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.

RACE CAMP QUICK FACTS 

  • Ages 13 to 18

  • Girls and Boys (separate dorm)

  • 3 Days; 2 Nights 

  • Skill Level: High-Intermediate to Advanced

RIDE LOCATIONS

  • Miller School of Albemarle Campus Trails

CAMP INCLUDES

  • 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.

Marathon

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!

Eliminator

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.


MEET THE PROS

Luke Vrouwenvelder
 

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Luke is a professional cyclist and coach for lukeVcoaching.com. A 6x Collegiate National Champion, he finished his degree in economics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2017 before settling in as a full-time professional rider in 2018. Luke has ridden to a total of 16 national championship medals both in and out of collegiate competition, and has accumulated 12 UCI podiums to date. As a first-year elite this year, Luke has been focused on achieving results on the international stage. Outside of racing, Luke is a full-time coach, working with athletes of all ages and abilities. With almost 10 years of racing under his belt, he is able to use that experience to bring tailored coaching to his clients. Luke also enjoys working with the North Carolina NICA teams by mentoring, and lending a hand in practices and team meets. Currently, Luke is splitting time between travelling the U.S. in a travel trailer to attend domestic races, and spending time in Europe with USAC to race in World Cups and other international events.


Bryan Lewis
 

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Bryan grew up riding mountains bikes and racing in Virginia before pursuing running in HS and then a collegiate career at the University of Virginia.  In grad school he return to racing mountain bikes and picked up road racing.  An elite national championship on the mountain bike in 2014 and some big wins on the road in 2015 led to a professional road contract in 2016 and 2017.  He has experience in all realms of the sport, from road racing and mountain bike to some of the biggest gravel races now popping up across the country.  He now works for Cutaway, USA and chases any fun cycling events he sets his eye on.

 


Lauren Cantwell

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Lauren got into mountain biking from her skiing friends who told her if she loved hiking up the mountain to ski down in the winter, she'd probably love the same idea in the summer on two wheels.  She now works as an emergency medicine doctor in Roanoke, VA and has picked up endurance racing.  She enjoys exploring new areas, big backcountry rides, and pushing her drop bar bike to its limit.  She's currently chasing the NUE overall title and with wins at 6WC and Cohutta is off to a great year!


Roy Benge
 

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Roy grew up in the Colorado Rocky Mountains and started building jumps in his yard at a very young age. Lugging wheelbarrows of dirt around his yard soon evolved into racing Mountain States Cup downhill, dual slalom, and 4X races by age 9. Roy became obsessed with racing and started the hand construction of what would become a whole network of downhill trails on the hill he lived on. At age 15, he moved into the junior elite category and competed at Professional Gravity Race Tour and National Championship events throughout the country. His junior elite career culminated with the opportunity to race the Widham UCI World Cup, and he turned professional the following year. The same year, Roy also began pursuing professional enduro racing. At age 20, Roy competed in the Aspen round of the Enduro World Series, and continues to jump back and forth between downhill and enduro disciplines. When not on the bike, Roy attends the University of Virginia and is entering his senior year this fall. 


Andrea Dvorak

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Andrea Dvorak is a professional road cyclist. She has been involved in Junior Development cycling projects since 2007 when she helped start the Miller School of Albemarle cycling program. Before beginning her professional cycling career in 2006, Dvorak earned degrees in Spanish and Biology from the University of Virginia; she went on to graduate from U.Va. Law School and was admitted to the Virginia State Bar Association in 2006. While at U.Va., Dvorak ran cross-country, competed in triathlon, and raced for the cycling team. In 2001, she won the collegiate triathlon national championships and regularly finished on the podium at collegiate nationals in cycling. As a professional cyclist, Dvorak has had a decorated career that includes making the United States Olympic Long Team, winning a stage of the women’s Tour de France, competing in World Championships, second place in the 2011 US National Road Race Championship. Additionally, she won the Queen of the Mountains jersey at Redlands Classic, Tour of the Gila, Cascade Classic, and San Dimas Stage Race in 2011. Dvorak concluded her road racing career as team captain on the UCI professional women’s team Twenty16-ShoAir and a member of the US National Team. She competed in the team trial at the UCI Road Cycling World Championships in Richmond, Virginia. In the 2016, she switched gears into full-time youth development projects and mountain biking. In 2016, she won the Shenandoah Mountain 100 mountain bike race


Gordon Wadsworth

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Gordon Wadsworth found cycling in his teenage years and through college cultivated a genuine love of racing both road and mountain bikes. Post-college Gordon pursued a USAC pro mtb license and his racing career took off from there. National Championships, international racing, and pro sponsorship have all been part of the story but the pervading themes have been a love of riding and racing, a passion for the cycling community, and enduring often infectious positivity. Gordon brings top level professionalism to his racing and coaching mixed with humor and a character all his own and served up with more than a healthy dose of adventure.

He hails from Roanoke, Virginia and after a whirlwind tour of residences in the Southeast he has settled back in Roanoke with his wife Emily and schnauzer trail pup Pippy.