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.....
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.
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.
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!