The Academy is helping OBRA with the Oregon High School Cyclocross Series, which is integrated into the Junior Cyclocross Series. The JCS is in it’s second year and will offer 8 Races, mostly in the Willamette Valley. The JCS uses existing races to add junior categories so that any racers age 10+ can race against their peers for an overall series champion.
The High School Cyclocross Series is specifically for High Schoolers, includes 5 races that overlap with the JCS and is designed to get schools to create clubs and compete as regions. The HSCS will grow after its first year to include schools, clubs, races and racers from all over Oregon. The size and scope of the HSCS is unlimited and we all hope it will grow quickly to include hundreds of Oregon high schoolers.
The Academy believes that growing cyclocross into the high school sports arena is one of the best ways to introduce junior cyclists to racing. Academy Cycling Director, Bill Warburton, is the Bend regional coordinator to help get the OBRA series going. Use this page to find resources and read updates on the 2 overlapping series.
The Junior Cyclocross Series
Our generous sponsors:
Willamette Valley Cycling
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association
Sellwood Cycle Repair
I am pleased to announce the 2010 Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series and the Oregon High School Cyclocross Series.
The JCS is back for its second year and promises to be bigger and better. The same great schwag, awards, and racing action plus expand race venues reaching out to a town near you! The JCS is a best 6 out of 8 race series. Must participate in 5 or more races for series awards / grand prize awards.
New for this year is a High School CX Series. This series rides on top of the JCS. It is a best 4 out of 5 race series. Must participate in 3 or more races for series awards / grand prize awards. The HS Series is configured so all HS participants can simultaneously race the JCS. Two series and two sets of titles/schwag on the line for the price of one $5 Entry/event. These are OBRA events. All rules apply. Helmets required. Memberships available for $5. http://obra.org or Day of Race.
Within a week or so we will have a new dedicated to Junior Racing web page up on the OBRA site (Thanks Cheryl Willson). Keep an eye out for this (but I will send out a reminder to everyone once it is up). This site will provide all the series info plus track race / series results. It will also provide all the contact info and context for the High School teams.
We have great awards, medals, and cool swag 5 deep in each JCS category, plus great Grand Prizes. Series Champion Jerseys from Castelli for each JCS category. Equal awards for Girls and Boys. Grand Prizes will be based on a lottery system factoring in race participation + finish position in the series.
Special thanks to: Jeff Lorenzen, Jeff McNamee, Sal Collura, and Brad Ross for opening their arms and welcoming Junior racing into their awesome Cyclocross races and race venues!
If you have more questions about the JCS please contact:
Willamette Valley Cycling Team / Pacific Power Blue Sky
JCS and HSCS Series Director
OBRA High School Cyclocross Series
Created by OBRA, Kenji Sugahara is the main contact person: email@example.com
Read the Initial White Paper on the Series by downloading the PDF.
Below is some information from Kenji about the series:
1. Get the ball rolling. Start putting the structure together for high school competition.
2. Get kids/parents to start cyclocross clubs in each of their schools.
3. Introduce cyclocross to high school administrators and other key people in schools.
4. Pull together high school kids so they can compete directly against each other.
The High School Cross Series is a 5 race series that culminates in the OBRA Championships. This series allows high school age kids to compete directly with each other for the title of Oregon High School Cyclocross Champion. The first year we do not expect enough kids per high school to be able for individual high schools to field teams. Thus- we plan on pulling together regional teams. Races are 30 minutes in length.
The competition is being run as part of the Junior Cross Series, which is run by the Pacific Power Blue Sky Cycling Team. (See below for more info about the JCS) OBRA is providing logistical support to the series.
- Male (no age distinction)
- Female (no age distinction)
Castelli has generously offered to provide teams with jerseys at preferred pricing rates. You may use other vendors. More info on this once the web page is up but the deadline for artwork is August 6th to ensure a September 15 delivery just a week prior to the first HS race. Castelli will provide a choice of templates to help create your team jersey or you may provide your own artwork.
|Date||Name||Time||City||JCS Race||HS Race|
|Sun 9/19/10||HR Double Cross||12 noon||Hood River||1|
|Sat 9/25/10||Psycho Cross||12 noon||Eugene||2||1|
|Sat 10/9/10||WVC Heiser Farm||12 noon||Dayton||3||2|
|Sat 10/16/10||Psycho Cross||12 noon||Eugene||4|
|Sun 10/24/10||Cross Crusade||12:35 pm||Hillsboro||5||3|
|Sun 11/7/10||Cross Crusade||12:35 pm||TBD||6||4|
|Sat 11/13/10||Psycho Cross||12 noon||Eugene||7|
|Sun 11/21/10||OBRA Champs
Categories and Start order (all will race together in one 30 minute, mid day race, Juniors only, no adults on the course).
|Start order||Gender||Age Category||Series Points|
|First Group||Boys||17-18||JCS and High School
Ages scored separately for JCS
|Second Group||Girls||17-18||JCS and High School
Ages scored separately for JCS
|Third Group||Boys & Girls||13-14||JCS Only – B&G scored separately|
|Fourth Group||Boys & Girls||10-12||JCS Only – B&G scored separately|
Top three finishers in each race receive points.
Best 4 out of 5 races.
Must participate in 3 races to qualify for series awards.
Double points for the championships.
We encourage teams to get together and practice as often as possible. We would prefer if these practices were held on school grounds. But- folks must always ask permission before doing so. The first step to get permission of course is forming a club.
We can provide liability insurance for practices. This covers damage done by riders. It does not cover damage to rider’s equipment. It also does not provide medical coverage. Teams will need to submit an application for this coverage.
Teams may choose to have a coach.
We will be working with Redline to help kids purchase bikes at a discount through their first bike program.
Castelli has offered to provide teams with jerseys at preferred pricing rates. You may use other vendors.
1. No production minimums for the program (three Jerseys min for approved teams)
2. Cost per jersey is $40.00.
3. Use the provided design template (place your name here, and provide school colors) – DOWNLOAD TEMPLATE
4. Orders and artwork must be turned in by August 6st for a September 15th delivery .
5. Orders turned in after Aug 6 will be scheduled on a case by case basis (plan for 6 week turn).
6. Castelli can lend some design assistance for those in need but the program does not support complicated and time consuming design. Please be respectful and considerate if requesting design help.
7. For more information you may contact:
Office 503-222-3500 ext23
High School Awards:
HS Categories: Team, Best Girl, Best Boy. Series Champion Jerseys for Top team, best Girl, best boy. Medals three deep.
Parents please get the word out to all the kids you know who may be interested. If you are interested in creating a High School team Contact Kenji Sugahara firstname.lastname@example.org / 503-278-5550. If you want to join a regional HS team contact one of the following region coordinators:
Portland: Rick Potestio email@example.com
Hood River: Jeff Lorenzen firstname.lastname@example.org
Bend: Bill Warburton email@example.com
Salem: Omer Kem firstname.lastname@example.org
Eugene/Corvallis: John Wilson email@example.com
Coast: TBD firstname.lastname@example.org
Southern Oregon: Glen Gann email@example.com
I don’t have a team, can I still participate in the series?
Yes- we’ll set you up with a team from your region
My child is not in high school. Can they still race?
Not in the high school series, but they are welcome and encouraged to try the junior cross series. However, there is a minimum age of 10 years old. There is a kiddie cross race at most races for those under 10.
What are the prizes?
For the High School Cross series, we will provide letterman style jackets to the winners. Medals will go to the top three teams and individuals.
We have a team, do we have to race in every race to be eligible to win?
No. The team only has to race in 3 of the 5 races to qualify but the best out 4 out 5 races will count.
What kind of bike can I use?
Although cyclocross bikes are preferred, mountain bikes may also be used.
There’s no race in my area. Can we put on a race?
For 2010, the calendar is set, but for 2011 and beyond we will need more regional races all across Oregon. These races should be sanctioned by OBRA for insurance and equipment purposes.
Who to contact about the HSCS: Kenji Sugahara: firstname.lastname@example.org