Tieni Duro is a Lafayette, California based Junior Cycling Development Team founded in 2000 with the goal of getting as many kids on bikes as possible and teaching them how to become competitive athletes and high-performing young men and women. The team has a focus on road racing, though some of the kids also race on the track, cyclocross, cross country, and downhill mountain bike. Tieni Duro has grown organically through the commitment of its founders, coaches, and supporters to produce California State and U.S. National champions.
Tieni Duro is open to kids of all abilities. On Tieni Duro, coaches will ask potential new riders onto the team after they have ridden safely on a few training rides, shown that they can listen, follow instructions, and show a commitment to training. Please see the "how to join" section of the website prior to arriving for a group ride.
Doing things together on and off the bike are hallmarks of the Tieni Duro program. The team rides together once or twice a week depending on the season - the team rides are typically 2-4 hours. By the time they are 15 or 16, most of the kids ride about 4-6 days per week during the season, often with another teammate or coach. The team recently purchased a Sprinter van which has been built-out into a very “pro” cycling van. This allows the team to travel together to races all over the Western U.S. and to the National Junior Championships. We also encourage teammates and parents to carpool to many of the races.
Coaches and mentors hold skills clinics a couple times each year. In October each year, the coaching staff selects a few of the most experienced kids to attend a week-long training camp in Death Valley, California. That “leadership camp” includes epic training rides, a lecture series, leadership modules, and non-bike team building activities. The entire team attends a 3-day camp held in Carmel Valley in the early spring. Piling on top of all that are team BBQs, “adventure rides” on remote roads, post-ride-burritos, an occasional movie night, and other activities. It’s a full calendar.
Alumni from the team have gone on to become collegiate national time trial (TT) champions, U-23 Road Race and TT Champions, professional coaches, professional racers, and most importantly outstanding adults. Better than 95 percent of the kids go on to attend colleges and universities and more than half of the youngsters continue riding or racing beyond their Junior years. Regardless of their “cycling lives” after junior racing, the young men and women all leave the team as transformed, remarkable athletes and great young people who are dedicated to the heritage of competitive cycling, honoring the values of Tieni Duro, giving back to the club and cycling community, and supporting the team’s coaches and its sponsors.