Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 133

July 2017| 133 to -year-old students interested in cycling. This is unique. We have five other academies and have been running the academy system for 12 years, so it’s quite a well-polished system now. Through the ast of ngland Cycling Academy athway CA , students can oin Oaklands at age - on a BT C evel Sports Science course and progress well through their cycling and then come onto a programme at W C. This enables them to get the best out of themselves as cyclists as well as building some really applicable qualifications. “Currently, most young cyclists have to train in the evenings after a full day at school, college or work and inevitably their education suffers as well as their training We have gained a vast amount of knowledge from the On orm team, including how they set-up and manage the team, and will be involved in the running of an event hosted by the team and WUC in September. I will have the opportunity to race as the OnForm Academy team in British Cycling events and, ability-dependent, guest with the main team. The academy allows for the transfer of management and rider knowledge and experience, providing valuable connections throughout the world of cycling. “I have been fortunate to gain work experience coaching at Derby Arena and Dublin’s Sundrive Velodrome and to travel to Belgium with junior women for the Ghent race with the Irish Cycle Sport Development Project. I look forward to working with the OnForm team as an Academy Rider, on team support and race organisation. “At Writtle University College, I obtained my British Cycling Level 1 Coaching in February and, with my Cycling reland oundation Track coaching course, Child Protection and Garda (Police) Vetting, I now enjoy putting the skills learnt from these and my first year at W C into practice by coaching regularly at Sundrive Velodrome, in Dublin. The academy provides me with opportunities wouldn t have at home in Ireland. It gives me a degree in Cycling Performance (while also expanding my coaching) that nowhere else in the world currently offers cyclists, while allowing me to train and race all year. I’m also able to get valuable work experience giving me an insight and contacts in various areas of cycling for my future career.” Team OnForm and Oaklands Academy Simon owes, Team rincipal for Team On orm, said The partnership between Team On orm and W C is our way of putting something back into the sport. We will take great pride in having created a pathway for riders to progress and develop as bike racers. To see riders achieve their potential will give support staff and sponsors a great deal of satisfaction. t s a fantastic opportunity for all the riders involved to gain experience racing in a team environmen