WHAT IS ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
Founded to elevate and popularize the sport of cycling in Israel and other emerging countries, the team has grown in just three years from a small Continental-Level Team to one of the world’s best Pro-Continental Teams.
In December 2019, The UCI confirmed that Israel Cycling Academy had received WorldTour status, after buying the license from Katusha-Alpecin Team, together with some of their riders and staff members.
The new WorldTour Team received the name Israel Start-Up Nation. There are 30 riders on the team, from various nationalities, and four Israeli riders – the first ever to be on a WT Team. As a member of the WorldTour UCI Level, Israel-Start-Up Nation will become the first-ever Israeli team to compete in the Tour de France, the world’s most famous cycling event, and third most watched sport event in general. In order to compete at the highest level, the team has signed outstanding and experienced riders including Andre Greipel, Dan Martin and Dani Navarro.
In addition, not forgetting our commitment to invest in young Israeli riders (and managers), a new Continental Team had been established, still carrying on the name of Israel Cycling Academy. Half of the riders are young and talented Israeli riders.
We believe in cycling.
More than transportation: it’s social mobility.
More than competition: it’s a platform for education.
Cycling bridges cultural divides – by bringing people together.
We must inspire the next generation to ride, no matter their fitness.
Wherever you are from,
Whatever your background is,
we believe that if you have the
talent and you can work hard,
there is a place for you in
OUR DEFINING CHARACTERSTICS
AMBASSADORS OF PEACE AND SPORT
The team roster consists of athletes from three different religions, and the team riders are “Ambassadors of Peace & Sport” for the Peres Center of Peace.
We believe in teamwork, and we wish to inspire people around the world to think and act differently.
THE ACADEMY STRUCTURE
PROMOTING CYCLING IN ISRAEL
Israel is an important part of our story, and our dynamic and innovative racing spirit.
We invest heavily in developing the Academy’s grassroots assets in Israel.
Youth cycling schools and clubs around the country. With professional guidance of ex-riders of the team, we develop the next generation of Israeli leaders on and off the bikes.
“Cycling Champions League” for youth and children in Israel, helps identifies young talents from an early age and develop racing-skills and know how in a systematic way.
Scholarship program for young coaches and cycling guides: investing in the human resource that would guide the young generation of Israeli cyclists.
TEL AVIV OLYMPIC VELODROME
The brand-new Tel-Aviv Olympic Velodrome,
is a first of its kind in the Middle East.
Academy’s Israel office is located in the velodrome.
FANS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITY
Our fans are the wind beneath our wheels.
You are the driving force behind us, and we see a great importance in keeping in a constant contact with you.
Updating you live not only from races and training, but also bring you how things look and feel behind the scenes.
We encourage you to follow us, write or comment, send us pictures and share your thoughts about Israel Start-Up Nation and Israel Cycling Academy.
We couldn’t make it without your support!