Forest Grove Hosts USA Cycling Development Camp

  • Author:
    Ride Oregon Staff
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    Bike-Related, Educational
  • Location:
    Forest Grove in Greater Portland

USA Cycling is hosting a camp designed for riders ages 14 to 22 at Pacific University in Forest Grove, July 25-29. The Northwest camp is one of 11 USA Cycling Athlete Development Camps nationwide. The camp offers cyclists a fantastic opportunity to learn from coaches and develop skills/training, and it also provides an opportunity for potential-talent identification.

Riders attending this camp have a fantastic opportunity to learn from the best coaches in the area and expert staff/advisors, says Jim Anderson, Camp Manager. This camp is designed to give riders a chance to improve skills, learn new training techniques and jump to that next level of competitive cycling.

The camp will consist of unique opportunities for younger riders to learn the fundamentals of bike racing. Basic bike and training skills, nutrition, basic bike mechanics, and nutrition will be among the instruction topics. There will be several presentations that will give the riders a well-rounded view of bicycle racing. As with any cycling camp, there will be plenty of riding, with fantastic rides scheduled around the Washington County area, which has some of the best bike cycling in the north valley.

Riders participating in the camp will be overseen by some of the most experienced coaches in the United States. The staff includes professional coaches who specialize in working with younger athletes and in giving them the skills and confidence to become great riders.

The top two athletes in each camp will be nominated by the USA Cycling coaching staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. These camps are a way for riders to progress through the through the USA Cycling Pathway. Oregon riders who have participated in similar camps in the last few years have gone on to represent the United States in World Championship events, international junior events in Europe and Canada and to race professionally.

The camp is designed for female and male cyclists ages 14 to 22 with some racing experience. All riders need to be current USA Cycling members. Cost for the camp are $750 for the week, which includes room, board and all instructional fees. Assistance from OBRA for Oregon riders is available for eight riders who apply for the partial fee support scholarship. More detailed information on how to apply is on the camp website. For more information see the website, www.nwcyclingcamp.com.

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