Talent Team

Scottish Talent Development Programme

Scottish & British Cycling's talent development programmes focus on providing coaching for young riders that want to be the best they can be. Riders are nominated by their club to attend Regional Schools of Racing. Schools of Racing are sessions that allow young riders to train with British & Scottish performance coaches.

Scottish Cycling also select riders for a number of races throughout the year and usually are used as preparation for the UK School Games in September of each year.

Olympic Talent Team Programme

If you are a youth rider ambitious for success in any Olympic discipline in the sport of cycling, and you think you have what it takes to make it to the Olympic podium, then the Olympic Talent Programme would like to hear from you.

The Talent Programme is regionally based for both coaches and riders. Talent Programme riders are typically aged from 13 to 17 years old, and they all have the ambition of making it onto an Olympic podium. The Talent Programme's coaches have the skill, enthusiasm, imagination and commitment to help to develop riders with the goal of making them ready for the next step of the pathway; the Olympic Development Programme.

What does the Talent Programme offer?

The Talent Programme coaches are amongst the best in the country, with the skills and experience to be able to identify the areas where a young rider most needs to improve to challenge for the top. The Talent Programme coaches are well placed to provide opportunities and coaching support for riders to then develop in those areas.

The Talent Programme coaches know exactly what the coaches in the older age group programmes (Olympic Development Programme, Olympic Academy Programme) are looking for from a young rider and are well placed to assist a rider in gaining the skills & fitness required to compete for a place in the next step to the Olympic podium.

Talent Programme riders are identifed through talent spotting at regional and national competition, and via referral through our excellent Go-Ride clubs and qualified club coaches - visit the Club Finder section of this site, and click on the Go-Ride button for your local Go-Ride club.

Contact Scottish Cycling on 0141 554 6021 or email laura.irwin@scottishcycling.org.uk to find out more