The National Track High Performance Program (Track HPP) incorporates the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) Cycling program.
Track cycling is the 'flag ship' of Australian elite cycling. Its heritage is long and strong with a history of results at the highest level which is second to none.
The Track HPP includes all elite riders, coaches, sports scientists, medical personnel and administrators for all track cycling disciplines. Along with the National Road HPP, the Track HPP forms the essence and nucleus of CA's high performance programs.
The National Track HPP consists of riders and staff that target results in:
· Olympic Games
· UCI World Track Championships
· Commonwealth Games
· UCI Track World Cups
Some of the athletes currently within the National Track HPP include; Anna Meares, Ryan Bayley, Ben Kersten, Mark French, Katie Mactier, Kate Bates, Josie Tomic, Mark Jamieson, Cameron Meyer, Travis Meyer, Jack Bobridge and Leigh Howard. To learn more about these and other track athletes go to Rider Profiles.
AIS Track Cycling
The AIS Track Cycling program began in 1987 in Adelaide with only two male scholarship holders. In 1989, the first female scholarship holder was recruited as the AIS Track Cycling program expanded to cater for both track sprint and track endurance riders.
The sprinters in the AIS Track Cycling program live in Adelaide, while the endurance riders live, train and race in their home states or overseas and attend camps prior to key events.
Entry into the Track HPP
Aspiring athletes are required to obtain minimum standards as set by the National Selection Policies. Many riders and staff apply firstly via their local club before being invited to be included in their respective state national training centre program based at each state institute or academy of sport (SIS/SAS).
Once within the Track HPP, athletes are provided with professional coaching, access to training facilities, equipment, clothing, sports science and sports medicine, domestic and international travel, accommodation, food and some assistance towards educational expenses. All athletes are encouraged and supported to pursue study while training and competing in their sport.