Juniors Do you have what it takes to be on Team VeloCause!
2016 brought a new addition to Team Velocause Centraal, a Junior Team. It actually started in the 2015 cyclocross season with Ian Tweedie as our first Junior racer. 2016 road season started with Ian Tweedie, Eli Keyes and, Mitchell Dutczak, for road and Charlie DeVogel for mountain bike and cyclocross.
The junior team started as a small group with emphasis on road racing and cyclocross as their primary discipline, with velodrome, mountain bike and fat tire as secondary and cross training. Many eyes were on us to see how the junior team would work out and develop. Most of experienced juniors race several disciplines of cycling, and race the WORS mountain bike series while racing in the NICA High School mountain bike league and then going right into cyclocross season.
2017 brings exciting growth and a younger development team to be mentored by our current experienced Juniors mentioned above and thanks to our great sponsors, specifically Ben’s Cycle and Specialized, we will have some rental bikes available to juniors to rent for the season to try out road and even cyclocross.
The junior team will be structured around a motto of family first, then school, then cycling. Juniors will be treated like family and will be surrounded by mentors on the team to help develop them in life as young adults. They will be learning not just cycling skills, but life skills on how to be successful adults.
One of the primary goals of the team is to give back to the community and we will expect you donate time a few things a year that we do. Could be providing dinner with the team at Meta House, could be riding in a fund raising ride or several other opportunities.
The team consists of college professors, accountants, business owners, managers, school administratiors, information technology, skilled trades, investors, law enforcement, attorneys and more. All of these members of our "family" will all be able to help out the junior riders.
We expect our riders to be positive role models in the community. Grades in school are very important and we expect good grades from you. If you are struggling we could get one of our mentors to help you out.
If you are interested in becoming part of the junior team please use the juniors email link on the "contact us" tab. You don't have to be the best, but have to have some basic racing experience and have the drive to succeed and be committed. When you email us, please include your age, category of racing, experience and why Team Velocause Centraal.