Provincial Team

2017 Alberta Provincial Team

The BMX Provincial Team provides development opportunities to racers in the Train to Compete and Learn to Win stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model. 

The team for 2017 will consist of a maximum of 16 positions. Final selection will be made during a camp held in late fall (date and track to be determined). Automatic invitations will be extended to athletes who finish as the top male and female from each age group 14 through 16 and both first & second year Junior categories. Athletes must also apply directly to the BMX committee for a spot at the training camp.

Final selections will be made in conjunction with the coach(s) and the BMX committee and will be based on skill, ability and willingness to be coached. Male athletes competing in the 16 Expert and Junior categories at minimum will be able to demonstrate their ability to be competitive on Pro-sets at all Alberta tracks and must be able to compete on a Supercross track. Male athletes who are aged 14-15 and all female athletes will be required to demonstrate a proficiency in jumping and manualling. All athletes must show a commitment to excellence during the selection camp.

 Each rider will receive a Team jersey supplied by the Alberta Bicycle Association and its key sponsors.

Each rider will have entry fees paid at the Alberta Provincial Championships, Alberta Cup Grands, and Canadian National Championships, the ABA may choose to provide financial support to other races. Athletes will have access to training camps, performance-based education, and several specialized programs provided by Provincial and National coaches.

 Alberta Team members will participate in a minimum of 1-2 major group projects per season, all projects will be at least partially funded by the athletes. Major group projects may include travel to UCI or International sanctioned races or camps. 
Projects targeted in 2017 include the Calgary & St. Albert Canada Cup, Nationals, Toronto Canada Cup and a Spring Abbottsford Camp. *Note this these are targeted and are subject to change

Personal coaching provided by the ABA will not be available to athletes outside of predetermined projects.

The ABA will also offer support to Elite athletes interested in participating at the National Championships. The selection will be based on the 2016 National and 2017 Canada Cup performances; all support is contingent on the athlete participating as Team Alberta (registration and jersey). Invitations may also be extended to UCI level races the Provincial Team compete at.

Team Criteria:

  • All athletes interested in gaining a position on the team must submit an application.

  • To be eligible for selection, athletes must be licensed members of the Alberta Bicycle Association and must carry the "CAN"
    designation on their UCI License Code.

  • All18 year old athletes applying for the team must possess a license in the Junior Championship Class in their first (17 year old) junior year. 

  • Athletes selected as candidates are required to sign the Team Alberta Athlete Agreement approving all team rules and regulations prior to being accepted to the roster.

  • Any athlete who declines a position on the team will only be considered as a Committee Selection for the following year's team.

  • Projects are not entirely funded; selected athletes are responsible to contributing a portion of the costs.

  • Team members are required to participate in the Alberta Provincial Cup Series age appropriate category, and are expected to attend the Alberta Provincial Championships. Exceptions due to extenuate circumstances may be granted at the discretion of
    Team Management.

  • Team members must wear the Provincial Team uniform when competing for Team Alberta at all identified team projects.

  • Athletes may be selected for doping control at any sanctioned event. It is the athlete's responsibility to become familiar with doping control procedures and the list of restricted and banned substances. Athletes should consult the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (http://www.cces.ca) for information on restricted substances, therapeutic exemptions, and other doping control matters. 

  • Any additional team spots may be awarded at the discretion of the Selection Committee.

  • Because of the range in age and ability not all projects will necessarily include all Team Alberta members (i.e. Supercross racing/training), specific projects will be set in the winter of 2017.

  • Athletes will be expected to travel with the team and participate as a team at any Provincial Team project they are invited to. Athletes who choose to travel on their own will not be considered part of the team and will not have any registration, travel or accommodation fees covered.

  • Athletes must be willing to work with and take direction from the Provincial Team coach(s).

  • All outstanding invoices must be paid prior to being considered for the Provincial Team

Selection Criteria:  Athletes will receive a combined points score from each of the following events:

  • Alberta Provincial Championships (this event will serve as the tie breaker, if needed)
  • Alberta Cup Series (Final ranking)
  • National Championships

Qualified riders with the highest number of total points may be invited to try out for the team.

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Points will be earned based on the sum of the final rank in the Alberta Cup Provincial Series, Alberta Provincial Championships, and the National Championships. In addition, athletes can also earn bonus points by competing in any of the following UCI events:

  • CM: UCI BMX  World Championships (above points x5)
  • CDM: UCI BMX World Cup Supercross (above points x4)
  • CC: UCI BMX Continental Championships (above points x3)
  • C1: Category 1 UCI Race (same as above points)

Committee Selection Criteria: The following races and camps will be used to evaluate riders requesting placement on the Provincial Team. For 2017, a maximum of 6 spots may be awarded as Committee Selections. The Committee is comprised of the Alberta Bicycle Association BMX Committee as well as one representative from team management.

  1. International UCI Races
  2. National Championships
  3. Canada Cup Series
  4. Alberta Cup Series- age class
  5. Alberta Provincial Championships
  6. Alberta Team Camps 

Committee Selection minimum results:

  1. Top 8 at World Championships, or;
  2. Top 8 at National Championships, or;
  3. Top 8 at Alberta Provincial Championships, or;
  4. Top 8 in Alberta Cup Series

Applications: All Athletes requesting a team selection must submit a written request letter and resume of race results for the 2016(at minimum) season to the Alberta Bicycle Association. Applications for the 2017 season will be accepted from Aug 15. 1, 2016 to Sept 15, 2016. The final Provincial Team will be announced on or before Dec. 31, 2016.  Team coaches and management may extend the deadline to the 2017 team at their discretion.