2017 Elite Team

NOTE:  Our 2017 Elite program is nearing the finish of the recruitment phase. Read on to learn about the program.  Slots may be available on the Elite and Elite Development teams!

We are excited to announce that Team Velosport Junior Development will again have one of the most comprehensive junior elite programs in the USA for 2017.

11 REASONS TO CONSIDER VELOSPORT for 2017:

  • We are America’s largest junior road team with over 80 members (70 USAC licensed).  More members means more teammates to work with and train with.  Better implementation of team tactics that really work!  More fun!
  • Velosport has won USA Cycling’sJunior Club of the Year” award for four consecutive years and is also a 5x USAC “Center of Excellence” team
  • We race.  A lot!  We have supported juniors at almost every junior race in SoCal this year.  REAL support.  Warm up tents, coaching staff, nutrition, mechanical support, spare wheels, staff to check on results and handle the administration stuff so you can focus on racing.  That’s 30+ races in 2016 (and also support at bigger races outside of our region like Sea Otter and Valley of the Sun).  Here’s a short VIDEO slide show of a typical race day for us (prior year, under our old “Rokform” team name).
  • We win.  A lot!  At those 30+ races with junior fields, Team Velosport has been on a podium at almost EVERY RACE.   We have won the SoCal cup five consecutive years
  • We train.  A lot!  Over 100+ supported team rides
  • We have the most amazing team camp ever!  Three January days in beautiful Santa Maria…  all expenses covered for Elite members.   Riding, racing, drills, lectures and fun.  Supported by top pro racers like Freddie Rodriguez, Dave Zabriski, Sergio Hernandez, Rahsaan Bahati and more.  WATCH THIS VIDEO!
  • Great SPONSORS!  Too early to provide details yet, but most of our sponsors stay on for multiple years.  2016 sponsors provided lots of great product for our elites, including Garmin Edge 520’s, Hutchinson tires, K-Edge mounts and chain catchers, Oakley glasses, and of course Specialized shoes, helmets and Tarmac Pro bikes (bikes for Elite only).  Plenty of other sponsor benefits including insane discounts with Park Tool, GU Energy, Skratch Labs, Bonk Breaker and MORE.
  • Great SUPPORT.  Communication and organization is what we’re about.  You’ll get access to a private Facebook page with info on rides, races and events and a great way to communicate with teammates and management.  Pre & Post race meetings.  Mechanical support at every ride and race.   Bike fit adjustments as often as needed.  Broken frame?  We fix that!  Nutrition supplied for every ride and race.   Ride share / hotel share for travel to races.
  • True DEVELOPMENT!  Velosport sent 5 members to USAC Talent ID camps in 2016.  We had 20 category upgrades.  And often the largest roster of any team at the big regional events like Sea Otter Classic, San Dimas Stage Race and Valley of the Sun Stage race.  We also work with young members (age 9 and up) and actively experience other cycling disciplines at events like our team Velodrome day.
  • EUROPE RACING, too!  Velosport’s annual Europe Race Trip provides opportunities for the exceptional athlete to learn about living and racing in Europe.  This is a three week trip with an opportunity to extend for racing the FULL SUMMER with our Belgian partner team.  The trip is packed with Kermesse racing, training in Flanders and a prestigious UCI 2.1 four-day stage race with all the top European National teams.  And also a Tour de France stage visit!
  • LEARN FROM THE BEST!  Our 2017 Elite and Elite Development Team Director is George Chester, a top junior coach.   George’s many years of coaching experience will be an invaluable tool for our Elite members.  He will provide race-day strategies and plans as well as post-race recaps.  He will also lead team rides and clinics.

 

2017 ELITE TEAM DETAILS:

This team will be split into two different categories with different levels of support and requirements.

Elite Team – The team will select up to eight top racers who are committed to train and race as a cohesive team with the goal of top performances at key race events.  This team will require a full year commitment and signed contract.  These riders will be required to make this their sole athletic commitment for the year.  The selected members will receive the following benefits in addition to the regular team membership:

(pending final budget approvals 10/15/2016)

  • Membership fee waived
  • Specialized Team Bike on an as-needed basis
  • Helmet & Shoes
  • 2 Full Kits
  • Skinsuit
  • Vest, Jacket, Armwarmers
  • Sponsor-supplied Items (undetermined at this date)*
  • All expenses covered at Team Camp
  • 2017 Velosport Europe trip priority access (17/18 only)
  • Europe Trip extension options to race with a Belgian team for the summer (17/18 only)
  • Travel Allowance toward Europe trip or US Road National Championships
  • 100% Race Reimbursement Program for required races, 50% for optional races
  • Elite Training / Coaching at team events & races.  Private coaching available at special rates

Elite Development Team – The team will consist of up to ten qualified riders who are working toward advancing into the Elite program.  This team will require dedication to the sport and a signed contract.  These riders will be required to make road cycling a priority for the year.  These riders will receive the following benefits in addition to the regular team membership:

  • Membership fee waived
  • Free ELITE level jersey
  • Sponsor-supplied Items (undetermined at this date)*
  • All expenses covered at Team Camp
  • 2017 Velosport Europe trip priority access (17/18 only) with trip extension option
  • 50% Race Reimbursement Program
  • Elite Training / Coaching at team events & races.  Private coaching available at special rates

 

PROCESS:

  1. Fill out the application below
  2. Selection will be made based on race history / rankings and commitment.  We will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if you have been selected for a spot on the Elite team.
  3. If selected, you will be able to review and sign a contract with us when this process starts.

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Official Application

    Instructions

  • This is the official application for the 2017 Velosport Elite Team. Please fill it out with as much information as you can.
  • General Information

  • Team Selection

  • Selection:
    Your license must read "Road:03" or higher to apply for the Elite team.
    Your license must read "Road:04" or higher to apply for the Elite Development team.
  • Past Results

 

Verification