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Cycling Ireland Long Term Athlete Development
The Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model was developed in Canada by an expert group at the Canadian Sport Centres. The model is an athlete centred and coach driven model addressing the developmental needs of the athlete by considering both their biological and training age (Balyi, Way, Norris, Cardinal and Higgs, 2005).
The Cycling Ireland LTAD model serves to specifically address the optimal developmental needs of the cyclist in an Irish context. The LTAD model will influence all stages of the cyclists development taking into account the cyclists entry and early years in the sport, age, interests and abilities, across all cycling disciplines.
The principle focus of the Cycling Ireland LTAD publication is Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD), for cyclists. LTAD will serve as a blueprint in order to safeguard and fully meet the developmental needs and abilities of every cyclist at each stage of LTAD.