For club members and family, or anyone interested in our club/team!
Why do we do this? The time, the investment, the focus…
Let’s face it, cycling is a hard sport. Cyclists spend a great amount of time saying “ouch” and ignoring it. Heaven forbid, why would one encourage kids to do the same?
Well, that’s what we’re doing. Thanks to our friends at Trek, Bontrager, Two Wheel Transit, Hammer Nutrition, and The Sufferfest Cycling Videos, the Arrivee Cycling/2G1D Active Junior Development team came to creation with the focus on bringing bike racing to any junior wanting to experience the outdoors, competition, and love of time spent on two wheels.
This first year of the team has been great. From a spring break camp focused on developing initial riding skills, to area races including events around the Northwest, the Baddlands Twilight Series, and regular training rides, it all came down to the biggest event of the season, the Northwest Classic Junior Stage Race in Elma, WA, this past weekend (August 2-3).
This stage race, held in the shadow of what was an originally planned nuclear power facility (which never actually operated), hosts an incredible field of some of the top junior cyclists in the country (several national champions were involved) in a weekend stage race format of a time trial and criterium on the first day, and a 53 mile road race on the second.
Yes, that is a NUCLEAR tower in the background.
This race was an amazing opportunity for our riders. As first year racers, the focus of the weekend was to learn what it is like to compete in the national scene.
We arrived on Saturday with high hopes, new jerseys and shorts, and crisply shaven legs (Coach Pat made them do it!!).
The time trial was an eye opener. The winning ride averaged 26.5 MPH for the 12 mile course. Of the two riders competing, Josiah finished mid field, and Jackson began his weekend of tough luck with a flat tire.
On to the criterium…
The Saturday criterium was fast. As a competitive cyclist for over 25 years, I can truly say that the group of 15-16 year olds competing in the criterium were moving faster than any top regional events I have participated.
Josiah fought hard, to say the least. Jackson, well…
Jackson sporting the badges of badassdom
Coming into turn three, 30 MPH, with a full focus on moving up, Jackson found himself brushing up his Trek Madone against the far curb.
Let’s just say that the curb won.
Cycling isn’t easy. Jackson was able to get patched up, limp back to the car, and prepare for Sunday’s event with a heavy dose of road rash to show off. His mom, however, was not overly happy to see her only child look like he had gone through an oversized cheese grater.
Sunday brought the final stage. The road race covering the areas surrounding Elma. Hills were on the menu, as were hot conditions and fast racing.
SIDE NOTE – Upon arriving at the morning’s event, Josiah revealed that his night’s sleep was apparently interrupted by what one could only classify as a cyclist’s nightmare. Testimonial from his family indicate that upon announcing “TEN MORE LAPS TO GO?!?!” Josiah stood up in his sleep, crossed the room to his awaiting bike, and tipped it over, only to pause for a few moments, apologize to the bike, and return to bed.
Why do I have a strong feeling that Jens Voigt has this same dream every night during the Tour?
Back to the race.
The event was epic. According to Josiah, it was, “the hardest thing I have ever done.” His efforts were truly commendable, and his love for the sport brought to a new level.
Josiah bringing it home
Jackson, looking like an advertisement for active bandages, fought like a true champion to finish the event, bringing pride to his weekend of tough luck.
Jackson, battered, but not out
As I said earlier, cycling is tough. Did the Arrivee/2G1D Team win the event? No. Did we have fun? Yes. Will we return? Heck yes.
As the coach of the squad, and a lifelong cyclist, This was one of the first truly dedicated events to Juniors, and I must say that the organizers deserve great respect. If you compete in the sport, you likely notice that kids are a rarity to the start line. Perhaps it is time committments, other activities drawing their attention, or the allure of video games. We can all attempt to place blame on the reason for why kids aren’t getting out there.
All I can say is this… Cycling and kids go together like peanut butter and jelly. Get your kids on a bike, ride with them, let them win every once in a while, and BOTH of your lives will change.
-Coach Pat (standing pigeon toed watching his SON start the TT)
Know any junior aged riders interested in racing? Want to hone your skills for the upcoming season?
Come play with us April 7-10 (with a fun race on the 12th and 13th) at our first junior development cycling camp!
Each day, riders will learn skills and techniques critical to the sport of road cycling, along with opportunities to practice each skill set, and make new friends along the way.
See our SPRING BREAK CAMP PAGE for more details.
I can’t believe I’m typing this…
Cycling has been extremely good to me. While I may not have been a spindly pro, traveling the world in search of yellow, green, pink, or whatever the Vuelta is this year, I have had the great opportunity to race in fun locations, with fun people, and learn a great deal about myself along the way.
I have also been given the opportunity to give something back. I wouldn’t have found this sport if it weren’t for great people sacrificing their time and energy to make sure I knew what to do, had what I needed, and what to learn for the next time.
It is with this in mind that I have made a really potentially stupid decision. On Saturday, March 8th, 2014. I will be attempting to achieve the status of Knighthood of Sufferlandria. What that means is, I will be completing over ELEVEN hours of indoor cycling workouts created by The Sufferfest, a true taste of perfection in indoor torture. These workouts are very difficult, and the task of completing ten of them in a row is somewhat unheard of.
That is why I am doing it, and doing it for junior cycling. Starting today, I am taking donations for the effort. Pledges if you will. All proceeds raised will go to the 2G1D Junior Development team (www.2G1DEvents.com) in the form of entry fees for races for the 2014 season, and even beyond, if needed. I believe that cycling gives so much to young people; confidence, fitness, empathy, and professionalism.
If you are at all interested in helping out, please go to www.2G1DEvents.com and donate any amount you feel fit. If you can’t afford it now, no problem. Be sure to tune into Packfiller Productions (www.packfiller.com) on the day of the event, where I will be streaming the entire gore-fest live as it happens. Lastly, if you are truly twisted, come ride a ‘stage’ of the event with me! I’ll have space next to me for riders wishing to encourage the suffering along the way. 2G1D Juniors will also be participating in a stage or two, so you can see who your donations are going to help.
Thanks for your time. I know, I’m an idiot.
Are you ready?
The time has arrived. Our training season begins January 1st.
Contact 2G1D immediately to begin the program, get that early season base started, and start having fun!
For the month of January, we will be starting our initial work for the 2014 season. Efforts will be focused on establishing fitness, getting the equipment in order, and building team morale and enthusiasm. Training programs will be somewhat general in nature, as this is the time to build the basic foundation for the events you want to focus on for the upcoming season.
Also, if you know any riders (or potential riders) that might be interested in being a part of the team, be sure and let me know. All referrals will receive a free month of coaching!
Team clothing kit will be ordered soon, so make sure to get on the list!
I’d also like to welcome Hammer Nutrition on board this year as the 2G1D OFFICIAL NUTRITION SUPPLIER! That means the great Hammer Nutrition line will be available to all 2G1D riders.
As if that wasn’t enough, we will also be using THE SUFFERFEST videos in our group workouts (once a proper location is secured). These are great cycling specific workouts that will be sure to make us all faster come spring and summer. Get ready, they are truly epic!