Competitive Rider Journey

Millions of Australians ride their bikes every week and cycling in all its various forms is one of Australia’s largest and most popular participation sports. While not everyone can represent Australia, all riders should have a clear pathway to progress their development and reach their full potential. The AusCycling Competitive Rider Journey is a holistic approach to the rider development pathway from entry to elite levels, through to life-long participation.

Key principles of the Journey are:

  • A focus on enjoyment and retention
  • Highlighting the importance of skill development
  • Encouraging and facilitating multi-sport and multi-discipline opportunities
  • Providing age and developmentally appropriate competition
  • Recognising life-long participation and performance


This overview provides high level information across all the main cycling disciplines and covers elements including age, years in cycling, daily training environment, coaching and competition.

Explanations for each of the elements can be found in the Pathway Element Descriptions section. AusCycling has also developed discipline specific pathways which provide a more detailed explanation of the various stages of development and key principles.

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