East Coast Junior MTB Championships

Spreading across the US in 2020 the first multi discipline Junior specific Mountain Bike Championships.

JULY 17-19, 2020

MAXXIS ESC presents the Second
East Coast Junior MTB Championships
at Blue Mountain Bike Park, Palmerton, PA

The East Coast Junior MTB Championships will consist of Cross Country, Enduro and new this year Downhill and Dual Slalom will be added at a Blue Mountain Bike Park in Palmerton, PA

The Junior MTB Championships is a place for the top young talent from all over the USA to come and test themselves amongst the nations best! All junior racers are invited to compete in their prospective age categories, amongst their peers. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can accept the challenge!

In its third year the US Cup Junior MTB Championships and a second on the East Coast. As a well-established promotions company and a reputation for putting forth amazing events the ESC organization will lead the East Coast Champs! The first year of junior competition was a great success with over 200 of the fastest junior racers from the West coast competing in Cross Country, Enduro, and Short Track events at Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, CA. Both SoCal Endurance and Team Big Bear MTB teamed up to bring Junior racing to the top level of competition.

It is our goal to establish the highest level of competition and challenge to our junior racers. With a combined experience over 75 years of putting on top level mountain bike events we expect nothing but the best!

The West Coast Junior Championships will follow a similar format and take place the prior week. Vail Lake Resort in Temecula, California will be the host site and the championships will be held on June 8th and 9th. The West Coast Championships will be organized by SoCal Endurance, SoCal Enduro and Team Big Bear.

JUNIOR MTB CHAMPIONSHIPS WEBSITE

The East Coast Junior MTB Championships is a place for the top young talent to come and test themselves amongst the nation’s best! All junior racers are invited to compete in their prospective age categories, amongst their peers. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can accept the challenge. Many College Coaches will be in attendance and are looking for prospective student/athletes.

Parents and Coaches may practice with the racers providing they use a number plate and submit a waiver. There is no charge for this. The exception is only racers may practice Sunday morning for the enduro.

SCHEDULE AND REGISTRATION WILL BE ADDED SOON

ENDURO ONLY: $100 TIMING CHIPS – We will be using our SIAC Fly By timing system for this event. We will be issuing the Enduro timing chip and holder at registration Check in. Please note if you do not return the SIAC Timing Chip you will owe us $100. Yes they cost that much. Other enduro series require the racers to use their own or rent them plus a deposit. We trust our racers until proven otherwise so please make sure to return the chip if you decide to leave early.

Please Note: GPS units on bars or stem may interfere with the SIAC Timing Chip so it’s best not to use one

XC ONLY: $100 TIMING CHIPS- Second Wind Timing will issue ankle timing chip bracelets starting at 8am Saturday morning and will collect them at race end. Please note if you do not return the SIAC Timing Chip you will owe us $100. Yes they cost that much.

Enduro Racers must be present at the racers meeting where we will activate their chips.

We will be onsite Thursday afternoon but please understand we cannot do any registration on Thursday. We have a lot of course set up and we really want to ride our bikes too !

We will be offering our 2020 Maxxis ESC Socks, Pint Glasses and T Shirts at our registration tents, please remember its cash only.

WAIVERS / REGISTRATION FORMS – All racers must check in at registration and fill out the registration and waiver forms before riding the trails after 9am Saturday.

• NUMBER PLATES –Number Plate must be affixed correctly to your bike always while on the tracks this weekend. You will not be allowed to ride without one. No cuts or trimming allowed on the plate please.
• CASH ONLY – Yup, no ATMs on site either.
• BUG SPRAY – You will want it and please don’t ask for ours…lol
• COLD – Temps expected in the 30’s overnights
• RAIN – Don’t even go there !!


CAMPING – AVAILABLE ONSITE

COLLEGES ATTENDING
– TBA

CROSS COUNTRY:
Cross Country is an endurance-based event where racers compete on a 3-4 mile lap for a certain number of laps. Lap counts will be determined by category. Laps consist of uphills and downhills on varied terrain. Usual laps times will be 10-15 minutes per lap.

ENDURO: 
Enduro is a gravity based event with multiple timed stages. The timed stages are the downhill portions. The uphill portions are not timed.  The podium results will be based on an accumulation of time for all timed stages.

DOWNHILL: 
Downhill riders have a single attempt to reach the finish line as fast as possible, while remaining between the two tapes designating the course. Riders must choose their line by compromising between the shortest possible line and the line that can be traveled at the highest speed. Riders start at intervals, often seeded from slowest to fastest, and courses typically take two to five minutes to complete with winning margins being often less than a second.

DUAL SLALOM: 
Consists of two racers racing two almost identical tracks next to each other down a slope. The courses are usually short; one run lasting about 30 seconds. It is filled with tabletop jumps, doubles and bermed turns. Both riders’ times are taken and then they switch tracks for another round, whereafter the combined times are counted and slowest rider is eliminated. The winner moves on to the next round until they have 2 riders left racing in the final.


After a successful second event in California and the inaugural East Coast Event in Pennsylvania last year, the U.S. Cup Junior Mountain Bike Championships are bringing back a second weekend of top-level youth competition to the East Coast. The well-known and respected Maxxis Eastern States Cup series will be organizing the new Eastern Championships and their years of experience promise a flawless event. The championships offer a place for top young talent from all over the country to test themselves against their peers. The U.S. Cup is no stranger to organizing top-level mountain bike races. 2020 marks the 11th year the U.S. Cup has produced UCI Olympic cross-country events for athletes. These events represent the highest level of professional cross-country in the U.S., and offer athletes valuable points for World Cup and Olympic racing for their countries.


The East Coast Junior Mountain Bike Championships will crown champions in cross-country, Downhill , Dual Slalom and Enduro disciplines. The races will be divided by gender and offer racing age classes in two year increments starting with a 10-and-under class. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can step up to the plate. Registration is open to anyone from anywhere and we extend a special invitation to our friends from north of the border to come join the fun. No licenses of any kind are needed so there is no red tape for parents to worry about.


The venue for the U.S. Cup East Coast Junior Mountain Bike Championships will be TBA. The trails check all the boxes with flow, tech, steeps, rocky features and speed but are still approachable for any level of rider.


For racers interested in participating at the collegiate level, this event will offer a unique chance to meet coaches and recruiters from many of the top cycling schools in the country. Coaches will be offering training and race strategy clinics in both cross-country and enduro and will be looking for young talent to showcase their skills on race day. Visiting schools can be a daunting undertaking for a family but this event will offer ample opportunities for parents and racers to meet and interact with a wide range of coaches over the course of one weekend. College coaches will be on hand and available all weekend but Friday will feature several clinics with coaches that should prove invaluable to every racer, especially those considering collegiate competition in their future.

Endurance racers will compete on a 3-4 mile lap for a certain number of laps. Lap counts will be determined by category. Laps consist of uphills and downhills on varied terrain. Usual laps times will be 10-15 minutes per lap.


Here are the age categories for the Cross Country Championships:

Only 50 spots available per category

Elite Boys (ages 11-19)
Elite Girls (ages 11-19) 
​Boys 17-18 
Girls 17-18 
Boys 15-16 
​Girls 15-16 
Boys 13-14
Girls 13-14 
Boys 11-12 
Girls 11-12 
Open 10 & under 


Here are the age categories for the Enduro Championships:

Only 50 spots available per category

Elite Boys (ages 11-19)
Elite Girls (ages 11-19)
​Boys 17-18
Girls 17-18
Boys 15-16
​Girls 15-16
Boys 13-14
Girls 13-14
Boys 11-12
Girls 11-12
Open 10 & under


Here are the age categories for the Downhill Championships:

Only 50 spots available per category

Elite Boys (ages 11-19)
Elite Girls (ages 11-19)
​Boys 17-18
Girls 17-18
Boys 15-16
​Girls 15-16
Boys 13-14
Girls 13-14
Boys 11-12
Girls 11-12
Open 10 & under


Here are the age categories for the Dual Slalom Championships:

Only 50 spots available per category

Elite Boys (ages 11-19)
Elite Girls (ages 11-19)
​Boys 15-18
Girls 15-18
Boys 13-16
​Girls 13-16
Boys 11-14
Girls 11-14
Open 10 & under




This promises to be a great family event with fun youth racing for every age level and a unique opportunity to meet college coaches and showcase your talent. We look forward to seeing the fastest young rippers challenging for the Championship Jerseys.

PRESS RELEASE: Eastern States Cup

“When I first started out in (mountain biking), it was all about having fun, playing with my mates, with a bit of racing thrown in. Nothing has changed!” – Steve Peat


The well-known and respected Maxxis Eastern States Cup series will be organizing the second Eastern Championships and their years of experience promise a flawless event. The championships offer a place for top young talent from all over the country to test themselves against their peers. The U.S. Cup is no stranger to organizing top-level mountain bike races. 2020 marks the 11th year the U.S. Cup has produced UCI Olympic cross-country events for athletes. These events represent the highest level of professional cross-country in the U.S., and offer athletes valuable points for World Cup and Olympic racing for their countries.


The Junior Mountain Bike Championships will crown champions in both cross-country and enduro disciplines. The races will be divided by gender and offer racing age classes in two year increments starting with a 10-and-under class. There will also be an elite category where any junior who feels they can be the fastest in the nation can step up to the plate. Registration is open to anyone from anywhere and we extend a special invitation to our friends from north of the border to come join the fun. No licenses of any kind are needed so there is no red tape for parents to worry about.


The venue for the U.S. Cup East Coast Junior Mountain Bike Championships will be TBA. The trails check all the boxes with flow, tech, steeps, rocky features and speed but are still approachable for any level of rider.


For racers interested in participating at the collegiate level, this event will offer a unique chance to meet coaches and recruiters from many of the top cycling schools in the country. Coaches will be offering training and race strategy clinics in both cross-country and enduro and will be looking for young talent to showcase their skills on race day. Visiting schools can be a daunting undertaking for a family but this event will offer ample opportunities for parents and racers to meet and interact with a wide range of coaches over the course of one weekend. College coaches will be on hand and available all weekend but Friday will feature several clinics with coaches that should prove invaluable to every racer, especially those considering collegiate competition in their future.

This promises to be a great family event with fun youth racing for every age level and a unique opportunity to meet college coaches and showcase your talent. We look forward to seeing the fastest young rippers challenging for the Championship Jerseys.