Team Velosport (Sho-Air/Rock’n'Road) Junior Cycling Team has just been named a 2010 USA Cycling Center of Excellence. (That’s a lot of links in one sentence). Here’s what being a “Center of Excellence” entails:
Funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, cash grants for Center of Excellence recognition are awarded to programs that meet specific structural requirements with the potential and ability to develop athletes into international-level competitors, and have consistently produced national results and coordinated with USA Cycling’s National Development Program participation. Since the program’s inception eight years ago, USA Cycling has distributed over $160,000 to grass-roots development programs thanks to the generous donations to the USA Cycling Development Foundation.
USA Cycling recognizes the outstanding work of all of these Centers of Excellence as they continue to grow the model of athlete development in cycling and contribute to the elevated levels of competition and growth of the sport in the United States.
Only 8 teams were chosen for 2010, including: Boulder Junior Cycling (BJC), NOW-MS Society, All Sport – Team Swift, Young Medalists High Performance, Peanut Butter & Co. 2012, Rad Racing, and Team Specialized Juniors.
It’s a great honor to be part of a team that puts a lot of energy and support behind junior cyclists. If 2010 was any indication for the future of the team, we should be expecting many many many top 10s and podium finishes from the 31-member team (and still growing). CONGRATULATIONS!