Cycling Academy

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 to all 6 of the Oaklands Wolves Academies. The academy will train every afternoon and have mornings set aside for lessons and tutorials. Wednesday however should be a day solely for academy training.

Our academy has excellent links in the cycling scene nationally and internationally, particularly in Belgium and France. We hope to expose our riders to the training bases, clubs and elite teams we work with, as well as others as we continue to grow.

Facilities

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.

Progression opportunities

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, Director of Academies, at cycling@oaklands.ac.uk