Colorado Springs, Colo. (October 19, 2012) – USA Cycling announced on Friday the renaming of its series of juniors road races to the “USA Cycling Road Development Race Series”. The calendar was previously named the Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series (LAJRS). The name change is intended to maintain the focus on the great work of the race directors who make the effort to put on quality juniors races across the U.S. that provide a development pathway to USA Cycling’s juniors and under-23 riders.
“Lance Armstrong supported the junior race series for over 20 years,” said USA Cycling CEO Steve Johnson. “However, given the recent revelations involving Mr. Armstrong and in order to continue to grow this development program, we feel it is only appropriate to initiate this change of title not only for this program and its race directors, but also for the bright future of budding American cyclists.”
USA Cycling’s Road Development Race Series marked its 20th year in 2012 and has provided opportunities for aspiring juniors and under-23 riders across the United States. The program has evolved into a nationally-recognized juniors and under-23 race series and has increased each year since 1993, from only 12 events in 10 states to more than 120 events nationally in 2012.
USA Cycling Road Development Race Series Program Goals
Grow and support road racing opportunities for juniors and Under-23 riders across the country.
Identify and recognize potential cycling talent among juniors and Under-23 riders.
Serve as an automatic qualifier for USA Cycling Regional Development Camps.