Junior Development Series

ROAD DEVELOPMENT RACE SERIES

The USA Cycling Road Development Race Series has provided opportunities for aspiring junior riders across the United States for more than 20 years.

2020 ROAD DEVELOPMENT RACE SERIES CALENDAR 


Event DateEvent NameEvent Location
2/14-1628th Annual Valley of the Sun Stage Race*EU Phoenix, AZ
2/28-3/1Tour of Southern Highlands Stage RaceEU Woodstock - Ballground, GA
3/7Icebreaker Time TrialSeattle, WA
3/2818th Annual Chris Hinds 'Sunshine' CriteriumCharlestown, RI
4/4-5505 Cycling ClassicAlbuquerque, NM
4/18Races at the Lake #1Monroe Falls, OH
4/19NWA Spring Classic Road Race*Prairie Grove, AR
4/25Races at the Lake #2Monroe Falls, OH
5/2Races at the Lake #3Monroe Falls, OH
5/1-3La Crosse OminumLa Crosse, WI
5/9Races at the Lake #4Monroe Falls, OH
6/7Binghamton Circuit RaceBinghamton, NY


This calendar is subject to change

2020 application

Each event includes races for men and women in age catories ranging from 11 to 22.
* Indicates events that include 19-22 year-old categories.
** Indicates events that only include 11-14 year-old categories.
*** Indicates events that only include 15-18 year-old categories.
A Indicates events that only include 11-12 year-old categories.
EU Indicates events that are EU Race Block selection events. Click here to contact Billy Innes with any questions about the EU Race Block selection.

Overview

USA Cycling's Road Development Race Series, which marks its 28th year in 2020, has provided opportunities for aspiring junior riders across the United States. Through the hard work of event organizers and their staffs, this program has evolved into a nationally recognized junior and espoir-aged race series.

Program Goals

  • Grow and support road racing opportunities for juniors and U23 riders across the country
  • Identify and recognize potential cycling talent among junior and espoir athletes
  • Serve as an automatic qualifier for USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps

USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps

The focus of USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID 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 Road Camp includes five days of activities, including field testing and other selection activities. The top-performers in the camps nationwide will be considered for an invitation to attend an annual USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp.

Riders age 14 to 20 who finish in the top five in at least one Road Development Race Series event are automatically qualified to attend a USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camp.

Juniors Classes and Categories

An official RDRS event should provide the following racing opportunities and separate scoring for the following age groups (racing ages used). If it is not feasible for an event to have all of the following, the emphasis should be placed on the categories that receive talent ID camp invitations*:

Male Female
11-12 11-12
13-14 13-14
15-16 15-18
17-18 17-18
19-22 (Cat 1/2/3 Espoir) 19-22 (Cat 1/2/3 Espoir)

*Juniors: Automatic regional talent ID camp invitations are based on competitive race results from the following: At least one top 5 finish from RDRS or other similar caliber road events, or one or more top 5 finishes from the Mountain Bike Development Race Series, American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) or other similar MTB events, both in the 15-18 age groups, or by permission based on race resume from the previous 12 months of racing prior to any camp. 14-year-old racing age athletes are eligible for regional talent ID camps provided they have qualified racing in the 15-18 age group categories.

If a junior athlete raced in any 2019 RDRS or regional mountain bike event (AMBC or any other large event) after June 1, 2019, and placed top five in 15-16 or 17-18 categories, that athlete is automatically qualified to attend any regional talent ID camp in 2020.

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

2020 ROAD DEVELOPMENT RACE SERIES CALENDAR 


Event DateEvent NameEvent Location
2/14-1628th Annual Valley of the Sun Stage Race*EU Phoenix, AZ
2/28-3/1Tour of Southern Highlands Stage RaceEU Woodstock - Ballground, GA
3/7Icebreaker Time TrialSeattle, WA
3/2818th Annual Chris Hinds 'Sunshine' CriteriumCharlestown, RI
4/4-5505 Cycling ClassicAlbuquerque, NM
4/18Races at the Lake #1Monroe Falls, OH
4/19NWA Spring Classic Road Race*Prairie Grove, AR
4/25Races at the Lake #2Monroe Falls, OH
5/2Races at the Lake #3Monroe Falls, OH
5/1-3La Crosse OminumLa Crosse, WI
5/9Races at the Lake #4Monroe Falls, OH
6/7Binghamton Circuit RaceBinghamton, NY


This calendar is subject to change

2020 application

Each event includes races for men and women in age catories ranging from 11 to 22.
* Indicates events that include 19-22 year-old categories.
** Indicates events that only include 11-14 year-old categories.
*** Indicates events that only include 15-18 year-old categories.
A Indicates events that only include 11-12 year-old categories.
EU Indicates events that are EU Race Block selection events. Click here to contact Billy Innes with any questions about the EU Race Block selection.

Overview

USA Cycling's Road Development Race Series, which marks its 28th year in 2020, has provided opportunities for aspiring junior riders across the United States. Through the hard work of event organizers and their staffs, this program has evolved into a nationally recognized junior and espoir-aged race series.

Program Goals

  • Grow and support road racing opportunities for juniors and U23 riders across the country
  • Identify and recognize potential cycling talent among junior and espoir athletes
  • Serve as an automatic qualifier for USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps

USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps

The focus of USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID 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 Road Camp includes five days of activities, including field testing and other selection activities. The top-performers in the camps nationwide will be considered for an invitation to attend an annual USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp.

Riders age 14 to 20 who finish in the top five in at least one Road Development Race Series event are automatically qualified to attend a USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camp.

Juniors Classes and Categories

An official RDRS event should provide the following racing opportunities and separate scoring for the following age groups (racing ages used). If it is not feasible for an event to have all of the following, the emphasis should be placed on the categories that receive talent ID camp invitations*:

Male Female
11-12 11-12
13-14 13-14
15-16 15-18
17-18 17-18
19-22 (Cat 1/2/3 Espoir) 19-22 (Cat 1/2/3 Espoir)

*Juniors: Automatic regional talent ID camp invitations are based on competitive race results from the following: At least one top 5 finish from RDRS or other similar caliber road events, or one or more top 5 finishes from the Mountain Bike Development Race Series, American Mountain Bike Challenge (AMBC) or other similar MTB events, both in the 15-18 age groups, or by permission based on race resume from the previous 12 months of racing prior to any camp. 14-year-old racing age athletes are eligible for regional talent ID camps provided they have qualified racing in the 15-18 age group categories.

If a junior athlete raced in any 2019 RDRS or regional mountain bike event (AMBC or any other large event) after June 1, 2019, and placed top five in 15-16 or 17-18 categories, that athlete is automatically qualified to attend any regional talent ID camp in 2020.

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