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Check out Team USA riders competing in Cross-Country (XCO), Downhill, 4-Cross, and Marathon disciplines, and the programs that help Team USA dominate international events.
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Athletes qualify for different levels of support -- Gold, Silver, Bronze, and National Development Team -- based on results.
The mission of USA Cycling's Regional Talent ID Camps is to Provide USA Cycling with Jr. Talent Evaluations while Offering Athletes a Pathway to Develop Their Cycling Ability. Our Talent ID Camps are the first step for young male and female athletes to enter into the USA Cycling development pipeline, providing them guidance and development towards their cycling future. USA Cycling Regional Talent ID Camps are for athletes racing age 14 to 19 years and attendees should have some racing experience.
The primary goal of the Talent ID Camps is to recognize athletes who, at an early age, show signs of potential future success in cycling. Receiving instruction from some of USA Cycling’s finest coaches, the camps also provide the necessary framework to improve the athletes skillset, thus progressing their cycling development. Regional Talent ID Camps provide vital input towards selecting riders for international competition and/or a national camp. 80 percent of athletes invited to our National Talent ID Camp have attended a Regional Talent ID Camp.
To see USA Cycling's Complete list of TID camps, and camp information, please go HERE
In an effort to extend international development opportunities to a larger number of our best young US Mountain Bikers, USA Cycling will organize three Cross-Country Mountain Bike Development Camps and two Downhill Mountain Bike Development Camps in Europe, Canada and the USA for the spring/summer of 2018. Riders who are eager to improve through international competition are encouraged to use these camps as a primary development tool.
2017 Cross Country Junior Men & Women category 1 aged 15-16 & 17-18 Mountain Bike National Champions will only be required to pay for their round-trip airfare. Any rider who qualified for automatic nomination to the 2017 Mountain Bike World Championships will only be required to pay for their round-trip airfare. All other attending riders will be required to pay for their round-trip airfare as well as a camp fee which will range from $0 to $1000 depending on the camp.
All interested riders should petition for specific camps using the petition form which can be found by following the this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MTB_Junior_Devo_Race-Training_Camp_Petition This form should be completed 4 weeks in advance of the camp.
For all camps riders will be selected based on 2017 and 2018 international and domestic race results.
Provide high level UCI race experience for our countries best young cross-country mountain bike riders.
Offer an alternative to using the World Championships as a development tool. The World Championships should be viewed as a secondary goal after a rider has performed successfully at one of the Mountain Bike Development Camps. Of course any rider who meets the published World Championship automatic selection criteria will be selected for the World Championship Team.
Give riders an opportunity to experience high level international competition in a supportive team atmosphere in advance of their participation in other top tier events such as World Cup events and the World Championships.
In 2019 our goal will be to offer even more opportunities for Junior riders to race and train in Europe.
Riders interested in attending 2019 European Mountain Bike Race Camps should strive to attain top results in the Mountain Bike National Championships as well as USAC Pro XCT events. International results as well as results from these domestic events will be used as the main selection events for the 2019 Camps.
According to new UCI requirements, all athletes competing in a UCI junior series XCO race outside of their country of residence must have at least 20 UCI points in the latest UCI XCO individual junior ranking, or belong to a UCI Elite MTB Team or UCI MTB Team. Riders who meet either of these criteria should register for the event independently via the event registration site. For riders who do not meet either of these criteria, USA Cycling may approve a maximum of 5 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women) when the race is outside North American. When the event is in Canada we may approve a maximum of 10 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women).
To apply to be a supplementary athlete, please use the below link to fill out the petition survey.
· All supplementary athletes must still enter the competition independently via the event registration site before the entry deadline.
· Applications must be submitted in full 4 weeks prior to the race
Supplementary athletes will be approved based on past results in high level international and national MTB competition. The full competition list can be found on the UCI website: http://www.uci.ch/mountain-bik...
Formerly a competitive mountain bike and cyclo-cross racer, Marc Gullickson has represented the United States at 12 UCI Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross World Championships throughout his racing career.
As USA Cycling Mountain Bike Programs Director, Marc manages all aspects of USA Cycling’s development and elite athlete mountain bike programs. At the 2012 Olympics in London he directed the USA Mountain Bike Team to a Bronze medal in the women’s cross-country competition. Marc is based at the USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.