Elite Development team status

Elite Development team status

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In November 2020 we announced the introduction of a new Elite Development Team status for the 2021 elite road season, to support the development of the next generation of young British riders. You can read the full announcement here.

The new status has been created to provide a new tier for ambitious national road teams, competing at elite national series level with a strong development focus, bridging the gap to UCI Continental level, and ensuring that riders are supported by a strong support team, comprehensive race programmes, and appropriate guidance and mentoring.

We are pleased to say that applications for the 2021 season are now open, and we have listed the key obligations, expectations and benefits below. To request an application form please email eliteroad@britishcycling.org.uk, and please note that applications will close on Monday 25 January 2020.


  • Minimum of 30% of riders should be under-23 for men’s teams and 50% under-28 for women’s teams, while a minimum of 80% of riders should be British.
  • Riders must be Elite, 1st, or 2nd category riders (progressing 3rd cat riders allowed for women’s teams).
  • Teams must have between six and 14 riders.
  • Teams are required to ride at least 75% of the National Road Series events with a minimum of four riders (6 of 8 races in 2021).
  • All staff members must hold a valid British Cycling licence with the requisite endorsement (i.e. Team Manager), and each team must have an appointed Rider Welfare Officer who is not related to the Team Manager. DBS check and safeguarding training will be required.
  • Riders must list the team as their primary club (road) and this should remain for the duration of the year. A stagiaire option will be available from August 1st for up to three riders.
  • Registration fee of £150 in addition to the standard affiliation fee.


In addition to meeting these obligations, applicants will be assessed based on the team’s objectives, how they intend to support rider development, whether they are providing a rounded and progressive race programme, and whether riders will receive support such as equipment and or expenses, to support their development.

Successful applicants will be expected to meet all or most of the following:

  • Teams are expected to support the National Road and Circuit Series.
  • Teams should support a proportion of riders' expenses for national and international races.
  • Teams should provide riders with access to the required equipment needed to compete, such as a team bike, clothing, and equipment.
  • Team staff will be present at National Series events to provide support before, during and after the race for their riders.
  • Teams are obliged to provide a team car with requisite racking and equipment in order to provide a service role within the race convoy. Team cars should have a minimum of two members of staff while in the race convoy (i.e. driver and mechanic).


  • Entry guaranteed for up to eight riders in all National Road Series events.
  • Education courses and workshops provided for riders and team staff, including anti-doping, safeguarding, social and digital skills and commissaire insight. We are also looking to establish a future team manager training session, including rider welfare and convoy protocols.
  • Access to an Elite Development Team forum which will meet 2/3 times during the year.
  • Recognition as an Elite Development team with marketing collateral provided to highlight this.
  • Team information featured on the British Cycling website, social media channels and email newsletters, with links to the team website and social media accounts.

To find out more about Elite Development Team status, or to request an application form, email eliteroad@britishcycling.org.uk.