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US gets new support for juniors

A newly formed US group aimed at strengthening cycling at the junior level has received the support of former Discovery Channel rider, Tom Danielson. The newly created Junior National Cycling Association (JCNA) will complement Danielson's junior road racing series, and for 2008 will add a new mountain bike series and three training camps (road, mountain bike, cyclo-cross) all aimed at youth between the ages of 8 to 18.

"I'm really excited about the opportunity to help take junior cycling to the next level," said Danielson."The JNCA will provide the ideal platform for young cyclist to participate and develop their skills in a safe and healthy environment, and I look forward to being actively involved in the process."

The new organization will change the face of junior grassroots cycling in the United States. The JNCA will also focus on the problem of childhood obesity in this country by emphasizing the lifelong health benefits of cycling, nutrition, fitness, and community service.

Danielson has a history of supporting grassroots cycling, having helped to create the Fort Lewis College Cycling Scholarship fund to assist young collegiate cyclists. In November of 2006, Tom established the Tom Danielson Junior Cycling Cup, a race series to provide support, encouragement, and skills development to junior racers in a competitive environment.

For more information, contact the Junior National Cycling Association Marketing and Media at: media@jnca.org or visit www.tomdanielsoncycling.com

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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. A former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.