Because the majority of the funding comes from the USOC, USA Cycling’s Podium Program is focused on Olympic events only. The structure of the program is divided into three tiers – Podium Capable, Podium Potential and Podium Promise – which correspond to a certain level of financial support. Riders in the Podium Capable program are eligible for a $15,000 cash stipend, along with additional resources and support including access to international competition and coaching and sports science services. The Podium Potential Program will focus on continuing the development of top American cyclists through training camps and exposure to top international competition with the goal of graduating athletes into the Podium Capable Program. Athletes identified for inclusion in the Podium Potential Program will be eligible for a $7,000 cash stipend and must demonstrate continuing progress toward podium capability. The Podium Promise Program is aimed at identifying and developing the next generation of cycling talent.
To qualify for this level of support, athletes must demonstrate progress towards higher levels of performance. Although there is no cash stipend for athletes at the Podium Promise level, riders will be eligible for consideration to receive assistance to attend USA Cycling National Team events and camps, equipment, health insurance, resident athlete status at the Olympic Training Center, and inclusion in international competitions. In addition to the Podium Program, a new Podium Bonus program will provide additional cash rewards to athletes who attain the podium in specific international competitions.
Currently, five athletes have achieved podium performances since the program’s inception. BMX riders added to the USA Cycling Podium Program:
Podium Capable - $15,000
Bubba Harris – (Palmdale, Calif.) Mike Day (Santa Clarita, Calif.)
Podium Potential - $7,000
Kim Hayashi (Chandler, Ariz.) Randy Stumpfhauser (Sanger, Calif.)
Podium Promise -
Support No Eligible Athletes
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