Elite/Pro Athlete Application
We are accepting applications from professional cyclists (road, track, mtb, cyclocross, etc) for 2018 residency at the Homestretch Foundation.* Athletes may apply at any time, but selections for the 2018 season won't begin until November 2017. Runners and triathletes may also apply for vacancies around the schedule of cycling residencies. Athlete residencies will run December 2017 through May 2018.
Please read our FAQ section first and then apply online below.
*For non-professional athletes, groups, clubs, individuals etc interested in visiting The Homestretch Foundation from September 2017 - December 2017, please consult our "Camps & Events" calendar and contact us for booking.
The Homestretch Foundation FAQs:
I’m an elite/pro athlete interested in staying at The Homestretch. How exactly does it work? Is there an age requirement?
Very simple: Our house is your house. We want you to focus on your sport and reach your goals. Our communal living program is designed to help you train, rest and recover. With four kitchens, five bathrooms, three washer/dryers, 8 beds, 3 pullout couches, multiple living rooms and outdoor patios, we’re able to offer you both community and privacy all in one unique home. The house can sleep between 8-12 guests. Each athlete must be willing to accommodate a roommate when we're at full capacity.
While your residency is rent-free, we ask each pro athlete to donate two hours per week to our community. You can be a volunteer, educator or activist in any field that suits your interest.
We accept athletes age 21 & up. However, we do offer special consideration of 19 & 20-year-old elite cyclists who have "aged up" from the junior rank and are contracted with pro/elite teams. We do not house junior cyclists (18 & under), but if parents/guardians book a stay with Homestretch in the off-season, kids are more than welcome to be here with adult supervision.
How do you select Homestretch residents?
First we read through each athlete's resume to get an idea of their needs, goals and background. If your resume & our dates/availability match, we set up a phone or Skype session. After that, we'll offer prospective athletes a residency. We love diversity and we never play "favorites," but we do have a ranking as to which level of athletes has priority in the application status:
1) Professional athletes 2) Elites 3) Post-Juniors (19-20yo elites)
What is the average age range of Homestretch residents?
In our first season alone, we've hosted pro/elite women between ages 19-41. We've also hosted three male pro/elites between ages 23-38. We love seeing pro athletes thrive at every age!
How long may elite/pro athletes stay?
From December through May, you may apply for a residency that lasts 1 month to 6 months. (Occasionally, shorter stays are possible.) You may also apply for summer/fall residency if no donors/patrons have booked the facility during certain weeks. If you are not a U.S. resident, you must have a visa that allows you to stay for the appropriate duration.
Homestretch just completed the first season. Who have you helped so far?
We're proud to share that our inaugural season on 2017 was quite successful! From UCI teams and riders to regional elite cyclists to international pros, we assisted:
22 pro/elite athletes: 19 women, 3 men
7 countries: USA, Canada, Mexico, Scotland, England, Austria, Netherlands
5 different sports: Road cycling, track cycling, mountain bike, cyclocross, triathlon
1 mission: Together we all move forward.
What do I need to bring with me?
We supply all home needs; bedding, towels, kitchen supplies, etc. We have bike pumps, stationary trainers, standard bike tools, and even yoga mats, blocks and foam rollers. (We get it. We're athletes, too. We know what you need.) Each bedroom has a closet and/or drawer space for your clothes and personal needs. As in any home, we ask you to keep your personal space and shared spaces tidy.
Is there wireless available?
Yes. But you still have to talk to other people in the house.
Does everyone train together and eat meals together?
Not exactly. Each athlete is here to work toward their goals in sport, and follows their own training plan. However, many of our residents end up heading out on workouts together, or at least roll together for a while before going their own route. Between the many athletes residing at the house and the many popular group rides throughout Tucson, no one at the Homestretch will ever feel "alone on the bike." As for meals, the Homestretch has four kitchens, and athletes are responsible for their own meals. But just as in training, some athletes combine their cooking/dining. With all the milestones of life events, wins, holidays, birthdays, etc... we usually get together every couple weeks and have a group meal. Yay togetherness.
Is there a "house mom" on the premises?
There is no "dorm parent" or "house mom" looking after the residents. Everyone at the Homestretch is a grown-up and expected to act like one. (Luckily, Kathryn lives next door, and she is there for all Homestretch residents in case of emergency.) But it is up to each resident to live as a responsible adult/member of our community, and to take care of the home as if it were their own.
I do/don’t have a car. How does that work?
We have parking available. If you don’t have a vehicle, not to worry. We are walking distance from the local shopping center, and we have commuter bikes available so you can easily fetch your groceries. For other excursions, taxis and Uber can get you where you need to go.
As a cyclist, how close are we to great riding/training routes?
About 10 feet. Outside our front door is some of the best cycling in Arizona. Mt. Lemmon, Saguaro East Monument, Colossal Cave, Redington Pass and Sonoita all begin with just one traffic light in your path.
As a triathlete or runner, am I able to access swimming and running easily?
Yes. There are community lap pools within 5 miles of the house. Nearby gyms like L.A. Fitness also offer a pool with their memberships. Running… we’ve got that too. Broadway Trails or Redington Pass hills are within 6 miles, and local neighborhoods/streets offer good options right outside our front door.
If I'm not a pro cyclist/triathlete/runner, but I'm a female pro athlete in another sport, may I still apply for residency?
Yes. We're happy to hear your story and how being part of the Homestretch might help you thrive.