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by Mark Zalewski
April 26, 2017
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As feared British Cycling is cutting the number of riders in its Olympic world class programme (OWCP) due to a reduction in funding from UK Sport and the National Lottery. The number of athletes in the programme will be reduced from 110 down to a maximum of 92 as of 1 April 2017. As such only 87 cyclists will remain in British Cycling’s OWCP. The changes will see Mark Cavendish as well as well as Simon and Adam Yates dropped from the programme.
Mark Cavendish, here competing in the Rio Games, will no longer be part of British Cycling’s Olympic world class programme.
“Without the continued support from UK Sport and the National Lottery it wouldn’t be possible for our athletes to reach their full potential and we remain grateful for their ongoing support,” said British Cycling’s performance director Stephen Park.
“In order to meet the reduced number of WCP athlete places offered by UK Sport, some tough decisions have been made. We have confidence in the processes we’ve put in place to manage the review. We’ve been working closely with all riders throughout, taking a personalised approach to the support we’ve offered. Any riders facing a non-renewal of programme membership were given three working days to make an appeal. All have been given a ‘notice period’ of three months during which time they will receive a full transitional APA (Athlete Performance Award), including full athlete medical scheme cover and support with an exit and transition plan as required.”
As previously announced no male mountain bike or female BMX rider places will be provided and only a maximum of five male BMX and four female mountain bike places can be provided.
“We’ve also taken the opportunity to make changes to the men’s road programme. This is a unique and complex programme which includes up-and-coming road riders as well as established Grand Tour stage winners. The review panel took the strategic decision to reduce this squad from 16 down to eight riders. We are engaging with the riders who are no longer on the OWCP along with relevant staff to develop a solution which will be membership to an elite affiliate programme. There’s still work to be done on the development of this programme but I envisage it will facilitate access to the GBCT coach and training camps ahead of world championships. I’m pleased to say we will be replicating this model for the women’s road programme too so we can broaden our support to talented athletes by offering them the affiliate programme membership benefits.”
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