Spring 2022

It’s official: The spring Junior Cyclocross series is back on the calendar!

The NCC partners with the Northampton Parks & Recreation Department to run the junior cyclocross training series for kids in grades 2 through 8. All riding levels and abilities are welcomed. Please have your child bring a working bike and a helmet, and we’ll do the rest.

Dates: Monday April 25, May 2, May 9, May 16, and May 23 (rain dates, if needed, could be June 6 and June 13)
Time: 5:30 – 6:45 PM, plan to arrive about 5:15 PM
Location: Dow Pavilion at Look Park (note: there is a parking fee if you enter the park by car)
Registration: Register online through the Northampton Parks & Recreation Department. To register, you will have to scroll down the registration page, add junior cyclocross training to your selection list, add it to your cart, and then check out. Alternatively, you can download the registration form and mail your registration.

The series will focus on the following skills:

  • Riding safely in a group and around the park
  • Cornering technique, including off-camber corners
  • Riding over obstacles
  • Riding downhill and braking
  • Riding through sand
  • Dismounting and remounting on-the-go
  • Running the barriers and shouldering/carrying your bike
  • Bunny hopping
  • Balance beams
  • Sprinting, passing, racing, and much more

Kids will be able to ride on a full CX race course every day!

Volunteers Needed: Want to ride with the kids? Want to help setup and takedown the course? We need volunteers to help out each evening. Volunteers get credit for racer rewards. You do not need to commit to all of the sessions. We start setting up at 4:30 PM if you want to help. We break into groups and start at 5:30 PM.

Questions: Please contact our youth programs coordinator Tom Hoogendyk with any questions or to volunteer.