Wielerbond Vlaanderen talent days
Wielerbond Vlaanderen organizes talent days in cooperation with SpartaNova and Ghent University. The goal is to identify young cycling talent, ensure proper monitoring and guide these riders to the international cycling top.
A short questionnaire ('I like - I can') has to clarify what riders like to do, and what they believe they are good at. Then there are some basic measurements: height, body weight, body fat and sitting height. Coordination is tested, strength, flexibility, speed and endurance. Finally, there are a few sport specific tests: a bike skill test, a cadence test and a Wingate test (30 seconds maximum sprint) for the older riders.
The data are collected in the online SpartaNova application and make up a profile for each rider. This gives the athlete an overview his / her abilities and possibly also on his / her evolution over the years.
Young athletes with promising results are invited to regional training days, on different open cycling trails in Flanders. This offers youth a proper environment to develop their talent.