Welcome to the start of Cyclocross Season!
NOTE: On-line registration is now closed. If you still want to enroll email : email@example.com
FIRST WEEK PRACTICES ALL CX RIDERS (Normally we split into groups, but first week all are together.)
Tues, Aug 25
Thurs, Aug 28
Location for both practices: Tantra Park
Meet at the south end of Tantra Park, near Summit Middle School, at the end of Hanover Avenue and S 46th St, Boulder, CO
STAGIAIRE & ELITE PRACTICE
Tues, Aug 25, 4:15-6:15 Tantra
Wed, Aug 27, 4:15-6:15 Harlow Platt
CYCLOCROSS REGISTRATION New rider enrollment is now limited to a space available basis. Contact Pete for info.
BALANCES DUE Please pay outstanding fees before the first practice. Any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
WAIVERS A hard copy waiver with a signature for every rider must be in the office before the first practice. Please print and mail the waiver if you have not already. If you are not sure, please contact email@example.com to ask!
Download the waiver here: http://boulderjuniorcycling.org/sign-up/
Send to: Boulder Junior Cycling, P.O. Box 3811, Boulder, CO 80307
NEW TEAM CLOTHING The new kits have shipped from the factory and will arrive sometime in the next 2 weeks. We’ll let you know where and when to pick them up. (They may not be ready for the first practice.) If you did not order new team clothing back in June, we will have a small number of jerseys and shorts available in September. Please contact Pete to add your name to a waiting list.)
PRACTICES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
ALL PRACTICES RUN FROM 4:15-6:15 pm
PRACTICE LOCATIONS We practice at various parks and sites throughout Boulder with permits from the Boulder Parks Department. We rotate locations every week to provide new terrain, to allow other groups to use the parks, and to prevent overuse. The locations are announced on Monday for each week. They are not announced in advance, so look for that regular Monday email and keep it handy. The parks include: Tantra Park, Harlow Platts, Parkside Park, Wonderland Lake Park, Scott Carpenter, Valmont Bike Park, and Hunter Smith’s Farm.
DROP OFF Practice starts at 4:15. Please drop off your rider between 4:00 and 4:15. We have a lot to get through in each session and we need to ensure we are getting started promptly. If you have a longer drive, or a tight schedule and arrive late, please be sure to hand off your rider to a coach so everyone is accounted for.
PICK UP Practice begins wrapping up at 6:00 and ends at 6:15. Please be prompt for pick up. These kids will be hungry and tired from the workout and ready to go. And just like you, the coaches need to get back to their families after each practice! If there is a reason you think you will be late for pickup, please coordinate a car pool or arrangement with another family.
RIDING TO AND FROM PRACTICE It is up to each family to decide if their child may ride to and from practice. It’s a good idea to let the coach know. (Remember riding lights will be needed in October)
GROUP ASSIGNMENTS During the first week, all Devo riders will practice together. At the conclusion of the first week, the riders will be split into groups based on ability and age. Families will be notified of group assignments prior to the second week practices. Group assignments may be adjusted during the season.
COMMUNICATIONS The head coach will send a Weekly Update Email every Monday with the practice locations for that week along with lots of other important news. BE SURE TO READ THE MONDAY EMAIL UPDATE. It provides essential info every week. “Log In To Your Account” at the foot of this message to manage your contact info or add new email contacts.
THE WEATHER We almost NEVER cancel practice due to bad weather. Please dress for the conditions that day! This will range from very hot to very cold, and include rain, snow, and wind. If practice is cancelled, we’ll let you know. But generally be prepared to ride. We ride in the rain and snow! (The kids usually have the most fun when the weather is ‘crossy!)
CLOTHING FOR PRACTICE Riders should arrive at practice ready to ride in cycling clothing appropriate for the weather, including rain, wind, snow, you name it! You do not have to wear a BJC kit, but most riders do.
DO YOU HAVE OUTGROWN BJC CLOTHING AT HOME? Please bring it to practice and give it to a coach or list it on our FB Group. There are riders who need it! https://www.facebook.com/groups/70699182603/
ALWAYS BRING A BACKPACK It is mandatory that each rider bring a backpack to every practice. This should include a jacket, extra clothing for the weather that day, a snack, a drink, an inner tube, and anything else they need. We recommend you designate a special backpack dedicated to this purpose, and leave it packed and ready to go all season so each practice is easy to prepare for. Don’t forget to label everything with your name!
SNACKS & DRINKS It is mandatory that each rider bring a snack and a water bottle to every practice. Riders should have a snack before practice too!
YOUR BIKE It is important that your son or daughter brings a well-functioning bike to practice. A bike that works as intended will lead to a better practice; it allows your child and their coaches to focus on drills, skills and techniques. Coaches don’t have the time and/or equipment to make repairs. Instead, make certain that the bike is working as intended.
If you are unsure please take the bike to a shop and have them go over the bike before the first practice.
A few things you can do before practices to ensure they go smoothly
1. A clean bike is always good. It has many benefits not the least of which it forces you to give the bike a good once over, allowing you to clearly see the state of the entire bike.
2. In many ways the brakes are the most important parts on a bike. Check that they are working correctly, as well as checking that the wheels (nowadays rotors!) are true.
3. Check tire pressure. Properly inflated tires minimize the risk of flats and also maximize traction. For kids, this means about 25 psi depending on each rider and type of tire.
4. Clean the chain and apply fresh lube on a weekly basis.
GOATHEAD THORNS We recommend all riders use liquid sealant in their inner tubes to prevent punctures from thorns.
RACING Racing is not required, but most kids choose to race to apply the skills they’ve learned and see their improvements. There are categories for every age and ability, and the kids really have fun. Events are scattered up and down the Front Range. An average rider will do about 8-10 races per season, but some do as many as 15. There are races available nearly every Saturday and Sunday from early September till early January. Entry to most races is free for juniors, although not always.
BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp at about 8-10 races each season. Many families participate in additional races on their own, and there are always other BJC kids to ride with. The exact schedule of races with BJC team support will be determined as the season approaches and details about the Colorado cyclocross race calendar are published. Stay tuned.
RACING LICENSE Junior riders must have a CURRENT license to race. ($35 for a USA Cycling license PLUS $15 for a Colorado license) Details: http://www.usacycling.org/buy-a-license.htm
(A one day license is available at the events for those who just want to try a race or two.)
CYCLOCROSS COACHES – Welcome to our fantastic 2015 cyclocross coaching crew!
Rob Pickels (elite team manager)
BRAC JUNIOR CROSS CAMP The BRAC Junior CX Camp is a weekend-long overnight camp on Sept 25-26-27. We recommend this camp for all juniors who like sleep-away camps and want to hang out with other riders from all over Colorado. This camp is not a mandatory thing or required in any way. The skills are the same we teach at BJC, but it is a different group of kids and coaches. Capped at 130 riders, it is a wild and fun time, and always sells out. (Only 14 spots still available) Check out all the details and register at the link below.
JOIN OUR FACEBOOK GROUP Join the BJC Facebook Group to communicate inside our community. This is the place for group chatter, such as selling gear, carpooling, asking for advice, and other inward-facing stuff:https://www.facebook.com/groups/70699182603/
LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE This is our organization’s official FB page, this is for news and is our outward-facing page: https://www.facebook.com/BoulderJuniorCycling?ref_type=bookmark
WHAT IS TEAM SNAP? TeamSnap is a Boulder-based company that helps BJC manage registration, communications, and scheduling. Each family who has registered for a BJC program has a Team Snap account where you can manage your contact info, communication preferences, and events schedule. As our cyclocross season gets underway, you’ll hear a lot more about it. Meanwhile, you can “Log In To Your Account” at the foot of this message to manage your contact info.
Thanks! Head Coach Pete Webber, firstname.lastname@example.org
P.S. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail