Frequently Asked Questions
  • Who can I associate to my club/team?

    Anyone who holds a license, either a race license or technical license will work. Anyone that currently holds just an account will need to pick up either a Race or Technical license. At this time, we do not have the ability to associate those who hold the RIDE Membership product.

    • In terms of club officers this is a change in business rules. All club officers will need to hold a license of some type to be associated to the club, just an account will no longer work.
  • What benefits do I have by becoming a registered club with USA Cycling?

    As a registered club with USA Cycling, your club will receive: access, resources, and recognition.

    As a registered club with USA Cycling, you’re a part of our larger community with access to different aspects of our community. This includes visibility in our club finder tool, access to additional club insurance offerings, complementary event organizer license, complementary first-time technical officials license, and more.

    No Matter where your club or team is, from just starting out to becoming a Center of Excellence, USA Cycling has the knowledge base to assist you in your journey. This includes: Monthly clubhouse newsletter, Club Safe Sport Recognition Program, access, to our knowledge base, access to our club admin tool, and SafeSport education.

    As an invested part of your cycling community, we want to thank you for you’re hard efforts to make our sport the best version of itself. Through our recognition programs we want to showcase the good work that clubs all across the United States are doing in their communities. This includes: Club of the Year, Best in Kit, Club Safe Sport Program, and Centers of Excellence.

  • What are the different types of clubs?

    Clubs come in many shapes and sizes. Here is the breakdown of the club types that can register with us.

    • Club/team - This is the standard club that has both competitive and non-competitive members. This club type allows for sub teams to be added for, such as a Masters, Womens, or U23 Team.
    • Collegiate (future release) - This club type is for those looking to participate in USA Cycling collegiate cycling and need to register their school to be in good standing with USA Cycling.
    • Junior Club (future release) - This club type is for junior programs that are strictly limited to members of the club being 18 and under. If you’re program will include under 25 athletes, please register the program as a regular club/team and then register a couple sub teams for the different age brackets, junior, U23, and Elite.
    • Domestic Elite Team – This club type is reserved for the USA Cycling DET race series.
  • What is required to register my club with USA Cycling?

    To register your club with USA Cycling, the owner of the account will at the very least need to have an account with USA Cycling and will need to complete SafeSport training within the next 45 days of registering with USA Cycling.

  • How do I handle domestic and elite club registration and renewal?

    If your domestic club is the parent organization to your domestic elite team, please connect with your parent organization to register with USA Cycling. If your domestic elite team is a stand-alone program, please contact us here.

  • What types of clubs can I renew online?

    In the first iteration of the new club/team’s product for USA Cycling, just regular clubs can renew. If you’re looking to renew a junior, collegiate, or Domestic Elite Team please contact us here.

  • Are parents who assist by providing transportation of junior to events (carpooling) required to take the SafeSport training?

    Yes, adults transporting minors (other than their own children) to events are considered “adults authorized by the club to have regular contact with or authority over minor athletes.”

  • Not all members of our club, including some ride leaders, board members, or parents providing transportation for juniors are members of USA Cycling. How do they take SafeSport training?

    Non-USA Cycling members can sign still take the training for free. Follow the instructions here.

  • Are all members of the club's board of directors required to take SafeSport training?

    Yes, all board members must take the training.

  • We have club rides that juniors may hop into from time to time. Would ALL ride leaders be required to take SafeSport Training?

    If the ride leaders are in regular contact with minor athletes, they need to take the training. If the contact with minor athletes is irregular, it will not be required, although still recommended.

  • Who needs to do SafeSport training?

    USA Cycling encourages everyone to do the training!

    • Staff and Board Members of any Club
    • Other individuals the Club authorizes, approves or appoints
      • to a position of authority over, or
      • to have regular contact with minor athletes
  • What are the terms to the General Liability club insurance?

    For the club to be eligible, the USA Cycling Club Insurance Application must accurately reflect the number of all club members (not just members with a USA Cycling race license). Every club member must sign a waiver before participating in a club activity.

    Waivers only need to be signed once by every member in each policy term. A new waiver is required every year, or for each policy term. Digital waivers are acceptable. We offer a sample waiver to get you started. We provide the sample for guidance and informational purposes only. We highly suggest final wording should be reviewed by your club’s legal representatives.

    Exclusions include trail construction and maintenance as well as any ride or race that charges a fee. USA Cycling sanctioned events - such as clinics, fun rides and races are inherently insured under the event itself and not included in this policy. Other notable exclusion include: Abuse and Molestation and Participant vs. Participant claims. See more details of the policy in the Club Insurance Application.

  • Why do clubs need General Liability Insurance?

    General Liability coverage is issued to protect the club against liability claims for hurting someone physically or causing property damage to others outside of the club for which the club could legally be responsible for causing the accident. This includes all cycling related club activities such as:

    • award banquets
    • meetings
    • approved fundraisers
    • club rides (club rides must not have any fees associated with them)
  • Who receives the club newsletter?

    Anyone listed on the club admin page is a club contact and will receive the club newsletter if their personal email preferences allow. Any club contact may add additional contacts to the club admin page.

  • What's the difference between a club and and team?

    A club is the the group of cyclist registered as an entity under USA Cycling. Generally, a team is a competitive or specialized subset of the club. An example would be a junior development team or a women's team. Certainly, some clubs are also teams if they don't have sub groups.

  • Our club contacts have changed, how do I update this information?

    In the club admin page, you can edit, delete or add new club contacts. A USA Cycling license number is the easiest way to do this. Not a license holder? No problem. Create a free account here, and use the ID to associate with your club. We encourage you to have more than one club contact, especially in the case of collegiate clubs, where contacts may frequently change.

  • How do I access the club admin page?

    Any club contact will have access to the club admin page where they can renew their club. Simply log in and head to My Account. In the upper right, click USACycling.org, then hover over Join Today and select Club. Stuck? Please don't hesitate to reach out to membership@usacycling.org for help.

  • How do I update the information in the Club Finder?

    Go to your club admin page and click 'Edit' under Address and Phone Number to update the public facing club information. Remember, if anyone finds your club in the Club Finder and clicks 'Contact Club,' the email in this section is where that message gets sent.

  • What's the difference between a club and a varsity team?

    Club teams are USA Cycling Collegiate member clubs which have submitted the appropriate application to USA Cycling and are in good standing with USA Cycling and their individual school. Club teams are typically student led and any funds for the program that come from the school typically are from university programs budgets and not athletics.

    Varsity teams are distinguished largely by the amount of funding they get from both their school and outside sponsors. Additionally, they must have a USA Cycling licensed coach. In order to be recognized as a varsity program by USA Cycling, teams have to meet three of the four following criteria:

    1. Does your school recognize you as a varsity program?
    2. Does your team give out at athlete scholarships?
    3. Does your team pay entry for most collegiate races during the year?
    4. Did your team attend 2 USAC Collegiate National Championship events the previous year?

  • Which division is my school?

    Collegiate cycling is split into two divisions, Club and Varsity. Within the club program, there is a further split of Division I and Division II based on school size, with the threshold for Division I at 15,000 students. Smaller schools can, however, choose to compete at the Division I level if they choose. Only varsity programs can offer athletic scholarships to its riders.

  • What conference is my school in?

    The conferences are organized by region, largely, though not always, divided along state lines. There are 11 in all, and they are meant to make traveling to competitions more convenient for you. Check out the collegiate conferences page for the break-down of all the conferences.

  • Are composite teams allowed?

    No, when starting a club your team and its members may only be affiliated with a single school. If your school has no club, you can always start your own, as there is no minimum requirement for members. During conference races, though, you can compete with members of other clubs as a composite team for team time trials. Any results you earn, though, will not count toward the season's points, and this applies to the conference season only. No composite teams are allowed at USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals.

  • How do I start a team at my school?

    There is an annual club membership fee, however new clubs may register for free for the first year. All you need to do is fill out the USA Cycling Club Application Form and Collegiate Club Eligibility Form and send them in to USA Cycling (contact information can be found on the form itself). The same goes for renewing a club, which you can also do online through your club account.

  • Can I use aero equipment for track races?

    Yes, you can use aero equipment at collegiate track races, where otherwise allowed. That means aero bars, disc wheels, etc. are all good to go.

  • What are the rules on aero equipment?

    Collegiate cycling has a strict no aero equipment policy. This means that, if it's not mass-start legal, you can't use it. So while most helmets are okay, that disc wheels, tri-spokes, and aero bars won't fly. All wheels used in collegiate cycling must have at least 16 spokes. For more details and a list of what is allowed and what is not, head over to the regulations page.

  • How do I upgrade categories?

    Upgrade requests should be submitted through your USA Cycling account. Under your "License" tab. You can click to request an upgrade. You must then list all the races and results for which you think you earned upgrade points, as well the total number of points you have. The qualifying races and number of points necessary is different for each discipline and from category to category, so consult the upgrades policy for complete details.

  • What category should I be?

    Your category is a reflection of your racing experience and ability. If you have never raced before, you should start out in the lowest available category and work your way up. If you do have previous racing experience, but this is just your first time racing collegiately, then your collegiate category correlates to your USAC category. If you are a Category 3 on the road, for instance, then you can race in either the A or B fields in collegiate. Check out the collegiate policy document for full details.

  • How do I put on a race?

    Start by talking to your Conference Director to find out what dates are available and what needs to be done to put on the event. If there is one thing we cannot emphasize enough, though, it is that you need to plan ahead! It is never too early to start. If your school has put on a race before, get in touch with whomever was in charge last time. He or she will likely have a lot of useful information that will give you a huge head start.

  • Where can I find collegiate results and rankings?

    The location of results and rankings will vary by conference. Many conferences post their race results to their conference websites. Some will also post those results here at the USA Cycling website, and you can search for a specific event by simply typing that event's name into the "Search USA Cycling" box. Finally, we keep an archive of current and past national rankings.

  • What are the seasons? Road/track/cyclo-cross/mtb?

    Collegiate cycling has a season for every discipline. Track runs from summer to September; mountain bike goes from August to October; cyclo-cross is held from November to January; and road spans from February through May.

  • Are the races A/B/C or do they race at their USAC categories?

    The fields are separated according to collegiate categories. So, there is an A race, a B race, a C race, and so on. Your USA Cycling category does usually correlate to a collegiate category, though, and some of the collegiate categories encompass more than one USA Cycling category. On the road, for example, A's are Category 1, 2 and 3 (but only those with enough points) riders, while the B's are Category 3 and 4 (with enough points) riders. So a Category 3 rider may be fit into either category based on the number of points accrued. For more information, take a look at the collegiate policy document.

  • I’d like to compete at nationals. How do I do that?

    To compete in any USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship event, you must be a full-time student during the semester of championship eligibility, which is listed on the Eligibility Verification Form. You must also meet any other eligibility requirements, like race participation, as well as any qualification standards, which are different for every discipline and sometimes vary by conference. Reach out to your conference director.

  • How do I permit an event through USA Cycling?

    For more information on permitting an event, please visit the Permit Process page.

  • Can incoming freshmen compete at Collegiate Nationals?

    In short, yes. Just have your registrar fill out the eligibility form proving that you are enrolled as a full-time student for the coming semester. Even if you haven't earned any credits yet, if you are enrolled as a full-time student for the coming fall, you are good to go.

  • How do I edit the officers and contact info for my collegiate club?

    If you are already listed in the USA Cycling database as a contact for your club, you will see a link that says "Manage USA Cycling Clubs" under the "Tools" tab of your personal account. (If that link does not appear, someone who is listed as a contact can log in to their account and add you.) Follow this link to your club's account page and scroll down to "Club Contacts." From here, you can add a contact or edit/delete the current club contacts. If you can't get in contact with anyone that is currently listed, you can also get in touch with USA Cycling membership and ask them to edit this information for you.

  • How do I renew my collegiate club?

    If renewing a club, you have two options.

    A) You can renew by filling out the Club Application Form and the Collegiate Eligibility form and emailing. You can then pay by check, money order or credit card.

    B) You can also renew online and pay by credit card as well. If you are already one of the club administrators, you will see a "Tools" tab on your personal account, and from there, a link called “Manage USA Cycling Clubs.” Clicking on this link will take you to your team’s account page, where you will see all your team’s information. If the club membership is expired, you will see a link that says so and that will allow you to renew and pay right then and there. You will, however, still need to fill out and send in the Collegiate Club Team Eligibility Form.

    If you are a current team officer and do not see this link on your account either ask one of the previous team officers to add you as a club administrator or contact us and we can do it for you.

  • I went to renew my license and my club wasn’t on the list. Why is that?

    When purchasing your license, if you find that your team is not listed but you know that your school does have one, then contact your club president to get this issue resolved. It is likely that the club membership is simply expired or that some paperwork is missing. For more details, take a look at my school is missing page or reach out to collegiate@usacycling.org.

  • Does a collegiate license work for regular bike races? Does a domestic license work for collegiate races?

    Your collegiate license is valid for collegiate races only, but included in the purchase is a domestic license. If you only have a domestic license, you will need to "purchase" the free collegiate add-on through your account.

  • What if a school does not have a team? Can an individual race for another school or for their club team?

    You must race for the school you attend. If your school does not have a club, it is very easy to start your own. Once you have registered your club, you can simply race in a blank kit if you don't want to order school kits.

  • How long are licenses valid?

    Your collegiate license is good for 365 days from the date of purchase. If you hold an International license, your license will be valid until December 31st of the same calendar year you bought it.

  • How do I buy a collegiate license?

    First, create a USA Cycling account from the "Sign In" link, if you don't already have once. Once you are logged in, click on this link which will take you to the collegiate license purchase page. If you already have a domestic or international license and you only need to add-on a collegiate license. Log into your account, click on the "Licenses" tab, then "Upgrade your Membership". If you run into any issues, reach out to collegiate@usacycling.org.

  • How do I get started?

    The first thing you need to have is a USA Cycling Collegiate license. You can buy a One-Day license at the race or an Annual Collegiate License. You must also be a full-time student and your school must have a team. If your institution doesn’t have a cycling team, you can always start one. The normal (club) fee is waived for the first year.

  • What exactly is meant by full time status in order to compete?

    In order to race in ANY collegiate cycling race, whether in the conference season or at national championships, a rider must be full-time as defined by the rider’s university or college. Students in their final semester of a degree program who require less than full time hours will be allowed to compete, with submission/acceptance of the Final Semester Reduced Course Load waiver.*

    In order to race or compete at national championships, a collegiate athlete has to be considered full time for the semester in which the bulk of the season occurs. The term full time is used in accordance to the athlete’s university guidelines and for the purposes of Track, Mountain and Cyclo-cross needs to be within the fall term and for Road and BMX it is full time within the spring term.

    *A Final Semester Reduced Course Load waiver permits students to reduce their course load below full-time hours (at least one credit, but fewer than 12 credits) if it is the final semester of their degree program and they need fewer than 12 credits to graduate.

  • Why are international riders allowed to compete?

    International riders that attend American universities are allowed to race as part of their university team with a collegiate license. This is because we judge eligibility based on the designation of the team and not the designation of the riders.

    Students at other international universities (American citizens or not) are allowed to race within the conference seasons on a case-by-case basis. However, these students are not allowed to compete at national collegiate competitions.

  • Why are professionals allowed to race in collegiate cycling?

    Collegiate cycling is open to anyone with the intent to not only get new riders into the sport, but also to allow those at the elite level to get an education while continuing to develop as a cyclist. Because of this emphasis on education we allow all levels of cyclists to compete with the hopes that this will encourage more athletes to get a college education.

  • How do I purchase other racing licenses? (UCI, Junior, Collegiate)

    UCI License:
    If you already have an active domestic Race License, please reach out to membership@usacycling.org to add a UCI License.

    Collegiate:

    When purchasing a Race License, make sure to affiliate yourself to an active Collegiate Club to automatically get the collegiate discount and access to all collegiate rankings.

    Junior:

    Visit our Junior Race License page to redeem your free license!

  • Does my race license include all member benefits?

    Your Race License purchase includes a USA Cycling Membership that gives you all of the exclusive discounts, deals and perks of being a member.

  • How long is my race license valid for?

    Race Licenses are active for 12 months from the day of purchase. International licenses are valid through December 31 of the year that the license is purchased.

  • How much is a Junior License?

    Junior Memberships and Domestic Race Licenses are both completely FREE. USA Cycling believes the best way to fall in love with the sport is to ride early and often and we want it to be as easy as possible for young riders to get involved and get riding. Juniors looking to participate in international events will need to purchase an International Junior License for $100.

  • How do I access my benefits?

    Once you become a USA Cycling member or racer, you'll receive login credentials to the member benefits area of our website. There you'll find the full array of partner services and products exclusively available to you, as well as how you can unlock them.

  • What's the difference between a membership and a license?

    Membership in USA Cycling gets you access to America's largest cycling club and along with that discounts on cycling products and services that provide value far greater than the $50 annual fee. For just $100, a race license gets you all the perks and advantages of membership with the added value of access to over 2,500 sanctioned competitive events every year.

  • What are my options and what do they cost?

    There are 3 ways to support USA Cycling and help further our mission of championing cycling programs, participation, and performance. You can provide a tax-deductible donation ranging between $15 and $500; you can become a member for $50 which gets you unique access and special pricing to cycling events and products, or you can purchase a $100 race license so you can compete with other cyclists at over 2,500 sanctioned cycling events annually.

  • Is this a resident program?

    When athletes are racing in the U.S., they will be traveling to and from events. In some cases, races and training camps are scheduled beside each other for the convenience of not having to travel back and forth. When athletes are in Europe, they will be staying at the USA Cycling European headquarters in Sittard, Netherlands.

  • Do I need to pay the full amount up front?

    At the time of registration, the full amount can be paid at once or an option of 3 installments. Installments are only available for programs over $3,000.

  • How will an athlete register for the Academy if they have been awarded a scholarship?

    Athletes will be notified of their acceptance to the academy and any scholarship amount they have been awarded at the same time. In that letter, there will be a link for the registration page to the Academy, where they will be able to enter a discount code for their scholarship amount and complete payment for the Academy.

  • How do I apply for an athlete scholarship?

    Athletes must apply for a scholarship, here, to be considered. Athletes will fill out an online form to apply for a scholarship and include some basic household financial information. There are no eligibility requirements to apply for a scholarship.

  • How will scholarships be determined?

    Scholarships will be awarded based on a reviewing process that takes into account athletic merit and financial need.

  • How will athletes be notified they have been awarded a scholarship?

    Athletes who receive scholarships will be notified via email along with their acceptance letter to the Academy.

  • How will the Academy address COVID travel restrictions nationally and internationally?

    We will always follow local health officials' guidelines and CDC regulations. We're only going to hold and attend events if/when it is safe and permitted to do so. We will assist all the athletes in navigating their local health guidelines and testing requirements around travel.

  • How is the program structured for class schedules?

    ​It will be up to the athlete to negotiate any travel exemptions they may need from their schools. We are happy to offer letters of support for them to miss days of school for travel to events. If there are specific travel restrictions in place from an athlete's school/university, they will be responsible to adhere to those. We will, of course, help them navigate those protocols as much as possible.

  • If I make the Academy team, does this mean I am on the National Team?

    No, the Olympic Development Academy is a step below the National Team. The goal is that those who have competed for the ODA will develop into National Team members in the future.

  • Do Technical Licenses, Pro Licenses or the UCI Racing Add-ons qualify?

    Unfortunately, they do not. Our various technical licenses do not qualify for this deal for a number of reasons.

    Pro Licenses and the UCI Racing Add-ons also do not qualify because they operate on a different cadence (calendar year for Pro and UCI vs rolling 12 months for USA Cycling Memberships) and we have less autonomy to dictate the way those are issued and managed at this point.

  • How much does a Race License cost?
  • Does this apply to Junior Memberships?

    Good news! If you are young enough to qualify as a Junior Member (Racing age 18 and under), your annual membership is already FREE!

  • What is the difference between a Membership and a Race License

    All USA Cycling memberships include a Novice race license (at no extra cost) that you’re welcome to use at thousands of events.

    If you race in categories above Novice/Cat 5, you’ll need to upgrade with a $50 Racing Add-On.

    Riders earn their racing category through experience and/or results. This ensures safe and measured racing.

    Learn more about the category system here.

  • What happens if I start a race and don't finish?

    If you start a race and end up not finishing, much like your race entry itself, you have used your license. If you sign up for a race and decide not to participate for safety concerns, you are still eligible for the deal.

  • How do I redeem my Race License Guarantee?

    If by the end of 2021, you have not started a (one) USA Cycling sanctioned event, please use this form after December 1, 2021 to request your expiration extension.

  • Who qualifies for the guarantee?

    All USA Cycling Racing Memberships that were purchased, or renewed, between 11/15/2021 and 2/28/21 automatically qualify for the guarantee.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Yes. There are multiple scholarships available through the USA Cycling Foundation.

  • What is the refund policy?

    Riders that may become injured, ill or otherwise unable to attend the Academy may be subject to a refund, pro-rated refund, or credit for future camps and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please email your respective Academy Director for more information.

  • Can I pick and choose what races I want to do within the season?

    Yes. It is not required to attend every event during the season, however, attending all races will be best for the athletes development. The cost is fixed regardless of the number of events attended.

  • What is included in the cost of the Academy?

    The Academy includes training plans, training camps, race trips, holistic athlete education and mentorship. Each component of the Academy is designed, managed and provided by world class coaches and experienced professionals.

  • What is not included in the cost of the Academy?

    Additional costs for athletes to consider will be: Travel to and from Academy events including training camps and race trips, personal racing and training equipment, and personalized coaching throughout the rest of the year. Academy clothing for competition and casual clothing is required to purchase once a year.

  • How can I get involved as a staff member with the ODA?

    The Olympic Development Academy will be part of the USA Cycling Coach Development and Education pathway and is welcoming any and all support staff like mechanics, souigners, sport scientists, etc. If you are interested in being a part of the ODA as a staff member, send us an email at olympicdevelopmentacademy@usacycling.org with more information about the discipline you would like to work with.

  • What coaches are part of the Academy?

    The Olympic Development Academy is directed by some of the top coaches in the world. These coaches design the Academy training camps, racing programs, training plans and support infrastructure relying on decades of world-class experience. Each Academy discipline will include coaching by USA Cycling Elite Level coaches along with instruction from top experts in sports science, human performance, and personal development. Academy athletes may also interact with National Team athletes and coaches in select opportunities.

  • Do athletes get insurance when traveling on Academy trips?

    Yes, USA Cycling will provide Travel Insurance on international trips. More information can be found here.

  • If I am not part of the Academy, can I still participate in World Cups, Nation Cups, World Championships, and other international events?

    Yes, the ODA is a development program designed to prepare athletes to compete at the highest level. International event selection will take place separately from Academy programs, and all international event selections will continue to be approved by the Athlete Selection Committee. You can read more about specific selection processes under each discipline's “Major Events” tab.

  • When does the program start?

    In 2021, each discipline's programming will begin in April whether or not events have begun for that discipline. You can find the event schedule on the discipline specific page.

  • What is the Academy training program?

    The idea and whole concept of the ODA is to simulate what a full-time, elite-level athlete’s program would look like. As a member of the Academy you will have the opportunity and access to some of the best coaches in the world. Both training plans and one-on-one training programs are available.

  • Can I race for my club or trade team and the Academy at the same time?

    Yes. The Academy will have a competition and training camp schedule for the semester, as a member of the academy it is not required to participate in the full schedule. The ODA will provide the training and racing schedules up front, and athletes can decide if they think it will fit well with their current team support. In most cases, the ODA will complement the athletes' current team programs very well. While racing/training with the ODA, the athletes will be expected to wear ODA gear. When racing/training with their club team, the athletes may wear their club team gear. If there are any conflicts, they will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

  • When will the Academy team be announced?

    Athletes will be notified via the email listed on their application of their acceptance on the date listed on the specific discipline page. Shortly after, the Olympic Development Academy team will be publicly announced through USA Cycling. The announcement date will be available on the discipline page.

  • How do I get selected for the Academy?

    There are no specific requirements to join the Academy. Selections will be made based on racing history, results, personal character, sportsmanship and work ethic. Athletes applying for the Academy must have some experience at National-level competitions. Athletes must be US Citizens.

  • How many athletes can be selected per discipline?

    The Olympic Development Academy is designed to provide high-quality, focused support for each and every athlete involved. Each discipline will be able to include a limited and varying number of athletes, at times as many as 25 athletes depending on the program.

  • Who will be making the athlete selections?

    Applications and team selections will be reviewed by an application review committee, this includes internal USA Cycling Staff and external members.

  • Will I be notified if I did not make the Academy Team?

    Yes, you will always be emailed the status of your application regardless of being selected or not.

  • Can I apply for multiple semesters at once?

    Yes

  • Can I apply for multiple disciplines?

    Yes.

  • Is there an age requirement to join the Academy?

    There is no minimum age requirement or cut off. It is recommended that athletes ages 16 to 25 apply to be in the Academy.

  • How do I join the Academy?

    You can join by submitting an application for your discipline. There is a specific application period for each discipline. You can find the application here. Once the application review process is complete, you will be notified of your application status via email.

  • What happens if my activities don't sync?

    Check on your FitRankings account to see if your device is properly synced. As with any platform that accommodates many different technologies, there are potential issues that can occur but please reach out to us at eventservices@usacycling.org if you cannot remedy your issue and we will try to help.

  • How does this challenge work?

    Using FitRankings, we sync and track your bike activities to keep track of your overall distance and time on the bike throughout the challenge.

  • Does this challenge cost money to participate in?

    This challenge is free but there is a recommended $20 donation that goes directly to support USA Cycling's efforts to grow the sport.

  • How Do I Participate?

    Just click here!

  • How do I access my membership benefits?

    Once you’ve signed up for your membership, you’ll have a member account where you can view and update your personal information, change your subscriptions, manage your race license, and access your member benefits. You’ll see a page dedicated to partner discounts on products and services and partner events that provide USA Cycling member benefits. This page will connect you to any of our partners to tap into your benefits.

  • What’s the difference between a membership and a license?

    All USA Cycling memberships include a Novice race license (at no extra cost) that you’re welcome to use at thousands of events.

    If you race in categories above Novice/Cat 5, you’ll need to upgrade with a $50 Racing Add-On.

    Riders earn their racing category through experience and/or results. This ensures safe and measured racing.

    Learn more about the category system here.

  • How does USA Cycling define ‘family’ for the purpose of membership?

    Up to two adults living at the same address and up to five kids 18 and under at that same address. If you have more than five kids, please contact us and we’ll manually add them to your family plan at no additional charge.

  • What are my membership options and what do they cost?
    Membership Pricing
  • Can I apply the one-day license fee to the purchase of an annual license after the event?

    One-day License Fee Rebate You can apply the cost of a single one-day license toward the purchase of an annual domestic racing license. The cost of a one-day license cannot be applied to the purchase of the following licenses:

    • Collegiate annual license
    • Junior annual license
    • International licenses (including BMX)
    • Professional licenses
    • Mechanics license
    • Coaches license
    • Officials license
    • Race Director license

    The one-day license must have been purchased within twelve months of the annual license purchase. For annual license applications that are mailed to us, the one-day license must be attached.

    To receive the refund for an annual license purchased online, the one-day license application must be mailed to USA Cycling and a refund will be issued. Only one one-day discount per adult annual license per year will be granted.

  • Is there a limit to the number of one-days I can purchase?

    There is no cap to the amount of times you may purchase either a beginner one-day license or an experienced one-day license. However, you may only redeem one one-day license purchase towards an annual license rebate. 

  • Can I purchase a one-day when registering for an event online through BikeReg?

    If the event is using the BikeReg online registration system, the appropriate one-day will be added to your cart based on the race you register for if you don't have a current racing license.

    To purchase a one-day license online where the event is not using the BikeReg online registration system, make sure you're logged into your USA Cycling account, and go to the events page. Choose the event you'd like to participate in, and then choose the date for your one day license in the One-Day drop down and follow the purchase steps from there. Our online system will determine what type of one-day you need for the event in question based on the categories in your account.

  • What is the cost of a one-day?

    Beginner One-Day - $10 per day for Cat 5 road, track and cyclocross; Cat 2 and 3 mountain bike

    Experienced One-Day - $25 per day for Categories 1,2,3 and 4 road, track and cyclocross; Cat 1 mountain bike

  • Can anyone participate on a one-day?

    Competitors can participate on a one-day as follows:

    Beginner One-Days One-Day licenses for beginner categories are $10 and may be purchased on USA Cycling’s website, or on-site at the event.  The beginner categories are Cat 5 for road, track and cyclocross, and Cat 2 and 3 for mountain bike racing. 

    Experienced One-Days If your categories prohibit you from entering a race with a beginner one-day license (cat 1 mountain bike and anything but cat 5 for road, track and cyclo-cross), you can purchase the experienced one-day license for $25. The experienced one-day license is only available online

  • What events require a one-day?

    Competitive USA Cycling sanctioned events require a license to participate. Competitors who do not have an annual license can purchase a one-day license when registering for their event. Such riders do not become members and may not enter national championship events. Riders that purchase a one-day license are entitled to the USA Cycling accident medical coverage for the event day the license was purchased for and limited to only the cycling activity of the event. All medical coverage is subject to the terms, conditions and exclusions of the policy(ies). 

  • How can I contact the Foundation?

    You can reach us directly at:

    Phone: 719-434-4260

    Email: usacfoundation@usacycling.org

  • What is USA Cycling Foundation's Federal Tax ID?

    USA Cycling Foundation

    Federal Tax I.D. # 84-1529751

  • What does my donation to the USA Cycling Foundation go towards?

    The Foundation has raised more than $20,000,000 to support USA Cycling athlete development programs for junior, under-23 and women’s programs since inception in 2000. 

  • Why a Foundation for Cycling?

    The elite athlete development process in cycling can span much of the formative life of an athlete and requires significant resources. Most of the countries against which we compete fund elite athlete development through government related funding. Of the major industrialized countries, only the United States does not maintain a socialized sport development system. As a result, American sports governing bodies, such as USA Cycling, must find the resources themselves to create and sustain development programs. USA Cycling is therefore significantly challenged to adequately invest in developing elite athletes which can compete against the best in the world. The USA Cycling Foundation was created with the primary purpose of raising money to support USA Cycling’s elite athlete development programs, including those supporting young athletes (juniors and Under-23) and women. Support the future of American cycling by making a donation today!!

  • When Will I Get My Membership Kit?

    Membership kit typically ship within a week of purchase. If you have not received your kit after 2 weeks, please contact us at membership@usacycling.org and we will sort it out.

  • How Can I Learn More About The Roadside Assistance / Insurance Benefits?

    Silver and Gold level memberships provide both supplemental medical insurance at events and unlimited roadside assistance.

    Details on roadside assistance can be found here.  

    More information on insurance is located here.

  • Can I Buy A Membership or License For Someone Else?

    Absolutely. If you're buying for someone who may already have an existing USA Cycling account, you can look them up and purchase on their behalf. If you are buying for someone who does not yet have a USA Cycling account, you will create a new profile for that person under your account. We even offer the option to have the receipt sent to you instead of the gift recipient to keep it a surprise.

  • Do I Have To Create An Account To Buy A Membership?

    No, you do not need to create an account to purchase a membership. However, we do encourage you to set one up after you complete your purchase so that you can access your member benefits at any time.

    For Race Licenses, however, you will need to create an account to complete your purchase. If you have previously been a member and already have an account, login with the same email address and password that you have been using. If you have any problems with your account or logging in, contact us at membership@usacycling.org.

  • Do I Have To Buy A License To Participate In A USA Cycling Race?

    Not necessarily. USA Cycling sanctions events such as gran fondos and gravel grinders that do not require you to have a license – though you may want one to get event related benefits such as supplemental medical insurance.

    USA Cycling sanctions races which do require a racing license, but one-day licenses are available. Beginner level racers can try out racing with a one-day license for $10 per day - just register for the event and add the one-day at checkout. Experienced racers may use one $25 one-day license per year in lieu of an annual membership, but racing more than once in an experienced category requires an annual license.

    Learn more about one day licenses here.

  • What Is The Difference Between a Membership And a Race License?

    There are two ways to get involved with the USA Cycling community, either by becoming a member or becoming a license holder. Our new membership is designed for enthusiasts looking to join the USA Cycling community and enhance their riding, but not intending to compete in traditional USA Cycling sanctioned events. So, if you are only planning to ride in fun rides, on your own or with friends, our membership is the best option for you.

    Race licenses are for those who intend to race in USA Cycling sanctioned races. All license holders automatically receive a basic membership with their license.