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USA Cycling Camp Coming to Northwest

Published May 21, 2009

PORTLAND, OR (BRAIN)—­­This summer USA Cycling is hosting a camp designed for riders between 14-22 years old. This is one of 10 Athlete Development Camps nationwide. The NW Camp takes place in Forest Grove at Pacific University.

"Riders participating in this fantastic opportunity will be able to learn from the best ­ coaches, and expert staff," said 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."

The camp will consist of unique opportunities for younger riders to learn the fundamentals of bike racing, covering basic bike and training skills, nutrition, basic bike mechanics and nutrition. There will also be a presentation on racing as a junior level racer in Europe. As with any cycling camp, there will be riding with some great endurance rides planned. Rides will be in around the Washington County some of the best bike riding in the north valley.

Riders participating in the camp will be overseen by some of most experienced coaches in the United States. The camp will have professional coaches that have worked with younger athletes, giving them the skills and confidence to become great riders.

This camp is a great step into the national level. In August, the USA Cycling National Road Championships (Bend, Ore.) will take place. These two opportunities are fantastic ways for younger riders to get noticed.

Oregon riders in the past few years have participated in similar camps in other states. These riders have gone on to represent the United States in Junior World Championship events, and other Junior International events level in Europe and Canada. The top two athletes in each camp will be nominated by the USA Cycling Athlete Development Camp Coaching Staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Although this does not guarantee an invitation to the National Talent Identification Camp, it does ensure that a rider is on the right path to advancing through the USA Cycling Pipeline. Furthermore, many of the camps will be selecting riders to participate as regional teams in national or international races.

Camp is designed for female and male cyclists, ages 14-22 years old with some racing experience. Camp is being held at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, June 14-19. Costs for the camp are $750.00 for the week, which includes room, board, and all instructional fees. All riders need to be current USA Cycling members.

For more information go www.nwcyclingcamp.com, and for more information about USA Cycling Junior Programs go to www.usacycling.org/juniors.

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