2020 Elite Team

NOTE:  Our 2020 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 2020.

11 REASONS TO CONSIDER VELOSPORT for 2020:

  • We are America’s largest junior road team with over 75 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 six years and is also a 8x USAC “Center of Excellence” team
  • We race.  A lot!  We have supported juniors at many junior races 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 12+ races in 2019 (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!  Velosport captured 14 National jerseys and 40 National medals (road and track) in 2019.
  • We train.  A lot!  Over 100+ supported team rides
  • We have the most amazing team camp ever!  Three January days in beautiful Santa Maria…  Riding, racing, drills, lectures and fun. Supported by 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.  2019 sponsors provided lots of great product for our elites, including Garmin product, Hutchinson tires, K-Edge mounts and chain catchers, Limar helmets, Selle SMP Saddles, Specialized bikes (bikes for Elite only).  Plenty of other sponsor benefits including insane discounts with Park Tool, GU Energy, 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.  Nutrition supplied for every ride and race.   Ride share / hotel share for travel to races.
  • True DEVELOPMENT!  Velosport sent 6 members to USAC Talent ID camps in 2019.  We had many 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 multi-week trip with an opportunity to extend for racing with some of our partner teams.  The trip is packed with Kermesse racing, training in Flanders and either the Junior Tour of Ireland or a prestigious UCI 2.1 four-day stage race with all the top European National teams.
  • LEARN FROM THE BEST!  Our 2020 Elite and Elite Development Team Director is Eric Oien, a junior coach and experienced, CAT 1 racer.   Eric’s skills 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.

2020 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)

  • Specialized Team Bike on an as-needed basis
  • Limar Helmet
  • 1 Full Kit
  • 1 Carrera Suit
  • Jacket, Armwarmers
  • Sponsor-supplied Items (undetermined at this date)*
  • 2020 Velosport Europe trip priority access (17/18 only)
  • Race Reimbursement Program (amount subject to sponsor support)
  • Elite Training / Coaching at team events & races.  Private coaching available at special rates

Elite Development Team – The team will consist of up to four 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:

  • Race level jersey & bibs
  • Sponsor-supplied Items (undetermined at this date)*
  • 2020 Velosport Europe trip priority access (17/18 only)
  • Race Reimbursement Program (amount subject to sponsor support)
  • 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