A week in the life of British Cycling’s academy

In 2012, Luke Webber and Simon Powers collaborated to produce a pair of audio slideshows to document the life of young athletes part of British Cycling’s Olympic Academy.

A full time, residential-based strand of the Olympic Performance Programmes for athletes aged 18-22 years old is recognised as the missing link between inexperienced juniors plunged into senior competition and seasoned professional athletes.

Ultimately delivering ready-made winners the Academy has been the foundation of cycling’s greatest athletes – including Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Jason Kenny, Liam Phillips and Becky James.

The value of the Programme was proven at the highest level when 11 under-23 athletes were selected for the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympic Games, winning six gold medals.

In November 2012, 28 athletes across all Olympic disciplines were inducted to the Olympic Academy Programme for the coming year.

The audio slideshows documented their typical week, with insights from coaches and the athletes.