British Cycling’s Junior Academy sprint and endurance riders will be representing Great Britain Cycling Team in force at this weekend’s ‘The Next Generation’ contest at the Omnisport Arena in Apeldoorn, Netherlands.
Twenty four riders are travelling to the international event, which will also see the debut of the Great Britain Cycling Team’s HSBC UK branded Kalas on-bike kit. The competition, which runs from the 7-8 January, offers a full track racing programme for the junior riders against competition from across Europe.
Junior academy endurance coach Stuart Blunt said: “At this stage of the pathway, there is a strong emphasis on development and ‘The Next Generation’ contest offers a great opportunity for the junior riders to experience international level competition - some for the first time.
“In previous years, this event has attracted a competitive field which is great for the junior academy riders to benchmark themselves against, but it’s equally important that lessons are learned at the event which will put them in good stead for their future career.
“We’ve seen some really strong progression during recent training camps so it’ll be interesting to see how this translates into racing performances and to identify the specific areas that need development within individuals.
"In particular for the endurance squads, the event programme includes a team pursuit which is quite rare for junior level competition so it’ll be useful to see how the endurance riders perform in competitive circumstances in this event.
“The Next Generation contest is an invaluable learning experience and I’m sure the Junior Academy riders will make the most of this opportunity.”
Great Britain Cycling Team for The Next Generation International Contest, Apeldoorn