Welcome to the ABA!
If you are new to the world of cycling or have been cycling for years and new to the ABA, to assist you with navigating it, we've put all the information you need in one spot.
What is the ABA?
The Alberta Bicycle Association(ABA) is the not-for-profit Provincial Sport Organization (PSO) of Cycling Canada.
The mission of the ABA is to advocate, develop, and facilitate bicycling for Albertans.
The vision of the ABA is to be the recognized authority and leader for bicycling in Alberta.
Funded through Sport Parks and Recreation (SPAR) the ABA provides opportunities for individuals to experience all forms of cycling through its member clubs. Disciplines supported are BMX, Cyclo-cross, Mountain Bike (DH, Enduro, and XC), Para Cycling, Road and Track. The ABA also has a Recreation & Transportation committee who work with groups to promote active transportation and advocate for the rights of cyclists.
How do I find a club?
Clubs affiliate through the ABA each year. Each club is unique in terms of which programs they offer, which disciplines they ride or whether they are a recreational club or a recreational and race club or are made up primarily of racers. All affiliated clubs are listed at http://www.albertabicycle.ab.ca/affiliated-clubs
If you are unable to find a club that works for you and your friends, you can find information about starting your own club here
What if decide I do not want to join a club?
That is OK! You can still be a member of the ABA without joining a club. When you register you select the "I am racing as an Independent." There is an Independent Fee when you register. You can purchase any kind of membership as an independent rider, however when/if you do decide to race you must race in a plain jersey. You cannot represent a non-affiliated club or have any other kind of advertising on your kit.
I've found a club, now what?
Your club can help you navigate which license you need to participate in their activities. Some clubs require you to register directly with them, while others go through the ABA.
If you do plan to race, you need a race license. You can find out about the different license types offered by visiting our Membership & Licensing page.
I'm interested in racing, but don't know where to start!
We get it. We've all been there. Entering your first race, or bringing you little race to their first race can be scary!
We have created a first race guide and a BMX first race guide that can help you prepare and gives you some step by step guidelines. Don't be afraid at a race to ask questions! The ABA is onsite to help you wherever we can.
I still have questions!
Please feel free to reach out to us, we are here to help. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 780 243 5799.