2011 USA Cycling Junior Cycling Conference


October 22-23
Morgantown, West Virginia

Kristen Dieffenbach, PhD and co-author of Bike Racing for Juniors, will be the lead presenter for the conference. The scheduled sessions are below. The cost is:

  • $199 for USAC certified coaches
  • $249 for USAC members (who are not certified coaches)
  • $299 for all others

Registration is available through your My USA Cycling account under VIEW AVAILABLE CLINICS. The CEU value is 15. Registration closes on Tuesday, October 18.


Saturday, October 22 — West Virginia University Coliseum
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. w/ 1-hour lunch break

Morning Session: Talent development and identification

  • Overview of the adolescent athlete unique training environment
  • Models of talent development
  • Physical growth and development
  • Emotional, psychological and social development

Afternoon Session: Being an effective junior coach

  • Keeping up with the current generation
  • Being an adult role model for adolescents and teens
  • Effective pedagogy for teaching adolescents and teens
  • Junior team development, management and marketing

Homework: Group interactive case study work

Sunday, October 23 — West Virginia University Coliseum
8:30 a.m. – noon

Morning Session – Part I: Applied holistic junior training

  • Appropriate talent assessment and evaluation

Morning Session – Part II: Presentation and discussion of Group Work

  • Review case studies
  • Toubleshooting & problem solving
  • Q & A


Following the Sunday morning sessions, attendees are invited to stick around for talks by Ralph Frazier of Frazier Cycling in Atlanta, GA. This is a free talk/discussion.

Mr. Frazier's talk will be on "The advantages of using the team approach to coaching and training junior cyclists".

Coach Ralph Frazier is owner of Frazier Cycling. He has been training and developing junior cyclists for 9 years using a coaching philosophy based on team training. He is an level 2 USAC coach who has been involved in the sport for about 30 years. Coach Frazier writes a regular youth column for Performance Conditioning publication.

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