As part of its goal to support women's cycling in the United States, the US Women's Cycling Development Program (USWCDP) has joined forces with JETCycling, a program aimed at developing competitive cyclists from ages 10 to 18 and raising awareness of ethics, sportsmanship and education through the sport.
According to USWCDP Director Michael Engleman, "The USWCDP has become a fairly extensive grassroots development program and while we have built a solid network of people who help us work with athletes I always knew our weakness was that we don't yet have any structure to work with really young riders.
"I was fortunate to meet [JETCyling founder] Jet Tanner and I knew right away that JETCycling was exactly the type of format that we could work well with. The women athletes love to give back to the sport and working with junior riders will be a gift for us all. We are very excited to have another way to help women's cycling, and cycling in general."
Both programs are designed to promote the growth of competitive cycling across the US, by providing talented athletes with support, both on and off the bike. "We were looking for the next step in the evolution of a junior cyclist and the USWCDP fills that gap for us," said Tanner. "JETCycling is building the foundation of cycling, and the USWCDP is the launching pad for these athletes to be successful. I am pleased that Michael and I share the same vision for the future of cycling."