British Cycling has anounced the names of the 25 young riders that will form its Olympic Development Programme for the 2010/2011 season.
The programme was set up to nuture young cycling talent and take them on to the next stage of their racing career with the aim of creating Olympic gold-medal-winning riders on the track, road, BMX and mountain bike.
The ODP riders are aged between 16-18 and remain on the programme for two years, after which they are assessed for inclusion in the next tier of Olympic development – the Olympic Academy Programme.
“We’ve got 25 riders on this year’s ODP, with a healthy mix across each discipline which means training camps and racing opportunities are optimised,” said GB performance manager Shane Sutton.
“We have 18 new recruits, of which 16 have graduated from the Talent Team programme and a significant number of these riders came through the Go-Ride programme. This is testament to the success of British Cycling’s development pathway and puts us in good stead for future Olympic Games beyond London 2012.”
The programme supports the riders in their development with structured coaching and racing experience at national and international level.