Our Cycling Academy aims to bring together talented and aspiring racing cyclists aged 16-18 in order to progress their skills, fitness and their capacity to become elite category senior riders. The programme aims to expose all riders to as wide a range of cycling disciplines as possible throughout the 2 years whilst still allowing riders to specialise as individuals.
The Monday to Friday program sits alongside your education within Oaklands College, home of the Oaklands Wolves Academies. The cycling academy will train every morning and have afternoons set aside for lessons and tutorials. Wednesday however will be a day solely for academy training, physio and our unique cycling theory lessons which cover topics such as nutrition, the history of the sport, race tactics, the demands of ‘pro life’, season and career planning and much more.
Students train regularly at the Gosling Stadium Velodrome in Welwyn Garden City where they take full benefit of the track. In addition, students have use of the permanently marked cyclo-cross course, which surrounds the velodrome.
The academy will also train from our St Albans Campus making the most of the quiet lanes, trail and fields surrounding the campus on the outskirts of the city.
Alongside your on the bike training you will have regular strength and conditioning (gym and plyometric) sessions in our performance gym with our specialist coaches and there will be specific slots for you to book massages/physio treatment with one of our academy therapists.
Oaklands College partner with Writtle University College in Essex, offering students an option to continue their education on the England Cycling Academy Pathway (EECAP). This means that students could join the Writtle cycling academy and study Cycling Sport Physiology degree programme at Writtle University College.
Students progressing from Oaklands to Writtle will therefore in effect be part of a 4 year academy program alongside studying for both further and higher level qualifications. Both academies will also join-up for special training sessions (often race focussed) and there will be a sharing of ideas and best practice between them and us.
Find out more about our Cycling Academy
Entry into the academy follows your acceptance on the course of your choice but your first step should be to express your interest via email to Jez Cox, Head of Cycling, at firstname.lastname@example.org