BJC Shredders

The BJC Shredders Team is an enduro and gravity program for experienced co-ed riders ages 12-18. It’s designed for skilled athletes who have mastered the competencies of the BJC Devo program, and who want to be a part of an enduro race team.

Participation is limited and includes a non-competitive application process. Athletes must meet minimum qualifications that allow for groups of similar age, skill, fitness, and goals. Athletes should be ready to commit to attending every practice, training consistently, and working hard to achieve personal goals. This will include long rides and challenging uphill climbs.

If the Shredders program is not a good fit for you, we encourage you to participate in the other BJC mountain bike programs: Devo (age 9-14) or the Red Squad (High School). Both programs include opportunities for gravity and enduro-style riding.

All interested athletes are asked to complete a non-competitive application process. Please complete this assessment honestly so we can place riders appropriately. 

2022 Shredders Application – Deadline for fall season: Aug. 5, 2022

If you are unsure of which BJC program to register for, register for our Devo or High School program and also apply to Shredders. This will guarantee you a spot in our programs, and if you are accepted to Shredders, your payment will be applied.

Shredders Lead Coach: Nick DeLozier (email)

Athlete Requirements:

Participants need a strong level of fitness and technical ability. A typical practice consists of 2-3 hours, 10-25 miles, and 1,500 to 3,000 feet of climbing. Shredders is not a downhill only team, and athletes should be capable of climbing all local trail systems without frequent stops.  Other qualifications include proper body-bike separation, advanced cornering technique, a level of proficiency doing manuals, wheelies, and drops, and a level of comfort riding steep and technical terrain (think Longhorn at White Ranch or Bitterbrush at Hall Ranch). 

Equipment Requirements:

  • A full suspension mountain bike with a minimum 130 mm of rear travel and 140 mm of front travel, with a head tube angle of 66.5 degrees or lower, and a dropper post.
  • Protective gear for every practice including soft enduro knee pads, trail rated helmet, and glasses. For certain practices and all races you’ll also need a full face helmet, chest protector, and elbow pads.

The overall goals of the team are to build cycling expertise, develop life skills, create a strong community, and test ourselves on the race course. The Shredders Program focuses its racing support and coaching around local enduro races like Revolution Enduro and the Grand Enduro. Additionally, the program hosts half and full day backcountry and high alpine team rides to expose riders to new trails and terrain. 

Athletes will learn drops, manuals, wheelies, step-ups, line choice, race tactics, bike repair, suspension setup, nutrition and more. Physiological training including aerobic fitness, sprint training, and interval training are a planned part of the program.  Furthermore, we coach riders in developing a positive mental attitude towards riding, their progression, and their teammates. On any given day riders can expect long climbs, technical downhills, skill progressions, and physical training. Racing is not required to participate in the program, but is highly encouraged.

What is Enduro? An Enduro race consists of several timed stages linked by un-timed transition stages. The race stages consist of technical downhills mixed with short climbs and flat sprints. All the downhill stages are added to make up the total race time. All the stages and transitions combined can sum up to 20+ miles per day, and some are even multi-day events. This is why it is absolutely key to have great fitness and endurance (on top of a strong skill set) when racing Enduro.

Throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall seasons we will attend several races with coaching, support, and a dedicated team tent and base camp. The exact schedule of races with BJC team support will be determined as the season unfolds. We are currently looking to support the Grand Enduro in Grand Junction May 28-29,  Revolution Enduro in Eagle June 26 or Crested Butte Jr Bike June 22-26, National Championships July 18-23 in Winter Park, and Revolution Enduro July 30-31 in Steamboat.

Where do we ride? All over Boulder County and surrounding areas. Typical trails include Hall Ranch, Walker Ranch, White Ranch, Apex, Floyd Hill, Valmont Bike Park, and Trestle Bike Park. Locations are announced weekly in advance to provide families time to plan logistics.

If you are unsure if this program is for you, have questions about schedule or the skill level required, contact Shredders Lead Coach Nick DeLozier

2022 Shredders Spring Season

  • April 4  – May 25 (8 weeks, 16 practices) + 2 additional weekend “Big Rides” dates TBD
  • Practices are Tues & Thurs
  • 2 hour practices: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Race weekends may require add’l fees
  • Cost: $695
  • Athletes are asked to complete a non-competitive application process.

2022 Shredders Summer Season

  • June 13 – August 3 (8 weeks, 15 practices)
  • No practice on July 4
  • Practices are Mon & Wed
  • 3 hour practices: 8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
  • Cost: $825
  • Race weekends may require additional fees. 
  • Athletes are asked to complete a non-competitive application process. Deadline for summer season is May 1, 2022

2022 Shredders Fall Season

  • Program Dates: Sept. 7 – Oct. 14
  • No Practices on Labor Day Holiday
  • Practices are 2 afternoons a week, Mon & Wed
  • 2 hour practices: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
  • High school riders can participate in both Shredders and their High School MTB team by coordinating with Nick and their coaches. 
  • Race weekends may require additional fees. 
  • Session may include weekend backcountry rides
  • Cost:TBD

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE: We strongly encourage families to contact us about assistance paying for program fees, equipment/clothing costs, and racing costs. Finances should never be a reason a family can’t join our team! BJC has a scholarship fund set aside for this purpose, and we are honored to provide nearly $20,000 in financial scholarships and equipment every year. While some BJC programs sell out very quickly, we always hold spots open for those kids who might be a scholarship candidate. You won’t lose your spot on the team! Applications are welcome anytime, but we prefer to receive them at least a month in advance of the program start date if possible. We look forward to all inquiries. Please contact Executive Director Pete Webber (email).

SAFESPORT: Athlete Wellness and SafeSport is a high priority for BJC. We’re proud to have earned Gold Level Certification, the highest level available. More info here.

LOCATIONS: We meet at locations throughout Boulder County. Here’s a list. We start with basic trails and build from there.  By the end of the season the riders are comfortable on almost all the trails in Boulder County:  Marshall Mesa, Valmont Bike Park, Betasso, Boulder Reservoir, Heil Ranch, Picture Rock, Hall Ranch and more!

BAD WEATHER: We almost NEVER cancel practice due to bad weather. We ride in the rain and snow! Be ready! Please dress for the conditions that day! This will range from very hot to very cold, and include rain, snow, wind, sleet, etc. When trails are too muddy to ride, we’ll ride other locations. In the case of extreme weather we will cancel practice, but it almost never happens. We do not provide make up days.

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!

Shredders Lead Coach: Nick DeLozier (email)