Frequently Asked Questions
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 semester may be subject to a refund or credit for future semesters 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 semester?

    Yes. It is not required to attend every event during the semester, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 ranging between 6-20 athletes per discipline. The ODA will include an equal number of male and female athletes in every program when possible.

  • Can I apply for multiple semesters at once?

    Yes

  • Can I apply for two different disciplines in the same semester?

    Yes, you can apply for multiple disciplines.

  • 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?

    First, submit an application giving us your basic information and which discipline you are applying for. Once the application review process is complete, you will be notified of your application status via email by the date noted on the specific discipline page.

  • 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 elevation gain over the challenge timeframe. The goal is to climb as much as you can! To keep you motivated, we have split the first 18,000' of climbing across three iconic climbs country-wide.

  • 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 DEI Fund, which helps extend the reach and impact of work currently being done to increase diversity, equity and inclusion in cycling.

  • 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.