Junior Cycling Project is a non-profit organization. Its mission is to create opportunities for kids to participate in mountain bike events, work to expand scholarship programs for young athletes, and work with other non-profits to get bikes in the hands of kids. Quite simply, get kids on bikes!! Proceeds and donations will go directly to our scholarship program for kids entering the Colorado Junior Cup and students at Platte Canyon Schools.
Colorado Junior Cup (CJC) was created to provide more racing opportunities to our juniors. It is our focus to create an environment that is competitive, but more importantly fun and exciting. Ultimately the goal is to promote cycling as a lifelong choice. CJC is now part of our non-profit Junior Cycling Project! For High School reference, varsity would typically race Expert, JV would be Sport, Freshman and Sophomore could race in any of the categories depending on ability. First time racers should start with Beginner. If a rider is 19 but still in high school, they are clear to race.
The Colorado Junior Cup has no affiliation with USAC, NICA or the Colorado High School MTB League.
For your safety: Please follow social distance guidelines and recommendations. If you have any symptoms of Covid-19 or were in contact with someone who tested positive in the last 14 days (from race day), we encourage you to stay home. We ask that everyone abide by these guidelines to keep our community healthy and to allow the races to continue as scheduled.
We have taken steps to minimize congestion for the Colorado Junior Cup. The start and finish are in separate areas. The start will be set up in a staging process where riders will be in rows of 4, with 6 feet between rows. We ask spectators to please follow social distance guidelines. It is a very easy course to maintain social distance and avoid congestion. Please refer to state and local guidelines (see order) regarding PPE.
Safety is a top priority for us. Please abide by these rules and restrictions and all will be good! We expect each and every one of our competitors to uphold the highest level of sportsmanship for fellow racers and all event staff/race personnel.
Long Course: 4.8 Miles, 650 feet
Short Course: 4.3 Miles, 150 feet
Elite Mini Kids Course: Lower loop near finish line
The Colorado Junior Cup registration is online only, even if you come to the race and decide to sign up. Our staff only has the ability to assign a single number plate. Late fees apply and the price will go up $15 at 8:00PM the night before the race. Thank you very much for your help! It will ensure that we can run more events in the future.
What to Expect
- Medical support throughout the course
- Professional Timing
- Post Race party and awards
- Custom swag
- Good times with your buddies
Equipment: All bikes are legal for the race, with the exception of E-bikes. We can’t overstate the importance of your bike running in top condition on the day of the race. Like you, it will be challenged. And, it’s your friend. Help a friend out.
Course 411: The course will be marked at all critical intersections. It is the rider’s responsibility to study the course and have directional backup. Weather can always be a factor in Colorado. Plan accordingly! We will have a medical team on course in various areas and roaming. As always 911 is your friend. Marshals will have radios as well. Good communication wins the day.
Spectating: There are many ways to get around the venue, and it’s a perfect course to watch you favorite riders. Stationed properly, you have the ability to watch a racer pass you 6+ times in one lap.
Lodging: CJC is 25 minutes from metro Denver. It’s an easy drive to the venue from there.
Number Plates: You will be issued a chipped number plate for the race.
Results: Results will be posted online immediately concluding the race. Awards will be a quick and spaced podium ceremony for the top 3.
Timing/Awards: This will be a lap timed event. All racers with the exception of the Elite Mini category will have a number plate with timing chip. Results will be posted online immediately concluding the race. Awards will be a quick and spaced podium ceremony for the top 3.
Team Tents: Tents will be allowed. An area will be set up that will maximize distancing between tents. Please email us to reserve for your team.
Feed Zone: There are many opportunities and places to set feed or take aid from your crew.
Pre Riding: Pre-riding the course is allowed on race day. Riders must not interfere with racers and clear the course when a racer approaches. If warming up behind a racer, please stay a minimum of 100 feet back.
Rider Support: For the younger and less experienced racers, we realize some parents would like to support by riding with them. IMPORTANT: You must yield to other racers and clear the course when approached.
Mechanical Aid: If a rider suffers an equipment issue, mechanical help is allowed on course by spectators or onsite tech resources.
Registration: The Colorado Junior Cup registration is online only, even if you come to the race and decide to sign up. Our staff only has the ability to assign a single number plate. Late fees apply and the price will go up $15 at 8:00PM the night before the race. Thank you very much for your help! It will ensure that we can run more events in the future.
- Rule 1: You will smile no matter the pain.
- Rule 2: Yes, you must wear a helmet and have adequate eye protection.
- Rule 3: If you do not complete a stage, it will be a DNF for the entire stage race, but you can still participate in subsequent stages. You must let racer staff know of the situation. Finisher mugs will be awarded to participants who complete all 3 stages.
- Rule 4: This is a self-supported race. You can’t ride with a buddy, unless that buddy is part of your DUO team.
- Rule 5: No pedal assist bicycles. If you want to ride a unicycle over 90 miles, no problem. Yes, you can change bikes from one day to the next.
- Rule 6: Be nice to the land, it never did anything to you.
6A: DON’T LITTER.
6B: Stick to the trail. Course cutting could be as simple as creating a new line on a switchback. Please don’t do it.
- Rule 7: No headphones. Sing to yourself.
- Rule 8: If you don’t thank a volunteer, you will be publicly shamed.
- Rule 9: This is mountain biking. Please, please, please be considerate of other racers whether you are in front being a superhero, or in back getting ready to vomit. We all know this, but the occasional reminder never hurts.
- Rule 10: Refunds: Full refund will be honored until April 30, minus any registration costs. Starting May 1, no refunds will be processed, but transfers or deferrals will be allowed up to the day of the race.
RACE START: 9:00
Held on the Fraser River Trail System, Stage 1 gives you 37 miles right out of the gate! You’ll enjoy the legendary Tipperary climb and fast descent, along with all the other world class trails. This trail system is adjacent to the MTB Nationals course only 3 weeks later. Click map for detail and GPX file.
9:00 >> PRO Men/SS Men
9:02 >> 19-29 Men, 30-39 Men
9:04 >> 40-49 Men
9:06 >> 50-59 Men, 60+ Men, 18 Under Men, Clydesdale Men
9:08 >> Team and DUO categories
9:10 >> ALL Women
RACE START: 8:30 (multiple waves)
28 mile XC course utilizing just about everything Granby Ranch has to offer. Much of this course will also include the terrain at USA mountain bike nationals in 2010, plus some. 3 Loops. Loops 1 and 3 will be on Lone Eagle but will run opposite directions. Loop 2 will be the big mountain loop with a bomber descent on the Fraser Canyon Trail.
8:30 >> PRO Men/SS Men
8:32 >> 19-29 Men, 30-39 Men, 40-49 Men
8:34 >> 50-59 Men, 60+ Men, 18 Under Men, Clydesdale Men, Team and DUO
8:38 >> ALL Women
Course Description: See PDF
Maps: Loops 1 and 2 – https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1012696
Loop 3 – https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1012783
RACE START: 9:00 (multiple waves)
Held in the Rendezvous and Ski Idlewild area on the east side of Winter Park. Course will be 2 laps with a 1 mile paved road climb to the single-track and approximately 2 mile single-track section to the finish line. The 2 laps will vary slightly. Lap 2 will be a little shorter and racers will NOT do Broken Thumb. Marshals will direct you to descend immediately down Yankee Doodle from Arrow.
9:00 >> PRO Men/SS Men
9:02 >> 19-29 Men, 30-39 Men, 40-49 Men
9:06 >> 50-59 Men, 60+ Men, 18 Under Men, Clydesdale Men, Team and DUO categories
9:08 >> ALL Women
Maps: Start and Loop 1 – https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1015727
Loop 2 and Finish – https://www.plotaroute.com/route/1017729
Can I race individual stages of G3?
While we would like to open this up to everyone, it’s still a stage race with an overall result. However, the option is there to form a team over the 3 stages. Teams can be made up of 2 or 3 people and racers can then participate in individual days.
Is G3 a USAC sanctioned race and do I need a license?
Yes. Each stage completed counts as one day toward qualification. You do NOT have to finish the entire stage race. You must have an annual USAC license to race. You can purchase at the race but way easier to do it in advance.
If I DNF or DNS a stage, will the other stages still count?
For purposes of qualifying for USAC, yes, every stage completed does count toward one day of qualification. You can race subsequent days of the race but your result will not be calculated into the overall result.
How do I get one of those cool G3 finisher mugs?
Finish all 3 stages of G3.
What is the total distance of G3?
While the course is subject to change, current distance is 91 miles.
What bike should I bring?
This is a challenging XC course each day. Last year, some participants raced hardtail, some full suspension. Because of the climbing, your enduro bike may be a bit much, but certainly do-able.
What about refunds?
A full refund can be requested until April 30, minus any registration costs. Starting May 1, no refunds will be processed, but transfers or deferrals will be allowed up to the day of the race.
From C-470, take the 285 exit and head west. After approximately 25 miles, take a left on Rosalie Road (Loaf n’ Jug on the right side). Continue up Rosalie Road for about ½ mile. Parking on the left.