USA Cycling's

Olympic Development Academy

Providing riders with the best-in-class coaching, curriculums and competitions needed to excel on the world stage

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WELCOME TO THE OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

ELEVATING ATHLETE PERFORMANCES

USA Cycling's Olympic Development Academy exists to elevate young riders to the elite ranks of international cycling across all disciplines. Providing world-class coaching, comprehensive training curriculums and immersive competition schedules, the Academy is meant for riders that have a desire to take control of their future in the sport.

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Olympic Development Academy athletes receive:

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    Coaching

    Under the guidance of the most decorated coaches in the country, Academy riders will have access to the knowledge needed to get to the next level. Each unique program includes discipline specific staff that has proven success in producing championship results.

    This includes:

    • Access to a high performance coaching staff with various Olympic and World Championships medals to their resume along with years of world-class experience
    • One-on-one coaching during competitions, camps and clinics
    • One-on-one strength and conditioning coaching during camps
    • Premium Training Peaks account with discipline specific training plans and strength and condition plans
    • On-going network and collaboration with professional teams and opportunities
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    Curriculum

    Each rider is placed into a comprehensive training program that resembles the approach and accommodations of a professional cyclist. Becoming the best you can is a round-the-clock commitment and providing the resources to manage the physical and mental stresses of elite cycling is a huge part of producing the best result for the athlete.

    This includes:

    • Access to team infrastructure; world-class facilities, coaches, sport scientists, and experts in personal and professional development.
    • Performance monitoring with an initial rider assessment
    • Nutrition education
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    Competition

    Each program is built around putting newfound skills into action through a supported event schedule where riders will have the chance to compete against the best in the world.

    This includes:

    • Top-tier development competition schedule for national and international events
    • On-ground support at competitions including housing, food, race venue setup, and full-service by professional support staff
    • Develop race day protocols, strategies, nutrition, and proper mindset
    • Team competition clothing and casual travel clothing
    • Normatec & Hyperice recovery products
    • POC Helmets
    • Access to discounted equipment and other partner products
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Choose Your Discipline

Want to know more about your specific program? The ODA structure is consistent across all disciplines, but each one is specifically tailored to its athletes. Click on each photo to learn more about each discipline's schedule, coaching staff, cost, and more!

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TESTIMONIALS

FROM THE ATHLETES

Hear from past Olympic Development Academy athletes about their invaluable experiences from the program.

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Program Partners

Thank you to our partners who are eager to provide support to the members of the Olympic Development Academy.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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THE ACADEMY

MEET THE STAFF
Alec Pasqualina ODA Director

Alec
Pasqualina

Olympic Development Academy 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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