April 21, 2008 Released by Velo News, and soon to be on Cycling News, and Pez Cycling News. AP wire coming soon.
U.S. Women's Cycling Development Program Joins Forces with JETCycling
Since 2005 the U.S. Women's Cycling Development Program has been working hard to support the growth and success of women's competitive cycling in the United States. Their goal is to provide all levels of support, leadership, establishing partnerships and collaboration to strengthen the professionalism and competition amongst the entire women’s field. Recently the USWCDP decided to begin a partnership with JETCycling and its founder Jet Tanner in order to begin this growth process at the junior level of racing to the experienced level of Professional Cycling.
USWCDP Director Michael Engleman states, "The USWCDP has become a fairly extensive grassroots development program and while we have built a solid network of people who help us work with athletes I always knew our weakness was that we don't yet have any structure to work with really young riders. I was fortunate to meet Jet Tanner and I knew right away that JETCycling was exactly the type of format that we could work well with. The women athletes love to give back to the sport and working with junior riders will be a gift for us all. We are very excited to have another way to help women's cycling, and cycling in general."
Both programs have the vision to promote the growth of competitive cycling across the country by providing the needed support on and off the bike to their talented athlete's. JETCycling founder Jet Tanner explains, "We were looking for the next step in the evolution of a junior cyclist and the USWCDP fills that gap for us.” JETCycling is built on the premise of not only teaching young riders from 10 to 18 how to ride a bike, but also the qualities they need to be a future professional rider in the peloton. In addition to teaching them how to be competitive cyclists, the program works on the sportsmanship, pillar of ethics, and overall education of the athlete. “JETCycling is building the foundation of cycling, and the USWCDP is the launching pad for these athletes to be successful. I am pleased that Michael and I share the same vision for the future of cycling,” says Jet Tanner, “we now have a three stream avenue for our juniors; collegiate cycling, national team representation, and professional cycling.”
JETCycling and the USWCDP are planning to pave the way for the next generation of cyclist in the nation. “It is an exciting time for juniors, women, and for competitive cycling. We look forward to the challenge, and growth of our industry, in a positive and mentoring method,” stated Jet Tanner. Michael Engleman added, “Our team of those who care just got stronger and more talented and we have big goals on what we want to accomplish."
The U.S. Women's Cycling Development program was founded by former pro rider, Michael Engleman, as a way to help promising young women cyclists reach their full potential as athletes. The USWCDP networks current and former women pro riders with up and coming athletes through mentoring and coaching. They are also reaching out to the cycling community to increase the awareness of the "green" effort by working with www.elementalaction.com and other community projects. Visit www.uswcdp.org for more information on supporting women's competitive cycling.
JETCycling www.jetcycling.com was founded by Jet Tanner as a program to develop and increase awareness in junior cycling for the nation. The program teaches competitive cycling to ages 10 to 18, and prepares them for the future of cycling. In addition to cycling, the teaching of ethics, sportsmanship, and education are respectfully important.