Team USA

BMX Freestyle

A high-octane blend of extreme action sport and creativity: big air, perfectly timed tricks, and seamless transitions. Check out Team USA riders competing in BMX Freestyle, and the programs that help Team USA dominate international events.

About BMX Freestyle

New to the 2020-2024 Tokyo quad is BMX Freestyle. In 2016, the UCI partnered with Hurricane, an events company based in Montpellier, France, to produce the FISE World Cup Series which held its first international events beginning in 2017. In 2018, USA Cycling created its first ever BMX Freestyle National Team and began the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2020, USA Cycling completed construction of the first-of-its-kind BMX Freestyle National Training Facility at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Combined with the services offered by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we have created a world-class training and competition facility for the BMX Freestyle team.

Join The Team

USA Cycling’s Freestyle Development Program will be designed to identify, recruit, and guide the next generation of young, talented, amateur Freestyle athletes. Under the supervision of the head BMX Freestyle coach and the BMX High Performance Director, the goal of this program will be to prepare athletes to compete on the World Cup style courses and also learn additional training methods necessary to reach peak performance.

Here's a look at how you can enter the Olympic Development pathway and work your way on to Team USA:

    BMX Freestyle Pathway


    Join The Olympic Development Camps

    Check back for more details coming soon.

    For more information, please visit: Olympic Development Camps

    Join The Olympic Development Academy

    USA Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for BMX Freestyle has been developed to offer you the best coaching and experience outside the National Team. The goal of the program is to allow you to fully experience and understand what it takes to become an Olympic level athlete by providing you with world class coaching and access to the facilities that allow you to push yourself to the next level and beyond.

    The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our Olympic programs.

    Semester Breakdown

    Throughout the Freestyle semesters, riders will focus on time spent on the freestyle course, working on riding technique and developing the riders’ trick list and fitness. We aim to create world class environments by having Academy athletes train with similarly skilled riders, pushing each other to try new tricks, as well as create opportunities to ride with our National Team athletes and other world class pros. Because our female talent is so rich, we also plan to hold female-only training sessions. We want to inspire the next Hannah Roberts as we plan for success in the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

    Although a majority of riding will be spent on training, we also plan to expose Academy athletes to high-level competition events. The goal of these events will be to educate riders on all aspects of the planning and preparation that will help them perform their best on competition day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working out throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world class treatment and experience, just like the national team would.

    Schedule

    We're still ironing out the details for 2021, but here's an idea of what to expect:

    2021 Spring Semester

    DateLocationTrip Length
    MarchWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days
    AprilWoodward PA; State College, PA5 days
    MayChula Vista, CA5 days
    JuneWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days

    2021 Fall Semester

    DateLocationTrip Length
    AugustChula Vista, CA5 days
    SeptemberWoodward PA; State College, PA5 days
    OctoberChula Vista, CA5 days
    NovemberWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days

    *schedule subject to change


    Cost of Attendance

    The Olympic Development Academy costs $10,000 per semester with the add-on of team clothing for $500 each year. Other additional cost may be incurred. For a cost breakdown and information on scholarships, click here.


    Want to join the Olympic Development Academy?

    APPLY NOW

    What is the National Team?

    USA Cycling is proud to support our National Team athletes who champion the sport of cycling and are the ultimate ambassadors for BMX Freestyle. USA Cycling will support National Team elite athletes with logistical and team support upon request. Each athlete on the national team will receive unique support to best address each athlete’s needs in terms of timing and type of resources. USA Cycling will work with our elite athletes’ trade teams to help maximize the combined resources. Our goal is to ensure that our top riders have everything they need to perform at the highest level.

    For criteria on how to qualify for the national team and information on the levels of support, click here.


    MEET THE TEAM

    Olympic Games

    July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

    USA Cycling Olympic Games Athlete Selection Criteria - Updated April 24, 2020
    Current Olympic Ranking Points: Men & Women
    USA Cycling Olympic Games Staff Selection Criteria

    For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - BMX Freestyle


    World Championships

    Date & Location To Be Announced
    USA Cycling World Championship Athlete Selection Criteria

    For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Urban Cycling World Championships

    World Cups

    Dates & Locations To Be Announced
    For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup


    Selection Committees

    USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition. For more information on the general selection process, click here.

    Podium Bonus

    Did you just have a top result in the World Championships or Olympic Games? You may be eligible for a bonus from the USOPC and USA Cycling. Click here to learn more.


    Additional Resources:

    UCI BMX Freestyle Website

    UCI Events Calendar

    FISE Website

    UCI Freestyle Facebook Page

    Vital BMX

    About BMX Freestyle

    New to the 2020-2024 Tokyo quad is BMX Freestyle. In 2016, the UCI partnered with Hurricane, an events company based in Montpellier, France, to produce the FISE World Cup Series which held its first international events beginning in 2017. In 2018, USA Cycling created its first ever BMX Freestyle National Team and began the qualification process for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. In 2020, USA Cycling completed construction of the first-of-its-kind BMX Freestyle National Training Facility at the Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, CA. Combined with the services offered by the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee, we have created a world-class training and competition facility for the BMX Freestyle team.

    Join The Team

    USA Cycling’s Freestyle Development Program will be designed to identify, recruit, and guide the next generation of young, talented, amateur Freestyle athletes. Under the supervision of the head BMX Freestyle coach and the BMX High Performance Director, the goal of this program will be to prepare athletes to compete on the World Cup style courses and also learn additional training methods necessary to reach peak performance.

    Here's a look at how you can enter the Olympic Development pathway and work your way on to Team USA:

      BMX Freestyle Pathway


      Join The Olympic Development Camps

      Check back for more details coming soon.

      For more information, please visit: Olympic Development Camps

      Join The Olympic Development Academy

      USA Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for BMX Freestyle has been developed to offer you the best coaching and experience outside the National Team. The goal of the program is to allow you to fully experience and understand what it takes to become an Olympic level athlete by providing you with world class coaching and access to the facilities that allow you to push yourself to the next level and beyond.

      The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our Olympic programs.

      Semester Breakdown

      Throughout the Freestyle semesters, riders will focus on time spent on the freestyle course, working on riding technique and developing the riders’ trick list and fitness. We aim to create world class environments by having Academy athletes train with similarly skilled riders, pushing each other to try new tricks, as well as create opportunities to ride with our National Team athletes and other world class pros. Because our female talent is so rich, we also plan to hold female-only training sessions. We want to inspire the next Hannah Roberts as we plan for success in the 2024 and 2028 Olympic Games.

      Although a majority of riding will be spent on training, we also plan to expose Academy athletes to high-level competition events. The goal of these events will be to educate riders on all aspects of the planning and preparation that will help them perform their best on competition day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working out throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world class treatment and experience, just like the national team would.

      Schedule

      We're still ironing out the details for 2021, but here's an idea of what to expect:

      2021 Spring Semester

      DateLocationTrip Length
      MarchWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days
      AprilWoodward PA; State College, PA5 days
      MayChula Vista, CA5 days
      JuneWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days

      2021 Fall Semester

      DateLocationTrip Length
      AugustChula Vista, CA5 days
      SeptemberWoodward PA; State College, PA5 days
      OctoberChula Vista, CA5 days
      NovemberWoodward West; Tehachapi, CA5 days

      *schedule subject to change


      Cost of Attendance

      The Olympic Development Academy costs $10,000 per semester with the add-on of team clothing for $500 each year. Other additional cost may be incurred. For a cost breakdown and information on scholarships, click here.


      Want to join the Olympic Development Academy?

      APPLY NOW

      What is the National Team?

      USA Cycling is proud to support our National Team athletes who champion the sport of cycling and are the ultimate ambassadors for BMX Freestyle. USA Cycling will support National Team elite athletes with logistical and team support upon request. Each athlete on the national team will receive unique support to best address each athlete’s needs in terms of timing and type of resources. USA Cycling will work with our elite athletes’ trade teams to help maximize the combined resources. Our goal is to ensure that our top riders have everything they need to perform at the highest level.

      For criteria on how to qualify for the national team and information on the levels of support, click here.


      MEET THE TEAM

      Olympic Games

      July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

      USA Cycling Olympic Games Athlete Selection Criteria - Updated April 24, 2020
      Current Olympic Ranking Points: Men & Women
      USA Cycling Olympic Games Staff Selection Criteria

      For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - BMX Freestyle


      World Championships

      Date & Location To Be Announced
      USA Cycling World Championship Athlete Selection Criteria

      For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Urban Cycling World Championships

      World Cups

      Dates & Locations To Be Announced
      For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup


      Selection Committees

      USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition. For more information on the general selection process, click here.

      Podium Bonus

      Did you just have a top result in the World Championships or Olympic Games? You may be eligible for a bonus from the USOPC and USA Cycling. Click here to learn more.


      Additional Resources:

      UCI BMX Freestyle Website

      UCI Events Calendar

      FISE Website

      UCI Freestyle Facebook Page

      Vital BMX

      BMX FREESTYLE

      MEET THE STAFF
      Jamie Staff

      Jamie
      Staff

      High Performance Director, BMX Race & Freestyle
      Background

      Jamie Staff, an Olympic Gold Medalist for Great Britain in 2008, leads USA Cycling’s BMX and Sprint Track programs. Jamie raced for 20 years in BMX and 7 years on the track before turning to coaching. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, under Jamie’s direction, USA Cycling’s BMX program won its first Gold medal, a Silver medal, and recorded two 4th place finishes. Jamie is based at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California.

      CONTACT
      Ryan nyquist headshot

      Ryan
      Nyquist

      BMX Freestyle Coach
      Background

      Ryan Nyquist is an American professional BMX rider with 16 X-Games medals, 39 X-Games competition starts and 60 Dew Tour finals appearances (most all-time). Ryan is considered one of the greatest and diversely skilled BMX riders ever. Now, Ryan has taken on a new challenge and joined the USA Cycling BMX Freestyle team as a coach where he is leading a team to the Olympic Games.

      CONTACT

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