New Jersey now has a junior mountain bike development program thanks to Team Bulldog, a New Jersey based mountain biking team, in cooperation with its title sponsor Cycle Craft, today announced the launch of a junior mountain bike and cyclocross racing program for riders between the ages 10 and 19.
The goal of Team Bulldog's Under 19 ("U19") program is to develop the next generation of mountain bike and cyclocross racers in New Jersey.
Team Bulldog U19 is open to young men and women who have a desire to expand their skills, endurance and mental fortitude through mountain bike and cyclocross racing. "We hope to impart to these juniors our core beliefs in sportsmanship, dedication, and camaraderie, as well as success through hard work, having fun, and giving it your best," says Team President and Pro Mountain Bike Racer Brian Lariviere. "
With many western states already offering high-school mountain biking teams and leagues, we believe this a great time to introduce a competitive junior mountain biking and cyclocross program in the northeast. The response has been phenomenal. Despite the freezing temperatures we have already signed up eight juniors for our first season as a U19 squad," reflects U19 Team Manager and USA Cycling Certified Coach Tom Kruse. "The great thing about mountain biking is that it allows individuals to excel and achieve at their own level while participating in a group activity that encourages self reliance, hard work, and sportsmanship. At a mountain bike race nobody sits on the bench," notes Team Bulldog racer and Ages 15+ Team Coordinator Noah Meineke. Prior race experience is not required, but riders must commit to regular team rides beginning in the spring and enter at least four races per year. For further information about the team, please visit www.teambulldog.com/u19