USA Cycling

Achieving success in Women’s Team Pursuit with instant analytics

Published on 31 Aug 2016

Of all the technology projects we’ve worked on this year, the IBM jStart project has made the biggest contribution to achieving our goals.

Andy Sparks, Director of Track Programs, US Cycling

USA Cycling

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Deployment country
United States


USA Cycling’s mission is to achieve sustained success in international cycling competition, grow competitive cycling in America, and deliver an exceptional customer experience to the nation’s cycling community. Its athletes have won medals in numerous cycling disciplines at major international events; and in 2016, the Women’s Team Pursuit team won its first gold medal at the World Championships in London.

Business need
To outperform better-funded rivals in events such as Women’s Team Pursuit, USA Cycling needed an edge. Coaches realized that smarter analytics of riders’ performance could be a key enabler.

The Women’s Team Pursuit team worked with IBM® jStart® to transform its approach to analytics, instantly delivering eye-opening performance metrics to the coaches’ tablets after each training session.

Armed with this insight, coaches and riders can instantly understand how each training session went, identify optimal race tactics, discuss areas for improvement, and reinforce winning behaviors.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Cloudant Dedicated Cluster, IBM Bluemix, Watson Internet of Things Platform

IBM Analytics for Apache Spark (Managed Cloud Spark Service)

M&E: Agile Enterprise, Cloud Computing, Mobile, Learning and Training, Enabling Business Flexibility, , BA - Business Analytics, BA - Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, IBM Analytics, , Automation, IBM Analytics - Internet of Things, Data Warehouse

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