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Old 11-02-04, 08:12 PM
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question about juniors?

in the US, is juniors for under 18 yrs. old, or 18 AND under? my dilema is that i will turn 18 in june and am trying to figure out if i could race juniors for the whole season. also, just out of curiosity, how does one go about qualifying for junior nationals? thanks everyone!
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Old 11-02-04, 09:05 PM
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I'm not sure which way it is, but just so you know, your race age is your age at the end of the year. So if you turn 18 in June and it's for under 18 only, you won't be able to race as a junior at all.
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You are in a grey area when it comes to age. I suggest going to www.usacycling.org and looking there at the Jrs information. Ummm, maybe I was wrong. To race Jrs (as per USCF rule 1A14: a Jr is in the age group 10-18 (inclusive). To be an Espoir, your age is 19-23 (inclusive). That way you are good to go.

As for Nationals, which you would find incredibly fun and challenging, you need to be at least a Category 3 rider. Other than that getting to Nationals is like any other race, you send in your money, get reservations at a hotel, come and race.

To get more information on Nationals, this website should help: www.parkcitycyclingfest.com.

Hope these help. If you have more questions, feel free to boardmail me. I have friends who are involved with the organization, and one associate who is offering an extended cycling camp type thing who would coach you and get you ready for Natz.

Good luck.
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Old 11-03-04, 04:26 PM
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but there are junior nationals? are they a separate category like most junior races, or do you have to race cat 3 or up to race in them?
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Old 11-03-04, 04:40 PM
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Jr races are done by age group. But to get to Natz you have to be a 3, so you will be racing a lot of races to move up to a 3 if you aren't there already. At Natz, in the Jrs races, you may be racing against Cat 1s, 2s, or 3s. The idea behind the Cat 3 minimum is to make sure that you have the skill and training to not be a danger to you are other participants.

Another way to look at it. Masters racers can be of any skill level. But for them to race Nationals, they too have to be a minimum of a Cat 3 racer. This is for the same reason for the Jrs.

Jrs, and Masters, while racing their age group(s) could be racing against people who have better skills or more training, and be of a higher Category. For instance, this coming season, I will have the option of racing as a Cat 3 racer, or a 35+ Master. This means I could go to Nationals and race in the 35+ races. If I were a Cat 4 racer, and wanted to get to Natz I'd have to do enough Category races to move up to a Cat 3. In the 35+ age races there will be former pros, who are now racing Cat 1, a lot of people who were really good several years ago, and have now decided to get back into racing. The one common denominator is that they are all a minimum of a Cat 3.

Does this help?
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yes, that makes it very clear. thanks for your help.
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