Athlete Development Pathway Overview and Vision

Athletes and athlete development pathways are essential in achieving our High Performance outcomes across all disciplines. The purpose of this plan is to define the stages and flow of athlete development and how you may access and progress through the system.

The High Performance Strategic Plan for 2020-2028 determined that the Athlete Pathway is an essential component of our High Performance system as identified by both athletes and coaches, therefore to achieve our High Performance vision of people driving performance, and performance outcomes, we need to enable clarity and focus on end to end athlete development to achieve performance outcomes.

Our vision is to having a sustainable system for developing and supporting athletes that is visible, aspirational, and inclusive.

The principles underlying this plan are:

  • Ensure sustainability of performance at pinnacle events
  • Provide access to a daily training environment including competition plan that supports athlete development to wards Olympic outcomes
  • A clear and visible pathway of opportunities is necessary, more particularly the transition points through the pipeline to show how that transition might occur.
  • Athletes are vital to achieve High Performance outcomes.

We acknowledge that athlete development is not a linear process, and you may access the system at different times, bring differing knowledge, skills and experiences and from that your experience in moving through the system will likely be different to your peers.

What is important, is that you understand the attributes you bring, the gaps you may have and how you will plan transition through the pathway. It’s a very individual and dynamic environment. Understanding how skills and attributes can be developed will ensure you are able to meet the requirements of high performance athletes when you arrive in that space.

Pathway timeline

Sprint Development Pathway

The purpose of this sprint development pathway document is to provide context and clarity around the stages of development, world performance benchmarks, development opportunities, and levels of support for athletes, coaches, parents, and facilitators within the sprint cycling community of New Zealand. It is not intended to discourage aspiring athletes, instead, its purpose is to guide our future champions throughout their development journey with a greater understanding of how to get there.

Sprint Pathway Document

Expression of Interest (EOI): athletes who are seeking support from Cycling New Zealand and HPSNZ are encouraged to submit an EOI to start discussions with CNZ coaches around your development journey and eligibility for support. 

Submit Expressions of Interest

For any questions or queries please contact the pathway lead Graeme Hunn at:

Endurance Development Pathway

Cycling New Zealand are currently working with HPSNZ to develop a development pathway for endurance athletes. Expect to see an endurance development pathway in the next 4 months. For any questions or queries please contact the pathway lead Graeme Hunn at: