2019 Road Program Info

Update: The 2019 Summer MTB and Road programs have wrapped up their season. During the Fall season we shift to cyclocross. But in 2019 we are also 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 9-19. 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.

Road Program Summary

  • 2 levels based on age, skill, and experience (Devo Team and Stagiaire Team)
  • Open, encouraging, team-based approach
  • A sequential program that follows kids as they develop, from beginners to world-class experts
  • Coach-led practice 2 or 3 days a week, locations vary throughout Boulder
  • Season runs from April-July for Devo Team, February-August for Stagiaire Team
  • Races on weekends. (Racing is not required for younger riders, but most kids choose to race at least a couple times)
  • Experienced, certified, well-trained, paid coaching staff
  • Emphasis is on developing fundamental bike skills and having fun
  • Cost varies based on program level and length of season
  • We also offer MTB 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 2 levels in the Road Program based on age and experience. Coaches will place riders into the level that best matches their skill level and may move riders as they develop.

Devo Team – see below

Stagiaire Team – Age 14-19 with significant racing experience (application required)

Devo Team Program Details

2019 UPDATE: After careful consideration, BJC has determined the Road Devo program for ages 9 – 13 is no longer feasible and we are recommending athletes try our MTB program instead.

Factors that led to our decision are: a concern with safety on the roads, the significant increase in local traffic, a young age range that has limited skills and road awareness, and declining participation in the road program (a vast majority of kids are doing MTB.)

We believe that the MTB program is a better program to teach kids fundamental skills and is much lower risk. We feel that gaining skills, experience, and fitness on the MTB (or cyclocross) is the best approach, and then kids can pursue our road racing team at an older age.

The Road Stagiaire Team will continue for high school aged kids.

Stagiaire Team Program Details

This is a co-ed team for experienced riders age 14+ who have mastered fundamental cycling skills, are high-school aged, and who want to be a part of a demanding, competitive, traveling team. Emphasis is on excelling in competition, producing state and national champions, and providing kids with the cycling 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.

– Pre-season weekend team rides beginning in February
– Twice a week practice beginning ~ March 5 and ending August 8, approximately 38 sessions
– Practice is Tues & Thurs 4:15 – 6:15 until summer break, then in the morning
– Coached by veteran pro Andy Bajadali in his 6th season with BJC. Andy provides full-time coaching and mentorship.
– Ten local team races and six travel team races
– Travel and participation in out-of-state races such as T.O.A.D. or the National Championships require added fees
– Team deals on products and gear
– Includes a free Training Peaks account and a full season coach-provided training plan
– Training camp in Grand Junction during Spring Break (additional cost, please inquire)
– Cost $1,300
Registration is now open. Deadline is Feb. 15, 2019

General Road Program Info – Devo and Stagiaire

Registration

Please contact Pete if you are interested in joining.

Practices – All Groups

Practice is at locations and sites throughout Boulder. We rotate locations regularly to provide new terrain and challenges for the riders.

Costs

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 Stagiaire riders to cover camps and travel.

Financial Scholarships

BJC offers financial support for families who qualify and we have options for paying fees in installments. Here’s more information.

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.

Racing

BJC provides coaching, support, and a dedicated base camp at 8-10 road 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.

Team Kits

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 bike swap 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

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:

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