FBRA announces 2017 Junior Talent ID Grant

The purpose of this grant is to award two slots, one male and one female, for athletes racing age 14 to 18 years, to attend the USAC Talent ID Camp at Furman University in Greenville, SC, on June 10-15, 2017. There is no monetary value for this award; it is a PAID slot provided by the FBRA to attend the camp.

 

The primary goal of the USAC Talent ID Camps is to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Receiving instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, the camps also provide the necessary framework to improve the athlete’s skillset, thus progressing their cycling development. Regional Talent ID Camps provide vital input towards selecting riders for international competition and/or a national camp. Did you know that professional riders Andrew Talansky and Taylor Phinney both attended USAC Talent ID Camps?

 

All Florida Junior Riders are required to submit an application for consideration. The application should include ALL of the following:

  1. Name, address, racing age, USAC license #, telephone number including parents contact information.
  2. A 2016/2017 racing resume.
  3. A few paragraphs from the rider on why they should be awarded the grant.
  4. Acknowledgement from parent/guardian they are able to assume all other expenses associated with the camp including but not limited to food, gas, travel and lodging.
  5. Letters of recommendation from cycling coach.
  6. Applications should be e-mailed to grants@myfbra.org. Be sure to include applicant name in the subject of the email along with – Talent ID Grant.

Furthermore, riders must meet the USAC Talent ID Camp Criteria:

To ensure the safety of all camp participants and to maximize the learning opportunities for all, there is a minimum standard of on-the-bike competency that all camp participants must satisfy. Road camps are available to athletes with a minimum race age of 14 and no older than racing age 18. Cross-country mountain bike camps will be limited to riders who are a minimum racing age of 14 years old and no older than racing age 18. Athletes that are automatically eligible to participate in the camps meet one or more of the following standards contingent on space being available in the camp:

  1. Participated in the 2016 or prior Regional Camp program.
  2. Carry a valid 2017 collegiate racing license (men, D, C, or B and women, C or B) and have a racing age no older than 18 in 2016. (Exception would be cross-country mountain bike camps)
  3. Finish in the top five in a USA Cycling Road Development Race Series race (15/16 or 17/18 category) since February 1, 2016. Athletes 14 years old must qualify through the 15/16 category. Results in the 13/14 category will not be counted.
  4. Finish in the top five in an AMBC race (Category 2, 15/16 or 17/18 category) since February 1, 2016. Athletes that are 14 years old must qualify through the 15/16 category. Results in the 13/14 category will not be counted.
  5. Finish in the top 10 in the road race, time trial, or criterium event at the 2015 or 2016 Junior Road National Championships. 13/14, 15/16, and 17/18 results will be considered.
  6. Finish in the top 10 in the cross-country at the 2015 Junior Mountain Bike National Championships in the 13/14, 15/16 or 17/18 age groups in category 2.
  7. For road camps, athletes must carry a current USA Cycling racing license as a minimum Category 4 and be a minimum race age of 14.
  8. For MTB camps, athletes must carry a current USA Cycling Racing license as a minimum Category 3 and be a minimum race age of 14.
  9. Represented the United States in international competition in 2015.

If you do not meet the automatic qualification standards, you can petition the camp manager to be admitted into the camp.

All applications must be received by EOD Friday April 14th, 2017 and should be sent to: grants@myfbra.org  

Applications will be reviewed by FBRA Board of Directors and awarded athletes will be announced on Monday May 1st,2017 . The FBRA will also announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd Alternates. This will be done in case the awarding athlete is not able to attend the camp due to scheduling or other areas out of their control; we will then award the camp slot to the next rider in line.