Launched at at last year’s Cycle Expo in Harrogate, the Vitfor Future Champions Project aims at providing young riders with an alternative route to the top. The program has up to 10 places available for 16 – 23 year olds who have the potential to be the next generation of future champions.
Fuelled by the success of the Vitfor-coached Tanfield brothers, Vitfor Performance Director, Craig Stevenson, has secured the funding to provide the training and support that’s needed to help propel up-and-coming athletes to the top of their sport.
From our elite team of physiologists, strength + conditioning experts, nutritionists, biomechanics and coaches, the selected athletes receive:
- Full and ongoing physiological testing and lab support
- Full FMS screening and ongoing strength and conditioning program and support
- Lifestyle and nutrition coaching
- Biomechanical assessment and development
- Full elite coaching
The project was created to open-up the sport to a wider selection of promising athletes. Traditionally, there have only be a couple of routes to the top – to become a pro, you often need to get yourself to UK level until you were good enough to get picked-up by a team and race on the continent. Alternatively, you go through the national governing body, such as British Cycling, where there are a limited number of places.
Vitfor Future Champions project offers a new opportunity. It also gives the athlete the unique advantage of having a training program entirely personalised to the individual, an ethos which Vitfor prides itself on.
Charlie Tanfield, who himself had to forge an alternative route to the top of his sport, said of his coach, “Craig has so much experience and so much knowledge. If you come from a background where you want to understand things, you want to learn about what you are doing and make sure you are doing it right, then Craig is definitely the person to enable you to do that. He does things scientifically, and I like the way he works.”
Applications will soon be open for the 2020 season for male and female athletes and places are open to riders across the different cycling disciplines. The main requirement is that the prospective candidate should be riding at a national level.
If you have what it takes to be a future champion and you would like to apply for a place in the 2020 season, send your cycling CV to firstname.lastname@example.org or message through our Facebook page. All applicants will be responded to.