British Cycling’s Olympic Development Programme (ODP) is on the hunt for Road, Track (endurance and sprint) and XC mountain-bike riders.

To be considered for this year’s intake, prospective riders should be born between 1993 and 1994, self-disciplined, committed and skilled with a strong work ethic.

The programme will take a similar appearance to this year’s with both national and international training camps – the majority taking part in school holidays – and races scheduled, to develop technical and life skills and give the young charges experiences.

Since it was added to the GB support structure in 2005, the ODP has already served as a key stepping stone for the likes of Jason Kenny, Lizzie Armitstead, Ben Swift, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh, with many of the riders advancing into the Academy programme.

The latest batch of ODP riders showcased their ability at last week’s World Track Championships in Italy, with two golds among a haul of seven medals.

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