Sottotitolo: Questi ci faranno il mazzo
Recentemente ho letto del nuovo Team di Ciclismo Inglese: Hanno messo su una bella squadra e un sistema di selezione nazionale che parte sino dai Giovanissimi. In Italia stanno nascendo alcune realtà come http://emiliaromagnagroup.wordpress.com/ (vedi post) ma gli Inglesi hanno cercato di mettere giù le basi a partire dalla Federazione Nazionale, da noi come al solito, tutto viene lasciato all’iniziativa volontaria di alcuni privati che ci mettono molto della loro passione. Spero che ciò serva a tutti per fare alcune riflessioni a livello di investimenti sul ciclismo nazionale.
Ho raccolto in giro alcune informazioni che pubblico così come le ho trovate:
Nasce il team BSkyB. Obiettivo: vincere il Tour
Dal 2010 la nuova squadra prenderà ufficialmente parte alle corse. Con sede a Manchester sarà composta da 25 corridori: Mark Cavendish (forse) probabile capitano. In 5 anni si punterà alla conquista della Grande Boucle.
Nella squadra si parlera’ inglese, ma le bici saranno italiane
(ANSA) – ROMA, 9 OTT – Sara’ probabilmente uno dei team protagonisti della prossima stagione ciclistica il Team Sky costituito da James Murdoch, figlio del tycoon delle tv Rupert. Sono 16 finora i nomi rivelati dei ciclisti della nuova squadra, gli altri saranno annunciati in futuro. Ai sei corridori britannici – Geraint Thomas, Steve Cummings, Pete Kennaugh, Chris Froome, Ian Standard e Russel Downing – si sono aggiunti dieci ciclisti internazionali: Edvald Boasson Hagen, Thomas Lovkvist, Kurt Arvesen, Simon Gerrans, Juan Antonio Flecha, Kjell Carlstrom, John Lee Augustyn, Greg Henderson, Lars Setter Nordhaug e Morris Possoni. La squadra iniziale di 25 uomini verra’ seguita da un team di allenatori, tecnici e staff di supporto, che provengono dal mondo del ciclismo, molti dei quali lavorano per tutto l’anno con ciclisti britannici d’elite ed emergenti.
Il Team Sky gareggera’ dall’inizio del 2010, iniziando con il Tour Down Under, e spera di guadagnare il diritto di partecipare al Tour de France del prossimo anno. Ma se la lingua ufficiale sara’ l’inglese, non manchera’ qualcosa di italiano nella neonata squadra di ciclismo professionistico. Saranno infatti prodotte dalla Pinarello le biciclette che useranno.
Il Team Sky ha annunciato oggi a Londra di aver raggiunto un accordo per una collaborazione tecnica triennale con la Cicli Pinarello di Treviso, 8 volte vincitrice del Tour con le sue biciclette. L’annuncio segue di pochi giorni quello del riconoscimento ufficiale della licenza Pro Tour UCI alla squadra.
British Cycling move to aid GB cycling team
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Prompted by its unprecedented growth, British Cycling is temporarily moving some of its operations out of the Manchester Velodrome to a nearby business park – so the GB cycling team can concentrate on vital preparations for London 2012.
All departments apart from the GB Cycling Team will relocate to a temporary office for 18 months, enabling GB Cycling Team coaches, athletes and support staff to optimize the space within at the Manchester Velodrome and create a world-class environment for elite performance (Ambiente e infrastrutture Internazionali d’elite) as they prepare for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The entire British Cycling operation will be reunited in 2011 when the National Indoor BMX Centre (Centro Indoor di BMX Nazionale !) is completed next to the Manchester Velodrome, with new purpose built British Cycling offices linking the two venues.
This improved National Cycling Centre will benefit from new public spaces and outdoor freestyle cycling areas to form one of the UK’s first Veloparks. (Programma nazionale dei Veloparks pubblici).
When complete, the National Indoor BMX Centre, the world’s first purpose built indoor BMX track(prima pista mondiale coperta BMX) , will help further integrate the GB Cycling Team and improve preparations for London 2012.
Capable of seating 2,000 spectators, it will help bring major cycling events to the city and open its doors to local schools, clubs and community. Subject to funding and planning approval, work on the scheme will start at the beginning of 2010.
To help the transition, the following British Cycling departments will be temporarily relocated: Cycle Sport and Membership; Coaching, Education and Development; Recreation and Partnerships; Marketing and Communications; Corporate Services and Facilities.
Ian Drake, CEO at British Cycling said: “This temporary move will enable the GB Cycling Team to expand within the Manchester Velodrome and take full advantage of this superb training facility, aiding athlete preparations for London 2012.
“Today we employ over 200 staff and the organisation is continuing to grow as we expand into new areas such as recreational cycling. The move will enable us to meet the needs of our staff and ensure that we can operate effectively until our new offices are built at the heart of the National Cycling Centre.
“The National Indoor BMX Centre is yet another ambitious project that will help assert Britain as the number one cycling nation in the world. Its development will be possible thanks to the exceptional support of our partners – Manchester City Council, New East Manchester and Sport England – who share our vision to turn Britain into a cycling nation.”
There will be no change of address for British Cycling, as all post will be re-directed to the nearby office and all phone numbers will remain the same. Some disruption to e-mail and phone lines may occur on Friday 16 October. For full contact details visit www.britishcycling.org.uk.
Great Britain Cycling Team Olympic Programmes
Olympic Podium Programme - Riders in this programme are expected to be seasoned world-class performers with a track record of success at the highest level. Athletes are full-time on the programme and generally based near the team’s Manchester HQ. Athletes may also be members of professional (trade) teams, receiving additional support from the programme. More Information
Olympic Academy Programme - riders aged typically 18 to 23 and exceptional athletes with the clear potential to become world-class performers. The programme aims to add the final technical polish, whilst building up training loads to those likely to be experienced by the senior elite athletes. More Information
Olympic Development Programme – riders aged typically 16 to 18, who are already experienced and focused on a career in professional cycling. The programme aims to add technical experience, including experience of preparing for major (junior) championships, plus conditioning. Athletes are typically still in education and focus on intense training camps, whilst still living at home. More Information
Olympic Talent Team - a regionally based programme aimed at finding talented young riders, typically aged 14-16 and preparing them for transition to the higher programmes. More Information
Paralympic Team – athletes competing in four disability categories, primarily in Track, Road Race and Time Trial disciplines.More Information
Olympic Talent Team Programme
If you are a youth rider ambitious for success in any Olympic discipline in the sport of cycling, and you think you have what it takes to make it to the Olympic podium, then the Olympic Talent Programme would like to hear from you.
The Talent Programme is regionally based for both coaches and riders. Talent Programme riders are typically aged from 13 to 17 years old, and they all have the ambition of making it onto an Olympic podium . The Talent Programme’s coaches have the skill, enthusiasm, imagination and commitment to help to develop riders with the goal of making them ready for the next step of the pathway; the Olympic Development Programme.
What does the Talent Programme offer?
The Talent Programme coaches are amongst the best in the country, with the skills and experience to be able to identify the areas where a young rider most needs to improve to challenge for the top. The Talent Programme coaches are well placed to provide opportunities and coaching support for riders to then develop in those areas.
The Talent Programme coaches know exactly what the coaches in the older age group programmes (Olympic Development Programme, Olympic Academy Programme) are looking for from a young rider and are well placed to assist a rider in gaining the skills & fitness required to compete for a place in the next step to the Olympic podium.
Talent Programme riders are identifed through talent spotting at regional and national competition (Selezione Nazionale a partire sino dai 13 ANNI !), and via referral through our excellent Go-Ride clubs and qualified club coaches – visit the Club Finder section of this site, and click on the Go-Ride button for your local Go-Ride club.
For further queries please contact Alison Johnson (AlisonJohnson or 0161 274 2092)
Becoming a Member of the GB Cycling Team
Applications to become a member of the GB Cycling Team – Olympic Podium, Olympic Academy, Olympic Development & Paralympic Programmes – should all be directed through the team’s Administration Manager, Alison Johnson.
Contact Alison at:
National Cycling Centre
0161 274 2092
Great Britain Cycling Team FAQs
What does being in one of the Squads involve?
The answer to this is very much age dependant.
In the Talent Programme from 13 to 16 years old, you will be assigned a coach who will prescribe training and racing to fit around your education. You’ll need to commit to completing and returning a training diary and attending approximately 4 camps of 4 to 7 days during the year (in school holiday time). Opportunities may also arise to race overseas. (…pure all’estero !).
In the Olympic Development Programme for junior riders, 16 to 18 years old, you will be coached by a discipline specific coach, again you’ll have a training and racing schedule set around your educational needs, and need to commit to completing and returning regular training diaries. Residential camps are held in school holidays, and there are opportunities to represent Great Britain internationally
In the U23 Academy Programme riders normally commit to full time residential focussed training. Many of the disciplines have their base in Manchester, with the men’s road riders also having a summer base in Italy. Riders still completing A levels can be considered, and a non-residential programme can in some circumstances be put in place by the Academy coach.
In the Podium Programme, riders receive all the coaching, equipment, clothing needed to be a professional rider, racing predominantly internationally, but living independently and responsible for their own training programmes.
I was wondering if there was a junior GB team and how I could join?
The Olympic Development Programme aims to develop junior riders to the level where they will be competitive internationally. Each year European Championships and / or World Championships teams are selected to represent Great Britain on merit. Selection for such teams is carried out looking at riders prowess in competition – National series events, Revolution events etc.