USA Cycling Development Foundation Programs
Former National Development Program rider Bjorn Selander
leads other riders up a climb in the 2006 Junior Tour du Pays Vaud, Switzerland.
The National Development Program
USA Cycling's National Development Program (NDP) is primarily funded by a grant from the Foundation. This program annually supports approximately 100 American junior, U23 and women athletes in European and other international racing programs, in all Olympic cycling disciplines. All the young riders on the 2012 London Olympic Road team, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team). Taylor Phinney (BMC Racing Team) and Timmy Duggan (Liquigas Cannondale) are program graduates, and the same for the entire Women's Olympic road team. Almost every young American professional rider starting the 2012 Amgen Tour of California and Pro Cycling Challenge UCI stage races had participated in the National Development programs during the last 12 years.
Mountain Bike Development
The Mountain Bike Program is under the National Development program, and along with all other road development is based out of Sittard, Netherlands. Junior, under-23 and select pro level riders are invited to live and train from the European base when racing in the various World Cups, Swiss and German cup series of races. Riders participating in this program are supported with National Development Program coaches, mechanics and other support services in Sittard.
Edmund R. Burke Fund for Cycling Development
The Edmund R. Burke Fund for Cycling Development supports travel/training grants for junior and U23 cyclists, awarding monies directly to qualifying athletes for use in attending regional and national development camps, and for use in travel to specific national and international events. These awards are based on athletic merit and financial need. The Burke fund has awarded over $250,000 in 400-plus grants to junior and U-23 riders around the country in the last twelve years. Many of the grant recipients have gone on to win national championships, and medal in world championships and Olympics. These awards are made possible by the generosity of individual donors. You can help replenish this important fund by donating today. You can find the application in the forms section when grants are available.
Centers of Excellence
The Centers of Excellence Program recognizes the top USA Cycling club/team programs working with junior and U23 development. The Foundation awards grants directly to organizations which have demonstrated successful and sustainable non-for-profit business models in developing junior and U23 cycling athletes. The current Centers of Excellence around the country set the standard for cycling athlete development in the U.S.A. Click here for more information
John Stenner Collegiate Scholarship Fund/Joshua Kuck Memorial Collegiate Scholarship
The Stenner and Kuck Collegiate Scholarships are awarded annually to the top male and female riders in the National Collegiate Cycling Association, based on certain criteria including competitive cycling, academics, cycling safety and advocacy, and community service accomplishments. The applications are available each fall in the forms section with a submission deadline of December 1st each year. Read about previous Stenner and Kuck Grant Recipients here.
The USA Cycling Women's Program also falls under the National Development Program, with international race opportunities primarily occuring in Europe. Participating athletes are supported racing in World Cups and other top European women's competitions, held primarily in Western Europe. The program offers incredible opportunities to women who have shown the ability to be competitive internationally, many who have participated in the Foundation funded annual Women's Talent I.D. camp in previous years. This is one of the most successful development programs in USA Cycling's Athletics Department, producing multiple Olympic and World Championship medals over the last 10 years.
Regional and National Development Camp Program
The regional development camp program starts with competition. Juniors (under 18) race in USA Cycling's Road Development Race Series or Alison Dunlap Junior Race Series (ADJRS) events and qualify based on results for regional camp invitations. Regional camp performance qualifies riders for national campionships, where top juniors from around the country train together and compete head to head. Regional and national camps may be paid for in part by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, with riders applying for USACDF Travel/Training Scholarships for camp travel and tuition assistance.
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