Youth introduction to Track Talent ID programme

Cycling South Africa’s Coaching Commission’s Junior Talent Identification Programme (TID) has seen an annual improvement in our young athletes’ performances at the UCI Junior Track World Championships over the past three years.

Developed and implemented by the Coaching Commission in 2010, the TID Programme focuses on the fundamental guidelines of:

  1. Promoting cultural awareness
  2. Enhancing the holistic individual development of all athletes
  3. Education on Sports Psychology and Nutrition
  4. Improving personal life skills in promoting responsibility for cooking, cleaning, washing and other domestic activities
  5. Support for Drug Free Sport

Cycling SA has now introduced an under-16 Youth TID Programme to help even younger riders develop their racing skills and improve their training programmes in preparation for the entry into the National Junior TID Programme.

In an effort to address cultural diversity in South African Sport, it’s imperative to create improved growth in junior age groups from U11 through to U16, whilst also focusing on female participation. With success in this avenue, this will ultimately reflect on the nation’s ability to compete internationally at an elite level. The training camps and training sessions are run under the guidance of fully qualified and experienced coaches.

With the Cycling SA Track Commission’s vision being to focus on the Team Pursuit and Team Sprint events, the camps are aimed at high quality coached sessions for athletes wishing to develop competition skills and fitness on the Velodrome, with a focus on identifying riders in the youth categories who may meet the Track Commission’s entrance criteria for further camps that focus on squad development. The ultimate goal is on athlete preparation for competition at events like World Cups, Commonwealth Games and ultimately in the future Olympic competition.

If you are a youth rider ambitious for success in any Olympic discipline in the sport of cycling, and you think that you have what it takes to make it to the Olympic podium, then the Track Talent Identification Programme would like to hear from you.

Please click here to read more about how the TID Programme operates, and what the Youth and Junior programmes have to offer.

Skilled and experienced coaches are well placed to identify the areas where a young rider needs to improve in order to challenge for the top, as well as to support the development of their skills and fitness.