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:
Cyclocross Season is Here !
This year's USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships will be held at Fort Steilacoom in Tacoma, Washington, December 10-15, 2019.
WSBA Cyclocross Championships will be held December 8 at Fort Nugent State Park on Whidbey Island with 5 categories for junior racers
Look for events this fall in the CXR, MFG, Inland Northwest Cyclocross, and NWCXCUP series on the WSBA calendar.
Racers in Oregon may be interested in the OBRA Junior Cyclocross Series with events from September 14 to November 17.
Junior Racing Teams, Local and Beyond
RAD Racing p/b Cycle U is the fusion of the former RAD Racing NW and the Cycle University Junior Team, led by Team Director Erik Anderson (RAD) and Coaching Director Craig Undem (Cycle U).
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.
Joe Holmes of Tête de la Course Cycling is an associate national team coach who can provide more information about junior racing beyond the Pacific Northwest and opportunities available for youth looking to move their bike racing to the next level.
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.
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.
WSBA Junior Road Racing
Category 4 and 5 juniors are welcome to race with with their categories at road events without junior-specific categories, 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 for the 2020 season 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. 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.