USA Cycling has announced that it will award eight cash grants to regional athlete development programs to aid the development of young cyclists through its Center of Excellence program. The grants are funded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation and have been awarded to non-profit organisations with the ability to produce cyclists fit for international competition. Among the recipients are several first-time winners alongside some more established programs.
The Lehigh Wheelmen Future Champions of Pennsylvania has produced high-calibre cyclists over the past three decades including those winning national titles, Pan American Championships and Olympic medals. The club hosts 10 races each seasons and provides training and support to junior riders.
Another repeat winner, Rad Racing of Olympia, will continue to expand its programs for junior and under 23 riders in the Seattle area. In 2006 Rad Racing sent riders to national championships in road, mountain bike and cyclo-cross, winning one national title and eight medals.
Other programs receiving grants are the Northern California High School Mountain Bike League, the Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, PA, the Orlando Road Club, XXX Racing in Chicago, the Vermont-based Team Bliss and the Des Moines Cycle Club.