Last year’s version drew nearly 100 juniors from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Utah, California, and British Columbia. Riders compete in a Time Trial, Criterium, and Road Race over the course of 2 days. At the end of the 3 stages the rider with the lowest total time in each category will be awarded the final Champion’s Jersey.
Rapha North America is once again the title sponsor of this fantastic event. “The inaugural NW Junior Classic Stage Race was a huge hit for us in 2012 and we are looking forward to cheering on even more junior racers in 2013. We saw some exciting racing last year along with lots of smiles, and the race organization is first class. For everyone who disappointedly asks, ‘What’s next?’ as the Tour de France comes to an end, I’d suggest they check out a peloton of 12-year olds and watch as teams strategize to protect or take the Leader’s Jersey.” -Chris Distefano, Rapha North America
A new supporter this year is Washington’s best known pro cyclist, Tyler Farrar. Tyler developed his skills a junior racing in Washington and ascended to the top echelon of the professional ranks with stage wins in the Giro d’Italia, Vuelta a España, and Tour de France. When he heard about the juniors only event in his home state, Farrar jumped on board, lending his name and his racing expertise to one of the biggest juniors only events in the United States. “I am so excited to see such an awesome race for junior cyclists in the Pacific Northwest. This event will provide kids the chance to take center stage and have a weekend all about them. I remember coming up as a junior and any opportunity to race age group categories with full sized fields was always something really special. An event like this is another big step in the progression of junior cycling in America. “ –Tyler Farrar
With 4 days to go for pre-registration there are 93 riders signed up representing, 6 states and 2 Canadian provinces, the list includes several National Champions. The event is expected to break 100 riders this year making it the largest “juniors only” road event in the country outside of the National Championships. Well over $5,000 in cash and prizes are on the line for the riders, additionally event promoters are paying travel incentives to out of state teams to help defray the costs of attending.
The event is the brainchild of Rad Racing NW Director Jim Brown, “Last year was a great success for our first time event, the goal here is to make the juniors the focus, and give them the spotlight, bringing the strongest riders together to race each other only makes our kids better, iron sharpens iron.” –Jim Brown
Additional support for the event comes from Giro, Hammer Nutrition, Voler, Joy Ride Bicycles, Kona Bicycles, Oakley, FSA, GC Racing, and the WSBA (Washington State Bicycle Racing Association).