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.

Program Summary

  • 2 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
  • Cost varies based on program level and length of season

Levels

There are 2 levels based on age and experience. Coaches will place riders into the level that best matches their skill level.

Devo – Age 9+ with anything from zero to several years of experience (groups formed at practice each day)

Race – Age 14-18+ with racing aspirations

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)

Race Program Details

The Race 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 competitive team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition, preparing for high school MTB racing, producing state and national champions, and providing young cyclists with the experience needed to race in college or beyond. 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 & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm until summer break, then mornings during the summer
  • 5-6 local team races and 2-4 travel races
  • Participation in out-of-state race trips require added fees
  • Coach provided training plan in Training Peaks
  • Team deals on products and gear
  • Training camp in Moab during BVSD Spring Break (additional cost)
  • Contact us to discuss flexible options for season length and participation

General Info

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.

Tuesday & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

In summer, all practices are held in the morning.

Costs

Costs for 2017 were $425 per 8-week session for Devo, and $1,200 for Race full season. (2018 costs will be similar)

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 cover travel.

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 starting January or February 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 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 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 2018 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.
  • 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

One thought on “MTB Program Info

  • January 16, 2018 at 9:39 AM
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    Hello! Please add us to your mailing list so we are aware of when to sign up for Spring DEVO session. We will be flying back from a volunteer program in Guatemala APRIL 4 so will miss the first practice. My boys are 10 and 12. I was wondering if there is any discount for signing up 2 kids? We heard about your program from my boys’ good friends Joseph and Rachael Lev-Tov.
    Many thanks!
    Warmly,
    Karen

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