USA Cycling Mountain Bike Development Race Series



USA Cycling's Mountain Bike Development Race Series is a component of the American Mountain Bike Challenge and has been in existence under different series and calendars for 16 years. This program has provided racing opportunities for aspiring junior males and females across the United States. This series will continue in 2016, and its success will depend upon the continued hard work of those race organizers who are involved.

Program Goals

  • Increase the quantity and quality of mountain bike racing opportunities for USA Cycling licensed junior riders in the United States
  • Identify potential cycling talent among junior athletes

USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps

The Mountain Bike Development Race Series is the first step to having riders qualify for USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID Camps. Regional Talent ID Camps are well staffed with USAC certified coaches and mechanics.  These coaches and mechanics teach the basics of training program design, nutrition, injury prevention, positioning, and mechanics.  Camp staff includes the camp manager, lead coach, assistant coaches, athlete alumni, mechanics, and ride leaders.

Juniors Classes and Categories

An official MDRS 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*:
Junior 10 & under Junior 10 & under
Junior 11-12 Junior 11-12
Junior 13-14 Junior 13-14
Cat 1 15-16 Cat 1 15-16
Cat 1 17-18 Cat 1 17-18
Cat 2 15-18 Cat 2 15-18
Cat 3 15-18 Cat 3 15-18

*Juniors: USAC Regional Talent ID Camp qualifications are based on competitive race results from the following:
At least one top 5 finish from MDRS or other similar mountain bike events in Category 1/15-16 or Category 1/17-18. Category 2 riders with a racing age of at least 15 may be considered based on race resume/results. Resumes should be submitted to Kevin Dessart.

If a junior athlete raced in any 2015 regional mountain bike event (AMBC or any other large event) after June 1, 2015 and placed top five in 15-16, or 17-18 categories, that athlete is automatically qualified to attend any Regional Talent ID Camp in 2016.

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