The Scott Contessa Road Race Academy

The Scott Contessa Road Race Academy

Published on: 11th December 2012

Article by: Chris Bryant

 Scottish Cycling is pleased to announce an exciting new programme in partnership with Scott Sports UK designed to highlight the fantastic skills of Scotland’s female coaches and race officials. Scottish Cycling is looking for female volunteers to help bring a two day coach led stage race event for women to the Royal Highland Show Ground at Ingliston, near Edinburgh on March the 23rd and 24th 2013.

Scott Contessa Road Race academy coaches from across Scotland are being recruited to run satellite sessions building towards the event in March. Under the guidance of Scotland’s female cycling coaches these satellite sessions will allow newcomers to road race to build fitness, skills and confidence over the winter and prepare them for more advanced coaching during the two days at The Royal Highland Show Ground. The event itself will take the form of a ‘coached mini stage race’ around the theme of a grand tour. Opening with an advanced coaching sessions leading to a Team Time Trial Prologue and then a coach led Circuit Race, the weekend will culminate in an open Australian Pursuit Race, a format where riders of all ability are set off at handicapped intervals to ensure an invigorating group sprint for the finish line. Scottish Club riders will be able to test their mettle against the Scott Contessa Epic team who will be in attendance, along with opportunities for all to demo Scott bikes and equipment.

When asked about this new venture Chris Bryant, Scottish Cycling’s Coach Education Officer said. “Female coach development is something Scottish Cycling has been working on for the last few years. Traditionally coaching and Road Racing have been seen as male dominated worlds. This belies the amazing work female coaches are undertaking in our clubs at the moment. It is a great opportunity for us to work with Scott Sports and the Scott Contessa Epic team. By bringing this project to fruition, hopefully, we can raise the profile of our female coaches and provide role models for the next generation of volunteers. “

An extract from Scottish Cycling’s recruitment pack follows:

Phase one: November / December 2012 We are looking for the following female volunteers:

5 regional road race coaches

Coaches would be expected to co-ordinate and run a minimum of six satellite sessions building towards the event in March as well as deliver race specific coaching at the two days of the event. In return coaches would be kitted out as Scott Contessa brand ambassadors and receive session planning guidance and training from Scottish Cycling staff.

Phase two: December / January 2013 We are also looking for the following female volunteers to assist with the delivery in March.

Event organisers, Commissaires, Marshals, Sign On Assistants, Helpers, Photographers, Masseuses

All volunteers would be able to take advantage of exclusive training and mentoring opportunities as well as the chance to ride Scott Bikes and hang out with the Scott Contessa Epic team over the course of the event weekend.

Scottish Cycling will recruit coaches and volunteers in order of: geographical suitability, willingness and then their experience as up-skilling from Scottish Cycling staff is all part of this great opportunity. Ideally we would like a good spread of coaching activity to happen across the country and for it all to feed into the main coach led race with riders from across the country becoming confident enough to enter a friendly yet competitive race.

For further details and the chance to become Scott Contessa Road Race Academy coaches, to volunteer as staff or for more information please email

Download an application form here


SCOTT sports is a global manufacturer of bike, wintersport, outdoor, running and motocross products. Their women specific bike line is named Contessa, with a real emphasis on creating premium quality products for active females. SCOTT Sports champion women’s sport and invest that same innovation, technology and design in all of its Contessa range.


Scottish Cycling is the internationally recognised governing body for cycle sport in Scotland. It is affiliated to British Cycling.

Together the organisations cover all six cycling disciplines including BMX, cycle speedway, cyclo-cross, mountain biking, road and track.

Scottish Cycling has recently moved into the world class facility at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome, part of the new Emirates Arena in Glasgow.


Chris Bryant

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