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.
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.
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, 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 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, 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.
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.
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.
BMX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
Development Camp Application
June 5th-9th, 2018: Baku, Azerbaijan
2019: Zolder, Belgium
2020: Houston, Texas
BMX World Championships Automatic Qualification
International BMX License Application
Challenge Selection DocumentsUSA BMX Challenge Class PageUCI BMX International Rider License Form (PDF)2017 Automatic QualifiersFrequently Asked QuestionsUSA BMX Registration Check ListOnline Registration for BMX World ChallengeChallenge Jersey Design
Championship Selection Documents
UCI Event PageOfficial BMX World Championship WebsiteOfficial ScheduleTrack DesignChallenge Practice Groups and TimesRider Ticket InfoTickets for Parents and GuestsEvent Manual
UCI World Championship Rule BookUCI BMX Rule Book
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
2017-18 USAC Cyclocross Development Race Blocks/Camps
Valkenburg, NED - February 3-4, 2018
2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria
World Championship CX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
November 20, 2017 Bogense, DenmarkNovember 25, 2017 Zevem, GermanyDecember 17, 2017 Namur, BelgiumDecember 26, 2017 Heusden-Zolder, BelgiumJanuary 21, 2018 Nommay, FranceJanuary 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
MTB Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
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
Paipa-Boyaca, Columbia: March 29-April 2, 2017
XCO Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification
Downhill Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification
Junior Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
Elite/U23 Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
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
May 3-6: Argentina
Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women
Junior Track Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
February 28-March 4, 2018: Apeldoorn, NED
World Championships Automatic Qualification
Junior Track World Championships Automatic Qualification
Elite Track World Cup Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
August 30 - September 2: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago
Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification
Masters Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
2017/2018: Velo Sports Center, Los Angeles, CA
2019/2020: Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, ENG
2018: Vallnord, AND
2018: Mol, BEL
2018: Orlando, FL