USA Cycling has announced the four velodromes that will be participating in the Olympic Development Program as Training Centers.
The four Velodromes – located in Houston, TX, Atlanta, GA, Trexlertown, PA, and Seattle, WA – will be awarded annual grants and will play a key role in building towards future success in track cycling. The goals for each Development Center are to: give support to club and coach development; increase access to fun training experiences for juniors; create more opportunities to identify high potential athletes; and promote high levels of participation at Track National Championships.
“After reaching out to the four new ODP Training Centers I am excited to see what we can all do in 2019,” said Travis Smith, Regional Development Track Manager for the Olympic Development Track Program. “Knowing that this is only the first step in many I am happy to have such great people and velodromes that share in our passion for track cycling.”
2019 ODP Training Centers:
- Alkek Velodrome, Houston, TX
- Dick Lane Velodrome, Atlanta, GA
- Jerry Baker Memorial Velodrome, Seattle, WA
- Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Trexlertown, PA
“The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is thrilled to be an Olympic Development Program Training Center,” said Joan Hanscom, Executive Director of Valley Preferred Cycling Center. “The future of track cycling in the US is dependent on ensuring our young riders have access to quality and positive training opportunities and we are excited to work alongside the team at USA Cycling to create pathways for junior athletes to fulfil their dreams.”
The creation of the Olympic Development Track Program was made possible through the support of a private donor with a passion for track cycling. Additional resources will be needed to fully establish and expand the program, and USA Cycling is seeking further donations and sponsorships to help the program reach its full potential.
Donors who are interested in supporting the Olympic Development Program, or other USA Cycling elite athlete development programs, are encouraged to visit the USA Cycling Foundation page.
Those wishing to get involved in the Olympic Development Program, grow the clubs or race programs can learn more at the USA Cycling Team USA – Track page under ‘Development Pathway.’
USA Cycling has outlined athlete development pathways for each discipline to help aspiring athletes of all abilities understand the process and expectations.