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Cyclocross Weekly Update – Monday Aug. 24

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

4:15-6:15 p.m.

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

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/hg88x

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!

ELITE PRACTICE

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 boulderjuniorcycling@gmail.com

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/

 

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2015 Cyclocross is Here! (Aug 18)

Welcome to the start of Cyclocross Season!

NOTE: On-line registration is now closed. If you still want to enroll email : boulderjuniorcycling@gmail.com 

FIRST WEEK PRACTICES ALL CX RIDERS (Normally we split into groups, but first week all are together.)

Tues, Aug 25

Thurs, Aug 28

4:15-6:15 p.m.

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

Map: http://goo.gl/maps/hg88x

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 boulderjuniorcycling@gmail.com

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 boulderjuniorcycling@gmail.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!

Michael Robson

Greg Keller

Margell Abel

Spencer Powlison

Ryan Mcfarling

Maxx Chance

Emily Zinn

Lester Pardoe

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.

http://www.getevent.com/races/event/60100/BRAC-Jr-CX-Camp-2015-Empire-CO

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
TWITTER https://twitter.com/Boulderjuniors
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, petewebbercx@gmail.com

P.S. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail

 

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Cyclocross News (Aug. 5)

Cyclocross season is coming and we are EXCITED! Lots of stuff is going on, and this update will fill you in on the latest news…

2015 CYCLOCROSS REGISTRATION CLOSING SOON

We have extended registration to ensure that everyone who wants to ride cyclocross can join us. Thank you to everyone who has already registered! We’ve got an awesome group of riders already signed up. In response to the exciting growth of our cyclocross program, we are adding more coaches to make sure everyone is covered. After August 1 enrollment is limited to a space available basis.

Complete Program Info here.

Register here.

Remember, First Practice: Tues, Aug 25, 2015

 

It’s time for…BOULDER CYCLE SPORT CYCLOCROSS TEAM NIGHT!

Boulder Cycle Sport is a big supporter of BJC and each season they host a special night where all the teams get great savings on all of your cyclocross essentials.

Tuesday, August 4th at 7:30pm

North Boulder location / 4580 N. Broadway

WHO: All riders enrolled in the BJC Cyclocross program.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT? You can place an order by phone ahead of time, but not after Aug 4th.

I NEED HELP WITH TECHNICAL QUESTIONS: email them at sales@bouldercyclesport.com

GEAR SWAP

BJC will host a gear swap in late August or early September. So start collecting your out-grown kits, shoes, and other stuff and we’ll help you find it a new home!

Meanwhile, you can always swap gear on the BJC Facebook Group here:https://www.facebook.com/groups/70699182603/

BRAC JUNIOR CROSS CAMP

Sept 25-26-27

Each year the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado hosts a weekend-long junior cross camp. The camp provides a safe, structured environment for our juniors to learn the basics of cyclocross riding and racing. Consisting of group rides, skills riding, contact drills, and talks about training, tactics, bike maintenance and nutrition, the camp is the perfect introduction to ‘cross for our young athletes. Kids enrolled in the BJC Cyclocross Program will receive similar types of instruction throughout the season, so the Camp isn’t a critically important event, but many BJC riders will be there and they always come back with new skills and smiling faces. Limited to 125 riders and it always sells out. More than half full already, don’t delay if you want to attend!

Capped at 130 riders, it is a wild and fun time, and always sells out.

Price starts at $110 and goes up as more kids sign up, so don’t delay if you’d like to attend.

Details and Registration:

http://www.getevent.com/races/event/60100/BRAC-Jr-CX-Camp-2015-Empire-CO

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

TWITTER

https://twitter.com/Boulderjuniors

OUR COMMUNITY IS STRONGER WHEN WE ALL COMMUNICATE!

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Registration is now open for the 2015 Cyclocross Program

Cyclocross is coming!

Complete Program Info here.

Register here.

The deadline for registration is August 1st.

Please sign up as soon as possible so we know how many riders to expect. As you can imagine, planning for the season goes a lot smoother if kids sign up early. How many coaches will we need? How many practice locations do we need to reserve? These all depend on how many riders we have.

Here’s what you can expect during the registration process…

We use a service called Team Snap (a Boulder-based company) for registration and communications. You’ll need to create an account and follow a few steps. If you already have a Team Snap account, you can use that.

Please enter contact information for all parents, so we can stay in touch with everyone during the season. Each parent can opt “in” or “out” of team communications and manage their account during the season. The initial registration form asks only for information for 2 parents. After you create your registration, you can go back and “edit” your account and add as many additional contacts as you need.

Fees can be paid with a credit card online via paypal, or you can mail a check after you complete the Team Snap process. Paying with a check is very much our preference since it saves 3% in fees.

Please download, print, and mail a hard copy of the liability waiver to our office. (You’ll be prompted during the Team Snap process.) If you’ve already sent us a 2015 waiver from Road or MTB, you DON’T need to send a fresh copy. If you are registering more than one rider, please note that the waiver has space for up to 4 family members. You only need to send in one piece of paper.

Which Level? There are 2 primary levels in the Cyclocross Program. “Devo” is for all riders roughly the 8th or 9th grade or below, and “Stagiaire & Elite” is for more experienced riders who have been upgraded to this level by the coaches. Fees and registration are based on just these 2 levels. Coaches further subdivide the Devo riders into the appropriate level – Tier 1, 2, or 3 – during the first week of practice. Contact us with questions!

The full season runs from late August into early January, but our Devo program is divided into a 1st half and 2nd half which riders can choose from. Stagiaire & Elite riders participate in the full season.

For Devo riders, you’ll need to complete one registration for the 1st half of the season, and then start over to register for the 2nd half if you choose to ride a full season. We know that’s a bit of a hassle, but it is a necessary step for our internal operations.

If you know your child is going to ride and race in the 2nd half, please register them now. In the past, many families did not register for the 2nd half until the 1st half was complete, and we were left shorthanded for indoor practice locations and coaches.

Stagiaire and Elite Team riders must register for the full season, there is no 1st or 2nd half option. Elite Team riders should register for the full “Stagiaire” season, and later we’ll provide info about additional costs for race support and travel. Participation in the Stagiaire and Elite levels must be discussed with the head coach before the season.

Families with multiple riders receive a discount: first rider in most expensive program pays full fee, second rider is 1/3 off and third rider is 2/3 off their respective programs. You will find the fee options listed in the registration process.

BJC offers financial support for families who qualify for assistance. Please see the application on the BJC website: http://boulderjuniorcycling.org/sign-up/

Remember, the deadline for registration is August 1st. After that date, riders may only be accepted into the program based upon space availability.

NEW! Giant Bicycles has partnered with Boulder Cycle Sport to provide a Grassroots Sponsorship to Boulder Junior Cycling. This sponsorship allows BJC riders to save hundreds or even thousands off retail price on a new bike depending on the model.

These bikes must be pre-ordered from BCS and the order deadline is July 16 FIRM. For details about this program, please contact Coach Pete.

Complete Program Info here.

Register here.

Thanks, Coach Pete Webber
petewebbercx@gmail.com

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