junior race camp

With the rapid growth of interscholastic racing around the country (the state of Virginia in particular), many junior mountain bikers are increasingly interested in improving their performance, speed, efficiency, and strategy . This 3-day camp will accomplish those goals, and more.

Each day will focus on a different discipline of the sport. Dedicated courses will be set up for short track, eliminator, cross country, and marathon training. Few things are as motivating as friendly competition, so count on bumping bars with other campers and sprinting for the holeshot! Counselors also get in on the action, giving real-time feedback and tactical advice.

Working with experienced regional professionals, campers will learn the ins and outs of what it takes to perform at their absolute best. From nutrition to pacing, bike setup to descending technique, if it will increase your ability to quickly and safely cover ground on a mountain bike it will be covered in this camp.

All camp activities will take place at Miller School of Albemarle and take full advantage of their scenic 1,600-acre campus with expansive network of campus trails.

While a detailed schedule will be sent to all attendees before camps begin, below is a broad outline of what each day will hold:

  • Friday afternoon – Check-in, course previews, counselor and camper intros
  • Saturday morning – Pro Tips & Cross Country 
  • Saturday afternoon – Pro Tips & Short Track
  • Sunday morning – Pro Tips & Marathon
  • Sunday afternoon – Check-out

There are many strategies for going faster on a mountain bike ranging from pacing to descending technique. Add to those the many options for optimizing bike setup: tire pressure and tread patterns, suspension tuning, gearing… The list goes on, and varies based on the type of race. If you are one of the growing number of junior cyclists who have tried, or are going to try, your hand at interscholastic racing, you will enjoy every moment of this camp and come away more prepared than ever before for your next competition!

Each day of camp will focus on a unique discipline of mountain bike racing: short track, cross country, and marathon. Dedicated courses will be laid out, and campers will put into practice the lessons taught by our regional and national experts.


  • Ages 13 to 18

  • Girls and Boys (separate dorm)

  • July 6-8

  • 3 Days; 2 Nights 

  • Skill Level: High-Intermediate to Advanced


  • Miller School of Albemarle Campus Trails


  • Use of spacious dorms and all campus amenities

  • 3 healthy and balanced meals each day

  • Healthy snacks and ride food

  • Daily, fully-supported group rides

  • Skills courses led by area professionals

  • Daily cycling seminars

  • Laundry

  • Bike mechanic

  • Custom Cutaway USA High-Viz cycling jersey

Short Track

0.6 mile lap. All doubletrack, mainly on grass. There are several off-camber corners, a fast descent, and short, challenging climbs. Each lap also includes the famous “dip”, allowing numerous opportunities for style points!

Cross County

3.75 mile lap. 45% doubletrack, 55% singletrack. There are multiple places to pass, and each lap begins with almost 1/2 mile on fields and gravel road before entering the woods. After the opening climb, riders are treated to an almost mile-long descent before working their way back to the start/finish line on undulating singletrack.


8.85 mile lap. 40% doubletrack, 60% singletrack. A monster lap of all of the best terrain Miller School of Albemarle has to offer, ranging from tight singletrack, to open fireroads, to machine-built flow. Riders are rewarded for efficiency, smart pacing, and section-by-section strategy. As the laps tick by, it is often the smartest racer who finds his or herself at the front!


0.55 mile course. A fast, doubletrack start quickly pinches into narrow singletrack before a challenging climb and run through the “dip” to the finish line. 4 riders compete head-to-head. The top 2 advance to the winners bracket, while the bottom 2 move to the losers bracket but still have a chance to make it to the championship round!

Seminars will be held each evening and some mornings. Like other Cutaway Bike Camps, down time will be spent relaxing in the Miller School pool, 12-acre lake, or utilizing several of the other facilities at our disposal.