The Talent Development Sessions identify talented riders who may be eligible to receive additional support from Isle Of Man Sport and/or from British Cycling in the mountain bike disciplines of XC, Downhill and Enduro.
Talent Development sessions form the first part of the Isle Of Man’s MTB performance pathway. To support riders who have the ambition to represent the Isle Of Man (or Great Britain) in mountain biking.
Riders who successfully attend regular Talent Development sessions meet the national standards (set by British Cycling) will be put forward to attend RSR’s.
To be eligible to attend the School of Racing you must be:
Born 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007
Riders who have attained the criteria in the past were able to:
– Attend RSR (Regional School of Racing).
– Receive support to compete at National level events in their MTB discipline.
– Attend British Cycling’s National School of Racing.
– Win National Championships.
– Represent the Isle of Man in mountain biking at Commonwealth Games and Great Britain in XCM World Championships!
Long term, if those riders show progress they may be selected to attend the National School of Racing in their chosen discipline and receive support from the National governing body of cycling to further their career.
MTB XC – Talent Development Session – 22nd April 2023 2:00-4:30pm at South Barrule.
MTB Gravity- Talent Development Session – 8th April 2023 2:00-4:30pm at Kerroodhoo.
*Please note only cancel sessions under extreme weather conditions. Check our Facebook page for updates if you are unsure prior to the session.
School Of Racing – FAQs
My child is new to the sport, is this for them? No, you should look to local clubs or race series to help with their initial development such as Junior Island MTB or Pedal To Progression MTB Academy.
My son/ daughter is keen to join and is a good U11 or younger rider, can you make exception?
No, these sessions are strictly for 12-16 year old children who have a keen interest in racing and have ambition to race for the Isle of Man at major competions or at a Uk National level in the near future.
Why do we have to pay for these sessions?
The session charge is the same across all the Talent Development Centres across the UK. It’s to cover the minimum fees to hire of the forest for the session. We think you’ll agree that this is heavily discounted compared to other group coaching options (or bike parts!) that are available.
What do I need to wear for this session?
Please ensure your child’s bike is in full working order (two working brakes essential) and they dress appropriately for the weather and riding conditions. A Wearing a helmet is compulsory during the session.
What do I need to bring to the session? You’ll need to bring flat pedals and suitable footwear. Also anything you usually take with you on an MTB ride (multi-tool, inner tube, pump, food, water etc.) ensure your bike is in full working order. Failure to do so may mean you can’t take part in the session.
How can I contact the organiser with any questions? Send us an email at email@example.com
Pedal To Progression has been identified by Isle Of Man Sport and IOM Cycling as the Talent Development Centre to deliver the MTB Performance Pathway for ages 12-16.
The coaching sessions are led by the only qualified Level 3 British Cycling mountain bike coach on the island! With over 15 years of experience in sports development and a proven track record of racing Downhill at a UK National level, our coach is also a qualified strength and conditioning coach who offers unparalleled expertise and guidance in a wide range of areas of performance. You can expect nothing but the highest standards of coaching from a reputable, insured and qualified coach.
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