U.S. Paralympics Cycling 2014 Athlete and Sport Program Plan

U.S. Paralympics Cycling 2014 Athlete and Sport Program Plan

U.S. Paralympics Cycling 2014 Athlete and Sport Program Plan Ian Lawless, Director, U.S. Paralympics Cycling High Performance Phone: (719) 866-2348 Email: ian.lawless@usoc.org Andrew Sparks, Head Coach, U.S. Paralympics Cycling Phone: (719) 866-2279 Email: andrew.sparks@usoc.org Michael Durner, VA Cycling Coach, U.S. Paralympics Cycling Phone: (719) 866-2045 Email: michael.durner@usoc.org Kallie Quinn, Director, U.S. Paralympics Emerging Sport & Talent ID Phone: (719) 866-2088 Email: kallie.quinn@usoc.org REFERENCES & TERMINOLOGY 1. Throughout this document “2014” shall refer to the following dates/seasons: a.

Summer Sports – 2014 season / January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 b. Winter Sports – 2014-2015 season / July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 2. Throughout this document “2015” shall refer to the following dates/seasons: a. Summer Sports – 2015 season / January 1, 2015 through December 31, 2015 b. Winter Sports – 2015-2016 season / July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016 3. “DAS” – Direct Athlete Support 4. “EAHI” – Elite Athlete Health Insurance 5. “IF” – International Federation a. ATH – IPC b. CYC – UCI c. SKA – IPC d. SKN – IPC e. SWI – IPC 6. “NGB” – National Governing Body (for Paralympic ATH, CYC, SKA, SKN, SWI = USOC, Sport Performance/Paralympic Division) 7.

“USADA” – U.S. Anti-Doping Agency PROGRAM GOALS The primary focus in 2014 is to identify and develop the best cyclists in the world by supporting the Para-cycling culture in the USA, creating a world class training environment with the world’s best coaches, in order to become the #1 Para-cycling team in the world on the road and track. U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 1 of 25

Specific activities in pursuit of these program goals will include: RESIDENT PROGRAMS January 1 – December 31 Colorado Springs OTC: On Complex 3 men | 3 women - Housing & Meals - Facility Use January 1 – December 31 Colorado Springs OTC: Off Complex 3 Men | 3 Women - Meals - Facility Use January 1 – December 31 Colorado Springs OTC: Off Complex 3 Men | 3 Women - Facility Use only January 1 – December 31 Chula Vista OTC: Off Complex 3 Athletes - Facility Use only CAMPS January 6-10 National A Team Camp Chula Vista OTC February 3 – 9 Handcycle / Trike Talent Development Camp (Road) Clermont, FL March 17 – 21 National Team Camp Road & Track, A/B/Devo Chula Vista OTC March 26 – April 4 Track Worlds Preparation Camp Chula Vista OTC April 5 – April 8 Gateway to Gold Talent ID Camp #1 Chula Vista OTC May 5 – 10 Gateway to Gold Talent ID Camp #2 Colorado Springs OTC June 7 – 12 Handcycle Talent Development Camp Colorado Springs OTC July 10 – 17 Talent Development Camp (Track) Colorado Springs OTC July 20 – 25 Gateway to Gold Talent ID Camp #3 Colorado Springs OTC August t.b.d.

Road World Championships Team Preparation Camp t.b.d. September 15 – 22 Talent Development Camp (Track) Colorado Springs OTC October 20 – 25 Gateway to Gold Talent ID Camp #4 Chula Vista OTC Fall / Winter 2014/15 Track World Championships Team Preparation Camp t.b.d. Chula Vista OTC COMPETITIONS January 1 – Dec 31 USA Cycling Domestic Competition • Local/Regional/State/National Events • U.S. Handcycling Series Nationwide February 15-16 Los Angeles Para-track Cycling Open (UCI C1 Event and Track Worls Selection Race) Carson, CA March 21 Southern California TT (World Cup #1 selection race) To be determined April 10 – 13 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships AguasCalientes, Mexico May 8 - 11 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup #1 (TeamUSA) Castiglione Della Pescaia, Italy May 24 – 26 USA Cycling Professional Championships • Time Trial (All Sport Classes) • Handcycle Criterium Championships Chattanooga, TN (Selection Event #1) July 2 – 6 USA Cycling Para-cycling Road Championships • Time Trial (All Sport Classes) • Road Race (All Sport Classes) • Criterium Championships (C classes only) Madison, WI (Selection Event #2) 07/25/27 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup #2 (TeamUSA) Segovia, Spain Cancelled UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup Final (TeamUSA) Montreal, QC, Canada August 28 – Sept 1 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships (TeamUSA) Greenville, SC, USA November 2014 U.S.

Paralympics Track Cycling Nat’l Championships Carson, CA Fall 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships (TeamUSA) To be determined U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 2 of 25

2014 NATIONAL TEAM U.S. Paralympics will nominate a cycling National Team for 2014, comprised of the following: National A Team | National B Team | National Development Team Each team will be nominated based on athlete performances from the following events: National A Team • 2013 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships • 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships National B Team • 2013 UCI Para-Cycling Road World Championships • 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World • USA Cycling selection event (Chattanooga, TN) • 2014 USA Cycling Para-cycling National Road Championships National Development Team • 2014 USA Cycling Para-cycling National Road Championships • 2014 USA Cycling National Handcycling Criterium Championships • 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships • 2014 U.S.

Paralympics Cycling National Track Championships • 2014 UCI Road World Cup Events • Qualification per the 2013 Athlete & Sport Program Plan No Track World Championships were held in 2013, and are therefore not utilized to nominate any teams for 2014. U.S. Paralympics 2014 National Cycling Team status applies for one or more of the following terms: • Spring Term: January 1 – April 30, 2014 • Summer Term: May 1 – July 31, 2014 • Fall Term: August 1 – December 31, 2014 National Team status and benefits are only conferred upon athletes who accept, sign and remain current with the U.S. Paralympics National Team Athlete Agreement.

Athletes named to the team for the Spring or Summer term, will retain their National Team status through the last date of the term for which they are named, and may retain their team status through the end of the following term provided they have met the minimum performance standards per the athlete performance plan. Athletes named to the team for the Fall term will retain National Team status through 12/31/2014.

Athletes nominated to the 2014 National Team(s) for any term will be added to the USADA Registered Testing Pool and will be responsible for remaining compliant with all forms, updates and tutorials as required by USADA. More information regarding USADA can be found in Attachment E. Athletes nominated to the National Team(s) must be internationally classified and hold a Paralympic-eligible sport class as per the UCI master list, and hold a current season international license from USA Cycling. U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 3 of 25

2014 National A, B, and Development Team Minimum Performance Standards • Athletes nominated to the National Team are required to maintain minimum performance standards during each term of the cycle in order to maintain status at any level for the next term.

Athletes who do not meet the minimum performance standards during a term will be moved one level lower effective the first day of the next term, or – for athletes on the Development Team – will be removed from the team effective on the first day of the next term. Minimum performance standards for each athlete will be outlined in the Athlete Performance Plan, authored by the Head Coach or VA Cycling Coach, U.S. Paralympics Cycling and signed by the following parties: • Athlete • Athlete's Personal Coach • Head Coach or VA Cycling Coach, U.S. Paralympics Cycling All Athlete Performance Plans must also be approved and signed by the High Performance Director, U.S.

Paralympics Cycling.

2014 National Team Standards (Attachment A) ROAD 2014 National Team Road standards are created using the following system: Men: Average of 3rd place finisher’s individual time trial result for each sport class at the following events: • 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships • 2012 Paralympic Games • 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Women: Standards are calculated at 116% of the men’s standard for each respective sport class. This calculation is used to ensure equity across all women’s classes due to limited field sizes.

TRACK 2014 National Team Track standards are based on the average of the 3rd place finisher’s results for each sport class from the following events: • 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships • 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships • 2012 Paralympic Games Track standards for sport classes with fewer than 3 entrants at any of the above events are calculated at 105% of the current world record or world’s best in the respective sport class.

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2014 NATIONAL “A” TEAM QUALIFYING CRITERIA Spring Term: • Athletes who won one or more medals in individual events at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be nominated to the National A Team for the 2014 Spring Term. Summer Term: • Athletes who won one or more medals at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will be nominated to the National A Team for the 2014 Summer Term. Fall Term: • Athletes who are nominated to the roster for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – and who met the National Team road time trial standard at both the USA Cycling selection time trial in Chattanooga, TN and the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships Time Trial Championships in Madison, WI – will be nominated to the National A Team for the 2014 Fall Term.

2014 NATIONAL “B” TEAM QUALIFYING CRITERIA Spring Term: • Athletes who placed in the top 50% in the road race or time trial – where the field for the individual sport class included 8 or more finishers – at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championship will be nominated to the National B Team for the 2014 Spring Term.

• Athletes who were part of a medal winning team event at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be nominated to the National B Team for 2014 Spring Term. Summer Term: • Athletes who place in the top 50% in an individual event – where the field size is 8 or more finishers – at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will be nominated to the National B Team for the 2014 Summer Term. • Athletes who are part of a medal winning team event at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships will be nominated to the National B Team for the 2014 Summer Term. Fall Term: • Athletes who are nominated to the roster for the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships – and who met the National Team standard in either the road time trial at the USA Cycling selection time trial in Chattanooga, TN or the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships Time Trial Championships in Madison, WI – will be nominated to the National B Team for the 2014 Fall Term.

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2014 NATIONAL “DEVELOPMENT” TEAM QUALIFYING CRITERIA Spring Term: • Athletes who met the Talent Pool Standard in the individual time trial at the 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships will be nominated to the National Development Team for the 2014 Spring Term. • Athletes who met the Talent Pool standard in an individual race at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics National Track Championships will be nominated to the National Development Team for the 2014 Spring Term. • Athletes who won a medal in an individual or team race at a 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Cup event will be nominated to the National Development Team for the 2014 Spring Term.

Summer Term: • Athletes who met the Talent Pool standard in an individual race at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships* will be nominated to the National Development Team for the 2014 Summer Term.

Fall Term: • Handcycle and Tricycle athletes who win the National Criterium or Road Race Championship in a sport class with 6 or more finishers, will be nominated to the National Development Team for the 2014 Fall Term. • Athletes who meet the Talent Pool Standard at both the USA Cycling selection time trial in Chattanooga, TN and the USA Cycling Para-cycling Road National Championships Time Trial Championships in Madison, WI – will be nominated to the National Development team for the third term of 2014. 2013 / 2014 NATIONAL “DEVELOPMENT” TEAM QUALIFYING CRITERIA Athletes who did not meet the above criteria for the 2014 National A Team, National B Team, or National Development Team, but were named to the National Team during 2013 and are still within the 13-month period as outlined in the 2013 plan, will be named to the 2014 National Development team until: A ) The 13-month period expires, or B) They meet the criteria (above) for one of the 2014 National Teams, whichever is sooner.

Athletes in this category who are named to the Development Team are subject to the following, adjusted benefits: • $166 per month in Direct Athlete Support • No Supplemental Athlete Support • No eligibility for EAHI * In the event that the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships are cancelled, or are not held prior to 4/30/2014, U.S. Paralympics will conduct an alternate UCI international track event, which will be utilized to name athletes to the National Team for the 2014 Summer Term. Specific NT qualifying criteria will be included in a revision of this document pending the final determination and/or scheduling of Track World Championships by the UCI.

2014 National Team Standards (Attachment A) Road. 2014 Road standards are based on the 3rd place finisher's individual time trial result for each sport class at the the following events: • 2011 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships • 2012 Paralympic Games • 2013 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships Track. 2014 Track standards are based on the 3rd place finisher's results for each sport class from the following events: • 2011 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships • 2012 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships • 2012 Paralympic Games U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 6 of 25

DISCRETIONARY NOMINATION Discretionary nomination to the 2014 National Team(s) may be used if an athlete who has demonstrated international competitiveness during any of the qualification periods for the 2014 National Team(s) was ill, injured, or otherwise unable to compete or perform at a level to qualify him/her for the team; but it is expected that the athlete will return to internationally competitive form during the term to which they are named. The Director, Paralympic Cycling High Performance in consultation with the Team Leader will make discretionary nominations. All athletes nominated to the 2014 National Team(s) through discretionary selection must have been on a previous National Team during the preceding two years/seasons (2012 – 2013).

2015 NATIONAL TEAM U.S. Paralympics will nominate a Cycling National Team(s) for 2015, based on the 2015 Athlete and Sport Program Plan. NATIONAL TEAM BENEFITS National Team athletes may be eligible for the following benefits: 1. USOC Direct Athlete Support (Attachment B) 2. Cycling Additional Athlete Support Programs (Attachment C) 2. USOC Elite Athlete Health Insurance program (Attachment D) 3. Air transportation (or ground equivalent), lodging, ground transportation, meal per diem, and coaching support at designated U.S. Paralympics training and competition activities. 4. Hilton Hotel Discount: Hilton Hotel offers a discount for athletes staying at their properties.

Rooms can be booked by using the Hilton Promotion/Offer code 2637677 on www.hilton.com or by going to: www.hhonors.com/teamusastays. 5. Merchandise discounts: Athletes that stay at the Olympic Training Center will be given a discount of 15% off of all merchandise. Simply present the OTC ID to receive this discount. 6. Airline Discount: United Airlines now offers a “friends and family” discount code for online booking for personal travel. Visit: www.united.com and enter ZNZH603736 into the promotion code box and it will take 5% off the price of online flight bookings. 7. USOC Athlete Career Program (Attachment F).

8. USOC/DeVry Academic Performance Partnership (contact respective HPD/National Teams Manager/Associate Director for details and information). 9. USOC Tuition Grants (contact respective HPD/National Teams Manager/Associate Director for details and information). 10. Use of the designation of National team member in non-commercial situations. 11. For additional resources and information available to athletes (Athlete Marketing, Athletes’ Advisory Council, Medical Services, etc.) go to http://www.teamusa.org/For-Athletes. 12. U.S. Paralympics National Team uniform.

 National Team athletes will be provided cycling “competition” and “casual” apparel for training and competition.

Guidelines for apparel are outlined in the U.S. Paralympics Cycling National Team Uniform Agreement which all NT athletes must sign and adhere to. U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 7 of 25

TALENT POOLATHLETES Athletes (military and non-military) who are eligible for Paralympic competition in a UCI sport class, and who met the Talent Pool standard in 2013 or during the 2014 season, at a USA Cycling or UCI-sanctioned event* may be invited to participate in selected U.S. Paralympics Cycling Program activities. Invitation is at the discretion of the Director, Paralympic Cycling high Performance. 2014 Talent Pool Road and Track standards (Attachment A) are calculated using 105% of the National Standards.

EMERGING ATHLETES Athletes (military and non-military), who are eligible for Paralympic competition in a UCI sport class, and who met the Emerging standard in 2013 or during the 2014 season, at a USA Cycling or UCI sanctioned event*, may be invited to participate in selected U.S.

Paralympics Cycling Program activities. Invitation is at the discretion of the Director, Paralympic Cycling High Performance. 2014 Emerging Road and Track standards (Attachment A) are calculated based on 115% of the National Team Standards.

MILITARY ATHLETES Military and Veteran athletes who are eligible for Paralympic competition in a UCI sport class, and who met the Military standard in 2013, or during the 2014 season, at a USA Cycling or UCI- sanctioned event*, may be invited to participate in selected U.S. Paralympics Cycling program activities. Invitation is at the discretion of the Director, Paralympic Cycling high Performance. 2014 Military Road and Track standards (Attachment A) are calculated using 120% of the National Standards.

PROOF OF PERFORMANCE Forms for submitting proof of performance (applies to athletes who need to verify they have met the Talent Pool, Emerging, or Military Standard), are available via the Para-cycling section on the U.S.

Paralympics website: http://www.teamusa.org/US-Paralympics/Sports/Cycling * Time trials utilized by athletes to meet standards must be on a course that is at least 15km long, on an out/back or looped road course (no closed–circuit track courses) U.S. Paralympics 2014 Cycling Athlete & Sport Program Plan Edited 5/19/2014 Page 8 of 25

2014 PROGRAM ACTIVITIES The 2014 program activities are outlined on Page 2. Athletes will be required to attend all 2014 activities included in their athlete performance plan which will be developed by the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Head Coach and/or Military & NT Coach in collaboration with the athlete’s personal coach. All athlete performance plans will be approved by the Director, Paralympic Cycling High Performance. Each athlete is responsible for individual arrangements (including expenses) to attend these activities (i.e. travel, lodging, accommodation, entries) unless otherwise indicated in the activity listing.

National Team athletes are required to obtain a 2014 USA Cycling International Competition License.

Camps Consideration for attendance at camps listed on page 2 will be determined by the Director, Paralympic Cycling High Performance in consultation with the U.S. Paralympics Cycling Head Coach, Military / NT Coach, and the Director, Paralympic Emerging Sport & Talent ID. Competitions For UCI international competitions in 2014, athletes will earn TeamUSA roster nominations (regardless of National Team status) based on the published selection criteria for the event. Competitions that are Nations Events (open only to athletes nominated to the official TeamUSA roster by U.S. Paralympics), or where U.S.

Paralympics will enter athletes as part of the National Team, are indicated by a TeamUSA annotation on the event schedule on page 2. 2014 OPERATION GOLD U.S. Paralympics will award Operation Gold funds in Cycling based off of the results at the 2014 UCI Para-cycling Road and Track World Championships as outlined below. -OR- In the event that there is no UCI Para-cycling Track World Championship event for Cycling in 2014, the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships ONLY.

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