The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program's (CCAP) goal is to create a support system for youth development in the sport of cycling. It is about creating a cohesive program where everyone in the state of Connecticut can share common goals. Currently, CT has high schools, regional clubs, and individuals attempting to create youth programs on their own. None of which have the support and organization to be a successful, truly sustainable program.
The Connecticut Cycling Advancement Program will create a system that allows youth and young adults to achieve the following:
- Join an organized school cycling program. With the support of the CCAP, they will have the ability to pursue the sport of cycling as an organized high school sport. With access to a coach and critical local resources, youth can take part in this amazing sport while learning the invaluable and often life-changing lessons that come from the pursuit of excellence in a sport.
- Access an organized 'Junior Travel Team' that allows them to compete outside of school during the rest of the year. This will provide the young cyclists who show the right ambition and hard work the opportunity to earn a spot on an advanced team. The Travel Team will teach kids how to be ambassadors for their state and schools in cycling and community events all over New England and beyond.
- Move onwards and upwards to the pro-am level cycling team. If the rider shows the talent, discipline, and leadership to excel to the next level, this team provides a further tangible goal within their reach. This nationally recognized team of riders will serve two critical functions with respect to the CCAP. First, they will be the public face of the organization in races and community events throughout the state and east coast. Second, they will be our local ambassadors in high schools, community events, and more. As these young adults learn what it takes to become professionally competitive on the national racing circuit, they will also learn what it takes to become community leaders and mentors for young cyclists in the state of Connecticut.