MTB Program Info

The BJC MTB program is a nationally recognized development team that provides coaching, training, and racing for all abilities age 9-18. BJC has been designated a “Center of Excellence” by USA Cycling every year since 2008.

2017 is a wrap! Stay tuned for info about our 2018 programs approx. Feb/March 2018.

 

(2017 Info Below)

Program Summary

  • 3 levels based on age, skill, and experience
  • Open, encouraging, team-based approach
  • A sequential program that follows kids as they develop, from beginners to experts
  • Coach-led practice 2 days a week, locations vary throughout Boulder
  • Season runs from April-July for younger riders, March-July for older riders
  • Races on weekends (Racing is not required, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times)
  • Experienced, well-trained, paid coaching staff
  • For our younger riders, our biggest emphasis is on developing fundamental bike skills and having FUN, racing comes second. Of course, everyone is encouraged to race if they wish too
  • Cost varies based on program level and length of season

Levels

There are 3 levels based on age and experience. Coaches will place riders into the level that best matches their skill level.

Devo 2 – Age 9+ with 0-2 years of experience

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

Race Devo – Age 14-18+ with significant racing experience (application required)

We know riders don’t always fit neatly into boxes. BJC strives to group riders of similar skill level together to facilitate progression of all riders. The Devo program should be thought of more as a continuum rather than levels. BJC reserves the option to combine groups based upon participation levels.

Devo Program Details

The Devo Program is for riders age 9-18 and focuses on skill development and introduction to racing from beginner to intermediate levels.

  • Coach-led practice 2 days a week, locations vary throughout Boulder
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:15-6:15 pm during school year
  • Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-10:30 am in summer
  • Professional, trained coaches
  • Races with the team include coaching, course inspection, race support
  • Team deals on products and gear
  • Spring Session: April 4 – May 25 (8 weeks)
  • Summer Session: May 30 – July 20 (8 weeks)
  • Costs for 2017 are $425 per session.

Race Devo Program Details

The Race Devo program is 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 demanding, competitive, traveling team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition, producing state and national champions, and preparing young cyclists to progress to very competitive amateur and professional cycling. Email Executive Director Pete Webber to discuss participation (pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org)

  • Twice a week practice beginning March 7 and ending July 27 (21 weeks)
  • Practice Tuesday & Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm until summer break, then early morning during the summer
  • 5-6 local team races and 2 travel races
  • Participation in out-of-state races and National Championships require added fees
  • Training plan in Training Peaks
  • Team deals on products and gear
  • Training camp in Moab, ~ March 26 – 31 (additional cost)
  • Contact us to discuss flexible options for season length and participation
  • Cost for 2017 is $1,200.

General Info

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 Race Devo level must be discussed with the coach before the season.

Practices

Afternoon practice is two days a week at locations and sites throughout Boulder. We rotate locations regularly to provide new terrain and challenges for the riders.

Devo: Tuesday & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm
Race Devo: Tuesday & Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

In summer, practice moves to the mornings.

Costs

Costs for 2017  are $425 per 8-week session for Devo, and $1,200 for Race Devo full season.

We strive to keep fees as low as possible while also offering a professional program. Fees are used to pay our coaches, our administration costs, insurance, and expenses.

Additional fees may apply to Race Devo riders to cover travel. These fees are based upon the program details for each year.

Financial Scholarships

BJC offers financial support for families who qualify and we have options for paying fees in installments. Here’s more information. Application for Scholarships is due one month prior to the program practice start date.

Registration

Registration for 2018 programs will happen approx. Feb/March 2018. Stay tuned.

Girls Invited!

BJC is always working to increase girls’ 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 cycling that fuels our success.

Racing

Racing is not required in the Devo program, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times to apply the skills they’ve learned and see their improvements. Racing is required in the Race Devo program. Events are held locally, across Colorado, as well as regionally and – for older and more experienced riders – national championships. Depending on age, an average rider will do about 4-10 races per season.

BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp at several 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.

Equipment

Riders need their own bike as well as a helmet and appropriate clothing (rain jacket, gloves, cold weather gear, etc.) Free or discounted equipment may be available to scholarship riders.

Uniforms

Team uniforms are required for racing, but are optional for those who choose not to race. Group clothing orders are placed several times per year, and take about 2 months to be produced. Clothing is not included in program fees. The team also hosts a ‘swap session’ to help exchange gear among ever-growing kids! Clothing order for 2017 will happen in in early February.

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
  • 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.
  • 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.

For further information please contact:

Parent Liaison Ron Wright, ron.wright@boulderjuniorcycling.org

Executive Director Pete Webber, pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org

2 thoughts on “MTB Program Info

  • August 31, 2017 at 2:08 PM
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    My sons Tobias Beesley, 12, and Matteus Beesly, 10, have been riding since they were about 4. We are interested in your spring mountain biking program. Can you please send an email when registration begins? Also, what do you do on rain days? Is there some sort of indoor skills practice, or is it canceled?
    Thanks!
    Karen

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