USA Cycling Media release
USA Cycling opens base in Italy for elite women
European Residence Centre opens
Lucca, Tuscany, Italy
after opening its men’s European residence centre in Izegem, Belgium,
USA Cycling announced today the opening of a similar facility for its
Women’s National Team and development programmes in Lucca, Italy. USA
Cycling’s women’s European residence centre will serve as a home away
from home for several developing athletes and current world-class cyclists
as they receive the consistent exposure to elite-level competition that is
necessary to achieve athletic excellence.
location was chosen for its proximity to European races, favourable
weather conditions, quiet and safe training environment and the passionate
Italian cycling culture.
competing in several events in Northern Europe throughout the last two
weeks, the first group of women moved-in in late April, before returning
opening of our European residence centre represents the next step in our
efforts to develop the next crop of world-class women cyclists,”
explained Pat McDonough, USA Cycling Director of Athletics. “Right
now, our women’s endurance program is enjoying unprecedented success
across all disciplines of cycling and the opening of this facility is a
crucial component in sustaining that success long after the current class
order to replicate the achievements that the men’s program has yielded
over the years, and to be able to consistently compete against the
world’s top teams and nations, the women we have in the development
pipeline need this type of stimuli on a regular basis.”
McDonough continued. “And, by involving proven veterans at
the height of their career throughout this process, USA Cycling is
providing the up-and-comers with another valuable resource that is
paramount to their long-term success.”
inception in 1999, the men’s program has averaged the graduation of one
rider per year to UCI ProTour teams – the highest level of men’s
professional cycling in the world – and countless more to UCI
Professional Continental and Continental squads. And although
women’s cycling doesn’t share the same structure at the elite level as
men, the overall goal of the program is to cultivate world-class talent
that will sustain competitive excellence at the international level and
compete for Olympic and World Championship medals.
European residence centre and more competition in
as USA Cycling restructures its track program, the facility is also
expected to be used by other athletes as a European training base.
the coming years, we expect that athletes of all disciplines and both
genders will ultimately spend time in
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