2022: A year in review of Yukon cycling
2022 was a significant year for Cycling Association of Yukon (CAY) which began with a change of leadership at the board level. The new board adapted how we operated to better serve all Yukon cyclists, while continuing to grow and develop as an organization.
Thanks to the work, commitment and passion of the following people, we are now in a stronger position to meet our goals and further grow the Yukon cycling community.
- The 219 cyclists who registered as CAY members. We had cyclists as young as 5 years old, and up to 75 years of age.
- The generous sponsors and partners that included national organizations, government funders and local businesses who offered their ongoing financial support.
- The coaches, teams and athletes who made us all proud in competition, including those who represented the Yukon at the 2022 Canada Summer Games. A special congratulations to Mara Roldan who finished 5th in the women’s road cycling race.
- The many volunteers at clubs, events, teams, programs and from the CAY board who tirelessly promoted and donated their time to the Yukon cycling community.
By the numbers
- 23 events were held in Whitehorse, Haines Junction and Dawson City, across nearly all cycling disciplines.
- Over 20% of our members lived in a community outside Whitehorse.
- Over 30% of our members were 17 years of age or younger. The average age of a CAY member was 33 years old.
- 5 training programs were run, including 2 PMBIA Level 1 courses, 2 Learn to Race workshops (Whitehorse and Dawson City), the Yukon Mountain Bike Team and instructor certification for the HopOn kids cycling program.
In the fall of 2022, we put out a survey to help us understand what worked and what we can improve. 52 people responded, and here’s what we learned.
- The most popular disciplines of cycling were cross-country, enduro and downhill mountain biking, gravel and road cycling, fat biking and commuting by bike to work, school and for errands.
- We can do a better job to make events more inclusive and welcoming, including social group rides, non-competitive activities and in communities outside Whitehorse.
- We can use our position to further lobby and advocate for safer and better connected cycling pathways, trails and commuting options to get more people riding bikes, every day, everywhere.
- We can offer more kids, athlete and coach development support and programs.
What’s been happening?
- We’ve created a new category of CAY membership called the Yukon Cycling Supporter. This is geared towards those who commute by bike and/or don't want to attend events or participate in programs, but still desire to be part of the Yukon cycling community.
- We’ve already started to add events and programs to the 2023 Yukon cycling calendar with more on the way.
- We continue to develop and coordinate the Canadian Cross-Country Marathon Mountain Bike (XCM MTB) Championships to be held in Whitehorse from September 1 to 3.
Thank you, Yukon cyclists
A heartfelt thank you from the CAY board to everyone who buys a membership, rides their bike, volunteers their time, reads our newsletter and follows us on social media. We sincerely appreciate your support.