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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ELEVATING ATHLETE PERFORMANCES

WELCOME TO THE OLYMPIC DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY

USA Cycling's Olympic Development Academy exists to elevate young riders to the elite ranks of international cycling. 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. Offering semester-long programs across disciplines, the Academy is now open for 2021 enrollment.

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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. Led by USA Cycling's Chief of Sports Performance, 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

    The semester long commitment places young riders 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.
    • Training camp opportunities with National Team members
    • Performance monitoring with an initial rider assessment and monthly performance assessment
    • Nutrition review at beginning of each semester
    • DiSC behavior assessment tool and Personal Profile Assessment (PPA)
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    Competition

    Each semester 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
    • Helmets
    • Access to discounted bikes and other equipment
    • Access to other Academy partner products
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Cost of Attendance

FeeCost
Tuition$7,500
Housing$2,500
Clothing (once per year)$500
Total
$10,500 per semester


*The Olympic Development Academy costs $10,000 per semester with the add-on of team clothing for $500 each year. Other additional costs may be incurred.

**UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021: The ODA will be run as one Super Semester in 2021 and anyone who has applied for the 2021 Spring and/or Fall semesters will be in consideration. The associated costs per semester will stay the same for the single semester, which means an extension of benefits with no additional cost.

Scholarship Opportunities

USA Cycling recognizes that an athlete’s background does not represent their potential, and we are committed to opening up all viable pathways for our young athletes to become world class competitors. That’s why the USA Cycling Foundation has created the ODA Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established to assist athletes who qualify for financial support based on outstanding performance or financial need. The burden of paying for programming should never stand in the way of an athlete’s fair chance of taking their career to the next level.

Academy Scholarships will be awarded on the same premise as a university. Athletes can choose to apply for a Spring semester, Fall semester or both.

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Cost of Attendance

FeeCost
Tuition$7,500
Housing$2,500
Clothing (once per year)$500
Total
$10,500 per semester


*The Olympic Development Academy costs $10,000 per semester with the add-on of team clothing for $500 each year. Other additional costs may be incurred.

**UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021: The ODA will be run as one Super Semester in 2021 and anyone who has applied for the 2021 Spring and/or Fall semesters will be in consideration. The associated costs per semester will stay the same for the single semester, which means an extension of benefits with no additional cost.

Scholarship Opportunities

USA Cycling recognizes that an athlete’s background does not represent their potential, and we are committed to opening up all viable pathways for our young athletes to become world class competitors. That’s why the USA Cycling Foundation has created the ODA Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established to assist athletes who qualify for financial support based on outstanding performance or financial need. The burden of paying for programming should never stand in the way of an athlete’s fair chance of taking their career to the next level.

Academy Scholarships will be awarded on the same premise as a university. Athletes can choose to apply for a Spring semester, Fall semester or both.

Apply For A Scholarship

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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