Cyclocross Program Information

2018 Program Info

Cyclocross is a great entry point to the sport of cycling. It’s the perfect tool for developing bike skills and getting started with racing. It’s also an ideal classroom for learning life lessons. Over the past 10 years, our cyclocross program has grown to over 90 riders from age 8 to 18. We’ve built an incredible team of coaches who bring a high level of passion and experience to the program. The core of our program is after-school practices. We add racing on the weekends. The result is skills that will last a lifetime.

Read these testimonials from previous participants.

Registration is open thru August 7. Click here.  The program is capped and spaces are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Please register soon to ensure your place!

Program Summary:

* 4 co-ed levels based on age and experience from age 8 to 18

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

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

* Season is divided into two parts (Stagiaire riders go full 17-week season)

-First Half of Season: Aug 21 – Nov 1 (11 weeks)

-Second Half of Season: Nov 6– Dec 16 (6 weeks) (Nationals are Dec 13-16)

* Experienced, well-trained, paid coaching staff

* Our biggest emphasis is on teaching life lessons thru sport, developing fundamental bike skills, and having FUN

* Open, encouraging, team-based approach for all levels.

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

* Cost ranges from $495 to $850 based on rider level and length of season

* BJC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all our resources are devoted to junior cycling.

Levels

There are 4 levels in the Cyclocross Program based on age and experience. (Minimum age is 8 as of 8/21/18)

* Devo “Zolder”– Age 8+ with 0 years of cyclocross experience

* Devo “Loenhout” – Age ~9+ with 0-2 years of cyclocross experience

* Devo “Diegem” – Age ~10-18 with more than 2 years of experience and mastery of core cyclocross skills

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

(The group names come from famous cyclocross races in Europe.)

Rider Placement

Coaches place the riders into the appropriate level during the first week of practice, and may make adjustments during the season. Participation in the Stagiaire level requires significant racing experience and should be discussed with head coach Pete Webber before the season.

Season

The full season runs from late August into mid December, but our program is divided into two parts (Stagiaire riders participate in the full season.)

-First Half of Season: Aug 21 – Nov 1 (11 weeks, 22 practices, plus numerous races)

-Second Half of Season: Nov 6 –Dec 16 (6 weeks)  (Nationals Dec 13-16)

In the first half of the season, all practices are outside, but after Nov 1 the program changes due to Daylight Savings Time. We offer indoor workouts for most riders and outdoor practice for those who get out of school by 2:30.) There are occasional practices on school holidays. About 50% of Devo riders participate in both sessions, while some of the less experienced riders choose to only do the first half. Racing continues thru December.

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 17-week season.

Practices

Afternoon practice is two days a week at various parks throughout Boulder with a permit from the Boulder Parks Department. We rotate locations regularly to provide new terrain and challenges for the riders. Examples include: Tantra Park, Scott Carpenter Park, and Valmont Bike Park. We also use two privately-owned courses. Practice locations are announced weekly.

* Devo Levels: Tuesday & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

* Stagiaire Level: 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, special outdoor practices are usually held.

Costs

Devo Levels First Half of Season: Aug 21 – Nov 1 (11 weeks) – $495

Devo Levels Second Half of Season: Nov 6– Dec 16 – approx. $250 (registration opens mid-October)

Stagiaire Full Season: Aug 21 – Dec 16 (17 weeks) $850

Extra fees apply for team travel to out of state races and Nationals.

We strive to keep fees as low as possible while also offering a professional program. For reference, Devo riders in the first 11 weeks get 22 practices and 4-6 team races which breaks down to about $18 per practice or race. Fees are used to pay our coaches, our administration costs, insurance, and rental costs for practice locations. BJC is a 501(c)3 non-profit and all our resources are devoted to junior cycling.

Financial Scholarships

We offer scholarships 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 July 31st.

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.

Stagiaire Team Details

The co-ed Stagiaire Team is a 17-week program for experienced riders who have mastered the competencies in the Devo program, are high-school aged, and who want to be a part of a competitive team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition. Most team riders also participate in high school MTB racing, and the programs complement each other. Please email Coach Pete to discuss participation before registering. (pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org)

– Coached by veterans Pete Webber, Rob Pickels, and others
– Includes full-time coaching and mentorship
– Training Peaks account
– Occasional weekend rides
– Participation in out-of-state race trips require added fees
– Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts

Registration

Registration is open thru August 7. Click here.

The program is capped and spaces are filled on a first-come first-serve basis. Please register soon to ensure your place!

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 practices 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 2018, we’re grateful that most of our veteran coaches are returning, including Pete Webber, Margell Abel, Michael Robson, Greg Keller, Lester Pardoe, Rob Pickels, Brandon Dwight, Maxx Chance, and others!

BJC has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by USA Cycling every year since 2008. This designation is awarded to select junior development teams which excel in the development of young cycling athletes.

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 and the older riders will race as many as 15-20 events. There are races available nearly every weekend from early September till mid December.

At roughly 8-10 designated “team races” , BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp. 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 “team 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

Riders must have a license to race. ($40 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.). You can buy and sell gear on the BJC Facebook group.

Team Clothing

Team uniforms are pre-ordered by individuals prior to the season. Clothing must be ordered and paid for directly from the Coure online store. Clothing is not included in program fees and there is no inventory of clothing held by BJC.

Generally an email will be sent when the online store is open, and will be posted on the facebook or web page. Ordering typically happens in mid July and the gear takes 6 weeks to be produced.

General details for clothing orders are here.

Team uniforms are not required, but most riders choose to purchase them. A team jersey and shorts are great to have, and many kids also get long sleeve jerseys, jackets, and racing skin suits. The uniforms for the Road Racing, Mountain Biking, and Cyclocross teams are all the same.

Other Team Benefits

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

– Team tent and coaching at many races all season long, including the National Championships

– Discounts at our team’s favorite bike shops: Full Cycle and Excel Sports

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

– Seasonal orders on discounted gear from select companies such as Donnelly Tires

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

– Gear swaps to exchange gear and buy hand-me-downs. Buy and sell gear on the BJC Facebook group.

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

Please contact head coach and executive director Pete Webber:

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