USAC

Domestic Elite Teams

Last Update: 10/26/2022

In an effort to better organize the top level of road cycling in the United States, USA Cycling created Domestic Elite Teams which is a category of road teams that sits between a club and a UCI Continental team. Domestic Elite Teams offer a stepping stone to the professional level and better solidify the position of teams competing at the Pro Road Tour, American Criterium Cup, and the NCL Race Series

Applications for Domestic Elite Teams will be accepted December 1 - 15, 2022. Teams accepted as a DET will be notified no later than December 31.

This information has been updated for 2023, but is subject to changes prior to December 1. Please be sure to refresh the page to pull in any updates prior to then. Any new teams interested in becoming a Domestic Elite Team for 2023 please let Bonnie Walker know so you can be added to future communications.

Benefits (Subject to change prior to December 1, 2022)
  • Includes registration as a USA Cycling Club, a $210 value.
  • One UCI Support license for the team manager/director (a $210 value) will be comped.
  • Eligible to acquire team points in the American Criterium Cup.
  • Eligible for consideration as a team for the NCL Race Series.
  • Eligible for entry into the qualification process for select National and International events (Subject to maximum team size and nationality requirements of the event).
  • Inclusion in Pro Road Tour (PRT)* rankings which will be used for invitations to the US Pro Road Championships.
  • Eligible for a team car in the caravan at US Pro (if selected for entry) and U23 Road National Championships.
  • Listing on team contact list for PRT, ACC, NCL, and UCI races.
  • Listed online and in materials sent to races and race directors requesting team information from USA Cycling

Application Process (Subject to change prior to December 1, 2022)
  • Applications for Domestic Elite Teams will be accepted beginning December 1 - 15, 2022. If your team was not a DET during 2022, please email Bonnie Walker and ask to be added to the registration communication.
  • Teams approved as a DET will be notified no later than December 31. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed for inclusion until all requirements are met.
  • Once approved, Teams may use the USA Cycling Domestic Elite Team logo on team kits, website, etc. Logo requirements and image files can be found here.
  • Teams not registered by the above date may still be considered for DET status with the following exceptions:
    • A late fee of $150 will be added to the team's registration fee
    • If selected for DET status, the team will not be considered for selection to the Pro Road National Championship.

Team Composition

Teams must consist of a minimum of 4 riders and a maximum of 15 riders per team, per gender. All riders on a roster must meet the required category restrictions (Men: Cat 1, Women: Cat 1/2) at the time the application is received. There is no age restriction for riders on DETs.

    50% of the riders on the team roster must be USA citizens with a USA sporting nationality. If a team is registering both a men's and women's team, 50% applies to both genders. Foreign riders listed on the roster must be current in the UCI DataRide system, indicating they hold a current license with their country's federation.


    Addition of Riders

    Once applications are received, riders may be added to the roster by completing the Add Rider form. The fee for each occurrence is $25. Riders added after March 31 will not be considered eligible for US Pro Road Nationals, regardless of whether the team was selected to participate.


    Team Managers

    Each team must have a designated team manager that meets the following criteria:

    • Team Managers must be current on SafeSport training at the time the DET application is received. SafeSport training is required every year. The is no cost for the training. 
    • Team Managers must have a current Criminal Background Check through USA Cycling at the time the DET application is received. CBCs are good for two years. The cost varies by state. 
    • Team Managers must have a UCI ID. If a UCI ID is not listed on their USAC account, they must provide proof of citizenship (current passport or birth certificate) to complete the requirements for the UCI Support LIcense. Please send proof of citizenship to membership@usacycling.org.

    To verify expiration dates of SafeSport and/or the Criminal Background Check, Team Managers should log on to their USA Cycling account and go to the Membership tab where they will find an expiration for each under SafeSport and Background Check. If either is needed, click on the renew link. Please note, the background check will take 3-5 days to complete.


    Foreign Teams

    Foreign UCI Continental or the equivalent of a DET, must register with USA Cycling as a DET to be eligible for Pro Road Tour (PRT)* rankings.

    *Pro Road Tour (PRT) name subject to change


    2023 Men's Teams

    Coming January 2023!

    2022 Women's Teams

    Coming January 2023!