SB Juniors and Kids On Bikes
Syracuse Bicycle is proud to offer a program for young cyclists in Central New York with the sb Juniors Cycling Team and the sb Kids on Bikes Club. Our mission is the positive development of young men and women through cycling with a focus on strong mind, strong body and strong character. Our goal with the sb Junior Team is to help those kids who love riding their bike to get started with racing competitively, using the discipline of cyclocross in the fall. We are not an “elite” only program; we will help your child develop the skills and habits of an effective racer, to include technical skills, training, nutrition, and – most of all – how to have fun on your bike!
sb Juniors and sb Kids on Bikes is open to anyone within the greater Syracuse area who will be 9 – 18 years old on Dec 31st, 2019. Our program for juniors begins Saturday, September 8, 2018 and ends on Sunday, November 4, 2018 at Green Lakes State Park. Our Kids on Bikes Program begins Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Duguid Village Park in Fayetteville and ends on Saturday, October 20, 2018.
Please print out the attached documents and bring to your child’s first practice. They will not be allowed to practice without this important paperwork. Forms include:
CLUB MEMBERSHIP FEES
Our club membership fee is $30 for the Fall Season, payable by cash or check to Syracuse Bicycle. This covers the cost of insuring our program and a club t-shirt for all riders. sb Juniors have additional fees that are payable separately, to include: USA Cycling Racing License, Team Uniform, and Race Registration Fees. See below for more information.
WHAT sbJuniors AND sbKidsOnBikes PROVIDES
*Age- and ability-appropriate racing and training opportunities designed for juniors within a supportive team environment
*Direction and advice on starting and advancing in the sport of cycling
*“Strong Body, Strong Mind” focus on good character development of young student-athlete cyclists
WHAT IS MY CYCLOCROSS RACING AGE?
For the 2018 season, your cyclocross racing age is your age on December 31, 2019. In order to purchase a junior racing license from USA Cycling, a rider must be at least 9 years old by Dec 31, 2019. The oldest age eligible for the SB Juniors team, and to race as a junior for this season, is 18 years of age on Dec 31, 2019.
2017 SEASON PARTICIPATION LEVELS
U19 Team – Designed for those with a cyclocross racing age of 15 to 18. Participants should have cyclocross as their primary sport for the racing season (September – November). Team racers are encouraged to enter at least 3 cyclocross races during the season. U19 racers are expected to participate in 2 team training sessions per week during cyclocross season (Tuesdays, 4-6pm AND Saturdays, 8am-10am).
U15 Team – Designed for those with a cyclocross racing age of 9 to 14. Participants should have cyclocross as their primary sport for the racing season (September – November). Team racers are encouraged to race in at least 3 races during the season. U15 racers are expected to participate in at least 1 team training session per week during cyclocross season (Tuesdays, 4-6pm and/or Saturdays, 8am-10am).
sb Kids on Bikes Club – This participation level is for kids (ages 9 – 18) who are NOT interested in racing and more interested in riding for fun, fitness, and adventure. The Fall Club rides (6 rides in total) are Saturday mornings, September 8 – October 20, 2018 from 10am-12noon at Duguid Park in Fayetteville, NY. (No practice on October 6th – riders are encouraged to join us for the Syracuse Bicycle Breast Cancer Awareness Ride at Green Lakes State Park.)
WHAT WE ARE ASKING FROM CLUB MEMBERS AND THEIR FAMILIES
*You must love to ride your bike and want to increase your skills and get stronger and faster.
*Cyclocross racing experience is NOT required.
*U15 TEAM and U19 TEAM racers must purchase an annual USA Cycling junior racing license ($35), team uniform, and pay their own race entry fees.
*You will need to provide your own bike, either a cyclocross bike or a mountain bike. It needs to fit well and be in good operating condition. A properly fitting helmet is also required and a water bottle/cage affixed to your bike or a hydration pack.
USA CYCLING LICENSE REQUIRED FOR sb Juniors ONLY
USA Cycling Junior racing license can be purchased here: http://www.usacycling.org/youth-license-information.htm. A USA Cycling License is required for sb Juniors U19/U15 Teams riders and costs $35, payable online when you join USA Cycling. It is NOT required for Kids of Bikes Club members.
IMPORTANT – when you purchase your license you need to specify your CLUB and TEAM. Your TEAM is “SB JUNIORS”. Your Club is Syracuse Bicycle Cycling Club.
REALLY IMPORTANT – your cyclocross racing age is your age as of December 31, 2018 — your age as of the end of NEXT YEAR, not your age THIS YEAR.
The sbJuniors official uniform is the Syracuse Bicycle Racing jersey and bib shorts. Additional items include a thermal jacket and custom logo arm warmers. sb Kids on Bikes are also welcome to purchase a uniform, but it is not required.
Jerseys – $65
Bib Shorts – $67
Jackets – $138
Arm Warmers – $20
Please let me know sizing for jersey and shorts RIGHT AWAY so I can submit our order! All of our team clothing is custom and it takes about 4-5 weeks to arrive from the day I submit the order. Please look at the Men’s Sizing Chart: http://custom.louisgarneau.com/media/pdf/sizingchart/sizingchart_en.pdf
sbJuniors U19 and U15 Team members are encouraged to race in at least 3 of the races listed below that comprise the CNY Cyclocross Cup. Juniors will be awarded points based on results in these races, with the overall points winners receiving medals for the top three in each of the following categories: U19 Male, U19 Female, U15 Male and U15 Female. The more you race, the more opportunities to win points!
Race registration fees are NOT included in the team membership fees. You need to register for the individual races on your own prior to each race. Races are already open for registration on at the following links. Please sign up in advance!
Sunday, 9/30 – Cross Out Child Abuse, Oswego, NY
Saturday, 10/13 – Finger Lakes CX, Auburn, NY
Saturday, 10/20 – Salt City CX, Longbranch Park, Liverpool, NY
Sunday, 10/21 – Power Cross, Longbranch park, Liverpool, NY
Saturday, 10/27 – Syracross VII, Thornden Park, Syracuse, NY
Sunday, 11/4 – Cider Cross, Beak and Skiff, Lafayette, NY
RACE DAY SCHEDULES
Races are usually on Sunday, though there are a few Saturday races. Please register ahead of time online if you know you can attend. You should plan to arrive minimum 1.5 hours before the race start time in order to have the best pre-race preparation. You need to finalize registration, get dressed, and warm up. Warmups are very important in cyclocross. Races are very high intensity and your motor needs to be ready at the start. Courses are also very different and it helps to practice. There are usually short periods in between races when you can practice on the course and you need to be early to do this. The team will usually have a team “base camp” at races, including a tent and snacks. We will look for help from parents and older racers to set this up.
Cyclocross races go on in all weather. Snow, rain, does not matter. This is sometimes very hard for kids and you need to prepare for it. But this is one of the things that makes the sport special. Weather and conditions offer special opportunities for growing in virtue and skill. Weather is one of the things that brings out the best in us.
Director: Trish Dugan, ph. 315-263-7575, email email@example.com
Coaching Staff/Advisory Board: Caryle Zipprich, Tyler Andre, Tim Taber, MaryBeth Romagnoli