USA Cycling’s Talent ID Camp Celebrates Six Years of Developing Youth Cyclists throughout the Northwest

USA Cycling’s Talent ID Camp celebrates six years of developing youth cyclists throughout the Northwest. The camp takes place July 26 – July 31, 2015 and provides a unique opportunity for cyclists ages 14-19 to learn from coaches, develop skills, train and become better cyclists.

Portland, Ore. (June 17, 2015) ­– This summer, USA Cycling is hosting a Talent ID camp designed for riders ages 14-19 at. This Northwest camp is one of 13 USA Cycling Talent ID Camps nationwide and is set to take place July 26-July 31, 2015. The camp takes place in Washington County at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.

The camp will consist of unique opportunities for younger riders to learn the fundamentals of bike racing. Basic bike and training skills, nutrition and bike mechanics will be among the instruction topics. There will be multiple presentations to give participants a well-rounded view of bicycle racing, such as racing as a junior internationally, strength training, recovery methods and nutrition. As with any cycling camp, there will be some amazing riding! Rides will be around the Washington County area, which has some of the best cycling in the north valley.

“Riders attending this camp have a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best coaches in the area and expert staff and advisors,” says Jim Anderson, Camp Manger. “This camp is designed to give riders a chance to improve skills, learn new training techniques and jump to that next level of their competitive cycling. We are excited to have them in Washington County and at Pacific University, which offers a great stage for our camp to do training rides, skills clinics and various outdoor training regimens.”

Riders participating in the camp will be overseen by some of the most experienced coaches, presenters and experts in the United States. The staff includes professional coaches who specialize in working with younger athletes and in developing the skills and confidence to become great riders. We also have guest speakers who are leaders in their areas who will present on topics like nutrition, recovery, bike mechanics, strength training and team building.

Riders from the Northwest who have participated in similar camps have gone on to represent the United States in World Championship events, international junior events in Europe and Canada and professional races. A selection of riders from all nationwide camps will be nominated by the USA Cycling coaching staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent ID Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center. These camps provide a way for riders to progress through the USA Cycling pathway, develop skills, training and receive national recognition.

The camp is designed for male and female cyclists ages 14-19 years old. Participants will have some racing and training experience. The camp will be based on the beautiful campus of Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon from July 26-July 31, 2015. Camp tuition ranges from $750-$850, depending on the date of registry Early registration pricing of $750 ends on June 24, 2015. The camp is limited to 28 riders. All riders need to be current USA Cycling members. For more information see USA Cycling Talent ID website: www.usacycling.org/regional-talent-id-camps.htm and for more information about USA Cycling Junior Programs: www.usacycling.org/juniors

Camp participants can apply for grants to offset the cost of the camp through the USA Cycling Development Foundation. All participants are encouraged to apply for the Edmund R. Burke Fund for Cycling Development. Note that the award money will not cover the entire costs of the camp, so other fundraising activities should be explored. Riders should contact their team manager or president about financial scholarships and may want to reach out to local racing associations about any scholarships or fundraising opportunities available. More info about USA Cycling Development Foundation at: www.usacdf.org
About USA Cycling
Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 66,500+ licensees; 2,200 clubs and teams; and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,650 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year and is responsible for the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org

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