2012 Alison Dunlap Junior Race Series (ADJRS)


NOTE: The ADJRS was discontinued after the 2012 season. In 2013, the American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) series absorbed the junior development racing aspect of the ADJRS.


For more than a decade the Alison Dunlap Junior Race Series (ADJRS) has promoted racing opportunities for junior mountain bike athletes across the country. In 2003, world and national champion Alison Dunlap endorsed the program and has since helped the series reach new levels. As part of USA Cycling's athlete development pipeline, the ADJRS gives riders aged 15 to 18 the opportunity to enhance their athletic growth by earning invitations to USA Cycling Regional Development Camps. In addition, the top 10 riders in both genders and all categories and age-groups in the ADJRS qualify to compete at their respective national championships (cross-country or gravity).

ADJRS Program Goals

  • Grow and support mountain bike racing opportunities for juniors across the country.
  • Identify and recognize potential cycling talent among junior athletes.
  • Serve as an automatic qualifier for USA Cycling Regional Development Camps.

USA Cycling Regional Development Camps

The focus of USA Cycling's Regional Development Camps is skill development along with classroom sessions geared to improving the rider’s training. Camp staff usually includes a camp manager, a lead coach, assistant coaches, athlete alumnus, a mechanic, and ride leaders.

Each USA Cycling regional mountain bike camp includes five days of activities, including field testing and other selection activities. The top-performers in the camps nationwide will be invited to attend an annual USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp.

Riders who finish in the top five in at least one ADJRS race in one of the categories listed below are automatically qualified to attend a USA Cycling Regional Development Camp.

Juniors Classes and Categories

Race directors who wish to participate in the ADJRS program must adhere to junior class requirements. Race directors are expected to provide a safe event, with course types and lengths appropriate for each age group. The required juniors age classes and categories are outlined below:

Male Female
10 & under 10 & under
11-12 11-12
13-14 13-14
Cat 3/15-16 Cat 3/15-18
Cat 3/17-18 Cat 2/15-18
Cat 2/15-16 Cat 1/15-16
Cat 2/17-18 Cat 1/17-18
Cat 1/15-16  
Cat 1/17-18  

For more information, please contact the USA Cycling Events Department.