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.
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.
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
** 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!
Sunday, April 22 – O-Cup #1, Mansfield Outdoor Center
Sunday, May 6 – O-Cup #2, Woodnewton, Uxbridge
Sunday, July 8 – Ontario Cup #5, Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride
Sunday, August 26 – Ontario Cup #7, Kelso Conservation Area
This course is designed for riders of all ability levels. The classic gravel climb starts off this fast, flowy course!
This event isn’t run by Superfly Racing. You will be directed to Substance Project for more information about this event.
Superfly Racing is excited to host another Canada Cup at Horseshoe!
This event isn’t run by Superfly Racing. You will be directed to Pulse Racing for more information about this event.
Superfly’s favourite venue is sure to be yours too! Don’t miss this awesome weekend in Haliburton!
The fastest course in Ontario is back! Enduro format for ALL but the 9am race for 2018!! Elite/Expert do 2 awesome, slightly condensed laps!! Saturday race, camp out at Albion for the weekend!!
We are confirming an awesome and well established venue for Provincials – stay tuned!
Superfly Racing, the Ontario Cycling Association, Ride Guides, Joyride 150 and Wild Betty’s have amassed the top riders and cycling enthusiasts in the province to come ride, instruct, and have a fun-filled day with a large variety of would-be mountain bike riders.
|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