We have a long-standing tradition of supporting junior development and getting kids on bikes at the Hellyer County Park Velodrome. Young men and women under 18 years of age (“Juniors” in the sport of cycling) can ride, race, and train on the track for free. They also have the use of fixed gear rental bikes during designated junior training sessions free of charge.
There are two regular programs, with very different goals and functions for young cyclists:
* Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series: Juniors age 9-18
Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series – Afternoons 12:45pm to 4pm
Hellyer Kids Summer Race series participants will start at one of two levels:
Entry Level Riders – Ages 9 to 17: Entry Level riders are kids who are new to track cycling. At this level, kids will learn to ride a fixed gear track bike, velodrome riding etiquette, basic cycling skills and drills in a low-key, fun environment. Riders often spend 2-3 weeks at the Entry level before moving into the main group.
Advanced Riders – Ages 9 to 17: Advanced Level riders come to Sunday sessions with previous track cycling experience and will focus on improving their skills. The Advanced Rider session typically includes a coach’s discussion, paceline drills, group riding, skill work, timed individual efforts, and mock races. Riders who are motivated to progress will have the opportunity to participate in more advanced training sessions in preparation for racing. Note: Riders older than 14 may progress to the Tuesday Afternoon Sessions after a few Sunday sessions at the discretion of the coaches.
What to Bring:
Want to help?
Please contact John Cheetham
The Hellyer Kids Summer Race Series is run by volunteer coaches and mentors. We often have national and international level guest coaches helping to prepare the kids as well. Parents are welcome to help with timing or on lap cards during the sessions. Coaches for the Sunday Junior Sessions are:
John Cheetham: John is a USA Cycling Level I coach for the last six years with additional certifications in Power Based Training and Skills. John is also a coach with the USA Cycling Development Camps and the Earlybird Training Series. He currently races both road and track.
Lee Povey: Lee is a USA cycling level 3 coach and a British cycling level 2 coach. He has coached a multitude of District, National and World Junior champions over the past 7 years. He has been both a European and British champion and has over 27 years of racing experience. He runs the Performance Cycle Coaching race team and still races in track sprint events himself. For more information on Lee please visit his website
Andrew Lanier runs the original Junior Development Track Program session on Tuesday afternoons, normally from 3 pm until dusk, reserved for ages 14-22. Historically it has served for training for juniors and espoir seniors (18-22) with emphasis on structured training and skills development for higher level competition.
Hellyer Velodrome gives back to bicycling and the community with a Junior/Espoirs Development program. We give volunteer guidance, training, and mentorship at the Hellyer Park Velodrome in San Jose, California. The program gives 14-22 year old future champions a safe environment to grow socially, mentally, physically, and competitively with the emphasis on sportsmanship and respect. Winning is not the first priority, but how to win and lose graciously is.
Hellyer Velodrome Junior/Espoirs Development program welcomes all young men and women REGARDLESS OF CLUB AFFILIATION. In its first year, 1998, we won all the Gold Medals at the Northern California Junior State Velodrome Championships! We have continued to make champions on the bicycle and in life.
Currently, our development session is every Tuesday at 2 pm until closing at the Hellyer Park Velodrome. Call FIRST to get involved, also CALL TO CONFIRM that you ARE or ARE NOT coming!!!! Come on down to the track and have some fun!