This past weekend, Kristal, Carl, and Boups all had the opportunity to help out at BRAC's Junior CX Camp. This is a full weekend in the mountains above Denver, practicing skills and teaching kids about cyclocross--what could be more cool!?
This year's edition had nearly 140 kids attending, ranging in age from 6 to 16. That alone is testament to the popularity of cx in Colorado! As in past years, the main organizer was Deirdre Moynihan, who puts in countless hours organizing various cycling events through the year, but as a team dedicated to growing Women's and Junior cycling, this one is closest to our hearts.
Carl coached the Rookie group, comprised of 7 kids who had very little experience with cx. It was awesome to watch their skills and confidence grow throughout the day, with two of them moving up at the lunch break and two more ready to do so by day's end. Kristal was paired with a large group of beginners and junior coach, Ashley Zoerner, helping her. Meanwhile, Boups was coaching the Advanced group--13 strong riders, including TWO National Champions!
Saturday was spent working on cx specific skills--turning, barriers, braking, sand, climbing, and descending, as well as general riding on trails around the camp. Sunday was a practice race, with younger and beginner kids heading out first on the 2 mile course, followed by the advanced and older kids (and coaches), in a hotly contested event that eventually saw Boups finish in second (to a 16-yr old)!
Nick and Cate also attended the camp and we saw a huge improvement in both of them in technical skills as well as general fitness over the weekend.
In addition to participating as coaches, our team also sponsored in the form of a $500 donation as well as manning an aid station at the Denver Century ride this summer in order to secure an additional $500 donation from that organization.
Overall, it was a great time and we look forward to seeing 'our kids' from Camp out at the races and continuing to help with their development. There are great photos from the event on our Facebook page:
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Enjoy! and thanks for reading.