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The Cycling Academy is a team and athlete program with the objective of developing riders for world-class professional careers.


The team was founded in Scotland by leading figures from business and professional cycling.


In 2022, our first full season, we won five Scottish National Championships in Road, Mountain Bike and Criterion disciplines. Our riders also secured eight top ten finishes in British National U19 Series. In our first senior UCI race we were live on TV in the break for 120km. A good start…


Our program focuses on six core vectors: Training, Race-Craft, Racing Experience, High Performance Psychology, Professional Pathway and Nutrition.


Our partners benefit from reaching 200,000 people per year and we support their active travel, event and fitness goals. We deliver training sessions on topics including high performance psychology and developing a winning culture.



James McCallum

Director of Sport

James has over 20 years of experience in cycling, firstly as athlete including 4 Commonwealth Games, then as a professional road captain with teams like Endura Racing, Rapha JLT and NFTO.  After retirement James became Director Sportif at OnePro Cycling & WNT. In 2018 James broke Mark Beaumont’s NC500 record in 29 hrs. James coaches' athletes from youth riders to world class pro’s and is the Athlete Representative on the Board of Scottish Cycling.


Brian Smith

Pathway Director

Brian was Scotland's last domestically developed World Tour Professional, British Champion and upon retirement held a series of senior roles in World Tour Teams. He is also the voice of British Eurosport sharing his deep insights as rider and DS with viewers since 2009. Brian directs the pathway for our riders from the junior ranks onwards, providing mentorship and access to professional road racing teams to achieve our goal of developing professional cyclists at the top level of the sport.

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Peter Ellen

Managing Director

For 30 years Peter has been building high growth businesses in the UK, Europe, Asia and North America. These include Fopp and Maxymiser Inc., working with big brands like HSBC, AMEX, Tui, Hilton and AirAsia. He currently advises governments on technology deployment and assists companies with funding and venture building. He established the ERC Goodson Race Team, which has become one of UK’s most successful youth cycling teams with 6 British Championship Gold Medals.

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Mark Young

Team Director

Mark is an ex domestic racer and coach with deep experience in rider development. Mark previously worked at Scottish Cycling on youth, junior, U23 , club development and women’s programmes.

He then worked with British Cycling in their youth talent programme. Mark is a Level 3 Road, TT and Track Coach.

Mark also ran electronic timing and did the full live and final results for many SCX, SXC, Road events plus British Cycling Series and international events.


Andy Mackie

Team Director

Andy represented Scotland at multiple disciplines, winning medals at national level and racing extensively in Belgian kermesses. In 2005 he combined his passion for cycling with a love of the Tuscan countryside. Starting with one day tours, he grew La Corsa Tours into an internationally acclaimed business, catering for 5000 riders per season. David Millar recently included LaCorsa in the top 10 cycling holidays on earth.  Andy brings deep experience to the team and is a driving force behind its development.


Connor Mason

Mental Performance Coach

Connor gained his MSc in High Performance Psychology from University of Edinburgh having formerly worked for Nike Netherlands assisting athlete programs. Connor has developed  The Cycling Academy's HPP Frameworks and acts as the athlete representative in the academy