2019 MTB Program Info

Update: The 2019 Summer MTB programs have wrapped up their season. During the Fall season we shift to cyclocross and have fewer MTB programs. But in the Fall we are offering the BJC Shredders Enduro Team for ages 12+ and Young Devo for ages 3 – 8.

BJC is a nationally recognized development team that provides coaching, training, and racing for all abilities age 5-18. BJC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

In 2018, BJC was named Junior Club of The Year by USA Cycling, and has been designated a USA Center of Excellence every year since 2008.

2019 MTB Program Summary

  • We offer 3 main levels based on age, skill, and experience:
  • Level 1 is called Young Devo, for ages 5 – 8
  • Level 2 is the Devo Team, for ages 9 – 18
  • Level 3 is called the Race Team, for 14 – 18
  • Young Devo is a 6-week summer session
  • Devo Team provides two 8-week sessions: Spring and Summer
  • Race Team provides a full season from March to August (partial season available)
  • Open, encouraging, team-based approach
  • A sequential program that follows kids as they develop, from age 5 – 18, 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, professional coaching staff with certifications in safety and positive coaching
  • Cost varies based on program level and length of season – see below
  • Contact BJC to discuss flexible options for season length and schedule conflicts
  • We also offer Road Riding and Cyclocross (Fall) (click menu above)
  • The BJC Hall of Fame includes 29 National Champions, and 73 total National Championship Podiums (includes alumni)
  • Read our parent testimonials here.

Levels

There are 3 co-ed levels in the MTB program based on age and experience. Coaches place riders into the level that best matches their skill level.

Young Devo – Age 5 – 8 with basic bike skills

Devo Team – Age 9 and over with anything from zero to several years of experience (5 sub-groups formed at practice each day)

Race Team – 14+ with racing experience (3-4 sub-groups formed at practice each day)

Young Devo details here.

MTB Devo Team Details

The Devo Team is for girls and boys age 9 and over 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 10th season with BJC. Lester’s coaching team includes 10 additional coaches for a target ratio of 1 coach per 8 kids.

FAQ for Devo MTB Program

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

2019 Devo Spring Season
– April 2 thru May 23 (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 27

2019 Devo Summer Season

– Space is limited, first come first served
– June 3 thru August 1 (8 weeks)
– Two practices per week, choose from: Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs
– Option to add 3rd day
– 3 hour practices: 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
– 4 team races including Nationals
– Week of June 24 longer practices (see below)
– Mid-summer break, no practices week of July 1
– Cost: 2 days/week: $525, 3 days/week: $750
– Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts

Week of June 24 is Devo Summer Camp (longer days included for all riders, no add’l fee)

– All participants invited to attend 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)

MTB 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 racing team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition, preparing for high school MTB racing, producing state and national champions, and developing the skills needed to race in college or beyond. BJC has been designated a USA Cycling Center of Excellence every year since 2008, one of a very small number of teams nationwide to receive this honor. New athletes should email Coach Pete to discuss participation before registering. (pete.webber@boulderjuniorcycling.org)

– March 5 thru July 30 (20 weeks)
– Spring: 2 hr practices Tues & Thurs 4:15 – 6:15
– Summer: 2.5-3 hr practices Tues & Thurs 8:30-11:00 a.m.

– Occasional weekend rides & Wednesday short rack practices

– Training camp in Grand Junction during BVSD Spring Break (additional cost)
– No practice week of May 20 (BVSD Finals)
– 10 Team Races, plus Nationals (July 27 Winter Park)
– Support at races includes coaching, base camp, feed zone, etc
– Includes a free Training Peaks account and a full season coach-provided training plan
– Coached by veteran Pete Webber in his 7th year with BJC, plus additional professional coaches
– Participation in out-of-state race trips for national-level athletes (require travel fees)
– Contact us to discuss flexible options for partial season lengths or schedule conflicts
– Cost: $1,200 (pro-rated for partial season)

Late Summer Rest Break
For riders targeting the High School MTB season, we recommend a late-summer rest break to recover, recharge, and take some time off the bike. Training can resume in August and builds toward the first High School race on August 24 with an eye on the State Champs on Oct. 19.

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 for summer programs is closed.

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 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 take BJC-provided training plus 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!

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