EuroCrossAcademy (ECA) is a highly regarded cyclocross student-athlete development program, based both in the U.S. and in Europe. Founded by Geoff Proctor in 2003 and now a non-profit 501(c)(3), the program combines domestic and international racing/training camps through a holistic curriculum with a character component to develop young, aspiring 15-22 year-olds into top cyclocross racers and purpose-driven young adults. Working independently, with USA Cycling, and with other top teams over the past two decades, ECA has served as a critical bridge to both the national team and pro teams. Concomitant with the potential for a professional cycling career, ECA’s overarching goal is to use the forum of bike racing to teach valuable life-skills that ECA student-athletes can then apply to university, military, community, public service, business pursuits, etc. and, at the same time, act as life-long ambassadors of cycling sport.
Invitation to summer camps is based on past results, nominations by ECA coaches, and recommendations from program coaches around the country. ECA constantly monitors the UCI calendar for results/riders, as well as seeks student-athletes recommended by ECA summer/European block coaches, regional program coaches and managers, and training coaches. ECA is looking for highly motivated, athletic, multi-disciplined/sport (with a regional/national level of fitness and cx skills), coachable, aspiring, young student-athletes 14-22 yrs old. Camp selection is competitive, and the overarching goal is to holistically cultivate both an athlete’s development and character throughout the ECA program-process-pathway.