Center of Excellence programs named for 2017-18 Racing Season

  
  


Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 22, 2017) – USA Cycling announced today its Center of Excellence programs for the 2017-2018 racing seasons.
 
Tieni Duro at its annual Death Valley training camp this year.
Tieni Duro at its annual Death Valley training camp this year.
The USA Cycling Center of Excellence designation is awarded to select junior club teams which excel in developing young cyclists. These programs meet strict organizational requirements and qualify for annual grants from the USA Cycling Foundation. The Foundation will award $75,000 directly to Center of Excellence road, track, mountain bike and cyclo-cross programs, supporting a variety of athlete development projects in 2017.  These programs continue to grow in quantity and quality, contributing to the amazing U.S. talent pool we now have in the junior and U-23 age categories.  Funding for the Center of Excellence program is made possible by a generous grant from the Carolan Family Foundation and other generous individual gifts to the USA Cycling Foundation. 
 
New to the Center of Excellence programs in 2017 are Tieni Duro, located in Lafayette, Calif., and the Matrix Cycle Club based in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Tieni Duro was founded as a junior development program in 2000 and after 17 years continues to focus on high performance youth development, both on and off the bike.  Matrix Cycling Club has all ages in their membership, with a special focus on supporting the junior and U23 development components of their membership.  Matrix is sponsored by the Richardson Bike Mart, a long-time supporter of bike racing events and teams in their area.
 
Matrix Cycle Club is also a new Center of Excellence program. This photo is of one of the club's juniors competing at Cross Nationals in January.
Matrix Cycle Club is also a new Center of Excellence program. This photo is of one of the club's juniors competing at Cross Nationals in January.
An additional leader in the Center of Excellence program is Team Swift, which is one of the original USA Cycling Centers of Excellence. Through Team Swift, retired professional rider Laura Charameda brings new riders into the sport annually, grooming them into nationally and internationally competitive junior cyclists.

"Team Swift is honored to receive its 15th Center of Excellence Award from the USA Cycling Foundation," Charameda said. "The grant supports our ongoing mission to recruit young people to the sport and develop active racers who will contribute to American cycling.  Thanks to our donors and supporters of the USAC Foundation, Team Swift is able to continue providing guidance, coaching and a cohesive team environment to our riders.  Our young athletes have been able to advance from grassroots to regional racing, to winning national championships, to joining the U23 national team and even to becoming professional riders later in their careers.  Team Swift thanks USAC Foundation for the opportunity to continue our work in this capacity."
 
Sho-Air TWENTY20 is another leading Centers of Excellence designee. It is now in its 13th year of operation and is the only UCI professional women’s team to have an integrated junior feeder program. Youth cycling is an important component to the Sho-Air TWENTY20 program, supporting 14 of the top juniors in the nation ranging in ages 10-18. The team races primarily in the U.S but also sends qualifying riders to Europe with USA Cycling National Team projects, amounting to over 130 annual race days on the road and track.  This program has fostered multiple National,  Pan American, World, Olympic, and Paralympic champions.  
 
Sho-Air Twenty20's Isabella Brookshire, Summer Moak, and Abby Youngwerth raced in Europe with USA Cycling this year.
Sho-Air Twenty20's Isabella Brookshire, Summer Moak, and Abby Youngwerth raced in Europe with USA Cycling this year.
Additionally, Boulder Junior Cycling continues to grow its mountain bike and cyclocross programs, and with uber experienced Coach Pete Webber serving as Executive Director, it is no wonder.

“Boulder Junior Cycling is incredibly proud to earn the Center of Excellence designation once again," Webber said. "It’s an honor to have such a strong partnership with USA Cycling because junior development is most successful when everyone works together.  This is our ninth year with the designation, and it’s been instrumental in our success. Every year we try to raise the bar a bit higher, and knowing that USA Cycling stands next to us really builds our confidence.”
 
The largest youth program in the Center of Excellence program is the Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (CCAP). CCAP’S mission is to ensure that Connecticut's youth and their families have access and exposure to an organized state-wide youth cycling league. CCAP currently has 490 junior riders participating on 35 teams, with racing opportunities on road, mountain and cyclo-cross bikes.  This is a full spectrum program with year-round schedules of organized junior racing.  

Here is the complete list of USA Cycling designated Centers of Excellence for 2017:
 
Bear Development (Calif.)
Boulder Junior Cycling (Colo.)
BYRDS (Idaho)
CCB Racing (Mass.)
Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (Conn.)
Durango Devo (Colo.)
Front Rangers Cycling Club (Colo.)
GS Andiamo (Calif.)
KMS Cycling- Killington Mountain School (Vt.)
Limitless Cycling (Calif.)
LUX (Calif.)

Matrix Cycling Club (Texas)
Miller School (Va.)

Montclair Bikery Junior Development (N.J.)
Rad Racing (Wash.)
Star Track (N.Y.)
Summit Bike Club (Utah)
Team Rokform (Calif.)
Team Specialized Juniors (Calif.)
Team Swift (Calif.)
Team Twenty20 Juniors (Calif.)
The Young Medalists of Lehigh Valley Cycling Club (Pa.)

Tieni Duro Junior Cycling (Calif.)
 
To support the Center of Excellence junior programs, please visit the Foundation at www.usacdf.org               


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