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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    If your power numbers are hot and your drive is high, then you might be exactly who USA Cycling is searching for. USA Cycling is launching its latest PowerID program to find the next-best American cyclist, and they need your TrainingPeaks data to see if you’re it.

    After USA Cycling reviews your data, you could be selected to participate in an exclusive USA Cycling training camp that’s designed to find the next great American cyclist.


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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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    European Race Camps

    European Race Camps offer opportunities 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.


Choose Your Discipline

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


Athlete Testimonials

Hear from the athletes that have been a part of similar programs in the past.
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Mountain Bike Director

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 USA Cycling. 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 help grow USA Cycling.

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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Chief of Sport Performance

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. 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.


Program Partners

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