Standing in the pouring rain in Austin Texas during the 2014 USA Cycling Cyclo-CX National Championships, watching the junior races I was filled with such pride and joy. It was a complete mud bath but it didn’t deter any of the Colorado juniors at all. Many achieved great results but more than that they all finished with a great sense of pride and accomplishment. It was a very hard race.
It was hard not to notice the community gathered to support these young racers and the camaraderie between the youth. The young racers were supportive of each other regardless of the team they were on. They cheered for each other and congratulated each other at the finish. The Tri Velo Series camps cannot take complete credit for their wins but it certainly played a role in the success of the day. And I was so proud of helping build that community along with the coaches, the junior teams, the parents, and the racers themselves.
Tri Velo Series is about taking that success and spirit to the next level, providing more opportunities to encourage youths to join the ranks of junior cyclists and to provide resources for those junior cyclists that are ready to take it to the next level.
Tri Velo Series grew out of the Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado (BRAC)’s tremendous junior development program. Beginning with the leadership of Beth Wrenn Estes and Fran Summerhill, and continuing through the many leadership changes, BRAC has been dedicated to the Jr. Development Camp program, and it subsequently grew and became well known in the local and cycling community.
Tri Velo Series set out to accomplish the following goals before the end of 2017:
- Offer Road, CycloCross and Mountain Bike Camps
- Make the Rocky Mountain Jr. Cycling Challenge a nationally recognized Junior Stage Race
- Serve as a resource to juniors and parents
- Make cycling accessible to everyone by providing scholarships
It is important to get juniors on bikes – recreationally and competitively. It is good for the juniors and it is good for the sport.
Some of the highlights:
- A 9 year old came to mountain bike camp with a BMX bike and just regular shorts & tshirts. He is a child of a single hardworking mother of 3 who struggles to make ends meet. He was surrounded by youth that had mountain bikes and cycling attire but that did not deter him. With great determination he joined in on all trainings with a smile on his face. At lunch we presented him with cycling clothes and he just beamed with excitement. There was a noticeable improvement in his cycling that afternoon. At the end of camp we presented him with a bike – a real mountain bike! He was so excited and he has been riding trails every day since he got home!
- Another young cyclist started with the camps at age 7 and now is frequently seen on the top podium. He has sensory processing disorder and cycling has helped him focus. In his words: I liked riding my bike all weekend with new friends. I love to ride my bike all the time. Riding my bike helps me be calm and work out my energy when my body needs something to do
- Many of the campers have become National Champions at Cyclocross, Mountain Biking and Road Racing! So cool!
- Hannah J. called from Oklahoma about camp. No one would let her participate because she wears a backpack with a G-tube – it is like a feeding tube that pumps a dextrose solution directly into her stomach. Other organizations felt it was too dangerous but we said come on! Hannah is now an active, successful racer because we gave her a chance!
As they say: Win Win!
For some, especially those new to cycling, their skill levels don’t match their strength. But you can work on it. Bike handling is a key requirement, not just to staying safe on the bike but also to becoming a better rider. TVS teaches bike handling skills through a variety of games, drills, road rides and practice races.
Basic bicycle handling skills
- Moving in/out of the saddle
- Braking Balancing on your Bike
More advanced bicycle handling skills
- Clipping in and moving off
- Clipping out
- Looking ahead
- Keeping straight while looking around
- Pedaling efficiently
- Choosing an appropriate gear
- Riding in a closely bunched group
- Getting the maximum shelter when behind another rider
- Riding through & off in a working group
- Dealing with obstacles/hazards on the road
- Using one hand on the bars while eating or drinking
- Collecting handed up food, bottles, clothing etc
- Putting on or removing clothing on the move
- Dealing with physical contact from other riders
Some of the favorite drills are Bump & Thump and Garbage Ball. The games are so much fun they hardly know they are learning a skill!
Alpha List of Time Trial (Download List)
|Start Time||Last Name||First Name||Race Entered|
|4:15:30pm||Borjas||Ociel||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:16:00pm||Campbell||Zach||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:30:00pm||Castagneri||Simon||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:15:00pm||Charlet||Andrew||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:03:00pm||Christianson||Kaden||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:16:30pm||CoatsBallaseux||Aidan||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:14:30pm||Cotton||Riley||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:00:00pm||Dalles||Charles||ITT M Juniors 9-10|
|4:03:30pm||Dalles||William||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:17:00pm||Devin||Rory||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:08:00pm||Diemar||Courtney||ITT F Juniors 11-12|
|4:00:30pm||Diemar||Jack||ITT M Juniors 9-10|
|4:04:00pm||Dwyer||Colin||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:01:00pm||Edwards||Ian||ITT M Juniors 9-10|
|4:30:50pm||Elzi||Zacharey||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:36:00pm||Frost||Alexander||ITT M Juniors 18-23|
|4:31:00pm||Garry||Pano||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:14:00pm||GravesVangilder||William||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:35:50pm||Graybill||Marshall||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:17:30pm||Hall||Sinclair||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:18:00pm||Hart||Oliver||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:31:50pm||Hetzer||Duncan||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:01:30pm||Hickey||Brandan||ITT M Juniors 9-10|
|4:09:00pm||Hickey||Cassidy||ITT F Juniors 13-14|
|4:32:00pm||Howell||Bobby||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:32:50pm||Huddleston||Maxwell||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:02:30pm||Jaramillo||Alexis||ITT F Juniors 9-10|
|4:08:30pm||Jaramillo||Makala||ITT F Juniors 11-12|
|4:09:30pm||Johnson||Taylor||ITT F Juniors 13-14|
|4:21:30pm||Jordan||Hannah||ITT F Juniors 15-16|
|4:18:30pm||Lang||Kenneth||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:13:30pm||Mercier||Marius||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:21:00pm||Morgan||Jamie||ITT F Juniors 15-16|
|4:13:00pm||Outlaw||Graham||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:04:30pm||Parrill||Jackson||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:19:00pm||Pawlak||Nathan||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:10:00pm||Pensoneau||Lana||ITT F Juniors 13-14|
|4:05:00pm||Rawley||Jim||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:33:00pm||Robinson||Davis||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:36:50pm||Rodriguez||Anthony||ITT M Juniors 18-23|
|4:37:00pm||Rodriguez||Jaeden||ITT M Juniors 18-23|
|4:05:30pm||Saur||Charles||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:19:30pm||Saur||Gordon||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:12:30pm||Schroder||Caleb||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:12:00pm||Scott||Jared||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:33:50pm||Scott||Jesse||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:06:00pm||SiegelStone||Noah||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:06:30pm||Simons||Andrew||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:34:00pm||Smirnov||Anton||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:11:30pm||Stowers||Ryan||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:20:00pm||Townsend||Gregory||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:11:00pm||Truesdale Jr.||Steven||ITT M Juniors 13-14|
|4:07:00pm||Wanderer||Jules||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:07:30pm||white||magnus||ITT M Juniors 11-12|
|4:34:50pm||White||Spencer||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:20:30pm||Williams||Noah||ITT M Juniors 15-16|
|4:02:00pm||williams||shane||ITT M Juniors 9-10|
|4:35:00pm||Wilson||Andrew||ITT M Juniors 17-18|
|4:37:50pm||Woy||Aston||ITT M Juniors 18-23|
|4:10:30pm||Wright||Tea||ITT F Juniors 13-14|
Inspire Orthodontics has partnered with Tri Velo Series to support the TVS Scholarship Program. It is very important to both Inspire Orthodontics and TVS that the cost of the camp program not be a deterrent to participating. TVS provides full and partial scholarships to campers. In addition, TVS partners with bike shops and other local nonprofits such as Trips for Kids Metro Denver/Lucky Bikes Re-Cyclery and Project ReCycle to help ensure that the campers have a well maintained and appropriate bicycle for camp.
In addition to the generous support of the scholarship program, Inspire Orthodontics is offering a great promotion for all campers: schedule a screening with Inspire Orthodontics and Dr. Housewright will make pay $50 towards camp registration to any of the 2016 camps, plus make an additional donation to TVS! A first visit with an orthodontist is important and allows you, as a potential patient, to become acquainted with the staff, the process and the best treatment plan.
To participate in this promotion, simply call Inspire Orthodontics (303-754-0040) , set up your appointment and tell them you heard about it from the Tri Velo Series Junior Camp Programs
Dr. Wade Housewright is dedicated to inspiring smiles that will last a lifetime through his work at Inspire Orthodontics and by helping youth get on the bike and riding!
In support of the Tri Velo Series Camp Program, Primal Wear is donating youth jerseys to the camp for parents/campers to purchase as well as donating clothes for the clothing exchange held at each camp. This is only a few ways that Primal Wear supports the camps demonstrating their ongoing support to give back to the community and get everyone on bikes!
Order a youth jersey today! They are being sold at the reasonable price of $30 and all the funds will help subsidize the room and board of the very qualified coaches that work at camp!