Tampa BMX'er Selected For Training Center
April 7, 2011By Art Heinrichs of Tampa BMX Raceway
This week one of our own, Tyler Heinrichs a 15 year old Expert, received his invitation letter from USACycling inviting him to participate in the Junior Development Training Camp held at the United States Olympic Training Facility in Chula Vista, California.
The Junior Development Program (JDP) is a new program specifically designed for our U.S. riders who are born in 1995 and 1996 during the UCI BMX calendar. The objective for this program is to prepare our new soon-to-be Junior BMX riders two years before they can become eligible to enter a UCI BMX Supercross World Cup. USA Cycling will conduct several camps at the OTC in the 2011 UCI calendar year and we believe this is an opportunity to educate, inspire, and prepare our athletes for this style of bigger, faster, challenging, and advanced skill needed for this type of international BMX competition.
The goal of this program is to allow our young boys and girls the opportunity to replicate the same process our Olympic athletes will go through in 2012 to capitalize on the dream of making the U.S. Olympic BMX team. Each athlete will eat meals in the dining hall, visit the different sectors of the Sports Performance Services (weight room, mental preparedness & nutrition seminar), ride the Beijing Olympic replica BMX track and meet other Olympic hopefuls from other winter and summer sports.
The weekend before Tyler attends this camp he will be racing in the USACycling National Championship race for an opportunity to meet the selection criteria for the 2011 BMX World Championships. If Tyler finishes well he could be selected to represent the United States of America at the World Championships held in Copenhagen, Denmark in July. Tyler has previously been selected to attend two BMX World Championships. In 2008 he raced for Team USA in China and came home with a World Ranking of 12. In 2009 he raced for Team USA in Australia where a crash in practice caused a broken collarbone ending his quest for a podium spot.
Tyler continues to train and race both NBL and ABA sanctions to qualify for this level of racing and his aspirations include making the U.S. Olympic BMX team and representing the United States in Rio de Janiero. Take a moment to congratulate this young man on a fine accomplishment.