Selection - 2010 Road Euro Champs

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Selection Criteria 2010 Road European Championships

Story posted April 16

The 2010 Road European Championships will be held in Turkey from 15th to 18th July 2010. This is during the key preparation period for the 2010 Track European Championships which will be the main goal of the GB Junior and Under 23 riders in 2010, and any team of riders selected will be made from those not targeting track events. Staffing support for this event is minimal, and this will therefore restrict the team size significantly.

Because of the significant number of endurance riders targeting the Track European Championships, it is not possible to put the best GB representative road team in any category into this event, and as road race success depends on a team effort, road riders will only be entered if a rider selected primarily for time trial performance has a clear development need or individual performance ability in the road race.

Winner last year of the Junior TT title was Britain's Joe Perrett.

The aim of the GB Cycling Team at the Road European Championships is simply to win medals in International competition. If it is not felt that there are British riders available who are capable of attaining these performances, then a team will not be entered in that category of the World Championships. Selected riders will comply with the relevant anti doping rules. These include UCI and UK anti doping rules (British Cycling Rules) both of which incorporate the ADAMS whereabouts system for notified riders who are on the National and /or International testing pools.

Selected riders may be required to undergo physiological and/or medical assessment in the period between the selection date and the event.  This will be to confirm fitness following injury, illness or a period of marked under-performance.  All physiological assessment will be conducted at the National Cycling Centre by British Cycling’s Olympic Programme’s nominated qualified personnel. Any rider racing internationally and wishing to be considered for selection has a responsibility to keep the Olympic Programmes Administrator up to date with their road results. 

Under 23 and Junior Time Trial Championships maximum 4 places across all events with a maximum of two riders in any category. The selection panel will consider only riders deemed to be competitive at this level, and may elect to take fewer than the maximum permitted riders for these events.  The panel would consider the following factors in coming to a decision:

-- Race performances in comparable international competition in the period 17th January 2010 to 15th June 2010.
-- National “10” 23rd May – results will be taken into account in combination with the other selection factors. A win may not guarantee a place, although it will add to an already strong case for selection based on international results.
-- Specific nature of the course.
-- Developing rider with identified need to experience major area championships
-- Commitment to the GB Cycling team anti-doping and blood testing policies
-- Laboratory tests may also be required to establish current fitness or to aid in selection decisions where there are more competitive riders than places.

Riders wishing to be considered for selection must put a formal expression of interest in writing to the GB Cycling Team admin office, or via e-mail to  Riders must advise which time trial events they are competing in during the year, outlining which are the key events they plan to perform at, and would wish to be considered by the selection panel.  The selection panel reserves the right to utilise only the events they consider to be of a high enough quality of field and course and of a similar nature to the European Road Championships course.