Devo Wrap: Riders reach camping season
As the weather changes from summer to fall, the riders of the USA Cycling National Development Program (NDP) go camping. Aspiring riders of all disciplines use the offseason to learn better technique, hone their craft and improve for the rapidly approaching new season.
USA Cycling’s National Talent ID Camp
A group of 28 juniors riders participated in the USA Cycling Juniors Talent ID Camp at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., from Oct. 14-18 under the watchful tutelage of coaches John Heidemann, Mike Heitz, Billy Innes, Barney King and David Wenger. The riders, who ranged in age from 14-18, were selected for the camp from testing at Regional Camps, race results and coaches selection. The camp provides the coaches an opportunity to identify future talent and track some athlete’s progress from year to year.
The athletes enjoyed their time and underwent a series of skills challenges, educational presentations, flexibility routines, a simulated race, and short (5-minute) and long (16-minute) uphill time trials.
The riders rode on grass fields, with bumping drills and close proximity riding, to build the athlete’s confidence and improve their bike handling skills. The simulated feed zones teach the riders how to deal with plucking bottles and musettes from feeders at high speed — all crucial components of racing in Europe. A short, simulated race had the camp divided up into four teams, each coach becoming a director talking over tactics and plans with their teams. The final results were not as important as seeing how the riders reacted to different race scenarios and how they went about adjusting their plans.
"As some of these riders progress they may find themselves racing as a member of the USA Cycling National Development Program," Billy Innes said. "They might be competing in European race blocks with some of the other athletes who attended this camp, so it's great to see new friendships formed over the course of the camp."
The following riders participated in the National Juniors Talent ID Camp:
Thorsten Askervold (Lake Stevens, Wash./HSP)
Diego Binatena (Playa Del Rey, Calif./Team Specialized Racing Juniors)
Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo./Durango Devo)
Jonathon Brown (Covington, Tenn./Hot tubes Junior Development Team)
Adrien Costa (Los Altos, Calif./Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development)
Ansel Dickey (Truro, Mass./KMS-Start House Cycling Team)
Evan East (Little Rock, Ark./Team Carve)
Trevor Ellsworth (Reno, Nev./Ritte Elite U23 Development Team)
Efren Flores (San Diego, Calif./Donny's Cafe Cycling Club)
Scott Ford (Anthem, Ariz./Team Winded)
Noah Granigan (Cape May Court House, N.J./Somerset Wheelmen)
Justin Griffin (West Valley City, Utah/FFKR Architects Racing-Velosport Racing)
Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./International Christian Cycling Club)
Connor Herrington (Dallas, Texas/KingRacingGroup)
Michael Hocking (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad))
Charlie Hough (Travelers Rest, S.C./DIY Music p/b Chainheart Cycling Studio)
Samuel James (Blacksburg, Va./Miller School of Albemarle p/b CBC-Monticello Velo Club)
Fletcher Lydick (Lawrenceville, Ga./Frazier Cycling)
Grant McElroy (Portland, Ore./Beaverton Bicycle Club)
Jonah MeadVanCort (Ithaca, N.Y./GVCC G2 Development Team)
Eric Oien (Escondido, Calif./ACQUA AL 2-San Diego Bicycle Club)
Max O'Neal (Seattle, Wash./HSP)
Rudyard Peterson (Kalamazoo, Mich./Borah-Coulee Region Youth Cycling Inc.)
Ethan Reynolds (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad))
Samuel Rosenberg (Eugene, Ore.)
Matt Valencia (Los Altos, Calif./Team Specialized Racing Juniors)
Seth Veenbas (Chino Hills, Calif./Southern California Velo)
Peter Vollers (Woodstock, Vt./Killington Mountain School Cycling Team-Woodstock Bicycle Club)
BMX Junior Development Program Camp #6
From Oct. 14-21, 12 riders in the USA Cycling BMX Junior Development Program (JDP) participated in the sixth and final camp of the season.
Riders tested their skills on the Supercross track at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., and received advice from volunteer coach Mike Day (Santa Clarita, Calif./GT-Red Bull), who won the silver medal in Beijing, China at the 2008 Olympic Games.
The week-long camp emphasized skill more than speed as riders were encouraged to get basic techniques down before focusing on speed.
"It is always an exciting experience getting to identify and work with the incoming riders into he USA Cycling Junior Development Program," JDP camp manager Brian Fell said. "To take new riders to supercross racing and help mold and further their bicycle racing career is very fulfilling. It is also fun to get to know them off the track and help them develop into the young men and women of tomorrow."
As a result of winning the last development qualifying series, Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles) and Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles) were named captains and received a unique USA jersey with the J&R Bicycles logo with a captain's designation. Additionally, J&R Bicycles sponsored Gaian and Reno at the camp.
Chase and Tioga also sponsored the camp.
The following 12 riders participated in the camp:
Savannah Davis (Camarillo, Calif./Gold Coast Racing)
Carlie Ferree (Quartz Hill, Calif./Redman-Rockstar)
Rachel Mydock (Glendale, Ariz./Jr bicycles.com-speed)
Shealen Reno (Plano, Texas/Hyper Bicycles)
Joshua Banuelos (Medford, Ore./Phoenix Factory Racing)
Kavin Bradner (Inman, S.C.)
Mathew Chism (Huntington Beach, Calif./Bike Alley-Redline-Rocks)
Sean Gaian (Santee, Calif./GT Bicycles)
Collin Hudson (Longmont, Colo./Crupi)
Taylor Stephens (Redmond, Ore./Phoenix Factory Racing)
Alex Strand (Boulder City, Nev./AggroBikes.com)
Max Turk (Las Vegas, Nev.)
John Heidemann leads the riders in a strecthing routine. (Photo by Billy Innes)
The participants in the sixth USA Cycling BMX Junior Development Camp pose for a quick photo. (Photo by Brian Fell)
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