USAC

Athlete Development Pathway

Empower, Educate, Support

The journey starts here

Athlete Development Pathway

Our mission is to empower, educate and support prominent American cyclists in their journey to the USA Cycling National Team.
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What is the Athlete Development Pathway (ADP)?

The Athlete Development Pathway starts at grassroots to the national level, all while educating parents and athletes about the multiple opportunities available to them on their journey from local results to international achievement.

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    Day Camps

    USA Cycling will hold Day Camps in conjunction with popular local junior events to provide basic coaching and education for athletes and parents about development and race opportunities.

    Coming Fall 2023

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    Talent Identifiers

    A power profile submission tool to help identify upcoming cycling talent nationwide. Connect your TrainingPeaks athlete account to our Talent ID coach account to be discovered by USA Cycling.

    Coming Spring 2023 (Eligible for Ages 15-30)

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    Regional Camps

    Regional Camps are a crucial step within the development pathway. Accessible and attainable to all athletes, aspiring junior cyclists can join a regional camp to improve their skills, receive the same coaching as elite-level athletes, and be identified for further race opportunities.

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    Development Team

    A holistic development team that combines top-tier coaching, support, and race opportunities for athletes lacking local and regional development resources.

    Mountain Bike XCO Only

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    European Race Camps

    The European Race Camp will give athletes an opportunity to learn hands-on in Europe, the epicenter of cycling. Athletes will train under the guidance of top coaches and experience iconic races and courses. Athletes will be immersed in complete education sessions in strength training, skills, nutrition, tactics, sports psychology and more.

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Choose Your Discipline

Want to know more about the development opportunities for your specific program? Click on each photo to learn more.

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Athlete Testimonials

Hear from the athletes that have been a part of similar programs in the past.
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Alec
Pasqualina

Athlete Development Pathways Director
Background

Alec joined USA Cycling in early 2021 to kickstart the Olympic Development Academy, USA Cycling’s redesigned development program across all cycling disciplines. Alec is a former professional mountain bike and cyclocross racer who participated in previous iterations of USA Cycling’s development programming bringing firsthand knowledge and experience to the ODA. In addition to coaching athletes of all disciplines on the side, Alec spent nearly three years working for TrainingPeaks where he contributed to product enhancements, data analysis, coaching education, and customer retention. With coaching experience, product knowledge, and firsthand experiences, Alec plans to leverage his knowledge to grow the ODA into a pipeline for athletes of all abilities and backgrounds to make the USA Cycling National Team.

A native of Danville, Calif., Alec studied Communication Studies, Political Science, and Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He now resides in Boulder, Colorado.

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Jim
Miller

Chief of Sport Performance
Background

A successful professional cyclist in his own right, Jim coached several cyclists on the side and eventually retired from racing in 1999 to focus solely on his flourishing coaching career. After developing several notable cyclists, he originally came to USA Cycling to run the women’s road program in 2002. After earning Coach of the Year distinctions from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in 2003 & 2004, Jim was promoted to director of endurance programs, overseeing the development of American junior, U23, and women endurance athletes in road and track cycling. After making significant strides toward the USA Cycling National Development Program’s goal of developing the next generation of American cyclists, he was named Vice President of Athletics in 2010. In 2017 Jim left USA Cycling to become the Vice President of Business Development for Training Peaks. Unable to resist the Olympic call, he returned to USA Cycling in 2020 as the Chief of Sport Performance.

In his spare time, Jim also provides day-to-day training programs for athletes such as 2018 Mountain Bike XCO World Champion Kate Courtney and international stars like Chloé Dygert and Christopher Blevins. He has earned the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor for coaches, the Order of Ikkos, three times, all for coaching 3-time Olympic Champion Kristen Armstrong to victory.

A native of Casper, Wyo., Jim also earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Colorado State University. Miller resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife and two children.

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Program Partners

Thank you to our partners who are eager to provide support to the Athlete Development Pathway

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