Junior MTB Development Race Camps


In an effort to extend international development opportunities to a larger number of our best young US Mountain Bikers, USA Cycling will organize three Cross-Country Mountain Bike Development Camps in Europe, Canada and the USA for the spring/summer of 2015.  Riders who are eager to improve through international competition are encouraged to use these camps as a primary development tool.

Kate Courtney took fifth in the women's juniors race at the 2013 UCI MTB World Cup #2 in Czech Republic

2015 Camp Dates

  • Camp #1 - April 21st-May 3rdEuropean Race Camp (17-18 Junior Men & Women)
  • Camp #2 - June 3rd- 14thCanada Cup Race Camp (17-18 Junior Men & Women)
  • Camp #3 - July 9th-11thBoston Pro XCT Race Camp (15-16 & 17-18 Junior Men & Women)

2015 Race Schedule

  • April 25th-26thJunior UCI Series, Otztaler, Austria (camp #1)
  • May 2nd- 3rdJunior UCI Series, Heubacher, Germany  (camp #1)
  • June 7thHorseshoe Valley Canada Cup UCI C2, Ontario, Canada (Camp #2)
  • June 14thTrek Store Canada Cup, Ontario, Canada (camp #2)
  • July 11th Boston Rebellion Pro XCT UCI C2 (camp #3)

Financial Responsibility

  • 2014 Cross Country Junior Men & Women category 1 aged 15-16 & 17-18 Mountain Bike National Champions will only be required to pay for their round-trip airfare.
  • Any rider who qualified for automatic nomination to the 2014 Mountain Bike World Championships will only be required to pay for their round-trip airfare. 
  • All other attending riders will be required to pay for their round-trip airfare as well as a camp fee which will range from $600 to $1000 depending on the camp.
  • All interested riders should petition for a specific camp using the European MTB Race Camp petition form which can be found by following the this link.  This form should be emailed directly to Marc Gullickson at mgullickson@usacycling.org on or before the camp #1 petition deadline date of April 4th, 2015, the camp #2 petition deadline date of May 1st, 2015 or the camp #3 petition deadline of June 15th, 2015.
  • For camp #1 & 2 riders will be selected based on 2014 and 2015 international and domestic race results.
  • For camp #3 top 15-18 junior men and women performers from the two (2) USA Cycling Regional Mountain Bike Talent ID Camps will be given special consideration.
Camp Goals
  • Provide high level UCI race experience for our countries best young cross-country mountain bike riders.
  • Offer an alternative to using the World Championships as a development tool.  The World Championships should be viewed as a secondary goal after a rider has performed successfully at one of the Mountain Bike Development Camps.  Of course any rider who meets the published World Championship automatic selection criteria will be selected for the World Championship Team.
  • Give riders an opportunity to experience high level international competition in a supportive team atmosphere in advance of their participation in other top tier events such as World Cup events and the World Championships.
Looking Ahead
  • In 2016 our goal will be to offer even more opportunities for Junior riders to race and train in Europe.
  • Riders interested in attending 2016 European Mountain Bike Race Camps should strive to attain top results in the Mountain Bike National Championships as well as USAC Pro XCT events.  International results as well as results from these domestic events will be used as the main selection events for the 2016 Camps.

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