Applications open for Olympic Development Programme - Endurance, sprint, BMX, mountain bike

Applications open for Olympic Development Programme - Endurance, sprint, BMX, mountain bike

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The Great Britain Cycling Team's Olympic Development Programme (ODP) is recruiting for road, track (endurance and sprint), BMX and cross-country mountain biking.

The Olympic Development Programme is a key stepping stone for junior age riders to develop and to prepare them for a full time cycling career . With the use of training camps, national and international competition the programme is geared towards the athletes long term development and building a strong foundation for the future. Previous ODP graduates include Jason Kenny, Laura Trott, Annie Last and Shanaze Reade – who have built on what they learned during these two years to become successful international athletes.

For this year's intake, we are looking for riders born 1995 and 1996.What the coaches are looking for in athletes is a strong work ethic, self-discipline, commitment and skill. Sheer physical ability is not enough on its own. The willingness to work on weaknesses and an open mind to advice and coaching are essential.

The programme for 2012 - 13 will run on a similar basis to that of 2012 with both national and international training camps and races put in place to gain experience and develop technical, tactical and lifestyle skills. The bulk of the training camps will be run in school holidays, throughout the year.

There is a no closed door policy so for riders that are unsuccessful at this stage, there could, if performing at a high level, potentially be opportunities to guest with the programme at other times in the year.

If you would like more information on what the programme is about then please see the following articles.

Article 1 - Olympic Development Programme Overview

Article 2 - Track

Article 3 - Mountain bike cross-country

Article 4 - Road

Article 5 - BMX

Applications will close 7 September 2012 for all disciplines.

Download Application Form. E-mail is preferred method of receipt for applications. Send to worldclass@britishcycling.org.uk

Endurance track/road will have a selection camp 4-8 October 2012.
BMX selection day - 23 September 2012.
No selection camp for mountain bike cross-country.

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