Team USA

International Events

Years of hard work and dedication to the sport all culminate on race day, where dreams are made or broken. See what types of events Team USA attends, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to get there as an athlete.

Top-Level Athletes

Global Competition

2020 Olympics - Tokyo

USA Cycling has a long history of success at the Olympic Games, the most prestigious sporting event in the world. In 2020, USA Cycling aims to take home seven medals, and make the United States the best cycling nation by winning an Olympic medal in every discipline, including taking the Tokyo 2020 medal count for women.

By establishing a fresh approach, USA Cycling has created an athlete-centric model that focuses primarily on the individual athlete’s development process, and secondarily on specific program needs or results.  Focusing on individual athletes by providing each athlete with the proper experiences, leading sport science experts, knowledgeable performance directors and the appropriate tools, USA Cycling believes its athlete management process will soar. As a result, it will develop better, more complete athletes capable of producing sustained international success— and ultimately producing Olympic Medals.

New this year, BMX Freestyle presents a unique opportunity for the US teams. While it’s a relatively unsanctioned, ungoverned sport, the United States is at the forefront of the action and has athletes with international rankings and results.

2016 Olympics - Rio

In the 2016 Summer Olympics, hosted in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the United States won 5 medals (2 Gold and 3 Silver) with 3 agonizingly-close 4th place finishes, maintaining position as the second-highest medal producing nation in the world.

Mara Abbott, capturing the world’s attention, and missing winning a gold medal by a mere 150 meters after a grueling and technical road race, demonstrated the depth, talent, and grit of USA Cycling’s pool of athletes.

With competitors entering BMX, Cross-Country Mountain Biking, Individual Road Time Trials, Road Races, and a plethora of Track events, Rio was definitely one for the history books.

World Championships

World Championships, held annually in every discipline, are highly sought-after UCI-promoted events. Categories include men’s, women’s, U-23 men, U-23 women, and masters. The location changes every year, to push riders in a variety of conditions and courses.

Like the Olympics, these are ‘winner take all’ kinds of competitions. Unlike the Olympics, World Championships are typically held in different locations and different times of year for each discipline. Winning riders, or in the case of team events, teams, are given a “rainbow jersey” for the following year, an honor that lasts beyond a lifetime.

World Cup

World Cup events are world-wide events as part of a season calendar, promoted and regulated by the UCI. Just as grueling as a World Championship event, but ongoing throughout the year, World Cups allow riders to accrue points, which change their position in UCI rankings. 

All disciplines have their own World Cup circuit, with varying event locations and schedules.

Continental Championships

Continental Championships, also known as Pan American Championships, are championships for members of the Pan American Cycling Confederation (COPACI) – North and South American countries. Races are held annually in various locations.

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How Teams Are Selected

Automatic Selection

After years of selecting proven champions and spotting up-and-comers, USA Cycling has established specific automatic selection criteria for high-performance athletes in each discipline. While each event, for each discipline, has its own selection criteria and available positions, a proven ability to win at the highest level is the main driver behind automatic selection.

Discretionary Selection

There may be events with more available positions than athletes who hit automatic selection criteria, whether athletes barely missed podiums, or had event schedule conflicts. In this case, USA Cycling may select athletes on a discretionary basis, through nominations or other means.

Looking for more on team selection, including automatic and discretionary selection forms? See Discipline-specific information by clicking the panels below.

Want to know how elite athletes are spotted and developed? Visit the Athlete Development page.

Different disciplines

one goal

Masters

Coming soon

BMX

BMX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form



Development

Development Camp Application


World Championships

Upcoming: 

June 5th-9th, 2018: Baku, Azerbaijan

2019: Zolder, Belgium

2020: Houston, Texas

BMX World Championships Automatic Qualification

Resources: 

  • Qualification Events
    • February 16, 2018: USA BMX Winter Nationals, Phoenix AZ
    • February 23, 2018: USA BMX Gator Nationals, Olddsmar, FL

International BMX License Application

CHALLENGE CLASS ATHLETE INFORMATION:

Challenge Selection Documents
USA BMX Challenge Class Page
UCI BMX International Rider License Form (PDF)
2017 Automatic Qualifiers
Frequently Asked Questions
USA BMX Registration Check List
Online Registration for BMX World Challenge
Challenge Jersey Design 

CHAMPIONSHIP CLASS ATHLETE INFORMATION:

Championship Selection Documents

EVENT INFORMATION:

UCI Event Page
Official BMX World Championship Website
Official Schedule
Track Design
Challenge Practice Groups and Times
Rider Ticket Info
Tickets for Parents and Guests
Event Manual

UCI RULES:

UCI World Championship Rule Book
UCI BMX Rule Book



World Cups

Upcoming Supercross World Cup: 

May 6-7, 2017: Papendal, NED

May 13-14, 2017: Zolder, BEL

September 16-17, 2017: Santiago Del Estero, ARG

Elite Supercross Race Program Automatic Qualification

BMX Freestyle

Coming soon

Cyclocross

Development

2017-18 USAC Cyclocross Development Race Blocks/Camps


World Championships

Upcoming:

Valkenburg, NED - February 3-4, 2018

2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria

World Championship CX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


World Cups

Upcoming:

November 20, 2017 Bogense, Denmark
November 25, 2017 Zevem, Germany
December 17, 2017 Namur, Belgium
December 26, 2017 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
January 21, 2018 Nommay, France
January 28, 2018 Hoogerheide, Netherland

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Registration Information

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Automatic Qualification

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Pre-Qualified Start Request

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Start Petition

Belgian Cyclocross Regulations


Continental Championships

Upcoming: TBD

Mountain Bike

XCO, Downhill, 4-Cross, Marathon

MTB Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form



World Championships

Upcoming:

XCO/DH: Cairns, Australia: September 5-10, 2017

XCO World Championships Automatic Qualification

Downhill World Championships Automatic Qualification

4-Cross: Val di Sole, Italy: August 24-25, 2017

4-Cross World Championships Automatic Qualification

Marathon: June 24-25, 2017: Singen, GER

Marathon World Championships Automatic Qualification



World Cups

Upcoming:

EVENTS2017 DATESLOCATION (link to event websites)USA CYCLING PETITION DEADLINEENTRY DEADLINE
DHIApril 29-30Lourdes, FranceMarch 31April 14
XCO/DHIMay 20-21Nove Mesto, Czech RepublicApril 21May 5
XCOMay 27-28Albstadt, GermanyApril 28May 12
XCOJune 3-4Fort William, United KingdomMay 5May 19
DHIJune 10-11Leogang, AustriaMay 12May 26
DHIJuly 1-2Vallnord, AndorraJune 2June 16
XCO/DHIJuly 8-9Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandJuly 9July 23
XCO/DHIAugust 5-6Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec, CanadaJuly 7July 21
XCO/DHIAugust 26-27Val di Sole, ItalyJuly 28August 11

Resources: 


Continental Championships

Upcoming:

Paipa-Boyaca, Columbia: March 29-April 2, 2017

XCO Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification

Downhill Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification

Road

Junior Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Elite/U23 Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form




World Championships

Upcoming:

September 23-30, 2018: Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Men

World Championships Automatic Qualification - U23 Men

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Juniors


World Tour

Men's World Tour

Women's World Tour

16-21 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
28 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
21-25 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
24 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
3 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
4-11 March: Paris-Nice (France)
7-13 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
17 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
19-25 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
23 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
25 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
28 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
1 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
2-7 April: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)
8 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
15 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
18 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
22 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
24-29 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
5-27 May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
13-19 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
3-10 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
9-17 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
7-29 July: Tour de France (France)
29 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
4 August: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
4-10 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
13-19 August: BinckBank Tour (Benelux)
19 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
25 August-16 September: Vuelta a España (Spain)
26 August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
7 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
9 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
9-14 October: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
13 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)
16-21 October: Tour of Guangxi (China)
3 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
11 March: Ronde Van Drenthe (the Netherlands)
18 March: Trofeo Binda (Italy)
22 March: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Belgium)
25 March: Gent Wevelgem (Belgium)
1 April: Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
15 April: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
18 April: Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
22 April: Liège – Bastogne – Liège (Belgium)
26-28 April: Tour of Chongming Island (China)
10-13 May: Amgen Tour of California (USA)
19-22 May: Emakumeen XXXI. Bira (Spain)
13-17 June: Ovo Energy Women's Tour (Great Britain)
6-15 July: Giro Rosa (Italy)
17 July: La Course by Le Tour de France (France)
28 July: Prudential Ride London (Great Britain)
10 August: Vargarda TTT (Sweden)
12 August: Vargarda Road Race (Sweden)
16-19 August: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)
25 August: GP Plouay (France)
28 August-2 September: Boels Rental Ladies Tour (Netherlands)
16 September: Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (Spain)
21 October: Tour of Guangxi Women's (China)




Continental Championships

Upcoming:

May 3-6: Argentina

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women

Track

Junior Track Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


World Championships

Upcoming:

February 28-March 4, 2018: Apeldoorn, NED

World Championships Automatic Qualification

Junior Track World Championships Automatic Qualification

Resources:


World Cups

Upcoming:

  • November 3-5: Pruszków (Poland)
  • November 10-12: Manchester (Great Britain)
  • December 1-3: Milton (Canada)
  • December 9-10: Santiago (Chile)

Elite Track World Cup Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


Continental Championships

Upcoming:

August 30 - September 2: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification

Masters

World Championships

BMX - Upcoming:

TBD


Masters Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Road - Upcoming:

TBD


Track - Upcoming:

2017/2018: Velo Sports Center, Los Angeles, CA

2019/2020: Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, ENG


MTB - Upcoming:

2018: Vallnord, AND


Cyclocross - Upcoming:

2018: Mol, BEL


Continental Championships 

Upcoming:

2018: Orlando, FL