Regional Talent ID Camps
The mission of USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID Camps is to Provide USA Cycling with Jr. Talent Evaluations while Offering Athletes a Pathway to Develop Their Cycling Ability. Our Talent ID Camps are the first step for young male and female athletes to enter into the USA Cycling development pipeline, providing them guidance and development towards their cycling future. USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps are for athletes racing age 14 to 19 years and attendees should have some racing experience.
The primary goal of the Talent ID Camps is to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Receiving instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, the camps also provide the necessary framework to improve the athletes skillset, thus progressing their cycling development. Regional Talent ID Camps provide vital input towards selecting riders for international competition and/or a national camp. 80 percent of athletes invited to our National Talent ID Camp have attended a Regional Talent ID Camp.
New for 2015
Six junior men (ages 15/16) and six junior women (ages 15/16, 17/18) from the USA Cycling road Talent ID Camps will be selected to represent USA Cycling at the Colorado Mini-Challenge, August 14-16, 2015 (the June 13-18 N. Arizona l'Abitibi Selection Camp will not serve as a selection camp for the CO Mini-Challenge, but will remain a selection camp for Tour de l'Abitibi). Athletes selected will be chosen based on a variety of factors including, but not limited to, field test results, rider skills, attitude, etc. This athlete-funded event is offered to provide additional coaching and racing experience with a time trial, crit and road race. Athletes are responsible for their flights to Denver International Airport and will then be shuttled to the Silt, CO where they will spend the weekend with two certified USA Cycling coaches and race as a team. Cost (TBD) will include transportation from Denver, lodging, meals, entry fees, jerseys and coaching.
|Camp Location||Manager||Dates||Type of Camp|
|Colorado Christian University (Lakewood, CO)||Jon Heidemann||June 1-6, 2015||Road|
|University Colorado Colorado Springs (Colorado Springs, CO) SOLD OUT||Benjamin Sharp||June 8-13, 2015||Mountain Bike***|
|Furman University (Greenville, SC) SOLD OUT||Rusty Miller||June 6-11, 2015||Road|
|Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) SOLD OUT||Barney King||June 7-12, 2015||Road|
|*Northern Arizona University (Flagstaff, AZ) SOLD OUT||Barney King||*June 13-18, 2015||*l'Abitibi Selection|
|**StubHub Center Velo Sports Center (Carson, CA)||Lori Walker||**June 7-11, 2015||Track**|
|Garrett College (McHenry, MD) SOLD OUT||Kristen Dieffenbach||June 21-26, 2015||Mountain Bike***|
|Finger Lakes Community College (Canandaigua, NY)||Todd Scheske||July 7-12, 2015||Road|
|University of California - Davis (Davis, CA)||Dan Smith||Aug 9-14, 2015||Road|
|Pacific University (Forest Grove, OR)||Jim Anderson||July 26-31, 2015||Road|
|Northampton Community College (Bethlehem, PA)||Bill Elliston||Aug 3-8, 2015||Road|
|Midwestern University (Witchita Falls, TX)||David Wenger||Aug 9-14, 2015||Road|
*The June 13-18 Flagstaff camp cost ranges from $850-$950 as this is a USA Cycling Tour de l'Abitibi Selection Camp open to junior males racing age 17-18 who hold a USAC racing license of cat 3 or above. A team of six will be selected from the camp to participate in the 2015 Tour De l’Abitibi. This team will have their team entry paid, but additional costs such as airfare, vehicle rental, and staff compensation will be the responsibility of the selected riders. If participation warrants, a second team may be selected, although no financial compensation will be provided. This selection camp will be limited to 28 riders. For more info contact Barney King at email@example.com or by phone at 602-410-4358.
** The June 7-11 Track camp will be a lead in to the USA Cycling International Championships Qualifying races held June 12-14, which will serve as qualifying races for the Jr. World Championships. Athletes attending the track camp, lead by USA Cycling Coaching Staff, are encouraged to use the camp as preperation for the races. More information on the selection critera can be found HERE. Additional fees are required for both housing and race entry and are the responsibility of the athelte. There will be races for athletes race age 15-16, 17-18’s and 14 year olds on Sat evening, however, please note, only 17-18’s may qualify for International Championship events. All Jr. athletes are encouraged to attend this camp as there are no qualification standards necessary to attend.
***Our MTB camps will also serve as selection camps for six athletes to represent USA Cycling at the Boston Rebellion Pro XCT camp and race. The camp will run from Thursday, July 9th (check in day) to Sunday, July 12th (check out day). The riders will have Kristen Dieffenbach there as their coach and they will race their age category at this Pro XCT event. for more details please email Kristen Dieffenbach
While all camps aim to provide athletes with equivalent learning opportunities, each camp has a uniqueness all to its own. To find out more about the features of each camp, click here.
At all road camps, a proprietary USA Cycling Power Application is used to measure athlete’s average power and power/weight ratio from two field test, regardless if athlete has a power meter or not. The power numbers are one factor used to help select athletes invited to the USA Cycling National Camp. View Power Numbers from our previous camp field tests HERE.
Learn more about our camps from USA Cycling Junior Program Manager Billy Innes in the video below:
Registration for the USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps is now available. To register for a camp, sign in to your USA Cycling account and click on the "Register for an Event" button. There you will find all the camps that currently offer online registration. Please keep in mind that the June 13-18 Flagstaff Camp is a l'Abitibi selection camp and open only to 17-18 cat 3-and-above junior male athletes. Registration for each camp closes one week prior to that camp's start.
How to Qualify Automatically for the USA Cycling Development Camps
Please note that qualification procedures may change for 2015. Consider the following a guide only.
Road and Cross-Country Mountain Bike
To ensure the safety of all camp participants and to maximize the learning opportunities for all, there is a minimum standard of on-the-bike competency that all camp participants must satisfy. Road camps are available to athletes with a minimum race age of 14 and no older than racing age 19. Cross-country mountain bike camps will be limited to riders who are a minimum racing age of 14 years old and no older than racing age 19. Athletes that are automatically eligible to participate in the camps meet one or more of the following standards contingent on space being available in the desired camp:
- Participated in the 2014 or prior Regional Camp program.
- Carry a valid 2015 collegiate racing license (men, D, C, or B and women, C or B) and are under the racing age of 21 in 2015. (Exception would be cross-country mountain bike camps).
- Finish in the top five in a USA Cycling Road Development Race Series race (15/16 or 17/18 category) since June 1, 2014. Athletes 14 years old must qualify through the 15/16 category. Results in the 13/14 category will not be counted.
- Finish in the top five in an AMBC race (Category 2, 15/16 or 17/18 category) since June 1, 2014. Athletes that are 14 years old must qualify through the 15/16 category. Results in the 13/14 category will not be counted.
- Finish in the top 10 in the road race, time trial, or criterium event at the 2014 or 2015 Junior Road National Championships. 13/14, 15/16, and 17/18 results will be considered.
- Finish in the top 10 in the cross-country at the 2014 Junior Mountain Bike National Championships in the 13/14, 15/16 or 17/18 age groups in category 2.
- For road camps, athletes must carry a current USA Cycling racing license as a minimum Category 4 and be a minimum race age of 14. For MTB camps, athletes must carry a current USA Cycling racing license as a minimum Category 3 and be a minimum race age of 14.
- Represented the United States in international competition in 2014.
If you do not meet the automatic qualification standards, you can petition the camp manager to be admitted into the camp. Please send an email (click on the camp manager's name in the table above) listing your race results and reasons that you should be allowed in the camp. For instance, if your area has no USA Cycling Road Development Race Series or AMBC races, you should include that information.
Camps range from $750-$950*, depending on the camp and time of registration.
Type of Camp
Regular (More than 30 days out)
Late (Less than 30 days out)
Financial aid for the Talent ID Camps may be available from the USA Cycling Development Foundation's Edmund R. Burke Travel and Training Grant [PDF] for those who qualify.
Refunds for cancellations will be issued according to the following schedule. The refund period is based on the first day of the camp for which you are registered.
- 14 days or fewer, no refund
- 15-30 days, 25% refund
- 31-60 days, 50% refund
- 61 or more days, 75% refund
After registration, if the rider decides to change camps, a $100 change fee will be instituted. If USA Cycling cancels a camp, riders can change camps with no penalty or receive a refund. To change camps please contact the Athlete Development Director.
“The talent ID camps are a great way to expedite development in the very important junior years. These seasons are where the fundamentals of cycling are of the upmost importance, which the camps teach extremely well”.
Alex Darville - Bontrager
“Without the USAC Talent ID Camp I attended in the Summer/Fall of 2009 I don't know how far I would have gone in cycling. The opportunities that have come from being involved with the USAC Talent Pipe Line have been life changing from an on the bike/off the bike stand point! I highly recommend attending these Talent ID Camps to whoever wants to get the attention of USAC and get involved in the USAC Development Pipeline.”
Eamon Lucas – Cal Giant
“As a junior rider who dreamt of competing at the highest levels of the sport, participation in the USA Cycling Talent ID camp at Flagstaff, AZ provided instrumental gains toward achieving that goal. First, I developed a greater understanding of the fundamentals of the sport like caravan and pack skills, race strategy, and the basics of nutrition. Second, I deepened a relationship with USA Cycling through its staff and coaches that led to opportunities further down the road.”
Stephen Leece - Jamis Hagens Berman
“The Talent ID camp I went to when I was 16 years of age was the first stepping stone to where I am now in my life of cycling. The camp puts you face to face with the family of USA Cycling, which allows you to become more than a name on a piece of paper or email. They can now see beyond just your talent or numbers, and on to who you are as a person. It can simply be life changing, as I realized a few days ago that I'm headed over to Europe this spring for the sixth year in a row to race for the USA.”
Ryan Eastman - Bontrager
“The Talent ID camps really gave me the chance to learn a lot about being a great cyclist on and off the bike. These camps are key to getting into the USAC pipeline which has developed me and many of my fellow teammates into some of the best cyclists out there.”
Logan Owen – Cal Giant
“USA Cycling helped me get to where I am today and the great program is only getting better”.
Alexey Vermeulen - BMC Devo
“If you want to go anywhere in the sport of cycling, go to to a USA Cycling Talent ID Camp. It's where everything starts. I attended the Flagstaff Camp, run by Barney King when I was fourteen and I owe everything to it. Without the Development Program, I don't know if I would be racing my bike competitively. Now I have been to ten countries and get to ride my bike every day.”
Geoffrey Curran – Bissell Devo
“I would highly recommend going to a Regional Talent ID camp. Not only will it provide the opportunity to showcase your talent, but you will meet people that will become lifelong friends. I went to one when I was 14 years old and I can say without a doubt I wouldn't be where I am today without USA Cycling and it all started at the ID camp. It's a week of fun and learning how to ride your bike. Don't let this once in a lifetime pass you by because you have one shot to reach your goal! Make it count.”
Nate Brown - Bontrager
“The USA Cycling ID camp was the first time I saw a clear path on how to get to the top of the sport, with the right resources and the support of USA Cycling nothing can hold you back.”
Chris Butler – Champion System
If you have any questions, please contact the Coaching Education and Athlete Development Director at USA Cycling.
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