MALE JUNIOR SQUAD APPLICATION -2024
The Cycling Academy is a top British team and program developing the next generation of elite road 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 road racing career. Our principal focus is road racing, but we encourage riders to be multi-discipline, including XC MTB, Track and Cyclocross. We expect all Junior riders to target British Junior Road Race Series as a minimum commitment. In 2022 we won 5 Scottish National titles and in 2023 the British National Road Race. Our riders compete in the UK and Europe including Alpine Stage races and Cobbled Classics.
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.
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 2024 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 2023 off-season we held 2 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