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Dame Sarah Storey's cycling academy recruiting two new riders

Will Strickson
4 Feb 2021

Applications for two women aged between 17 and 22 to join the Škoda DSI Cycling Academy with route to turning professional

The Škoda Driver's Seat Initiative Cycling Academy is recruiting two new riders to join the programme run by principal Dame Sarah Storey.

The team are looking for ambitious riders aged 17-22, with the successful pair given the opportunity to develop their skills under the guidance of Storey with a view to being picked up by a professional team at the end of the programme.

Applications are open until 3rd March and those successful will be invited to a testing day at Lee Valley VeloPark on 29th March where they will complete tests including a peak power test, a three-minute maximal test and a 12-minute steady state challenge, as well as handling and pacing tests around the circuit.

Storey said: 'Riders will receive regular reviews and will need to be dedicated to their training programme to graduate on to the next year of the programme, whether that's a place on the Storey Racing roster, a place on a UCI Women's WorldTour team or another year as part of the academy.

'The university-style programme also delivers an educational aspect through the social media and promotion strands. Being small in size, the Škoda Academy riders are encouraged to develop strengths and weaknesses in a supportive and nurturing environment.'

The scheme currently has four riders enrolled who joined in 2019 and hope to graduate at the end of this year.

Rebbeca Richards, senior academy rider, said: 'Applying for the Škoda Cycling Academy is the best decision I have ever made. I've learnt so much from working with Dame Sarah and the Storey Racing team that my cycling is now at a whole new level compared to when I joined in 2019.

'Without the Academy I wouldn't have had the opportunity to compete in a variety of rides and races such as the time-trials at the National Closed Circuit Championships, L'Étape du Tour and the inaugural Škoda V-Women's Tour. If you are a female cyclist looking to see how far you can go in the sport, then I would thoroughly recommend that you apply for the Academy. Good luck!'

To apply for the Škoda DSI Cycling Academy, visit

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