High School Cyclocross Resources

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.

Junior Cyclocross combines with High School!

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

Run by the Pacific Power Blue Sky Cycling Team. Below is information about the overall Junior Cyclocross Series from John Wilson jfw100@comcast.net.

Our generous sponsors:

Pacific Power

Willamette Valley Cycling

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association

Redline Bicycles

Castelli

Sellwood Cycle Repair

Hammer Products

Northwest Multisports

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.

JCS Awards:

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:

John Wilson

Willamette Valley Cycling Team / Pacific Power Blue Sky

JCS and HSCS Series Director

541-760-1331

OBRA High School Cyclocross Series

Created by OBRA, Kenji Sugahara is the main contact person: kenji@obra.org

Read the Initial White Paper on the Series by downloading the PDF.

Below is some information from Kenji about the series:

Goals for year 1:

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.

Basics:

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.

Organization:

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.
Regions:

Portland
Hood River
Bend
Salem
Eugene/Corvallis
Coast
Southern Oregon

HS Categories:

  • Team
  • Male (no age distinction)
  • Female (no age distinction)

Jerseys:

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.

Proposed Calendar:

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

Double points

12 noon Salem 8 5

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

15-16
Second Group Girls 17-18 JCS and High School

Ages scored separately for JCS

15-16
Third Group Boys & Girls 13-14 JCS Only – B&G scored separately
Fourth Group Boys & Girls 10-12 JCS Only – B&G scored separately

Scoring:

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.

Practices:

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.

Insurance:

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.

Coaches:

Teams may choose to have a coach.

Equipment:

We will be working with Redline to help kids purchase bikes at a discount through their first bike program.

Jerseys:

Castelli has offered to provide teams with jerseys at preferred pricing rates.  You may use other vendors.

Castelli Information:

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:

Richard Desmond
Manager-Servizio Corse
Castelli-US
Office 503-222-3500 ext23
Cell 503-816-7504
Rdesmond@castelli-us.com

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 kenji@obra.org / 503-278-5550. If you want to join a regional HS team contact one of the following region coordinators:

Portland: Rick Potestio potestio@comcast.net

Hood River: Jeff Lorenzen obra369@yahoo.com

Bend: Bill Warburton bwana.bill@gmail.com

Salem: Omer Kem omerkm1@yahoo.com

Eugene/Corvallis: John Wilson jfw100@comcast.net

Coast: TBD bikenewport@charter.net

Southern Oregon: Glen Gann ggann9@charter.net

HSCS FAQ’s

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: kenji@obra.org