Welcome to Week 1 of Cyclocross Season!
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
NEW PARENT ORIENTATION MEETING Hunter Smith and a few experienced parents will host an informal meeting at 4:45 p.m. at Tantra Park this Tuesday to chat about the program and answer your questions!
Tues, Aug 25, 4:15-6:15 Tantra
Wed, Aug 27, 4:15-6:15 Harlow Platt
Please come to Thursday practice at Tantra too if you are available.
CYCLOCROSS REGISTRATION IS CLOSED 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
NEW TEAM CLOTHING The newest shipment of BJC clothing has arrived and is ready to be picked up anytime this week between 9-5 at the Cuore office. (3121 Longhorn Road, Boulder 80302). Riders should wear their new clothing at CX practice this week on BOTH TUESDAY AND THURSDAY if possible. If you don’t get a chance to pick it up before Tuesday, please try to get it by Thursday so we can do a group photo!
RACE CALENDAR Below is a list of all the available CX races in Colorado this season. The ones highlighted in yellow are the races we’re designating as “BJC Team Races”where BJC will provide a base camp and coaches to help the riders learn about racing, inspect the course, and have a great day. We’ll let you know more details and answer your questions prior to the first Team Race which is Sept. 19 at Valmont. This calendar is tentative and you should expect a few changes as the season runs.
PRACTICES – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
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.
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/