High Performance & Development Programs

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Cycling BC delivers High Performance and Development programs to encourage excellence in sport and help BC targeted athletes develop to their full potential. Participants are typically in the ‘Train to Train’ through to the ‘‘Learn to Win’ stages of the Long Term Athlete Development model (LTAD).

The High Performance program aims to transition targeted athletes onto National teams and supports athletes and coaches to achieve podium-reaching performances at competitions by providing them with enhanced services and opportunities for development.

High Performance

Opportunities to develop with enhanced services including,

  • training camps
  • high-caliber competition projects
  • coaching
  • grants & bursaries
  • access to discounted products/services
  • educational opportunities, and more.

By virtue of its status as a “targeted sport” within the British Columbia Integrated Performance System (IPS), Cycling BC is eligible to nominate selected athletes and their coaches for enhanced benefits,  programs and services support through the Canadian Sport Institute and the network of regional centres in BC.


This is referred to as “Canadian Sport Institute/PacificSport Athlete and Coach Registration,” which provides athletes at various levels with funding and resources to pursue excellence. The Canadian Sport Institute & PacificSport services are broken into levels, each with a slate of designated services, some of which are free and others of which are provided on a fee-for-service basis. Please click on the following for an outline of Athlete and Coach Programs and services.

HP Information

  • HP Development Pathway

    Targeted Athlete Development Levels & Result Benchmarks

    Provincial Development 2:

    • Competed at Nationals
    • Top 20% at Provincial Champs within 5% of winning time
    • Completed Cycling BC Skill Development Matrix with Comp Dev or higher coach (see Appendix 3)

    Provincial Development 1:

    • Competed at Worlds
    • Medalist at Nationals
    • Named to Cycling Canada Jr./U23 Team
    • Top 10 at UCI event within 5% of winning time
    • Completed Cycling BC Skill Development Matrix with Comp Dev or higher coach (see Appendix 3)

    Canadian Development:

    • Senior National Team or NextGen Athlete
    • Cycling Canada identified athlete
    • Top 10 at Worlds
    • Top 5 at UCI event within 3% of winning time
    • This level is determined by Cycling Canada’s National Talent Pool list

    Sport Canada Carding (SR1, SR2, SR, C1, D):

    • Senior International (SR1/SR2): Top 8 at Olympics or Elite World Champs in non-Olympic years, Top 50% of field
    • Senior (SR/C1), an identified athlete with potential to achieve international results
    • Development (D), demonstrate potential to achieve senior international criteria

    See Cycling Canada’s Carding Criteria

  • Provincial Team and Targeted Athlete Criteria & Selection

    Targeted cyclists and their coaches must apply to Cycling BC to be considered. Applications are reviewed by Cycling BC’s High Performance Manager.

    Applicants who meet the criteria outlined below are then put forward to the Canadian Sport Institute. Selected athletes and coaches will be notified by the Cycling BC Athlete Development Manager and will be provided with information on how to register with their local Canadian Sport Institute or Regional Centre.

    Athletes and coaches must register with their local centre to initiate the process, which will provide them with their athlete or coach card that gives them access to the programs and support services to which they are entitled. Athletes who do not register with their centre may forfeit their eligibility for enhanced benefits, programs, and services the following year.

    There are four different levels of athlete benefits, programs and services offered, for more information please click here.

    Cycling BC Provincial Team Criteria & Application:

    Applications Dates: Our targeted athlete list is valid from February 1st – January 31st of the following year. If you have not applied, you still can. However, applications are only able to be resubmitted once per month. This list allows athletes who hit the criteria throughout the year to access these services and benefits.

    BMX Development Team Criteria & Application:


  • Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)

    Cycling BC’s Long-term athlete development (LTAD) model presents a progressive pathway for athletes to optimize their development according to recognized stages in human physical, mental, emotional, and cognitive maturation.

    Cycling Canada has worked closely with the 5 Olympic disciplines to create cycling sport-specific LTAD documents. These documents target the specific pathway for athletes, coaches and officials within the LTAD framework.

    View the Cycling Canada LTAD Document.

    Click below for information on one of the 4 sports specific LTAD documents:

    MTB-XC Cycling

    Track Cycling

    BMX Cycling

    Para Cycling

    Cycling BC has worked closely within the LTAD framework to create the following initiatives to help support LTAD in BC:


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