Women's cycling: becoming a professional cyclist

Women's cycling: becoming a professional cyclist

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The Great Britain Cycling Team is one of this country’s great sporting success stories, and our elite cyclists have claimed countless world, Olympic and Paralympic titles in recent years.

The likes of Laura Kenny, Lizzie Deignan and Elinor Barker are at the pinnacle of a performance pathway programme which allows our elite female riders to fulfil their potential.

Between the ages of 12 and 15, riders will be identified and developed, to create a pool of athletes that are ready for the academy. This is about constructing the ‘building blocks’ that will be required for the route to becoming a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team.

Riders then progress through regional schools of racing, during which time they will be aiming to graduate to the Great Britain Cycling Team Academy, which is home to riders aged 15-21.

The Junior Academy is focused on developing the country’s best junior riders, ensuring that they are ready for life as full-time athletes. This will include opportunities to race at international competitions in preparation for riding in major events at a senior level.

The Senior Academy is the ultimate ‘finishing school’. The aim is simple: to fine-tune athletes and ensure they are ready to dominate the top-step of world and Olympic race podiums in the future.

The pinnacle of this performance pathway, the Olympic Podium Programme, is dedicated to supporting highly-skilled elite cyclists as they aim to win medals in major competitions, such as world championships and Olympic Games.

The profile of elite female cycling in Britain continues to grow. Two British events – the OVO Energy Women’s Tour and Ride London – will be part of the UCI’s 17-event Women’s World Tour, the leading series of races for professional women road cyclists.

The HSBC UK | Women’s National Road Series is also growing in profile and popularity, while the women’s Tour de Yorkshire has been doubled in size for 2018.