MALE JUNIOR SQUAD APPLICATION -2023
The Cycling Academy is a top British team and program developing the next generation of elite riders from our base in central Scotland. Our leadership includes ex-professional riders, coaches and specialists who support athletes journeys' to the top level of the sport. Our international connections and mentors span from grass roots to World Tour.
We create a strong cohort of riders with ambition and capability to pursue an elite racing career. Our principal focus is road racing, but we encourage riders to be multi-discipline, including XC MTB, Track and Cyclocross. In 2022 we have already won the Scottish National Junior Men's Road Race, King of the Mountains at Cadence Junior Road Race, and Junior prizes at many senior races. Our riders compete in the UK and Europe including Alpine Stage races and Mountain Bike World Cups.
Our Director of Sport is James McCallum, former British Circuit Race Champion, and Commonwealth Games medalist. James coaches riders from keen amateurs to world class professionals and spends a lot of time with the squad training and racing.
Our Pathway Director is Brian Smith, 2 x British Champ, Olympian, World Tour Pro rider and DS. Brian provides a standard Sports Agent Representation to all Cycling Academy Riders, facilitating a pathway for them to graduate to international U23 and Professional teams.
Current riders are all coached by James and Mark Young, but applicants may wish to continue existing relationships with coaches. In these cases The Cycling Academy will ask for coordination with external coaches, around team training events and race calendars.
Our 2023 race program will include the British Cycling Junior Series, UCI Junior Races and other opportunities to race abroad, tailored to the abilities of our squad.
In the 2022 off-season we held 3 training camps and rode together almost every week focusing on many of the teams skills which are new to riders graduating from Youth racing. We've seen significant benefits from this work. Our Juniors also benefit from training with a strong U23 Group.
Our partners for 2023 season include: LeCol, LaCorsa, Pedal Power, Arnold Clark, What’s Your META and OTE Sports