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The revitalized USA Cycling Cyclocross Development Program, supported by the MudFund, is designed to create a complete pathway from entering the sport to finishing on the podium at the highest level. Below is an outline of the programming offered for the 2019-2020 cyclocross season:
The purpose of the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Development Pool is to provide opportunities for young athletes and help them develop the physical and psychological skills that will enable them to achieve their full potential in life and sports.
This is accomplished by:
USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID Camps offer the opportunity for young men and women to take a progressive step in their cycling journeys, gain a valuable educational experience and connect with the USA Cycling development pathway. Each camp will provide guidance for the athletes’ future, while giving them the opportunity to make new friends, challenge themselves and explore their potential.
Athletes will receive instruction by experienced cyclocross coaches, and the camps will provide the necessary framework to empower the athletes to improve their skills. Regional Talent ID Camps also provide an opportunity for athletes to qualify for a supported racing trip to the Iowa World Cup/Jinglecross race weekend and are considered in the qualification process for the November European racing trip.
To see USA Cycling's Complete list of TID camps, and camp information, please go here.
The goal of the Cyclocross Development Camp (Oct 7-11, 2019) is to provide the top Junior and U23 cyclocross development athletes with a fun and educational experience outside of their normal routine. The athletes will hear from experts in cyclocross skills, strength and conditioning, marketing, nutrition, ethics, sports psychology and other topics relevant to success as athletes. The camp will also include community engagement and activities to expand the athletes’ comfort zones. This experience will equip young athletes with the tools to get the most out of their journey in the sport of cycling and maximize the impact they have on their communities while learning sport-specific skills.
The November European racing trip, based out of Sittard, NL, will include four European races in a two-weekend trip. The goal is to provide top-level international cyclocross racing experience to some of our top U23 and Junior athletes. The depth of competition and difficulty of the race courses will provide a new challenge for US based athletes and will provide a proving ground for these athletes to test their ability against their international peers. USA Cycling will work with potential athletes and their coaches to provide opportunities to athletes who will benefit most from this international racing experience.
The Christmas/New Year's period racing trip offers an exceptional competition experience to cyclocross athletes. This trip will include 6 races in 11 days, one of the most compact competition schedules offered in international cyclocross. Every race in this time period will provide high-level competition, including two World Cup events. The purpose is to prepare our top riders for the World Championships while providing an opportunity for aspiring athletes to test themselves in European races. This trip will include the final opportunities for Junior and U23 athletes to qualify for the 2020 Cyclocross World Championship Team.
USA Cycling will provide athletes who qualify for the 2020 Cyclocross World Championships with the opportunity to compete in the final two World Cup events leading up to the World Championships. This racing opportunity is designed to give our World Championship Team the best preparation leading up to the World Championships.
USA Cycling is proud to support our Cyclocross National Team athletes who are the ultimate ambassadors of our mission to win, celebrate and inspire.
Athletes may qualify to the National Team based on the following qualification guidelines.
USA Cycling will support National Team elite athletes with logistical and team support upon request. Each athlete in the national team will receive unique support to best address each athlete’s needs in terms of timing and type of resources. USA Cycling will work with our elite athletes’ trade teams to help maximize the combined resources. Our goal is to ensure that our top riders have everything they need to perform at the highest level.