Welcome to the RDP
What’s it about?
For CSP members this is natural progression for the 2nd year Youth B riders onwards *.
Our Coaches will encourage and assist young riders to train and compete at their own level, ability and ambition, there is no selection process, just a commitment to learn and progress and enjoy a more structured path of development. This is about leaning to race competitively, and grasp the fundamentals of training and being coached. Riders are part of a cycling team, with team briefings, mentoring and of course Team mates!
* This is a guide only and dependant on rider progress & experience, riders must also be 1st. claim CSP.
RDP Mission Statement
“Cycle Sport Pendle’s Rider Development Programme is designed to support and develop club riders from 2nd year Youth B category through the Youth A and Junior categories into the senior ranks giving appropriate coaching and guidance as their needs change. With a support team of coaches and mentors allowing riders the opportunity to step up from Regional to National level events and providing an aspirational pathway for the younger club members to follow”.
RDP Sponsor Support
Team CSP is supported by a selection of companies passionate about youth development. Riders are helped financially with race entries and kit when representing the team at National events.
Coaches and Mentors
Commonwealth Gold Medallist and former GB International Alan Gornall is one of the coaches assisting with the RDP. The riders in RDP also benefit from our close working relationship with Tim Buckle, British Cycling’s youth development coach, with coaching analysis and mentoring.
RDP riders, Boys and Girls can expect additional training resources, and support, also 1:1 coaching as their ambitions and abilities accelerate and develop. This will include diary keeping and feedback. Our experienced team of coaches will assist in all areas, plus Strength and fitness coach Mark Turner advising and overseeing core stability and gym work when appropriate. Youth A (14 to 16) and Juniors (16 to 18) and young senior riders (18 to 23) are integrated in to the programme after progressing through the CSP Skillz group, alternatively you may come recommended.
RDP riders can expect to rub shoulders with Pendle’s Elite cyclists and Olympians. London 2012 Gold Medallist Steven Burke, Team Uk Youth Ian ‘Superman’ Wilkinson, Hope Factory Racing’s Paul Oldham and CSP coach Simon Wilson.
What’s expected of riders & Parents?
We expect riders to:
- Regularly attend coaching sessions and training
- Be committed to a race programme aligned to their own ability
- To take guidance, advice, and to respect and support each other
- Promote CSP by wearing club kit at all opportunities
- Keep their personal training diaries up to date
- Apply themselves to be the best that they can be
- Contribute positively to the CSP RDP cycling team effort.
Parents have a role too! And it’s a simple one: encouragement. There are a few practical ones too! Instil good time keeping, sportsmanship, co-operation and above all friendship. Its great when parents are involved, volunteer, get committed, and be part of the CSP team. Please see our codes of conduct.
What can CSP riders expect and achieve?
- Opportunities to race in all disciplines.
- Support to progress from Regional to National level racing.
- Structured Quality Training. CSP delivered or generic guidance.
- Training diaries with session plans. (email communication)
- Regular coached sessions to develop fitness and skills needed to ride competitively.
- Older riders, normally youth A (15+) may be offered 1:1 coaching when appropriate.
- Guidance on all round fitness, core strength and stability.
- Pathways to Regional and National coaching: National and Regional School of Racing (RSR NSR).
- Pathways to British Cycling development programmes for high achievers.
- Regional representation.
- Background expertise and experience, including the area’s current Elite and Olympic riders.
- Committed coaches and mentors.
What happens when I become a senior rider?
Once you’ve turned 18 you may have outgrown the CSP RDP, but we will support you by looking at the options available to you as a senior rider:
- You may have reached Elite, first or second category status and there will be opportunities ahead in feeder teams or even established teams.
- Alternatively we would love to keep you within CSP as a senior CSP cycling team racer, and a leisure rider.
- As a club, we encourage our senior riders to encourage, support and where possible assist our younger riders.
The options are numerous and different for each rider through the programme. But by now you will have many of the skills and knowledge to make even greater progress.
To read what Wilko has to say about coaching and training click here, it will get you thinking!
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