Racing, www.pulseracing.ca