Loughborough Cycling Academy

Loughborough University offers a unique environment to develop 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. 

Our Programmes

Endurance Squad (road, track, time trial, cyclo-cross, ParaCycling)

The endurance squad provides development opportunities for U23 and senior riders with the ambition and potential to become successful on the national and international stage across endurance cycling disciplines. In line with this ambition, we provide athletes with a comprehensive coaching and support team, and assist in seeking opportunities to help riders into BC Elite Development Teams, UCI teams, and NGB programmes. 

Riders work with a performance cycling coach and S&C coach within the endurance group to deliver effective training programmes as appropriate to their discipline(s) and individual needs of each athlete including:

  • Periodised annual training plan
  • Individualised training prescription through our CyclingAnalytics platform
  • Integrated strength and conditioning sessions
  • Group training rides
  • Road based circuit training
  • Track based training (Derby velodrome, Newcastle-under-Lyme outdoor track)
  • Gold/Silver/Bronze performance support packages (see below)

Loughborough Lightning – TRG

Our sponsored Lightning women’s road team is recognised as one of the top 5 Elite Development Teams in the UK, competing at the national road, circuit and tour series.

  • 6 rider roster
  • Race and casual kit
  • Entry fees, accommodation, and transport 
  • Team convoy car and support staff
  • Gold level performance support package

Sprint Squad (track, ParaCycling)

The sprint squad provides development opportunities for U23 and senior riders with the ambition and potential to become successful on the national and international stage across track sprint disciplines.

Riders work with our technical track coach, and S&C coach within the sprint group to deliver effective training programmes as appropriate to their discipline(s) and individual needs of each athlete including:

  • Periodised annual training plan
  • Individualised bike and S&C training prescription
  • Track based training (Derby velodrome, Newcastle-under-Lyme outdoor track)
  • Gold/Silver/Bronze performance support packages (see below)

Performance Support

Performance support services are provided under one roof as an interdisciplinary team, providing wide-ranging expertise deeply integrated to aid athlete’s progression across our endurance and sprint squads.  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.

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Physiological testing and profiling
  • Sport science support (heat/altitude)
  • Physiotherapy and sports medicine
  • Sport nutrition
  • Performance lifestyle and academic flexibility
  • Performance analysis in training science
  • Aerodynamics

DH MTB Squad

Our DH MTB squad is a supported development programme, providing group based S&C sessions.

BUCS

All members of LCA are expected to contribute to BUCS cycling and paracycling competitions in: hill climb, track (endurance and sprint), 3up team time trial, 10 and 25 mile individual time trial, road race and DH MTB.

How to apply:

To join LCA you need to be enrolled in a Loughborough University degree programme (undergraduate, masters, or PhD), or affiliated degree at Loughborough College. 

For entry in 2021/2022 academic year:

Once your place at Loughborough University is confirmed and you have met all entry requirements for 2021/2022 academic year, or you are a returning student, complete this application form.

For entry in 2022/2023 academic year:

If you are considering applying or have applied to study at Loughborough University in the 2022/2023 academic year and are interested in joining LCA, please complete this expression of interest form.

Dr Dave Nichols

Cycling Programme Manager

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

Prospective Students

Cycling at Loughborough is growing and we are looking for fresh new talented cyclists to help the programme continue to move forwards. If you are interested in joining our high performance cycling team, and compete at national or international level in any BUCS cycling discipline, please email Programme Manager, Dave Nichols.

Scholarships

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

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