2018 MTB Program Info

Stay tuned for 2019 info coming soon! (We don’t expect significant changes from 2018.)

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.

MTB Program Summary

  • We offer 2 levels based on age, skill, and experience:
  • Level 1 is called the Devo Team, for ages 9 thru 14 or 15
  • Level 2 is called the Race Team, for ages 13 to 18 (experience required)
  • Devo Team provides 2 blocks: Spring and Summer
  • Race Team provides a running program from March thru July
  • Open, encouraging, team-based approach
  • A sequential program that follows kids as they develop, from beginners to experts
  • Coach-led practice 2 or 3 days a week, locations vary throughout Boulder County
  • Racing is not required, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times
  • Experienced, well-trained, certified coaching staff
  • Cost varies based on program level and length of season
  • Contact BJC to discuss flexible options for season length and schedule conflicts
  • We also offer Road Riding and Cyclocross (click menu above)

Levels

There are 2 co-ed levels in the MTB program based on age and experience. Devo Team and Race Team. Coaches place riders into the level that best matches their skill level.

Devo Team – Age 9+ with anything from zero to several years of experience (3 or 4 sub-groups formed at practice each day)

Race Team – Age 14-18+ with racing aspirations (2 sub-groups formed at practice each day)

Lyons Youth MTB Program details here.

Want to try road riding? You can blend BJC’s Road and MTB Devo programs by attending some road team practices. For example, riders can do 2 days/week with MTB and 1 day/week with Road or vice-versa. Contact BJC for pricing and details.

Devo Team Details

The Devo Team is for girls and boys age 9 to 13 or 14 and focuses on skill development and introduction to racing from beginner to intermediate levels. The program is led by professional coach Lester Pardoe, now in his 9th season with BJC.

FAQ for Devo MTB Program.

Click here for info about what type of bike is best for the Devo program.

2018 Devo Spring Season (Registration now closed)
– April 3 thru May 24 (8 weeks)
– Practices 3 days a week: Tues, Wed, Thurs
– Choice of 2 or 3 days per week
– 2 hour practices: 4:15 –  6:15 p.m.
– 16 or 24 practices
– 2 Team Races
– Cost: 2 days/week: $425, 3 days/week $625

Break between seasons, no practices week of May 28

2018 Devo Summer Season (Registration now open here)
– June 5 thru August 2 (8 weeks)
– Practices available 3 days a week: Tues, Wed, Thurs
– Choice of 2 or 3 days per week
– 3 hours per day: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
– Mid-summer break, no practices week of July 2
– Week of July 16 longer practices (see below)
– 2 Team Races
– Cost: 2 days/week: $485, 3 days/week: $685
Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts

Week of July 16-20 is Devo Summer Camp (longer days included for all riders, no add’l fee)
– Longer days on T, W, Th: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
– Meeting locations will be a 20-30 minute drive outside Boulder (we do not provide transportation)
– Monday and Friday will be all-day field trips outside Boulder County (add’l fee, limited numbers,  contact Coach Lester for details)

(Registration now open here)

FAQ for Devo MTB Program.

Race Team Details

The co-ed Race Team 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 competitive team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition, preparing for high school MTB racing, producing state and national champions, and providing kids with the experience needed to race in college or beyond. Please email Coach Pete to discuss participation before registering. (pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org)

– March 6 thru July 12 (19 weeks)
– Spring: 2 hr practice Tues & Thurs 4:15 – 6:15
– Summer: 2.5-3 hr practice Tues & Thurs 8:30-11:00 a.m.
– Training camp in Moab during BVSD Spring Break (additional cost)
– No practice week of May 21 (BVSD Finals)
– 4-6 Team Races
– Includes a Training Peaks account and coach-provided training plan
– Occasional weekend rides
– Coached by veteran riders Pete Webber, Deidre Morrison, Shawn Milne, Scott Tietzel, and Jakub Valigura
– Participation in out-of-state race trips require added fees
– Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts
– Cost: $1,200

Race Team Mid-Summer Rest Break
July 16 – July 30 (2 weeks) No practices. For riders targeting the High School MTB season, we recommend a mid-summer rest break to recover, recharge, and take some time off the bike. Training can resume in early August and builds toward the first High School race on August 25 with an eye on the State Champs on Oct. 20. (Riders targeting the MTB National Championships July 20 would modify this program.)

August Session (currently in development) (High School Pre-Season Training)
July 31 – August 19 (3 weeks)
Practice 3 days week (Tues, Thurs, Sun)
2.5 – 3 hr practices 8:30-11:00 a.m.

The August Session is 3-weeks focused on preparing for the High School MTB season. Practices will be Tues, Thurs, and Sun and will include both endurance training, race preparation, and skills work. This program is currently in development.

General Info – Devo Team and Race Team

Practices – All Groups

Practice is 2-3 days a week at locations and sites throughout Boulder County. We rotate locations daily to provide new terrain and challenges for the riders and we meet at the trailhead for that day.

Registration

Registration info is here.

We do not cap the number of participants, all riders are welcomed!

Financial Scholarships

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

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. All coaches are required to pass certifications in First Aid, Concussions, Safe Sport, and Positive Coaching.

Test Rides

New athletes are welcome to join practice for a “test ride” at any time. Just let us know!

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. (Racing is required in the Race 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 4-8 races per season.

BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp at many 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. Here’s info about what type of bike is best for the Devo program.

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 2018 will happen approx. Feb. 13 thru Feb. 21, 2018. Contact BJC for pricing and details.

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
  • Team Facebook group for communicating with the team and buying and selling gear
  • Gear swaps to exchange gear and buy hand-me-downs
  • A supportive community and frequent parties, events, and social gatherings

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. Each Team has a volunteer Team Parent who helps with social events, race logistics, and supports the coaches.

For further information please contact:

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