Great Britain will primarily be looking to its established cycling stars to bring home the Olympic bacon at London 2012, but British Cycling is also paying attention to the next generation of potential world-beaters.
The organisation has just announced the selection of 25 riders to participate in its 2010-2011 Olympic Academy Programme, which will begin on the November 1 this year.
This year’s Academy intake includes 18-year-old German-born Philip Hindes who has been accepted onto the Sprint Academy. Philip, whose father is British, came second in the Team Sprint and fourth in the Sprint at this year’s Junior World Track Championships while representing Germany, and has shown real talent in acceleration on the first lap.
Performance Manager Shane Sutton said:
“Our under-23 squad continues to strengthen and this year Alex Dowsett and Lucy Martin have both been signed up to professional road teams for next season. We’ve also got an interesting situation on the Women’s Endurance programme with all the girls now being focussed on the Endurance track events rather than the road.
"The three Academy girls will be coached by Paul Manning, with Simon Cope becoming more involved in the training programmes for our Women’s Podium Endurance athletes and also working closely with the ODP female endurance riders in bringing them up to the high standard of performance that the Academy requires.”
The full intake of 2010/11 Academy riders is listed below.
Men’s Endurance – Road and Track:
Women’s Endurance – Track: