Sir Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton, have been passing on their experience to some of Britain’s most talented young cyclists at the London Velodrome.
Chorley-based Wiggins – Olympic gold medal winner, UCI hour record holder and Britain’s first Tour de France champion – was joined by Pendleton, a Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport ambassador and the UK’s most successful female track cyclist of all-time to mentor these ‘rising stars’ of their sport.
The 50 rising stars have been nominated by their governing bodies. One of the youngsters to benefit from the session was Euan Hunt from Walton-le-Dale.
The cycling icons shared personal stories from their record-breaking careers, offered insights into the challenges of performing at elite level.
Wiggins said: “This is a great initiative. I’m committed to encouraging kids to get out and onto their bikes and so any type of scheme that brings new talent on has got to be a good thing.
“The access to world-class facilities, coaching and mentoring through programmes like the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport gives them a great chance to go on and realise their ambitions.”
Since its inception in 2010, the academy programme worked alongside charitable partner SportsAid to recognise, celebrate and inspire the very best of British sporting talent.
The bursary and mentoring programme has now been developed to include an even greater variety of workshops and performance focus groups tailored to the needs of each young athlete.
Pendleton said: “It’s a huge honor to be a part of the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport and it’s an incredible opportunity for these youngsters.
“To be a part of a mentoring scheme and supported to follow your dreams is so important and can really make the difference for getting your foot on that ladder towards an elite career.
“These Academy rising stars could be a champions of the future.”
Laura Schwab, marketing director at Jaguar Land Rover UK, said: “We are committed to running an exciting Academy programme in 2015, and working with SportsAid to create more inspirational opportunities for these athletes to learn from some of the most celebrated British sports stars.”
And Tim Lawler, SportsAid’s chief executive said: “SportsAid is proud to continue its work with the Jaguar Land Rover Academy of Sport, and supporting the next generation of British sporting talent.”