Over the years, we’ve brought you videos highlights and photo galleries from Geoff Proctor’s Junior and U23 development-oriented MontanaCrossCamp, including Sam Erickson’s great mini movie of the 2016 camp. The camp has played a big role in developing and providing a pre-season foundation for the country’s top young male cyclocross racers.

Now for 2017, the camp has its sights set even higher. For the first year ever, the Proctor’s MontanCrossCamp is hosting a U23 women’s block, giving women cyclocross racers from the ages of 17 to 22 a chance to practice, train and learn from top coaches and athletes, including cyclocross pro and guest coach Kaitie Antonneau.

The women’s camp is from July 10-15, while the men’s camp returns for its seventh year and will be held in Helena from July 24-29 and is open to Junior Men ages 15-22.  Coach Chris McGovern will coach the men’s session with Proctor, while former U23 National Champion Tobin Ortenblad is expected to attend as a guest athlete/mentor for the second year in a row.

While it looks like the application deadline may have already passed earlier this week, interested athletes who have not already applied might try contacting Proctor to see if there’s still room. Update: Women’s camp application deadine extended to Friday, May 12, 2017.

Official details below.

What: USAC-permitted camp consisting of 4.5 days of cyclocross training, skills/drills, cross-training, annual planning, mental training, video analysis of pro races, and strong camaraderie with top-level peers.

Who: Women cyclocross racing ages 17-22, Men cyclocross racing ages 15-22

When: Women: July 10-15, 2017; Men: July 24-29, 2017

Coaches: Geoff Proctor (Director); Kaitie Antonneau (Guest Women’s Coach); Chris McGovern (Guest Men’s Coach), Scott Herzig; Guest Riders TBD.

Where: Carroll College, Helena, MT USA

Selection: Application deadline: May 8, 2017. Selection will be based on results and coaches’ discretion.

Submit to Geoff Proctor ([email protected]). Subject Heading: MontanaCrossCamp Application

  1. Name; Email address; cyclocross Racing Age for 2017-18; Class in School; Team/Club; Coach.
  2. 2016-17 Results: any European; Pan-Ams; Nationals; best (1) other result.
  3. Essay 1 (50 words max): Your best cyclocross moment from last season.
  4. Essay 2 (50 words max): Imagine you are given a piece of clay. You are asked to mold it into a literal shape that figuratively encapsulates you as a bike racer. What would you shape and why?

Costs: $800. Riders are also responsible for travel to/from camp. Airport code is HLN. Served by Delta, United, and Alaska Air. Riders must arrive by late afternoon the Monday of the camp and depart early Saturday morning at the end of camp.