What is USA Cycling doing to help ensure the future success of American cyclists in the international arena?
- USA Cycling maintains development programs across many levels and disciplines of the sport including: men’s, women’s and junior endurance programs, mountain bike, sprint track and BMX programs – not to mention our regional development camp system.
Is there a “national U23 team” anymore?
- No, USA Cycling is moving toward a more inclusive development “pool” program that gives many more athletes the opportunity for exposure, development and experience at the next level. Over 3,000 athletes have logged thousands of fully supported rider and race days through this concept over the last decade.
How do these development programs help grow the sport in America?
- USA Cycling takes talented cyclists from the grassroots levels of the sport and helps develop them into professional cyclists who become heroes and role models. These heroes and role models generate interest and enthusiasm that pull new, young, talented athletes into the sport at the entry level. Not only are heroes and role models essential for pulling the next generation of talented cyclists into the sport, but they are necessary for the success of the bicycling industry in America. This provides sponsors with high-level cycling heroes that can be seen using their products. Every American rider under the age of 30 competing in road cycling’s highest level have, to some degree, come through this program.
Why are many of USA Cycling’s Development Programs based in Europe?
- For Americans to achieve Olympic and World Championship podiums, they must be able to race at their sport’s top-level which in cycling is in Europe. For this reason, USA Cycling bases its development programs in Europe with the intention of placing as many Americans as possible on top-tier trade teams. USA Cycling sustains national team houses in: Izegem, Belgium; Freiburg, Germany and Lucca, Italy
What is the purpose of USA Cycling’s Junior Development Program?
- Offer a wider variety and larger number of juniors the opportunity to gain experience at the sport’s highest level; incorporates a pay-to-play element especially for younger juniors
- Continue to graduate apt juniors to the espoir ranks who possess a deep understanding of the subtleties and nuances to high-level European racing.
- Ultimately, develop American cyclists into international talent bound for the professional levels.
What is pay-to-play?
- A model where select athletes and USA Cycling share costs of training/competition – often in the form of European racing/training trips. Most often the athlete covers travel costs and USA Cycling covers all cost associated with competition and support. This model is most often used to fund 15-16 age division programs and other newer/younger programs. Pay-to-play allows USA Cycling to offer many more athletes opportunities and access to high-level resources, training and competition.
What is the “Athlete Development Pathway” and where does it begin?
- The athlete development pathway is a system developed by USA Cycling’s Athletic Department designed to identify and develop cycling talent across America.
- The pipeline begins with local and Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series (LAJRS)/ Alison Dunlap Junior Mountain Bike Series (ADJMTB) races, moves through regional development camps, through national championships, European race camps, to more consistent, lengthy participation in the junior national development program and on into the espoir program. The model is designed to ultimately take riders to the “professional capstone.”
What is USA Cycling’s Regional Development Camp system and what is its purpose?
- More than a dozen regional development camps are offered each year all over the country for road cyclists, mountain bikers, track racers, BMX riders, women and more. The Regional Development Camp system provides fundamental development, instructional and racing opportunities for riders age 14 – 18 with some racing experience. Over the course of a six day camp, participants will practice skills specific to the camp discipline, enjoy informational discussions about nutrition, bike mechanics, training, and take part in standardized field testing. The top-two athletes in each camp will be nominated by the USA Cycling Athlete Development Camp Coaching Staff to attend the USA Cycling National Talent Identification Camp at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Further, many of the camps will also be used to select riders to participate as regional teams in national or international races like The Tour of the Red River Gorge, Le Tour de l’Abitibi, Pro XCT events and more. The registration fee for the camps is $750 on average. Participants typically earn eligibility through top results in Lance Armstrong Junior Race Series (LAJRS) or Alison Dunlap Junior Mountain Bike Series (ADJMTB) races and must hold a category three license.
What is the “Pool Program?”
- USA Cycling’s “Pool Program” is both a philosophy for development of athletes and for support of these athletes who are the future of American cycling. Moving away from the “national team” model, the “pool philosophy” allows USA Cycling to offer a much greater number of athletes the opportunity to gain international racing experience, including access to high quality coaching, equipment and competition.
What is “cross-over” and why is USA Cycling incorporating it across many programs?
- Under USA Cycling’s current High Performance Plan, athletes are directed by function—sprint versus endurance—rather than by discipline. Under this scenario, athletes can utilized as best suited across physiologically similar disciplines. Opportunities for cross-training and resource sharing also guarantee a more efficient use of limited resources. In other words we will introduce promising road cyclists to endurance events on the track (ie. Madison), promising time trialers to the pursuit on the track, promising 4X mountin bikers to the supercross BMX track, etc.
USA Cycling National Development Program Mountain Bike Schedule
|DATE||RACE (subject to change)||COUNTRY|
|20-26||Vuelta Independencia Nacional||Dominican Republic|
|11-APRIL 6||Mountain Bike Altitude Training Camp||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
|3-8||Pan American Mountain Bike Championships||Mexico|
|14-15||Houffalize World Cup||Belgium|
|5||Solothurn Racer Bikes Cup||Switzerland|
|6||Wittnau Taler Cup||Germany|
|12-13||Nove Mesto World Cup||Czech Republic|
|19-29||LaBresse World Cup||France|
|27||Grand Prix d’Europe||Belgium|
|3||Swiss Bike Trophy||Switzerland|
|17||Granichen BMC Swiss Cup||Switzerland|
|23-24||Mont Sainte Anne World Cup||Canada|
|24||Argovia Geax-Fischer Cup||Switzerland|
|30-JULY 1||Windham World Cup||Windham, N.Y.|
|5-8||USA Cycling Mountain Bike Cross-Country National Championships||Sun Valley, Idaho|
|14-19||Gravity Development Camp||Beech Mountain N.C.|
|20-22||USA Cycling Mountain Bike Gravity National Championships||Beech Mountain, N.C.|
|28-29||Val d’Isere World Cup||France|
|30-AUGUST 7||Olympic Mountain Bike Training Camp||Germany|
|8-28||Cross-Country (Olympic) Altitude Development Camp||Colorado|
|11-12||Olympic Mountain Bike||London, Great Britain|
|31-SEPT. 2||Gravity World Championships||Leogang, Austria|
|6-9||Mountain Bike Cross-Country World Championships||Saalfelden, Austria|
|5-12||Winter Mountain Bike Training Camp||Colorado Springs, Colo.|
This Article Published April 10, 2007 For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org