Washington State Bicycle Association
Junior Development & Racing
WSBA Junior Cycling seeks to promote the future of competitive junior cycling in the WSBA region of Washington, Oregon, and North Idaho.
The WSBA welcomes all junior riders, ages 10-18, with:
Junior Age Categories:
WSBA Junior Criterium Championship: July 4
Burien is back on the race calendar with the B-Town Criterium on Thursday, July 4. There are 4 race categories for junior men and 4 for junior women: A 17-18, B 15-16, C 13-14, D 11-12. WSBA championship jerseys and medals for the top 5 finishers are on the line in each category. The junior C/D race is at 8:20 for 25 minutes, and the junior A/B race is at 8:55 for 35 minutes. See the race flyer for more info about the course and registration. See the WSBA home page for details on eligibility for WSBA championships
Cascade Bicycle Club Summer Camps
(for 7-12 year olds)
Cascade Bicycle Club offers week-long day camps in Magnuson Park, Shoreline, and White Center which are loaded with biking, trail adventures, and lots of hands-on learning for ages 7-12 years. Bike-based programs promote skill development, exploration, physical wellness, personal responsibility, and teamwork. The camps also emphasize care for the equipment we use, and the land on which we live. More information on Cascade's website.
Racing at the Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome
Track racing is another great way to build cycling skills, and junior riders are a priority at JBMV. Our velodrome has been named one of four Training Centers for the Olympic Development Program in the United States. "The goals for each Development Center are to support the club and coach development, increase access to fun training experiences for juniors, create more opportunities to identify high potential athletes, and promote high levels of participation at Track National Championships." More information on this program is available from USAC.
In addition, the JBMV will host a weekend of racing (May 17-18) as part of the 2019 Junior National Track Cup.
The Jerry Baker Racing Team provides a place for young riders to advance their racing experience, compete on the national level, and have lots of fun along the way. Joining the team includes many awesome benefits. Visit the JBMV website for lots more info; also be sure to explore junior camp track class details! Also be sure to follow The Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome on Facebook for frequent news and updates.
USA Cycling holds a Regional Talent ID CycloCross Camp on Anderson Island, WA, August 5-8.
This year's USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships will be held at Fort Steilacoom in Tacoma, Washington, December 10-15, 2019.
Junior CX Team Information
Craig Undem of Cycle University has a kids program (ages 7-17) for road & CX. He also holds CX clinics.
Erik Anderson runs RAD Racing NW, which is a junior team.
Jessica Cutler runs the NW Women's CX Project for junior & U23 women in an effort to develop strong local talent.
In Eastern Washington, check out the School of Cross, which also has a Facebook page.
WSBA Junior Road Racing Events 2019
The 2019 road racing season is here!. You can see all the events on the WSBA calendar.
The 5:30 races at Seward Park on Thursday nights (beginning April 4--http://www.sewardparkseries.com/) are a great starting point for juniors looking to gain bike handling and group riding skills as well as to meet other juniors.
The Northwest Time Trial Series offers a junior category at all events. Riders choosing this category can't use time trial bikes, just their regular race bikes. Here's an opportunity to practice time trialing without the pressures of stage racing or lack of equipment.
Coming at the end of May is a 3-day stage race for boys and girls ages 15-18 as part of the Cascade Cycling Classic in Bend, Oregon. See the race flyer and blog post and registration info on the Cascade website. The junior race is a USA Cycling event.
Category 4 and 5 juniors are welcome to race with with their categories at other events, and they may find these larger fields fun and beneficial, especially if they already have some racing experience. Be sure to check individual race flyers as these are posted to look for announcements of junior categories.
Race or Ride, the Beginning Racer Program will make you a better cyclist
USA Cycling's Beginner Racer Program provides new racers with an enjoyable and education experience as they learn to race their bike. The objective of BRP is to inspire and educate new riders, thus leading to safer, more enjoyable racing experiences. The clinics in this program are a good first step for any junior rider, whether competitive or not, to practice safe riding skills and to learn the basics of group riding, racing, and tactics. In Seattle, this program is hosted by Cycle University, which plans 10 of these clinics in the spring and summer. For beginner racers, these clinics earn points toward category upgrades.
Mountain Bike Racing
For MTB events in Washington, be sure to check the month-by-month entries on the WSBA calendar.
Why Should I Join the WSBA and USA Cycling?
The WSBA is a local affiliate of USA Cycling, the national governing body. By working together, WSBA and USAC provide a unique pipeline to the best development and competition from local to national events. Mentoring, coaching, and racing experience available at the regional and national levels offer the only step-wise development program from beginner to professional available in all cycling disciplines.