EMBARGO RELEASE To be announced online / distributed to media by AusCycling at 2pm AEDT Friday 22 January. 
AusCycling announces selection process for Australian National Team road development activities 

AusCycling is pleased to confirm the eligibility and selection criteria, and process for selection to road development activities to represent the Australian National Team. 

The primary purpose of the program is to provide an international racing experience for riders within the Australian Cycling Team Performance Pathway, which may include riders competing overseas, or in the NRS who may not be categorised on the athlete pathway.  

Selection is open to four events in Europe mid-2021, beginning with the Women’s UCI and Belgian race camp (June / July 2021), the Men’s U23 Orlen Nations GP Poland (May 2021), the Men’s U23 Course de la Paix Czech (June 2021) and the Men’s U23 Tour de l’Avenir in France (Aug 2021). 

The program continues successful partnership between AusCycling and NRS teams which includes Australia’s Summer of Cycling, and other European opportunities such as the successful 2019 Belgian women’s winter racing program.  

“We are excited about these programs as they will provide an important international racing experience for our developing and emerging athletes,” said Donna Rae-Szalinski, Endurance Development Coordinator.  

Selection and Eligibility 
The Selection Panel will consist of the AusCycling Director of Performance Pathways, the AusCycling Endurance Development Coordinator and the AusCycling General Manager Sport and will be responsible for recommending all selections to the AusCycling Performance Director for endorsement. 

The Selection Panel may select athletes using absolute discretion, with the below factors and from race results in 2020 and 2021: 

  • Athletes deemed capable of top 10 performances, and also those athletes who are deemed capable of fulfilling team roles as required  
  • Road specific skills (not limited to descending, cornering, bunch riding) 
  • Podium Potential Academy athletes and High Performance Network (HPN) athletes are provided selection on a priority basis 
  • U23s racing domestically, winning performances weighted 
  • U23s racing internationally, weighted to podium performances 
  • Athletes that are considered to be on an upward performance trajectory 

For full Selection and Eligibility information, please see this PDF.  

Participation in these events is under a “user pays” system.  Athletes will be required to pay a race levy which will cover an equal share of operations such as accommodation, food, vehicles, clothing and other miscellaneous costs, as well as individual airfare and UCI racing license costs. 

Expression of Interests 
Riders seeking selection will submit their Expression of Interest via this online form.  

Queries should be directed in writing to Donna Rae-Szalinski donna.rae-szalinski@auscycling.org.au

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