Amy D. Racing is a developmental cycling program that provides support for driven, talented women who strive to reach the highest level of competition within the sport. The program aims to build opportunity and provide mentoring that promotes strong personal development.
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Amy D. Road Cycling
Amy D. Road Cycling is a developmental racing program that increases opportunities for talented and driven women to compete at the elite level of road cycling in a supportive and structured environment. The program focuses on team cycling events and pairing up-and-coming athletes with seasoned veterans. Through the oversight of experienced members of the Amy D. Foundation and on-the-ground support from a professional staff, the members of the Amy D. Road Cycling team are united by common goals that facilitate growth through breakdown of personal limitations.
The primary objectives of the Amy D. Road Cycling program are: (1) to build greater opportunities for driven women in the sport of cycling who may not otherwise have the ability to participate due to an inherent lack of support, and (2) to create a constructive cycle of positive personal development by bringing up-and-coming talented athletes together with experienced competitors and managers in order to facilitate direct mentoring and coaching. For example, the UCI mandates that all participants at sanctioned cycling events be members of a registered team, which thereby inherently leads to the exclusion of individual registrants. If a team lacks the financial resources necessary to field a team of riders at a particular event (which commonly occurs at the highest level of women’s professional cycling), then the individual riders’ only hope of participating in the event is by “guest riding” on another team in attendance. Therefore, the the Amy D. Road Cycling program creates opportunities for women by organizing teams with open rosters that may vary from event-to-event. Furthermore, given that the Amy D. Foundation covers the direct expenses associated with participation in an event, the program creates opportunities for individuals and teams that otherwise would not have the financial resources to participate in a particular event.
Total expenses for the Amy D. Foundation with respect to the Amy D. Road Cycling program range from $5,000-$10,000 per event.
Amy D. Cyclocross
Amy D. Cyclocross is a developmental racing program that increases opportunities for talented and driven women to compete at the elite level of the sport of cyclocross in a supportive and structured environment. The Amy D. Cyclocross program provides opportunities for young, talented and developing athletes by placing them in a constructive environment where they have the opportunity to learn from professional staff and concerned mentors. Similar to the Amy D. Road Cycling program, the primary objectives of the Amy D. Cyclocross program are: (1) to build greater development opportunities for women in the sport of cyclocross in order to facilitate growth in participation and promote the pursuit of lofty goals, particularly in the face of a demonstrated lack of current support for women within the sport, and (2) to create a constructive cycle of positive personal development by bringing up-and-coming talented athletes together with experienced competitors and managers in order to facilitate direct mentoring and coaching.
Potential participants in the Amy D. Cyclocross program are evaluated through an open application process consisting of a written and interview component. The Amy D. Foundation works closely with some of the foremost cyclocross programs in the country, in order to provide participants with a consistently high quality support structure from which they may benefit.
Total expenses to the the Amy D. Foundation with respect to the Amy D. Cyclocross program are approximately $15,000 per rider per season, including travel, lodging, meals and incidentals, equipment and staff support (e.g., bicycle mechanic).
Amy D. Racing rider Erica Zaveta (center) received a warm welcome from the Raleigh Clement Professional Cyclocross Team
(Photo by Dave McElwaine)