USAC Junior Talent Search

USA Cycling Talent Search, Powered by RacerMate, Extended to May 7th
Nationwide Program Identifies Talented Juniors for Fast Track Development

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The inaugural USA Cycling National Talent Search, Powered by RacerMate has been extended to May 7th. The talent search program is designed to help identify the nation’s young athletes (boys and girls, age 15-18 years old) with the raw potential to join USA Cycling’s top tier, the USA National Cycling Team. The top performers in a 20km (12.5 miles) time trial simulation test will be invited to USA Cycling Regional Development Camps in their regions in June.

USA Cycling and RacerMate, Inc., have responded to requests from the participating USA Cycling Talent Search Centers nationwide to extend the deadline for gathering the testing data of the 20-kilometer time trial. “Rather than rush to finish the program and perhaps leave some athletes unable to qualify in time, USA Cycling and RacerMate would rather revise the program,” said Sam Callan, USA Cycling manager for the program.

An optional eight-week training program had been suggested as part of the USA Cycling/RacerMate National Talent Search. Organizers would like to stress that this program is optional, not mandatory, for young cyclists that wish to discover their raw potential. “A lot of young athletes out there, not only cyclists but cross country and endurance track runners, might be surprised by how much cycling potential they have,” commented Chuck Wurster, the Vice President of RacerMate Inc.

The athletes are being tested at designated USA Cycling National Talent Search Centers throughout the United States using RacerMate's Velotron electronic bicycle ergometer/trainer. The test on the Velotron consists of a realistic bicycling simulation using the actual topography of the course to be used July 13 for the National Championships at the USA Cycling National Festival at Seven Springs, in Pennsylvania. The primary focus of the test is the athlete’s time and power output over the simulated 20km time trial course.

To find out if there is a local USA Cycling National Talent Search Center in your area, visit the following website http://www.computrainer.com/rm_inc/usac_talentsearchcenters.htm and call the site nearest you for details about affordable training and testing programs for the USA Cycling National Talent Search, Powered by RacerMate.

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