Team USA

Cyclocross

Wheel-sucking sand pits, uphill barriers, and unpredictable weather and course conditions. Check out the riders competing on the international circuit, and the programs that help Team USA dominate those events.

About Cyclocross

Cyclocross is a unique discipline of cycling that can best be described as riding a road bike with off-road tires around a technical, multi-surface circuits that require the riders to make tactical decisions due to challenging course features. Since the cyclocross season generally takes place from September to February, adverse weather conditions such as snow, rain, wind and mud often alter racing conditions. These technical elements along with the unpredictable weather and course conditions all add to the sport’s allure.

Join The Team

USA Cycling is pleased to be able to better support our aspiring athletes and grow the sport of cyclocross in the U.S. with the support of the MudFund. Our goal is to elevate the experience of our athletes and fans alike, and we are grateful to the Cyclocross community for carrying on the tradition of digging deep and keeping this sport fun. The cyclocross development program is designed to create a complete pathway from entering the sport to finishing on the podium at the highest level.

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

Cyclocross 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 Cyclocross is the best comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. Even though cyclocross is not an Olympic discipline, we still want to offer CX athletes Olympic-level support. The program has been designed 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 a World Championship caliber athlete by receiving coaching focused on your individual growth and exposing you to all the sport science that goes behind creating World Champions.

The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our World Championship programs. The program runs over several months, and during that time, you will receive individualized coaching and support, and the opportunities to train and compete in top-level events in the USA.

Semester Breakdown

Throughout the cyclocross semester, Academy athletes will focus on physically and mentally preparing for top-level competition by spending time on world-class cyclocross courses and working on start skills, cornering techniques, positioning, race-craft, off-camber riding, generating speed by utilizing momentum and more. Another portion of the program will focus on Strength and Conditioning sessions that will target correct lifting techniques and introducing specific cyclocross training techniques. Workshops will also be included regarding nutrition, sports psychology, athlete wellness, anti-doping education, professional advancement and developing training and racing strategies.

Cyclocross racing opportunities will be available in the US. 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 race day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working on throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world-class treatment and experience.


Schedule

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

2021 Fall Semester (Group A)

DateLocationTrip Length
AugustTBD6 days
SeptemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
OctoberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
NovemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
NovemberTBD5 days

2021 Fall Semester (Group B)

DateLocationTrip Length
AugustTBD6 days
SeptemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
OctoberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
NovemberTBD5 days
NovemberDependent on ProCX Schedule2 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 Cyclocross. 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

    World Championships

    January 30-31, 2021: Ostend, Belgium

    2021 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria

    2021 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Companion Document

    For more information, please visit: UCI Cyclocross World Championships


    World Cups

    November 29, 2020 Tabor, Czech Republic - Start Request Form

    December 20, 2020 Namur, Belgium

    December 27, 2020 Dendermonde, Belgium

    January 3, 2021 Hulst, Netherlands

    January 24, 2021 Overijse, Belgium - Start Request Form

    2020-2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Qualification Criteria

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

    Continental Championships

    2020 Pan American Championships - Canceled


    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.

    About Cyclocross

    Cyclocross is a unique discipline of cycling that can best be described as riding a road bike with off-road tires around a technical, multi-surface circuits that require the riders to make tactical decisions due to challenging course features. Since the cyclocross season generally takes place from September to February, adverse weather conditions such as snow, rain, wind and mud often alter racing conditions. These technical elements along with the unpredictable weather and course conditions all add to the sport’s allure.

    Join The Team

    USA Cycling is pleased to be able to better support our aspiring athletes and grow the sport of cyclocross in the U.S. with the support of the MudFund. Our goal is to elevate the experience of our athletes and fans alike, and we are grateful to the Cyclocross community for carrying on the tradition of digging deep and keeping this sport fun. The cyclocross development program is designed to create a complete pathway from entering the sport to finishing on the podium at the highest level.

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

    Cyclocross 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 Cyclocross is the best comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. Even though cyclocross is not an Olympic discipline, we still want to offer CX athletes Olympic-level support. The program has been designed 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 a World Championship caliber athlete by receiving coaching focused on your individual growth and exposing you to all the sport science that goes behind creating World Champions.

    The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our World Championship programs. The program runs over several months, and during that time, you will receive individualized coaching and support, and the opportunities to train and compete in top-level events in the USA.

    Semester Breakdown

    Throughout the cyclocross semester, Academy athletes will focus on physically and mentally preparing for top-level competition by spending time on world-class cyclocross courses and working on start skills, cornering techniques, positioning, race-craft, off-camber riding, generating speed by utilizing momentum and more. Another portion of the program will focus on Strength and Conditioning sessions that will target correct lifting techniques and introducing specific cyclocross training techniques. Workshops will also be included regarding nutrition, sports psychology, athlete wellness, anti-doping education, professional advancement and developing training and racing strategies.

    Cyclocross racing opportunities will be available in the US. 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 race day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working on throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world-class treatment and experience.


    Schedule

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

    2021 Fall Semester (Group A)

    DateLocationTrip Length
    AugustTBD6 days
    SeptemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
    OctoberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
    NovemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
    NovemberTBD5 days

    2021 Fall Semester (Group B)

    DateLocationTrip Length
    AugustTBD6 days
    SeptemberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
    OctoberDependent on ProCX Schedule4 days
    NovemberTBD5 days
    NovemberDependent on ProCX Schedule2 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 Cyclocross. 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

      World Championships

      January 30-31, 2021: Ostend, Belgium

      2021 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria

      2021 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Companion Document

      For more information, please visit: UCI Cyclocross World Championships


      World Cups

      November 29, 2020 Tabor, Czech Republic - Start Request Form

      December 20, 2020 Namur, Belgium

      December 27, 2020 Dendermonde, Belgium

      January 3, 2021 Hulst, Netherlands

      January 24, 2021 Overijse, Belgium - Start Request Form

      2020-2021 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Qualification Criteria

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

      Continental Championships

      2020 Pan American Championships - Canceled


      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.

      CYCLOCROSS

      MEET THE STAFF
      Jesse Anthony headshot

      Jesse
      Anthony

      Background

      Jesse joined USA Cycling as the first full-time Cyclocross Manager in December of 2018 after a professional racing career that spanned from 2006-2018. He brings over 20 years of competitive and development experience to the USA Cycling National Team, and is a passionate advocate of holistic athlete development. His experience and knowledge of the development and elite competitive environment help to set USA Cycling’s National Team athletes up for sustainable success in the future. Jesse grew up in Beverly, MA, and is now based at USA Cycling’s headquarters in Colorado Springs, CO.

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