Rider Route: Three steps to world and Olympic success

Rider Route: Three steps to world and Olympic success

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The Rider Route – helping the most promising riders become the stars of Olympic cycling.

Applications are now closed. Applications we re-open in 2021.

Selection 2020-2021

Following the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent cancellation of training camps and races as well as compromised training, we will be approaching selection in a different way this year.

The aim is to ensure that we are selecting riders with the highest potential to perform at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024, LA 2028 and beyond onto our Foundation, Junior and Senior Academies whilst still providing extra opportunities for those riders who we feel need to show additional ability or qualities traditionally demonstrated through the cancelled GBCT and racing activity.  This will be done through invitational camps and assessments.

We are not lowering the bar for selection and we will  ensure we are working with the best riders in the UK.

Applications for the junior and senior academies are currently being accepted and we will close the application process on July 31st to give our coaches the time to evaluate every application and make informed decisions.  Decisions on membership to the Junior and Senior academies will be announced no later than August 31st.

The diagram below has been provided to explain the decision-making process. Click image to view full size.

In considering applications, all three of the following criteria will be applied:

  1. Race performances and results in the last two years
  2. Testing and camp data that supports riders being on a trajectory or meeting the consideration scores or benchmarks
  3. Subjective analysis by the existing (if available) and selecting coach against agreed criteria which has been built by the selecting coach and agreed by the discipline lead and the Performance Pathway Manager.

If all criteria are met and applicants have demonstrated clear potential, they will be eligible for GROUP 1 selection. These riders may be offered a place on the Junior or Senior academy starting in October 2020.

If all criteria are met and applicants have demonstrated some potential, but we believe there are additional performances or development markers that we would like to see, they will be eligible for GROUP 2 selection. These riders may be offered a place on a Confirmation programme that will last no more than three months and will be designed to confirm Olympic potential. This is unfunded and would require weekend availability. Specific details will be provided to those selected into GROUP 2.

If one or more of the criteria are not met the unsuccessful candidate will be put in GROUP 3. Unsuccessful applicants are free to apply again at the next intake.

Click the below image to view a full-size rider route.

Great Britain Cycling Team Rider Pathway.


Here we identify and develop bike riders aged 14 to 16 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 (GBCT).

Foundation Programme

This is where we begin to invest more heavily in developing those riders that are showing the most promise. The GBCT supports up to 50 foundation riders nationally at this level and those awarded this status should be aiming to graduate onto the Academy.


From 16 to 21 we focus on intensively developing the country’s best young riders. Refining on what has already been learnt, the aim is to support the transition to becoming a senior bike rider and ready to graduate to the Podium Programme.

Junior Academy

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.

Senior Academy

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 the 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.

Applications are now closed. Applications will re-open in 2021.