Junior Cycling Program Expanding to Athens

May 18th, 2014 | By Gary No Comments

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Finding a place for your kid to play a sport is usually pretty easy. There are plenty of leagues and clubs for football, baseball, soccer, basketball, gymnastics, martial arts, and even less popular sports like volleyball and lacrosse. But what do you do if your kid wants to try cycling as a sport? Sure, most parents can teach their own kids how to ride a bike around the neighborhood, but what if they want to go further distances and race like the men and women at the recent Twilight Criterium? Cycling is extremely popular around the world, and a huge sport in Athens. At this time, though, it is dominated by adults with no local organization focused on teaching and training kids and teens.

Well, that is getting ready to change.

Frazier Cycling (FC) is planning to expand their junior development program to the Athens area. Based in Suwanee, FC teaches, trains, and coaches amateur and professional cyclists of all ages. Their junior development program is recognized as one of the best in the country, and their results show it. Frazier’s programs have produced seven national championship titles and 37 national medals since 2008. Many of the riders go on to compete at a college level and some even go pro. “Junior cycling development is very important for the future of our sport, and FC has been leading the charge for many years. The 706 Project [local pro team featured in the April issue of Athens MOVE] has two current riders on the roster who came up through the Frazier program. The 706 Project gives Frazier Cycling athletes a chance to move on to the next level when they are ready for it,” says Brian Molloy from the 706 Project.

The junior program is based on a team structure, and their training uses a true team approach where the kids all support each other. The team focuses on helping juniors develop basic and advanced cycling skills, race strategy, and mental toughness while maintaining an element of fun. “We also recognize that junior cyclists are not little adults, and they need to have fun with their teammates or else they will lose interest in a sport that is very demanding,” says Cathy Frazier. The FC Junior Development Program has competitive programs, non-competitive programs and basic training for kids from six to 18 years of age. Basically, they have a program to fit any youth or teen, whether they have never tried road cycling or they have been cycling for years and want to compete at a higher level. Frazier Cycling also holds a summer cycling camp at Kings College in Tennessee which is a lot of fun and attracts kids from all over the country.

Sound interesting but want more information? Frazier Cycling will be holding a parent information meeting in late May at The Hub Bicycles in Five Points. This will be a great opportunity to get all your questions answered and meet the FC coaches and staff. Also, the junior regional championships at Harbins Park in Dacula (30 minutes from Athens) on May 25th would be a great place for kids to watch how juniors race. Contact Cathy Frazier at 770-513-8640 for details. In the meantime, you can also get more information about the junior development program at www.fraziercycling.com.

Frazier Cycling’s Mission

  • Grow the sport of cycling by developing the next generation of cyclists.
  • Groom junior cyclists with a focus on principles, values: good sportsmanship, attitude and teamwork.
  • Promote a lifestyle of fitness and exercise to build a healthy environment for kids and their families.
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