|(March 24, 2015) – USA Cycling has designated 17 outstanding cycling programs as Centers of Excellence for the 2015-16 seasons. Center of Excellence programs have demonstrated the consistent ability to develop Junior and U-23 riders into nationally competitive athletes. The USA Cycling Development Foundation will grant a total of $50,000 in 2015-16, the largest amount awarded to COEs since the program’s inception 15 years ago.USA Cycling’s 2015 Centers of Excellence are:
Bear Development (Calif.)
Boulder Junior Cycling (Colo.)
Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program (Conn.)
Durango Devo (Colo.)
Front Rangers Cycling Club (Colo.)
KMS Cycling- Killington Mountain School (Vt.)
Limitless Cycling (Calif.)
National Sports Center Velodrome (Minn.)
Revel-Rad Racing (Wash.)
Star Track (N.Y.)
Team Rokform Junior and U23 Development (Calif.)
Team Specialized Juniors (Calif.)
Team Swift (Calif.)
Team Twenty16 Juniors (Calif.)
The Young Medalists (Pa.)
In addition to being a COE for the last three years, Team Rokform Junior and U23 Development (Foothills Ranch, Calif.) has also been named USA Cycling’s “Junior Club of the Year” during the same period. They have developed what was once a small group of bicycle enthusiasts into a 600-member club, becoming one of Orange County’s largest cycling organizations.
Team Swift (Fulton, Calif.) made a lot of noise last year by winning three USA Junior National Championship Road events and medaling in the U23 Nationals. They also had 80 top-three podium finishes at the NCNCA District Criterium and Road Race Championships. With a strong support system in place for increasing their rider resources, they are highly focused on winning individually and as a team.
Another California program that has experienced great success is Team Specialized Juniors (Fremont, Calif.). In 2014, they sent four of their junior riders to Regional and National USA Cycling camps, and another six qualified to travel with USA Cycling’s National Development Programs racing internationally.
Boulder Junior Development (Boulder, Colo.) has been a designated COE for the last seven years and has grown their program to over 100 junior members. This year Boulder Junior Cycling aspires to upgrade road racers, develop a track program at the Boulder Valley Velodrome and qualify for USA Cycling’s National Development Program activities and UCI World Championships.
Team Twenty16 Juniors (San Anselmo, Calif.) started off as a grass-roots program and is now in its eighth year of operation. In addition to their elite development team, Twenty16 continues to support top junior women ranging in age from ages 11-18. Along with National and World Championships, their goal for 2015 is to add a nationwide club ambassador program, increasing their brand reach and fan interaction.
USA Cycling Development Foundation is also awarding a special grant to the National Sports Center Velodrome (Blaine, Minn.). The support will be used for critical track improvements that are required in order to maintain operations. The NSC Velodrome is home to two different junior teams and a U23 team.
BYRDS (Boise, Idaho) is being recognized for the third year in a row, and Team Director and Coach Douglas Tobin has seen a big shift in junior and U23 funding over the years.
“This is a very beneficial designation for our program and strengthens our ability to continue with our mission,” said Tobin. “Additionally, it is great to see the number of programs across the country that are involved with juniors and U23 development and recognized by USA Cycling. There is a lot of good work going on in youth and U23 cycling across the country, thank you again for helping to promote those efforts. ”
To learn more about the Center of Excellence Program or about other USA Cycling Development Foundation supported programs, please visit the Foundation webpage. To make a donation and support this and other Olympic athlete development programs that the Foundation funds, visit the donation web page.