Cyclocross Program Information

Registration for the 2019 Fall cyclocross program is now open. Deadline to register is Aug. 9. Please read all the details below before you register here.

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 100 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.

During the Fall season we shift to cyclocross and have less MTB programs. But in 2019 we are offering the BJC Shredders Enduro Team for ages 12+ and Young Devo for ages 3 – 8.

Read these testimonials from previous BJC participants.

Program Summary (2019)

* 6 co-ed levels based on age and experience from age 8 to 18. For ages 3 to 8 check out our Young Devo program.

* Aug. 20 thru Nov. 24 (14 weeks) (This is 3 weeks more than in the past)

* Afternoon practice 2 days a week, locations rotate each week

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

* 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

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

Levels

There are 6 levels based on age and experience.  The group names come from famous cyclocross races in Europe.

Zolder– Age 8+ with 0 years of cyclocross experience (Minimum age 8 as of Aug. 20. Ages 3-8 can try our Young Devo program.)

Loenhout – Age ~9+ with 0-2 years of cyclocross experience

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

East Team – (New!) For athletes of all ages in eastern Boulder County (Details below)

CX High – (New!) For high school MTB racers who are new to cyclocross (Details below)

Hoogerheide – Age 14-18 with significant cyclocross racing experience (Details below)

Rider Placement

Coaches place the riders into the appropriate level during the first week of practice, and may make adjustments during the season.

Practice Dates & Times

Aug. 20 thru Nov. 24 (14 weeks) (This is 3 weeks more than in the past)

Hoogerheide starts Aug. 27 thru Dec 14 (16 weeks)

All groups meet Tuesday & Thursday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

Exceptions:

Hoogerheide practice is Tuesday & Wednesday 4:15 – 6:15 pm

CX High practice is Wednesdays until Oct 20, then Tuesday & Wednesday

After Nov 1 there are some adjustments for all groups due to less daylight. This includes shorter practices, indoor practices, and riding with lights.

We will offer a 3-week add-on program from Nov. 25 – Dec 15 for athletes going to Nationals.

Practice Locations

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. East Team practices will be in the Louisville area.

Registration

Registration for the 2019 Fall cyclocross program is now open. Deadline to register is Aug. 9. Please read all the details on this page before you register here.

Costs

$550 for Devo (age 8 – 14, includes 14 weeks, 28 practices, 12 races)

$425 for CX High (For high school MTB racers who are new to cyclocross)

$850 for Hoogerheide (16-weeks, includes full-time coaching)

We strive to keep fees as low as possible while also offering a professional program. For reference, Devo riders get 14 weeks, 28 practices and 10 team races which breaks down to less than $14 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.

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

East Team Details (NEW)

– Just like our regular program, but for athletes who live in the eastern side of Boulder County and don’t want travel to Boulder

– Athletes are invited to attend practices in Boulder occasionally (We’ll assign you to the correct Boulder-based group.)

– Practice locations will be in Louisville, Superior, and possibly Lafayette or Erie

– Age 8-18, all abilities, follows the same schedule as Boulder-based groups

Hoogerheide Team Details

The co-ed Hoogerheide Team is a 16-week program for experienced cyclocross racers who have mastered the competencies in the Devo program, are high-school aged, and who want to be a part of a competitive team. Most team riders also participate in high school MTB racing simultaneously, and the programs complement each other. New athletes should contact head coach Pete Webber before the season.

-Coached by veterans Pete Webber and Yannick Eckmann
-Includes full-time coaching and mentorship
-Includes free Training Peaks account and training plan
-Participation in out-of-state race trips require added fees
-Support at races includes coaching, base camp, feed zone, etc

Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts

CX High Details (NEW)

New this season we are offering a program for High School MTB racers who want to try cyclocross but still focus on the MTB season.

The program will be tailored to match the High School MTB schedule, with fewer practices in Sept & Oct, and more practices and racing after the final High School race Oct 20th.

This program is different from the BJC Hoogerheide Cyclocross Team, which is geared toward experienced CX racers who are seeking the highest level of racing. But the two programs will work together and athletes can join the Hoogerheide Team once they master the necessary skills.

Come see why cyclocross is so much fun, and how it helps you become a better mountain bike or road racer!

– Skills practice will be offered 7 Wednesdays from Sept 4 to Oct 9 (We assume everyone will miss a few of these)

– After NICA States, team practices will be Tuesday & Wednesday for 5 weeks (Oct 22 – Nov 24)

– There are 1 or 2 optional CX races during the High School MTB season, and then 4 or 5 races after MTB ends

– Final race is Cyclocross States (Nov 23 & 24) but athletes are invited to go to Nationals as well.

– Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts

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 2019.

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.

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 2019, we’re grateful that most of our veteran coaches are returning. We’ll field 12 coaches including Pete Webber, Margell Abel, Michael Robson, Greg Keller, Lester Pardoe, Brandon Dwight, Maxx Chance, Eric Brunner, Andy Bajadali, Denzel Stephenson, Mollie Brewer, Grant Ellwood, Joe Lewis, 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

Complete cyclocross race schedule here.

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 sanctioned by Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC) and 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 10-12 designated “team races”  BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated team tent and base camp. This is included in program fees.

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. All athletes qualify for discounts at our team’s favorite bike shops: Full Cycle and Excel Sports. We also offer big savings on bikes thru Giant Bicycles, the official bike sponsor of BJC. Orders are placed via Full Cycle. (Contact us for details)

Do you need a cyclocross bike?

– Mountain bikes are totally OK to use for your first season. If you don’t want to buy a new bike, just get started on your MTB!

– Cyclocross bikes are fun and a bit faster than a MTB, so most athletes eventually prefer a cyclocross bike. If want to race a lot and are seeking the highest performance, take the plunge and buy a cyclocross bike. (Ask us about deals.)

– BJC is launching a seasonal bike rental program. Contact us for details and to reserve a rental cyclocross bike!

Team Clothing

Attention: The deadline to order team kits is August 2, 2019. This is your only chance to get team clothing for the fall! Contact us for details about ordering.

Team uniforms are pre-ordered by individuals prior to the season. Clothing must be ordered and paid for directly from the Cuore 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 & Liv Bicycles, the official bike sponsor of BJC. Orders are placed via Full Cycle. (Contact us for details)

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

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