Sports scientist David Martin designed the program after briefings on secret army techniques for picking and nurturing their best and brightest.
“They were very good at sharing how, over the last 100 years in the case of the SAS, they’ve been developing and refining how they pick not just aptitudes but character,” he said.
The AIS process is based on the same principles — 20 riders show up, with 12 sent home at the halfway mark, and those that win get to represent Australia in Europe.
As soon as riders arrived at the camp, their names were replaced by a number and the mind games began.
“You will wear those numbers at all times — on the bike, off the bike, whenever we are assembled.”
The cyclists were also told they would be given no feedback throughout the camp.
The aim was to make them uncomfortable and to always be performing at their peak.
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