Opportunities for Colorado Junior Riders

Traditionally most schools provide your typical teams sports for kids like basketball, soccer, track and field, etc. but if you have a child that likes to ride then options to getting them involved are often limited or at least go unheard of. We are lucky that in the Denver area juniors do have resources for them, there are some.....

Teams

Boulder Devos
Recently the Daily Camera ran a good story on the Boulder Devos

Our Mission: The BVCA was created to promote junior cycling and to create lifelong cyclists in Boulder Valley. The primary program of BVCA is Boulder Junior Cycling (aka "Boulder DEVO"), a grassroots, volunteer-based program offering advanced coaching in the sport of mountain bike racing. The program is designed to help young athletes reach their goals and to be successful in the discipline of cross-country mountain biking at the state, national and even international level.

Learn more about the Boulder Devos at Boulder Junior Cycling website.

Flatirons Flyers

Another team in this area with a greater focus on road and track lead by Missy Thompson and Cari Higgins. Here is how they describe there group

The Flatiron Flyers Project was originated when founders, Missy Thompson and Cari Higgins were volunteering at the 2007 US Junior National Track Championships. With only 5 riders competing in the Junior Women’s National Track Championship Points Race, we were spurred into action. When exploring team options available for Junior Women in the Colorado area, we discovered there were limited affordable team options for both junior men and women. We want to share our passion for the sport by creating a supportive environment where juniors can develop into competitive cyclists and pursue cycling beyond the junior ranks.

Learn more about the Flatirons Flyers

ACA First Bike Program
The first bike program helps get juniors on bikes by making them more affordable for them. For $400 the kids are able to get on race ready, high quality road racing bikes. The program is pretty simple, send in the money to the ACA, you are added to a lottery and if picked, you receive a certificate in the mail where to can take it to participating shops in town and order a pre-determined bike of your size at the shop.
The ACA has a section on their website explaining some of it.


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Boulder Junior Cycling

Boulder Junior Cycling (BJC) is pleased to announce the addition of a Track and Road program for 2011. The Track and Road programs join the nationally-recognized BJC Mountain Bike and Cyclocross programs. The program is open to all kids 10 through 18. Boulder Junior Cycling Development is a program of Boulder Valley Cycling Alliance (BVCA). BVCA is a 501c(3) non-profit established in 2005 to help promote youth cycling in order to create life-long cyclists. More Information.

There are more junior teams in the 303 area, please mention of them in the comments section of this story!

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Not a riding team, but definitely a junior rider opportunity

Community Cycles hosts our Youth Earn-a-Bike program on Thursday nights, at which youth ages 10-15 are given the skills and knowledge they need to maintain their own bike. We go over all of the advanced beginner mechanic skills. (No bearings in the beginner class, but we do cover that in the advanced classes.) There is no cost for the class, and sessions begin every odd numbered month. Classes are from 5:30 to 7:30 Thursday nights at Community Cycles. For more information, visit www.communitycycles.org.

Singletrack Mountain BIke Adventures

Singletrack Mountain Bike Adventures (SMBA) was founded in 1993. It is the longest running, independent junior mountain bike program in Colorado. Our programs introduce young riders to the exhilaration and adventure of the sport. SMBA provides an atmosphere where riders have the opportunity to develop a range of skills and interests, from a 7-year old beginner to a mature racer. Our program strives to support youth to become champions on and off the trail. SMBA’s philosophy combines a healthy mix of challenge, camaraderie, adventure, mentoring, and passion. SMBA builds confidence and ignites the best in youth from the saddle of a mountain bike.

“As a young rider, SMBA provided me with a wonderful support system, taught me good sportsmanship, and how to always perform at my personal best. I cannot thank Matt and my other coaches enough for helping me become the person that I am and giving me the confidence to be a good ambassador for the sport of biking."–Joey Schusler

The SMBA Team Program is a unique opportunity to refine skills, whether riders are interested in an introduction to racing or looking to increase performance and advance to the next level. There are 2 levels of SMBA Teams. The Grass Roots Team (9-11), is perfect for intermediate and advanced rider looking to work on their skills and get an introduction to the different styles of racing while enjoying the camaraderie of a team. The Traveling Team (12-17), is perfect for those riders looking to further their racing skills. In addition to advanced climbing, cornering, descending and balance, we will be focusing on specific disciplines and up-coming races. If a rider is not sure whether they are a beginner, intermediate or advanced rider we can help you assess the perfect fit.

SMBA is dedicated to quality, safety and individual attention, helping to create the ultimate mountain bike team experience! Only at SMBA, you’ll find the most qualified, professional and experienced staff that focus on small group instruction and trail riding skills.