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1. How Athletes Are Selected to Teams

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition (e.g., Olympic Games, World Championships, or Pan-American Championships).  USA Cycling is committed to implementing a fair and transparent process which will place athletes who provide the United States with the greatest likelihood of success on the start line.  Athletes are selected according to clearly defined criteria and a clearly defined process.  There are two ways an athlete can make a team – by automatically qualifying or being selected according to discretionary criteria.

Automatic Selection

USA Cycling establishes specific automatic selection criteria for each event in each discipline.  By design, only proven contenders for medaling at the highest level of international competition will meet the automatic selection criteria.  Examples of automatic selection criteria include medaling at the most recent World Championships or ranking in the top 5 of the UCI World Cup rankings.  Automatic selection criteria are established by USA Cycling with input from its independent Selection Committee (explained further below) and a democratically elected representative of USA Cycling elite athletes known as the Athletes Advisory Council Representative (AAC Rep).  For qualification for the Olympic Games, the automatic selection criteria must also be approved by the US Olympic Committee (USOC).

Discretionary Selection

It is common that the United States will qualify for more available positions at an event than there are athletes who meet the automatic selection criteria.  In such cases, USA Cycling selects athletes on a discretionary basis using a clearly defined selection process.  Recommendations for who shall be selected are made by USA Cycling coaching staff, but final selection decisions are the responsibility of an independent, volunteer Selection Committee.  Decisions are made using criteria and decision-making guidelines defined in a document known as the Principles of Athlete Selection.  This document is created by USA Cycling with input from the Selection Committee, AAC Rep, and the USOC. 

2. Principles of Athlete Selection

The Principles of Athlete Selection is a document which details the criteria and decision-making guidelines to be used by USA Cycling coaches in making recommendations and by the Selection Committee in making the ultimate selection decisions. 

As outlined in the document, the Selection Committee selects athletes according to three priorities.  The first priority is the selection of athletes who have demonstrated that they are medal capable.  The second priority is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated that their presence on the team will have a positive impact on the overall team performance and create a medal capable team environment.  The third priority is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated the capacity to advance to the level of medal capability in the near future.

Coming Soon - Updated Principles of Athlete Selection Document

3. Selection Committee

The USA Cycling Selection Committee is the group of distinguished volunteers who make the difficult decisions when discretionary selections are needed in order to put the best athletes on the team.  The Selection Committee members serve eight year terms over two Olympic quadrennials.  During their terms they help create and approve all event selection procedures, monitor competitions, review data, and make selections for teams when needed. 

The committee members have all competed at the highest levels across all of USA Cycling’s five disciplines and have distinguished resumes on and off the bike.  Each committee member applied to serve on the committee and were chosen for their ability to be knowledgeable, objective, thorough, detail oriented, and unbiased.  

The current USA Cycling Selection Committee is:

Mike McCarthy1988 & 1996 Olympic Games Team member; 1992 World Champion (Individual Pursuit); past professional athlete
Timothy Duggan2012 Olympic Games Team member; 2012 US Pro Road Race Champion; past professional athlete, athlete rep
Eric RupeNine time BMX World Champion; 17 time BMX National champion
Donny Robinson2008 Olympic Games Team Member and Bronze Medal Winner in BMX; 2001 UCI Jr. Men & Jr. Cruiser World Champion
Heather Irmiger2009 Single Speed World Champion; 2011 Pan Am Gold Medalist; 3x Mountain Bike National Champion
Christine Thorburn2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2006 UCI World Time Trial Championship Bronze Medalist
Adam Duvendeck2005 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2x U.S. National Champion (2004 Team Sprint & 2006 Keirin)
Jan Bolland Tanner1991 TTT Pan Am Games Gold Medalist; 1992 TTT World Champion; 1995 U. S. National Cyclocross Champion
Bunki Bankaitis-Davis1992 UCI Road World Champion (TTT); 1988 Olympic Games Team Member

Coming Soon - Operating Procedures

4. Discipline-specific Selection Information

Looking for more on team selection, including automatic and discretionary selection forms? 

See discipline-specific information by clicking the panels below.


BMX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form



Development Camp Application

World Championships


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

2019: Zolder, Belgium

2020: Houston, Texas

BMX World Championships Automatic Qualification


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

International BMX License Application


Challenge Selection Documents

USA BMX Challenge Class Page

UCI BMX International Rider License Form (PDF)

2018 Automatic Qualifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

USA BMX Registration Check List

Online Registration for BMX World Challenge

Challenge Jersey Design 


Championship Selection Documents


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 World Championship Rule Book

UCI BMX Rule Book


World Cups

Upcoming Supercross World Cup: 

March 31-April 1, 2018: Saint Quentin-en-Yvelines, FRA

May 7-8, 2018: Papendal, NED

May 14-15, 2018: Zolder, BEL

September 29-30, 2017: Santiago Del Estero, ARG

Elite Supercross Race Program Automatic Qualification

BMX Freestyle

World Championships


November 7-11, 2018. Chengdu, China


UCI Event Page

UCI Information for Freestyle riders


UCI Rulebook

UCI Amendments as of 2.1.2018

World Cups


April 6-8, 2018: Hiroshima, Japan

May 9-13, 2018: Montpellier, France

July 14-15, 2018: Edmonton, Canada

September 7-9, 2018: Budapest, Hungary

November 2-4, 2018: Chengdu, China


UCI Event Page



2017-18 USAC Cyclocross Development Race Blocks/Camps

World Championships


Bogense, Denmark - February 2-3, 2019

2019 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria (TBD)

World Championship CX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

World Cups


September 23, 2018 - Waterloo, USA

September 29, 2018 - Iowa City, USA

October 21, 2018 - Bern, Switzerland

November 17, 2018 - Tabor, Czech Republic

November 25, 2018 - Koksijde, Belgium

December 23, 2018 - Namur, Belgium

December 26, 2018 - Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

January 20, 2019 - Pont-Chateau, France

January 27, 2019 - Hoogerheide, Netherland

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Selection Criteria

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Pre-Qualified Start Request

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Start Petition

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Housing/Staff Registration

Belgian Cyclocross Regulations

Continental Championships

Upcoming: TBD

Mountain Bike

XCO, Downhill, 4-Cross, Marathon

World Championships

MTB Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


XCO/DH: September 4-9, 2018 – Lenzerheide, Switzerland

XCO World Championships Selection Criteria

Downhill World Championships Selection Criteria

4-Cross: July 5-6, 2018 – Val di Sole, Italy

4-Cross World Championships Selection Criteria

Marathon: September 14-15, 2018 – Auronzo Di Cadore, Italy

Marathon World Championships Selection Criteria

World Cups


XCOMarch 10Stellenbosch, South AfricaFeb 5Feb 23
DHIApril 21-22Losinj, CroatiaMarch 19April 6
XCO/XCCMay 18-20Albstadt, GermanyApril 16May 4
XCO/XCCMay 25-27Nove Mesto, Czech RepublicApril 23May 11
DHIJune 2-3Fort William, United KingdomApril 30May 18
DHIJune 9-10Leogang, AustriaMay 7May 25
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 6-8Val di Sole, ItalyJune 4June 22
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 13-15Vallnord, AndorraJune 11June 29
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 10-12Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec, CanadaJuly 9July 27
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 24-26La Bresse, FranceJuly 23August 10

XCO-Cross-Country, XCC-Cross-Country Short Track, DHI-Downhill

MTB World Cup Resources: 

UCI MTB World Cup Registration Procedures

UCI MTB World Cup Petition Process

UCI MTB World Cup Pre-Qualified Entry Request

UCI MTB World Cup Start Petition

Continental Championships


April 4-8, 2018– Pereira, Colombia

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

World Championships


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

2018 Road Worlds - Athlete Selection Criteria - Elite Men and Women

2018 Road Worlds - Athlete Selection Criteria - U23 Men

2018 Road Worlds - Athlete Selection Criteria - Juniors Men and Women

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


May 1-6, 2018: San Juan, Argentina

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - U23 Men

Pan Am Championship Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


Elite Track World Championships

February 27- March 3, 2019 – Pruszkow, POL

World Championships Selection Criteria - Coming Soon
World Championships Discretionary Petition - Coming Soon

Junior Track World Championships

August 15-19, 2018 - Aigle, Switzerland

2018/19 Junior Track World Championships Selection Criteria

2018 Junior Track World Championships Discretionary Athlete Petition

Resources:Time Standards 

World Cups


October 19-21, 2018 – Saint-Quentin-En-Yvelines, France
October 26-28 – Milton, Ontario, Canada

November 30-December 2, 2018 – Berlin, Germany

December 14-16, 2018 – London, Great Britain

January 18-20, 2019 – Cambridge, New Zealand
January 25-27, 2019 – Hong Kong

2018/18 Track World Cup Selection Criteria

Elite Track World Cup Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Continental Championships


August 29-September 2, 2018 – Toluca, Mexico

Pan American Continental Championships Selection Criteria

Pam American Continental Championships Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


World Championships

BMX - Upcoming:


Masters Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Road - Upcoming:


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 


2018: Orlando, FL