Successful Youth Festival cycle racing format returns to Oudtshoorn

The town of Oudtshoorn and the South Western District (SWD) Cycling Association is preparing to welcome young cyclists for the third annual Cycling SA Youth Festival, which will take place from 24-27 June 2013.

Following the success of the inaugural Youth Festival in 2011, the format and regulations will remain the same once again for this year’s event.

The establishment of the Youth Festival series keeps in line with Cycling SA’s Long Term Participant Development (LTPD) model, and has a similar focus and format as that of the Youth Olympic Games (YOG). In addition to this format, the disciplines of disabled and track cycling have been incorporated.

Through points and team allocation, the Youth Event attempts to address talent identification for all youth, whilst at the same time having a special focus on transformation and thereafter the development of all our youth, including cyclists with a disability.

Youngsters under the age of 19 are given the opportunity to participate in Road, Track, BMX, Mountain Bike and Para-cycling, enhancing skills and encouraging cross-pollination between the disciplines of cycling.

Click here for more information on Cycling SA Coaching Commission’s LTPD model.