Devo Wrap: Juniors own podiums at Belgian kermesses

  
  


(June 10, 2014) -- Five top-four finishes for juniors men’s riders at two kermesses in Belgium highlighted the weekend for the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP).
 
JUNIORS MEN’S ROAD
 
Herselt Koerse
 
Wil Barta and Adrien Costa (l to r) celebrate their one-two finish at the Omloop Muizen Mechelen.
Wil Barta and Adrien Costa (l to r) celebrate their one-two finish at the Omloop Muizen Mechelen. (photo by Billy Innes)

Jonny Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) and Phil O'Donnell (Suwanee, Ga./ Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team, Inc.) recorded respective second- and third-place finishes at the Herselt Koerse on June 8, leading the way on a solid day for American riders. Connor Brown (Grandview, Mo./Team Winded Development) took seventh, Wil Barta (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) finished eighth and Adrien Costa (Los Altos, Calif./Hagens Berman U-23) placed ninth. Efren Flores (San Diego, Calif./LUX-Specialized Cynergy) rounded things out for the U.S. in 21st, as all six U.S. riders finished in the top half of the 42-man field.
 
Full Herselt Koerse results.
 
Omloop Muizen Mechelen
 
Barta reached the top of the podium at the June 9 Omloop Muizen Mechelen and was joined on the podium by fellow U.S. rider and second-place finisher Costa. O’Donnell took his second straight top-five finish of the week, placing fourth. Flores and Connor Brown finished 11th and 12th, respectively, while Jonny Brown placed 22nd.
 
Full Omloop Muizen Mechelen results.
 
BMX DEVELOPMENT CAMP
Campers at the May 31-June 7 BMX Development Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.
Campers at the May 31-June 7 BMX Development Camp in Chula Vista, Calif.


Sixteen riders participated at the USA Cycling BMX Development Camp series p/b Chase BMX and Tioga from May 31-June 7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif. Riders qualified through the USA BMX race series, and were given the opportunity to attend the OTC for the camp and learn from some of the best in BMX on what the transition is like from Amateur BMX racing to Pro level Supercross racing and training. The riders attend seminars about training, nutrition, sports marketing, social media, bike maintenance and weight training. Riders are tested to get base line results to see what they need to improve on to become a better BMX rider. At the end of the camp, the riders were put through a race simulation on the Beijing track to test what they learned. The camp also serves as a talent ID camp for the coaches to find potential riders to be invited back for more advanced camps in the future.
 
Camp participants:
 
Cole Acord (Sylvester, Ga.)
Kit Bjerk (Archdale, N.C.)
Shayla Blackmore (Durango, Colo.)
Jason Boyle (Boise, Idaho)
Michael Boyle (Boise, Idaho)
Dougie Butcher (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Chrystofer Davis (Midland, Texas)
Brian Ensey (Bella Vista, Calif.)
Justice Gagnon (Jacksonville, Fla.)
Michael Gonzales (Watsonville, Calif.)
Veronica Laughton (Lancaster, Calif.)
Trevor Meegan (Cibolo, Texas/Action Bikes)
Justin Richmond (Rochelle, Ill.)
Kelsey Van Ogle (Auburn, Wash.)
Colin Whittington (Arlington, Texas)
Devyn Willey (Yukon, Okla.)

COMING UP

The U.S. Juniors will head to Germany for the Trofeo Karlsberg, June 20-22.
 
MORE ABOUT THE USA CYCLING NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
 
Want to be part of USA Cycling’s Development Program? The first step is getting on USA Cycling’s radar. One of the best ways to do this is by attending a USA Cycling Regional Talent Identification Camp. The primary goal of the Talent ID Camps is to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Receiving instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, the camps also provide the necessary framework to improve the athletes' skill set thus helping them progress in their talent development. In some cases, the Regional Talent ID Camps assist in selecting riders for international competition and/or a national development camp.
 
For more information and the full 2014 schedule of USA Cycling’s Regional Talent ID Camps, please click here.
 
USA Cycling's National Development Programs are supported by the USA Cycling Development Foundation. Support the future of American cycling today with an online donation.
 
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