British Cycling has announced the launch of a new Elite Development Team status “supporting the best British talent on their journey towards success on the world stage.”
The new status will provide a new tier for national teams with a strong development focus that will bridge the gap between the UCI Continental level and ensure that riders are provided with a team of support staff, comprehensive race programmes and appropriate guidance and mentoring to be successful in that level.
Teams will be required to meet a set criteria to be awarded Elite Development Team status, in areas including the number of young, British riders on the team; supporting riders’ expenses for national and international races; provision of equipment and dedicated support; and attendance at national road and circuit series events. Both men’s and women’s teams will be encouraged to apply.
To be awarded with the Elite Development status, teams will be required to meet a certain criteria, including: the number of young, British riders on the team, supporting riders’ expenses for national and international races, provision of equipment and dedicated support and attendance at national road and circuit series events. Both men’s and women’s cycling teams will be able to apply for the status.
If awarded with the status, teams will be recognised for the quality of support they offer to riders in developing the best British talent, together with exposure from the British Cycling digital and social media channels, guaranteed entry into national series events and eventually, be able to access education courses and workshops.
“We know that competing at a national level for young riders sitting outside of the current UCI Continental Teams can be difficult and expensive, which can prevent riders from achieving their best results on the bike,” said Erick Rowsell, British Cycling Elite Road Racing Manager.
“Through the introduction of Elite Development Team status we want to create an aspirational new step in the pathway and bridge the gap to ensure that riders are provided with the support they need as they find their feet in elite racing, and that there is a clear, progressive pathway for young riders all the way to the World Tour.
“This is the result of discussions which have taken place with teams and riders over several months, and we believe it will offer teams added recognition and status as they look to engage with new riders and sponsors. This is an important time for our sport, and we feel that this will provide a much-needed step at a critical point in the pathway, and it is something that we are looking to build on in the future.
“We’re really excited to welcome the first successful teams to the start line next year, and hopefully look forward to watching their riders go on to long and successful careers in the years ahead.”
Author: Jake Wilkin