Who We Are
NextGen Athlete Development and Welland Racing develop the next generation of competitive cyclists with dedicated coaches and mentors, community service and commitment to building lifetime athletes. We challenge our athletes to grow in their sport with integrity, respect, responsibility and sportsmanship. NextGen Athlete Development and Welland Racing focus on outfitting, education and implementation.
With the help of our generous donors and sponsors, we aim to ease the cost of cycling for our young athletes by having a stable of bikes in various sizes and by subsidizing other equipment and outfitting.
We recruit and hire a highly qualified coaching staff to develop or junior team on the bike and in the weight room. We want our juniors to be confident, strong, independent cyclists who can not only handle their own bike in a variety of situations but can also help their fellow cyclists. We also support robust Ambassador (recreational cyclists) and Legacy (competitive cyclists) Mentor programs. These adult volunteers support the juniors on rides and at races. They impart their knowledge and experience regarding race tactics and rules, teamwork, bike mechanics and maintenance, and support them in pursuing goals on and off the bike.
Competition is the implementation of our training and practice. There are a number of types of competitive cycling events: road, criterium, track and cyclocross to name a few. Racing helps to hone bike handling skills as well as teach teamwork and strategy. It is a great way to evaluate strengths and weaknesses, meet new people and learn good sportsmanship. The race team is comprised of junior development athletes ages 9 through 23 in accordance with USA Cycling’s rules and regulations. Our Ambassadors and Legacy Mentors often race in their own categories which is a great experience for the juniors to watch and cheer for their adult leaders.
Our volunteer organization is run by a Board of Directors and their elected officers. Our board members have a diverse range of professional backgrounds and an interest in cycling. We also have a variety of committees each developed by a board member to serve the team. These committees include Sponsorship, Fundraising, Finance, Ambassador Liaison, Legacy Liaison, Junior Liaison and Membership Liaison. We want our members to have pride and ‘ownership’ in our organization so we encourage them to be as involved as possible.
NextGen Athlete Development is funded by donations and sponsorships from partners who believe in our mission statement and core values, and who share the same vision of junior athlete development. We also hold member-lead fundraisers throughout the year which helps our team develop a strong sense of community and responsibility.
Interested in starting the Membership Process?
Welland Racing Ambassador Membership:
Are you interested in becoming a Welland Racing Ambassador? We are looking for individuals who are interested in supporting our mission of getting more kids involved in the sport of cycling. Please fill out the following application and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welland Racing U23 Membership:
Are you interested in becoming a Welland Racing U23 member? We are looking for individuals 9-23 who are interested in the sport of cycling and becoming part of our race family. Please fill out (or have a parent or guardian fill out) the following application and email it to admin@wellandracing and we will have a membership coordinator get back to you right away.
Welland Racing Legacy Mentor Membership:
Are you interested in becoming a Welland Racing Legacy Mentor? We are looking for current CAT 3 or higher racers who are interested in mentoring and racing with the next generation of cyclists and becoming part of our race family. Please fill out the following application and email it to admin@wellandracing and we will have a membership coordinator get back to you right away. Thank you, we look forward to talking with you!