Cyclocross Program Information

Watch this space for info about the 2017 program coming this summer!

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2016 Program Info

Cyclocross is BJC’s largest program and is a great entry point to the sport of cycling. It’s the perfect tool for developing bike skills and getting started with racing. Over the past 9 years, our Cyclocross Program has grown from 12 riders to over 90 from age 8-18. We’ve built an incredible team of coaches who bring a high level of passion and experience to the program. Kids get two after-school practices per week, racing on the weekends, and learn to master cycling skills that will last a lifetime.

Program Summary:

* 5 levels based on age and experience

* Afternoon practice 2 days a week, locations vary throughout Boulder and change weekly

* Season is divided into two parts which riders can choose from:

-First Half of Season: Aug 23 – Oct 31 (10 weeks, 20 practices, plus numerous races)

-Second Half of Season: Nov 1 – Early Jan (10 weeks, 10-20 practices, plus races)

* Races on weekends all season. (Racing is not required, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times)

* Experienced, well-trained coaching staff

* Our biggest emphasis is on developing fundamental bike skills and having FUN, racing comes second

* Open, encouraging, team-based approach for all levels. We don’t get too serious!

* A sequential program that follows kids as they develop, from beginners to the World Championships

* Cost ranges from $470 to $895 based on rider level and length of season.

Levels

There are 5 levels in the Cyclocross Program based on age and experience.

* Devo Tier 3 – Age 8+ with 0 years of cyclocross experience

* Devo Tier 2 – Age ~9+ with 0-2 years of cyclocross experience

* Devo Tier 1 – Age ~10-18 with more than 2 years of experience and mastery of Tier 2 cyclocross skills

* Stagiaire – Age 14-18+ with significant cyclocross racing experience and skills

* Elite – This is an add-on program that focuses on providing race support for older riders with a commitment to a high level of competition, including out-of-state travel and extra training. Additional fees apply. This level provides the final stepping-stone into college and higher levels of racing for our junior athletes. This program is funded by Elite rider fees and generous sponsors.

Rider Placement

Coaches place the Devo riders into the appropriate level during the first week of practice, and may make adjustments during the season. Participation in the Stagiaire and Elite levels must be discussed with the head coach before the season.

Season

The full season runs from late August into early January, but our program is divided into two parts which riders can choose from. (Stagiaire & Elite riders automatically participate in the full season.)

* First Half of Season: Aug 23 – Oct 31 (10 weeks, 20 practices, plus numerous races)

* Second Half of Season: Nov 1 – Early Jan (10 weeks, 10-20 practices, plus races)

In the first half of the season, all practices are outside, but after Oct 31 practices move indoors due to Daylight Savings Time for some riders and shift earlier in the afternoon for those who get out of school by 2:30. There are occasional outdoor practice on weekends or school holidays. About 50% of Devo riders participate in the first plus second half , while some of the younger or less experienced riders choose to only do the first half. Racing continues all season.

Race support and coaching is provided at pre-selected events all season long. Rider who sign up for only the First Half of Season are automatically eligible for race day coaching and support thru the whole season.

Practices

Afternoon practice is two days a week at various parks and sites throughout Boulder with permits from the Boulder Parks Department. We rotate locations regularly to provide new terrain and challenges for the riders.

* Devo Tier 1, 2, 3: Tuesday & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

* Stagiaire & Elite: Tuesday & Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

Beginning in November, practice moves indoors since it’s too dark outside. Location is the CU Sports Medicine and Performance Center. (Outdoor practice is held for those who get out of school by 2:30.) During school vacations such as Thanksgiving and Christmas, special outdoor practices are usually held.

Costs

Devo Tier 1-3  1st Half Aug – Oct:           $470 (10 weeks)

Devo Tier 1-3   2nd Half  Nov – Jan:      $280  (10 weeks)

Stagiaire & Elite Full Season:                   $895 (20 weeks)

Elite Add On:                                                Varies depending upon travel.

We strive to keep fees as low as possible while also offering a professional program. For reference, Devo riders in the first 10 weeks get 20 practices and 4-6 team races which breaks down to about $18 per practice/race. Fees are used to pay our coaches, our administration costs, insurance, and rentals costs for practice locations.

Additional fees apply to Elite Team riders to cover additional coaching, practices, race support, and travel. These fees are based upon the program details for each year and the amount of support from financial sponsors. The Elite Team budget is self sufficient: no funds from other program fees go to the Elite Team.

Financial Support

We offer financial support for families who qualify or options for paying fees in installments. Here’s more information or contact coach Pete should you have any other questions on applying. The deadline to submit the application is one month prior to program start.

Flexibility for High School Mountain Bike Racers and Other Sports

We know that some riders need flexibility in order to do other after-school activities, sports, and high school mountain bike racing. We are willing to work one-on-one with families to find flexible arrangements when needed. Contact us.

Registration

Space is available on a first come first serve basis. Fees must be paid and a BJC Liability Waiver  must be mailed to BJC to complete your registration.

Girls Invited!

BJC is always working to increase girl’s participation in cycling. Please help spread the word and encourage girls to sign up! All girls – even beginners – are welcome to join practice for a “test ride” at any time. Just let us know!

Coaching

BJC provides a professional coaching staff that brings a high level of training and experience to the program. Our coaches include top-level racers, national champions, and veterans of the sport. All of them have a passion for junior cyclocross that fuels our success. In 2016, we’re grateful that most of our veteran coaches are returning, including Margell Abel, Michael Robson, Greg Keller, Johs Huseby, and Lester Pardoe among others!

BJC has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by USA Cycling every year since 2008.

Racing

Racing is not required, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times to apply the skills they’ve learned and see their improvements. But nobody should feel pressure to race. There are plenty of BJC riders who don’t want to race, and that is totally fine! 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. There are races available nearly every Saturday and Sunday from early September till early January.

BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp at about 8-10 races each season. This is included in program fees.  Many families participate in additional races on their own, and there are always other BJC kids to ride with. But BJC can’t provide support at every race on the calendar.

The exact schedule of races with BJC team support will be determined as the season approaches. Sometimes, weather or other factors require us to change the races with BJC team support.

Racing License

Junior riders must have a license to race. ($35 for a USA Cycling license plus $15 for a Colorado license) Details here.

Equipment

Riders need their own cyclocross or mountain bike as well as a helmet and appropriate clothing (rain jacket, gloves, cold weather gear, etc.).

Uniforms

Details for clothing orders are here. Deadline is July 24. Each opportunity to order clothing will be announced in advanced. Team uniforms are not required, but most riders choose to purchase them. A team jersey and short are great to have, and many kids also get long sleeve jerseys, jackets, and racing skin suits. Group clothing orders are placed several times per year, and take about 2 months to be produced. In 2015 & 2016, the uniforms for the Road, Mountain Biking, and Cyclocross are all the same. The team also hosts a ‘swap session’ to help exchange gear among ever-growing kids!

Other Team Benefits

Boulder Junior Cycling members get various other benefits and deals, such as

– Team base-camp and coaching at many races all season long, including the National Championships

– 10% discount on parts and accessories from our Team’s favorite bike shop, Boulder Cycle Sport. BCS also hosts a “Team Night” twice per year when additional discounts are offered. For CX, this usually happens in late July.

– Big savings on bikes thru Giant Bicycles, the official bike sponsor of BJC. Orders are placed via Boulder Cycle Sport seasonally. (Contact us for details)

– Seasonal orders on discounted gear from select companies

– Team Facebook group for communicating with the team and buying and selling gear

– Gear swaps to exchange gear and buy hand-me-downs

Volunteering

BJC is a volunteer-based organization. Families are expected to volunteer several hours each season to help keep our program running, and we’ll announce different opportunities for those with a little or a lot of time to pitch in.

More Information

The cyclocross lead parent is Dan Farrell. The head coach is Pete Webber. Please contact them via email for further information.

Pete: pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org, cell 303-562-7510

Dan: dan.farrell@boulderjuniorcycling.org