Live, learn, ride

Want to become a part of the Australian Cycling Academy? The Australian Cycling Academy (ACA) is expanding in 2019, to include a new development team for student athletes from Australia and around the world.

The ACA’s specialised High-Performance Student Athlete Program is a tailored, for-fee development program providing a platform for domestic and international young cyclists, female and male, to further their cycling careers whilst living and studying on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

As part of this new program, a new team, the Live, Learn, Ride NRS Team, will comprise athletes who have applied and been accepted in to our program to live on the Sunshine Coast, learn at the University of the Sunshine Coast, and ride the National Road Series. The LLR HP program riders will race a different schedule than our existing UCI Conti Pro Sunshine Coast team.

This exciting new initiative provides talented young cyclists access to a fully comprehensive cycling development plan, and a crucial first step on their path to a successful professional cycling career. This customised plan is developed and supported by our world class coaches with access to the internationally respected University of the Sunshine Coast High Performance Sport Unit who support our athletes with specialist coaches, sports medicines expertise and access to outstanding training facilities all located within an idyllic climate for high performance athlete development.

Most importantly, our philosophy is underpinned by our academy philosophy of "Live, Learn, Ride". Our students receive a guaranteed offer of a study placement at the University of the Sunshine Coast with specialist support to assist students to find the right choice of course and delivery mode to support their holistic development needs.

Paid Academy students will live and train with our UCI Continental Pro Team riders and benefit from racing exposure through Cycling Australia’s elite National Road Series. Selected athletes may have access to international race competition through our UCI Pro Team subject to individual rider performance.

Development Team Applications

First intake will begin in February 2019, applications for 2019 close on December 1, 2018. Successful applications will receive an invitation to attend a selection camp to be hosted at the University of the Sunshine Coast in January 2019.

Please provide your name and email address to receive a complete prospectus:

Program inclusions

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  • Daily customized one-on-one high performance coaching
  • Individual professional mentoring
  • Full access to the University of Sunshine Coast’s testing and training facilities including but not limited to; strength and conditioning coaching, psychology, recovery centres, nutritionists and medical support
  • An elite level high-performance bike, related equipment, teamwear, race nutrition, academy casual and race clothing package and team mechanic support
  • Fully funded National Road Series racing competition schedule as part of the Pro Team or Live, Learn, Ride International Team
  • Inclusion in Talent Identification Program for Continental Pro Teams international racing program with one HP SA given placement in pro team per annum
  • Guaranteed placement in a University of Sunshine Coast academic course (Tuition fees not included)
  • Career guidance and support
  • Visa application support
  • Relocation service assistance
  • Acclimatisation and familiarisation support
  • Variety of accommodation styles and packages available (accommodation costs are not included)

"ACA has provided me with many opportunities to race whether being national and state championships, NRS races or international racing... Being a part of the high-performance Student Athlete (HPSA) program at USC has assisted me every step of the way with finding and managing a balance with university work and training." Armani Gates

"Being part of USC high performance program and network of extremely supportive staff has enabled me to manage and achieve my study goals without any compromise to my high-performance objectives on the bike. The ACA staff networks willingness to assist extends deep into specific areas from general health and mental wellbeing to high performance cycling and strength/conditioning programs. This year has seen myself stabilise and learn from some of the most experienced riders around." Ashley MacKay


Welcome to the ACA Peloton Club - an exclusive corporate networking club founded on our shared passion for cycling. We invite you to become a member and join us on this journey to achieve great things for our riders and team.

Corporate Memberships


By becoming a part of the Peloton Club, you join an exclusive group of like-minded cyclists with a couple of things in common: a shared love for the beautiful sport of cycling and the Sunshine Coast.

Meet up with your club for networking rides and events, giving you opportunities to grow and build your brand on the Sunshine Coast. The Peloton Club will bring our local cycling community together in one place to share the journey and support our local team, the Sunshine Coast’s only professional international sporting team.

With two membership tiers to suit all supporters, why not come along for the ride?

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Want to become a part of the ACA Pelothon Club?

Please provide your name and email address to receive more information:

Patron Level

Our premier corporate membership tier providing exclusive access, cycling focused networking opportunities, hospitality, team merchandise and discounts on all ACA products.

Benefits include:

  • Two tickets to the ACA Annual Gala Dinner
  • Invitation to the Peloton Club bunch rides and networking breakfasts with ACA riders once per quarter
  • Two invitations to a one-day ACA training camp experience.
  • Invitations to two formal evening corporate networking events per year
  • Entry to the one-day Velo for the 2019 Sunshine Coast Velothon
  • 10% discount on all ACA products including tours, custom training programs, training camps, events, merchandise and ex-team equipment
  • Business inclusion in the online member directory
  • Peloton Club quarterly e-News featuring team news, equipment maintenance and riding tips from our high-performance team
  • One Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team jersey and knicks

Price per membership - $2,500 GST Inclusive per annum.

Platinum Level

Our entry level membership for passionate individuals in small business who would like to join our Peloton Club membership tier providing exclusive access, cycling focused networking opportunities, hospitality and team merchandise.

Benefits include:

  • Invitations for two people to the ACA Annual Gala Dinner
  • Invitation to Peloton Club bunch rides and networking breakfast with ACA riders once per quarter
  • 10% discount on all ACA products including tours, custom training programs
  • and training camps, events, merchandise and ex-team equipment
  • The Peloton Club quarterly e-News featuring team news and riding tips
  • One Pro Racing Sunshine Coast team jersey
  • Business recognition at events

Price per membership - $995 GST Inclusive per annum

Supporter Memberships

  • Exclusive team insights & updates on E-news
  • ACA Member ride day invitation
  • Pro Racing Sunshine Coast Supporter Cap
  • 10% Discount on all ACA products including tours, custom training programs and training camps, events and merchandise
  • Invitation to 2020 Team Launch Event

Price per membership - $59 GST Inclusive per annum

TDU Package 2020

Join ACA supporters and fellow like-minded passionate cyclists on our premium, all-inclusive 2019 Tour Down Under Adelaide tour!

For six days from 16 – 21 of January 2019, we will take in the very best the world-renowned Tour Down Under has to offer. See the best cyclists in the world at Australia’s only World Tour race, from the best viewing spot with our corporate hospitality package. The tour also includes behind the scenes access, entry to the Challenge Tour, premium dining events and exclusive experiences.

The tour includes corporate TDU hospitality and behind the scenes access, entry to the Challenge Tour, premium dining events and exclusive experiences.

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Want to know more about our Tour Down Under?

Please provide your name and email address to receive more information:

Tour package inclusions:

  • Private jet charter ex Sunshine Coast departing Wednesday, January 16; returning Monday January 21.
  • Five night’s accommodation at The Playford on North Terrace in a Studio King Spa Suite with all breakfasts included.
  • TDU Official Platinum Package including:
    • Race hospitality at Stage 6 – the infamous Willunga Hill
    • Behind the scenes exclusive pre-race start experience on Stage 4
    • TDU Legend's Night Gala Dinner
    • TDU merchandise pack

Entry fee to the 2019 Challenge Tour. Challenge Tour riders will tackle the same route as the professional riders from Glenelg to Strathalbyn on Saturday 19 January.

  • Fully inclusive premium evening dining experiences
    • Penfolds Magill Estate Restaurant
    • Africola on east Terrace
    • Gaucho's on Gouger
    • d'Arenberg's Cube Restaurant, McLaren Vale
  • ACA 8 week custom training program to prepare you for the tour
  • Exclusive experiences
  • Private transfers with bike trailer for your bike.
  • Bike freight ex Sunshine Coast
  • Fully hosted by ACA officials.

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Women's Team

The ACA is now seeking to escalate its plan to launch a women’s elite NRS development team at its University of Sunshine Coast base in the first half of 2019.

Buoyed by first year results and the success of their first female signing, the Sunshine Coast’s own Alex Martin-Wallace who was recently nominated as Australian Junior Cyclist of the year; team management are now forging ahead with plans to launch the women’s program in the first half of 2019; providing young Australian cyclists the same opportunities as our male athletes have enjoyed in the ACA’s inaugural season.

To assist in funding, ACA has launched an Australian Sports Foundation campaign specifically to support the women’s team, where supporters or businesses can make a fully tax-deductible donation.

If successful, the funding would secure a women’s team of 6 – 8 talented development level riders. The team will ride as the Women’s Sunshine Coast team on the National Road Series (NRS) around Australia.

The team provides these select athletes, a comprehensive cycling development plan as part of the Australian Cycling Academy. All riders would live locally, and train out of the team’s base at the University of Sunshine Coast, with access to the university’s acclaimed high-performance training facilities.

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ACA Development Fund

We have paired up with the Australian Sports Foundation (ASF) to raise much needed funds to support our expansion and continued racing and other opportunities for our athletes.

The ASF’s mission is to help Australians fundraise to achieve their sporting goals. Since the ASF was founded by the Federal Government in 1986 it has helped over 1600 athletes, organisations and sporting clubs, from the grassroots level through to the elite, fundraise more than $350 million to fund their sporting projects and needs.

Our 'Live, Learn, Ride' philosophy and commitment to developing talented young male and female athletes coupled with our community programming and representation of the Sunshine Coast on the world stage creates opportunities for philanthropic individuals and organisations to support the objectives of the ACA and its talented athletes creating tangible community benefits and outcomes.

Funds raised by the ACA Sports Commission Fund will support:

  • The establishment of the ACA's women's program in 2019
  • Enable further investment in high performance resources for our athletes
  • Support athletes in relocation costs to live on the Sunshine Coast
  • Create increased racing opportunities for our teams through direct funding of team travel costs

The ASF is the only organisation in Australia to have Deductible Gift Recipient status for sports; all donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

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