We have a long-standing tradition of supporting junior development and getting kids on bikes at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome. Young men and women under 18 years of age (“Juniors” in the sport of cycling) can ride, race, and train on the track for free. They also have the use of fixed gear rental bikes during designated junior training sessions free of charge.
There are two regular programs, with very different goals and functions for young cyclists:
Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series – Afternoons 12:45pm to 4pm
The Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series is a great way for kids to learn how to ride and race the track. New for 2013, the Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series will be held on most Sunday afternoons, starting April 14th and ending with the season finale on October 13th. This new summer program features four blocks of training, each focusing on a different aspect of track racing: Endurance racing, Championship Events, Sprint racing, and the Omnium. There will be a day of racing at the end of each block. This program is geared toward developing riders who are 9 to 17 year old. From riders new to the track to experienced racers; everyone is welcome.
Scheduled dates for 2013:
Hellyer Kids Summer Race series participants will start at one of two levels:
Entry Level Riders – Ages 9 to 17: Entry Level riders are kids who are new to track cycling. At this level, kids will learn to ride a fixed gear track bike, velodrome riding etiquette, basic cycling skills and drills in a low-key, fun environment. Riders often spend 2-3 weeks at the Entry level before moving into the main group.
Advanced Riders – Ages 9 to 17: Advanced Level riders come to Sunday sessions with previous track cycling experience and will focus on improving their skills. The Advanced Rider session typically includes a coach’s discussion, paceline drills, group riding, skill work, timed individual efforts, and mock races. Riders who are motivated to progress will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced training sessions in preparation for racing. Note: Riders older than 14 may progress to the Tuesday Afternoon Sessions after a few Sunday sessions at the discretion of the coaches.
Want to help?
The Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series is run by volunteer coaches and mentors. We often have national and international level guest coaches helping to prepare the kids as well. Parents are welcome to help with timing or on lap cards during the sessions. Coaches for the Sunday Junior Sessions are:
John Cheetham: John is a USA Cycling Level II coach for the last six years with additional certifications in Power Based Training and Skills. John is also a coach with the USA Cycling Development Camps and the Earlybird Training Series. He currently races both road and track.
Anthony Borba: Anthony is a USA Cycling Level III coach. Anthony has run a cycling team for the past 5 years and currently races both road and track in Northern California. He brings his race experience and knowledge to the program. He also is a bit of a cheerleader.