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USA Cycling Talent Camp returns to Forest Grove in July

Posted by on March 12th, 2013 at 2:14 pm

See the press release below about the big USA Cycling youth development camp coming back to Forest Grove this summer for the 4th time…

USA Cycling’s Talent ID Camp comes back for its 4th year in the Northwest on July 28 – August 2, 2013. A unique opportunity for cyclists (ages 14-22) to learn from coaches, develop skills, training and make them better cyclists.


Portland, Ore. (March 12, 2013) ­– This summer USA Cycling is hosting a Talent ID camp designed for riders aged 14-22 years old at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. The Northwest camp is one of thirteen USA Cycling Talent ID Camps nationwide and is set to take place July 28-August 2, 2013.

The camp will consist of unique opportunities for younger riders to learn the fundamentals of bike racing. Basic bike and training skills, nutrition, basic bike mechanics, and nutrition will be amongst the instruction topics. There will be several presentations that will give the riders a well-rounded view of bicycle racing, like racing as a junior internationally, nutrition, strength training and other disciplines of the sport. As with any cycling camp, we will be riding! We have some fantastic rides scheduled. Rides will be around the Washington County area, which has some of the best bike cycling in the north valley!

Riders participating in the camp will be overseen by some of most experience coaches in the United States. The staff includes professional coaches who specialize in working with younger athletes and in giving them the skills and confidence to become great riders.

“Riders attending this camp have a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best coaches in the area and expert staff and advisers,” says Jim Anderson, Camp Manger. “This camp is designed to give riders a chance to improve skills, learn new training techniques and jump to that next level of their competitive cycling”. “We are excited to have the camp back in Washington County and at Pacific University which offers a great stage for our camp to do training rides, skills clinics and various outdoor training regimens,” Anderson says.

In previous years, riders from the Northwest have participated in similar camps. These riders have gone on to represent the United States in World Championship events, international junior events in Europe and Canada and race professionally. A selection of riders from all nationwide camps will be nominated by the USA Cycling coaching staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent ID Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center. These camps are a way for riders to progress through the through the USA Cycling Pipeline and get recognition.

The camp is designed for Female and Male cyclists, ages 14-22 years old with some racing experience. The camp will be based on the beautiful campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon July 28-August 2, 2013. Camps range from $750-$900, depending on the date you register. The dates of registration include the following: early (more than 90 days out) $750, regular (30-90 days out) $800, late (less than 30 days out) $900, which includes room, board and all instructional fees. All riders need to be current USA Cycling members. For more information see USA Cycling Talent ID website: www.usacycling.org/regional-talent-id-camps.htm and for more information about USA Cycling Junior Programs: www.usacycling.org/juniors

For 2013 Washington State Bicycle Racing Association (WSBA), is providing 7-10 riders $400.00 scholarships to attend the USA Cycling Talent ID Camp in Oregon. Riders need to be Washington State residents. More details and application is at: www.wsbaracing.org/athlete-development-camp-scholarships–grants.html

Camp participants can apply for grants to offset the cost of the camp through the USA Cycling Development Foundation Travel and Training Grant Program. Note that the award money will not cover the entire costs of the camp, so other fundraising activities should be explored. Also, contact your team manager or president about financial scholarships from your team. You may want to talk to your local racing association about any scholarships available or fundraising ideas. More info about USA Cycling Development Foundation at: www.usacdf.org

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