Three races identified as EU Talent ID races


(March 15, 2016) – USA Cycling announced Tuesday three Junior Road Development Race Series events that have been recognized as EU Talent ID races. These races will be used to identify junior road talent for the European-based USA Cycling Development Program.
The 2015 junior men's individual time trial podium.
The EU Talent ID races will be used to determine select Junior National Team roster spots for the 2016 season. (photo by Casey B. Gibson)

The Feb. 12-14 Valley of the Sun Stage Race in Arizona, the March 4-6 Tour of the Southern Highlands Stage Race in Georgia and the April 1-3 San Dimas Stage Race in California (road race stage only) will be used by USA Cycling Athletics to determine certain Junior National Team roster spots for the 2016 season.
“USA Cycling’s current system of using targeted 'selection races' has provided insight into athletes' capacity and abilities,” said Billy Innes, USA Cycling Junior Program Manager. “Inviting winning athletes from these events has allowed USA Cycling to form quality junior rosters that have competed at the highest levels in Europe. These junior athletes have learned about themselves, their limits, made great strides within the development pathway and have become better men off the bike.”
Though these are all 'selection races' for 17-18 junior men athletes to be automatically selected for European race blocks, 15-16 athletes are strongly encouraged to attend these quality events. It is preferred that all junior athletes attending these events register within their respective junior age groups and not their categories. Each of these races is committed to developing athletes through tough courses and peer-to-peer competition. Races where juniors are competing solely against other juniors allows USA Cycling to see their respective race craft and team dynamics independent of older athletes that may be parked in a category. It is understandable if an athlete cannot attend all these events, but competing in at least one will allow an athlete to see how they compare to their peers. 
“An athlete's story isn't solely told through results, but results do weigh heavily in the selection and development process,” Innes said. “Domestic results don't necessarily translate to European results, but they may be an indicator of future development and long term potential. Athletes who win an aforementioned event will, at some point this season, be invited to attend a European Race Block.”
For 15-16 athletes wishing to attend a 15-16 Junior Men's European race camp, there will be an online survey that will be live in May and announced via Twitter. This survey will allow an athlete to list all their top results and efforts, Regional Talent ID Camps they may have attended as well as some current and future personal goals. This short survey is what USA Cycling uses to select and invite athletes to attend one of two 15-16 men's camps planned for 2016 which will be based at USA Cycling’s European Training Center in Sittard, Netherlands. The tentative dates for the 2016 15-16 Junior Men’s European race camps are July 11-Aug. 1 and Aug. 1-22.
Please follow us on Twitter via @USACJuniors for updates and more information regarding USA Cycling’s Junior National Team program.

This Article Updated March 15, 2016 @ 09:30 PM For more information contact: