A little over a week ago, Carl and Kristal had the opportunity once again to coach at the Junior Cyclocross Camp up in the mountains of Colorado. The camp had nearly 130 kids, ranging in age from 6 to 18 from Colorado, Texas, New Mexico, and Utah. This year, it seemed there were more younger and less experienced kids than in past seasons. This seems to be a great sign for the future growth of cx, but also could have had something to do with the fact that, contrary to past seasons, the race that weekend not only offered Junior categories, but was also a Gold level series race. That likely meant that some racers stayed home to capture points.
Nonetheless, it was a great time, with a lot of enthusiasm and fun energy! Kristal is in her third year coaching at the camp and had a strong group of intermediate riders, while Carl had the youngest 'rookies' for his second year in a row. That group is a lot of fun, since their learning curve is steep, with every rep bringing dramatic improvement!
In addition to riding and skills drills, we also worked on conditioning, maintenance and general bonding among the junior community. The camp is primarily organized by Deirdre Moynihan (remember that name from previous events?) and Clint Bickmore, but countless others play crucial roles in bringing the whole thing together.