Loughborough Cycling Academy

Loughborough University offers a unique environment to develop and perform in cycling and para-cycling, whilst gaining a prestigious degree.

Our Aims and Objective

Loughborough Cycling Academy’s aim is to offer a new cycling pathway, facilitating talented riders to combine higher education with elite cycling. We provide student-athletes with an environment where those with cycling talent and pedigree to race professionally can find support, coaching and facilities to develop their sporting careers, alongside realising their full academic potential.

Our Philosophy

We use a performance-led, athlete-centred approach, surrounding each rider with an interdisciplinary team to provide an integrated performance support team. Our unique campus provides student-athletes with a team environment, to train and develop together. 

Coaching & Performance Support

We provide a unique training and performance support ecosystem, delivered by an expert interdisciplinary team under one roof. Our wide-ranging expertise are deeply integrated into our coaching to aid athlete’s progression. Varied levels of support are provided as appropriate to the individual rider level and requirements on a tiered basis (Gold, Silver, Bronze), and discussed at weekly performance team meetings. Riders are allocated performance support tiers after the selection trials. Gold supported riders access all of the performance support services, while silver and bronze receive fewer of these services. All riders receive coaching and S&C support.

Endurance Coaching

Coaching

Invidualised coaching and mentorship, 1:1 training prescription through our cyclinganalytics package & group based road circuit and track sessions.

Strength & Conditioning

Invidualised training prescription and group sessions in the state of the art powerbase gym.

Physiology & Sport Science

Physiological profiling, heat and altitude preperation, and cutting-edge training interventions in our exercise laboratory.

Physiotheraphy & Sports Medicine

Screening, pre-hab, and re-hab services in our physio suite.

Sport Nutrition

Sport nutrition to optimise health and performance for training and racing.

Performance Lifestyle

Lifetyle and academic flexibility support to combine the demands of elite cycling with studying.

Sport Psychology

Sport psychology to support athlete wellbeing and performance.

BikeFit

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Aerodynamics

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Development Squad and Athletic Union Club

Endurance Development Squad

The development squad provides a bridge between the athletic union student cycling club and the Loughborough Cycling Academy. The student-led squad provides coaching, group based S&C and provides a development pathway to the performance programme. Students excelling on this pathway may have opportunities to join LCA training sessions and progress into the LCA squad.

DH MTB Development Squad

The DH-MTB squad is a support development squad, with student-led group training rides and trips. Riders work with our S&C coach to deliver effective training programmes as appropriate to their individual needs.

Athletic Union Club

Loughborough Students' Cycling Club is made up of athletes of all abilities - from some of the best cyclists in the country to complete novices, and from track sprinters to muddy cross country mountain bike riders, LSCC offers opportunities for everyone. 

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Dr Dave Nichols, PhD

Cycling Programme Manager

Dr Dave Nichols has formerly raced at international level, and has worked as a coach and sport scientist within the WorldTour. He has a PhD in environmental exercise physiology, specializing in the use of heat and altitude to enhance cycling performance.

How to apply

If you are thinking about studying at Loughborough University and joining the Loughborough Cycling Academy, please register your interest by using the Expression of Interest button.

If you have recieved an offer to study at Loughborough University at undergraduate, post-graduate or PhD level, or affiliated degree at Loughborough College, or are re-applying use the Apply Here button. 

Current or prospective students applying for the Lightning race team should do so through the LCA application form below.

Non-students applying for the Lightning race team should so directly through the Lightning website.

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Scholarships

For our most exceptional performance cyclists, we offer sports scholarships to help with the costs of training and competition.

Scholars are expected to have proven ability at national and/or international level cycling. Scholarship requests should be made at the same time as applying for a place at the University, and are avaliable at undergraduate, post-graduate or PhD level.

Additional fully funded Elite Athlete doctoral/PhD scholarships are avaliable for high level athletes which cover tuition fees (~5k) and a stipend (~16k). If you are considering applyng for the Elite Athlete PhD scholarship, contact the cycling programme manager (d.nichols@lboro.ac.uk) for more infomation and assitance in finding a supervisor.

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