British Cycling's Rider Route

The Rider Route – helping the most promising riders become the stars of world and Olympic cycling.


Here we identify and develop bike riders aged 12 to 15 to create a pool of athletes that are ready for the academy. This is about constructing the ‘building blocks’ that will be required for the route to becoming a member of the Great Britain Cycling Team (GBCT). 

Regional Schools of Racing

This is where the journey to become a champion really gets going. They provide riders with access to high quality training under the guidance of expert GBCT coaches and are based across the country.


This is where we begin to invest more heavily in developing those riders that are showing the most promise. The GBCT supports around 100 apprentices nationally at this level, and those awarded this status should be aiming to graduate onto the Academy. 


From 15 to 21 we focus on intensively developing the country’s best young riders. Refining on what has already been learnt, the aim is to support the transition to becoming a senior bike rider, and ready to graduate to the Podium Programme.

Junior Academy

The Junior Academy is focused on developing the country’s best junior riders, ensuring that they are ready for life as full-time athletes. This will include opportunities to race at international competitions in preparation for riding in major events at a senior level. 

Senior Academy

The Senior Academy is the ultimate ‘finishing school’. The aim is simple: to fine-tune athletes and ensure they are ready to dominate the top-step of world and Olympic race podiums in the future. 


The pinnacle of the performance pathway, the Olympic Podium Programme is dedicated to supporting highly-skilled elite cyclists as they aim to win medals in major competitions, such as world championships and Olympic Games.

If you would like to find out more information visit British Cycling's Rider Route webpage.