Grand Fondo World Championship Program
The World Cycling Championships will be held in Albi, southern France in 2017. We aim to assist you toward your best ever form and fitness for this event through a program that qualifies you for the event through one of the regional qualifiers
Open to any cyclist wanting to compete as an amateur at the World Championships in Albi
There are several qualification events that we will also assist in preparing you for. An outline of these events can be found here
Once you have decided how you might qualify we will work with you to ensure your best preparation is achieved
There are 3 major races, including a Time Trial and Road Race, which qualification must be made for entry. And an informal team relay. The road race is a 97-155 km event, depending on age, with the time trial relatively flatter with some minor undulations of a 22 km course length. More information about the Time Trial and Road race profile can be found here
What to expect
The level of competition is good to excellent. It is against some of the worlds best riders, preparation is key. Some athletes train and focus on one stage (the ITT for example) as their goal for the event and the year. Others compete in all three. Racing is conducted in age groups depending on age group numbers and sometimes grouped together. Women race separately.
Whilst the competition and level of racing can be quite high, the atmosphere is welcoming. Everyone is generally older, have families, children and work so to be part of the event is a thrill in itself regardless of the result. It is also an opportunity to race and take in the incredible French culture.
Training and preparation
The Exercise Institute is seeking to support a Western Australian contingent of athletes aiming to qualify for the world championships. We want athletes to commit to a 6month program for the event, commencing in the new year, 30th January
Our representatives will participate in training, testing and programming to help them achieve their goals. The program is completely designed around your own racing goals, and strengths and abilities. There is no one size fits all.
We believe we can adequately prepare you for your goals be they outcome or performance based.
Numbers will be limited and will involve the following aspects around preparation:
- Team member training for the event leading into the championships, involving state of the art equipment and monitoring, personalised to your own fitness levels. This will include individual testing, indoor training to your own testing results, outdoor group training and a structured program that could include strength GYM training and other related aspects.
- Training held in a fun supportive environment including on road, indoor and at race support from experienced racing cyclists
- The focus will be on each athlete doing their best in competition and preparation, as well as experiencing racing at a national level against interstate and international cyclists. The focus is not results based.
- All fee’s are wavered when enrolled in the program, so access to strength training, indoor specific power assessments, outdoor specific sessions and a tailored program are all included.
Why do it?
We aim to prepare every athlete to their best ability. This would provide a great long term goal for people wanting to try racing across this summer, into winter and beyond. Together we will all focus on getting there. The atmosphere and experience is unforgettable and a fantastic insight into cycle racing.
Training and coaching services: $250 month and is inclusive of all related services across the summer-winter period running into the event in late August
Travel: Your own travel arrangements are best made for the event
License: All riders will need to hold a full Cycling Australia racing license.
Clothing: We want you in YOUR OWN team clothing or whatever you are comfortable in. We will be designing our own race clothing for the event too.
You can purchase the program anytime, though the ‘contract’ period commences 30th Jan 2017, places are limited. Please sign on to the program here: UCI WCT Championship Program 2017
Download more information – UCI World Champs Program
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