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 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.
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).
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.
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.
While USA Cycling is responsible for running the Selection Process, establishing the Selection Criteria (with review and approval by USOC), and making recommendations on who shall be selected, discretionary decisions are ultimately made by an independent Selection Committee. This Committee is comprised of 9 volunteers who are deeply knowledgeable about elite cycling, are free from significant conflicts of interest in making selection decisions, and have the capability and judgement to follow detailed selection criteria. These individuals typically are retired Olympic and/or World Championship caliber athletes who have the desire and ability to volunteer their time and expertise to serve the sport of cycling and Team USA.
Selection Committee members serve for two Olympic four-year cycles and spend significant time reviewing selection criteria documents, following all disciplines of the sport of cycling, considering athlete competition data and petitions for selection, and attending team selection conference calls.
USA Cycling runs an open nomination and recruitment process to develop recommendations for who should serve on the Selection Committee. The USA Cycling Board, via its Executive Committee, is responsible for approving Selection Committee members.
USA Cycling is currently in the process of constructing a new Selection Committee to serve the remainder of the Tokyo 2020 quad and beyond to Paris 2024. USA Cycling is seeking nominations or volunteers to serve on the Selection Committee alongside a portion of the members from the current Committee. Please contact Vice President of Elite Athletics Scott Schnitzspahn at email@example.com if you are interested in the role, or would like to nominate someone.
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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
XCO-Cross-Country, XCC-Cross-Country Short Track, DHI-Downhill
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
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
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
Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - U23 Men
Junior Track Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form
February 28-March 4, 2018: Apeldoorn, NED
World Championships Automatic Qualification
World Championships Discretionary Petition
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