British Cycling has named the revised Great Britain Cycling Team (GBCT) Olympic squads following a recent review.
As well as a reduction in funding, UK Sport confirmed in December 2016 that the Olympic world class programme (OWCP) membership figures were to be reduced from 110 down to a maximum of 92 as of 1 April 2017. It was also stipulated that no male mountain bike or female BMX rider places can be provided and only a maximum of five male BMX and four female mountain bike places can be provided.
British Cycling has responded by identifying 87 athletes who will remain on the OWCP, allowing flexibility for the remainder of the Olympic cycle.
British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park explained:
“Without the continued support from UK Sport and the National Lottery it wouldn’t be possible for our athletes to reach their full potential and we remain grateful for their ongoing support.
“In order to meet the reduced number of WCP athlete places offered by UK Sport, some tough decisions have been made.
“We have confidence in the processes we’ve put in place to manage the review. We’ve been working closely with all riders throughout, taking a personalised approach to the support we’ve offered. Any riders facing a non-renewal of programme membership were given three working days to make an appeal. All have been given a ‘notice period’ of three months during which time they will receive a full transitional APA (Athlete Performance Award), including full athlete medical scheme cover and support with an exit and transition plan as required.
“The reduction in membership numbers to the BMX and mountain bike programmes were disappointing, but we have responded by securing the budget from our commercial partners to support the affected riders until their respective World Championships in 2017 (25 – 29 July for BMX and 5 – 10 September for mountain bike). This funding will mean that appropriate pathway activity will continue for the next six months, allowing riders to complete this season and therefore minimise the impact of the funding decision. Later in the year a more bespoke mountain bike and BMX pathway will be rolled out.
“We’ve also taken the opportunity to make changes to the men’s road programme. This is a unique and complex programme which includes up-and-coming road riders as well as established Grand Tour stage winners. The review panel took the strategic decision to reduce this squad from 16 down to eight riders. We are engaging with the riders who are no longer on the OWCP along with relevant staff to develop a solution which will be membership to an elite affiliate programme. There’s still work to be done on the development of this programme but I envisage it will facilitate access to the GBCT coach and training camps ahead of world championships. I’m pleased to say we will be replicating this model for the women’s road programme too so we can broaden our support to talented athletes by offering them the affiliate programme membership benefits.
“It is also important to note that programme membership is considered in isolation from selection to represent Great Britain at World Championships and Olympic Games.
“While the reduction in membership figures is unfortunate, we are pleased with the steps we’ve taken to support athlete welfare through the transition. The plan for each rider was individually managed with full communication and support from GBCT staff every step of the way.”
Olympic Podium Programme
Men’s track endurance
Women’s track endurance
Men’s track sprint
Women’s track sprint
Olympic Senior Academy Programme
Women’s Mountain Bike
Men’s endurance (road and track)
Women’s endurance (road and track)
Men’s track sprint
Women’s track sprint
Olympic Junior Academy Programme
Girls Mountain Bike
Boys endurance (road and track)
Girls endurance (road and track)
Boys track sprint
Girls track sprint