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Team USA

International Event Selection

Years of hard work and dedication to the sport all culminate on race day, where dreams are made or broken. See what types of events Team USA attends, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to get there as an athlete.

How Athletes Are Selected to Teams

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition (e.g., Olympic Games, World Championships, or Pan-American Championships). USA Cycling is committed to implementing a fair and transparent process which will place athletes who provide the United States with the greatest likelihood of success on the start line. Athletes are selected according to clearly defined criteria and a clearly defined process. There are two ways an athlete can make a team – by automatically qualifying or being selected according to discretionary criteria.

Automatic Selection

USA Cycling establishes specific automatic selection criteria for each event in each discipline. By design, only proven contenders for medaling at the highest level of international competition will meet the automatic selection criteria. Examples of automatic selection criteria include medaling at the most recent World Championships or ranking in the top 5 of the UCI World Cup rankings. Automatic selection criteria are established by USA Cycling with input from its independent Selection Committee (explained further below) and a democratically elected representative of USA Cycling elite athletes known as the Athletes Advisory Council Representative (AAC Rep). For qualification for the Olympic Games, the automatic selection criteria must also be approved by the US Olympic Committee (USOC).

Discretionary Selection

It is common that the United States will qualify for more available positions at an event than there are athletes who meet the automatic selection criteria. In such cases, USA Cycling selects athletes on a discretionary basis using a clearly defined selection process defined in each selection criteria document. Recommendations for who shall be selected are made by USA Cycling coaching staff, but final selection decisions are the responsibility of an independent, volunteer Selection Committee. Decisions are made using criteria and decision-making guidelines defined in the Discretionary Selection section of each document. Each selection criteria document is created by USA Cycling with input from the Selection Committee, AAC Rep, and the USOC.

Selection Committee

The USA Cycling Selection Committee is the group of distinguished volunteers who make the difficult decisions when discretionary selections are needed in order to put the best athletes on the team. The Selection Committee members serve eight year terms over two Olympic quadrennials. During their terms they help create and approve all event selection procedures, monitor competitions, review data, and make selections for teams when needed.

The committee members have all competed at the highest levels across all of USA Cycling’s five disciplines and have distinguished resumes on and off the bike. Each committee member applied to serve on the committee and were chosen for their ability to be knowledgeable, objective, thorough, detail oriented, and unbiased.

The current USA Cycling Selection Committee is:

Timothy Duggan2012 Olympic Games Team member; 2012 U.S. Pro Road Race Champion
Eric RupeNine time BMX World Champion; 17 time BMX National Champion
Donny Robinson2008 Olympic Games Team Member and Bronze Medalist; 2001 UCI Jr. Men & Jr. Cruiser World Champion
Christine Thorburn2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2006 UCI World Time Trial Championship Bronze Medalist
Adam Duvendeck2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2x U.S. National Champion (2004 Team Sprint & 2006 Keirin)
Jan Bolland Tanner1991 TTT Pan Am Games Gold Medalist; 1992 TTT World Champion; 1995 U.S. National Cyclocross Champion
Stephen Ettinger2015 Pan American Games Medalist; 2013 U.S. Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Champion

How Athletes Are Selected to Teams

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition (e.g., Olympic Games, World Championships, or Pan-American Championships). USA Cycling is committed to implementing a fair and transparent process which will place athletes who provide the United States with the greatest likelihood of success on the start line. Athletes are selected according to clearly defined criteria and a clearly defined process. There are two ways an athlete can make a team – by automatically qualifying or being selected according to discretionary criteria.

Automatic Selection

USA Cycling establishes specific automatic selection criteria for each event in each discipline. By design, only proven contenders for medaling at the highest level of international competition will meet the automatic selection criteria. Examples of automatic selection criteria include medaling at the most recent World Championships or ranking in the top 5 of the UCI World Cup rankings. Automatic selection criteria are established by USA Cycling with input from its independent Selection Committee (explained further below) and a democratically elected representative of USA Cycling elite athletes known as the Athletes Advisory Council Representative (AAC Rep). For qualification for the Olympic Games, the automatic selection criteria must also be approved by the US Olympic Committee (USOC).

Discretionary Selection

It is common that the United States will qualify for more available positions at an event than there are athletes who meet the automatic selection criteria. In such cases, USA Cycling selects athletes on a discretionary basis using a clearly defined selection process defined in each selection criteria document. Recommendations for who shall be selected are made by USA Cycling coaching staff, but final selection decisions are the responsibility of an independent, volunteer Selection Committee. Decisions are made using criteria and decision-making guidelines defined in the Discretionary Selection section of each document. Each selection criteria document is created by USA Cycling with input from the Selection Committee, AAC Rep, and the USOC.

Selection Committee

The USA Cycling Selection Committee is the group of distinguished volunteers who make the difficult decisions when discretionary selections are needed in order to put the best athletes on the team. The Selection Committee members serve eight year terms over two Olympic quadrennials. During their terms they help create and approve all event selection procedures, monitor competitions, review data, and make selections for teams when needed.

The committee members have all competed at the highest levels across all of USA Cycling’s five disciplines and have distinguished resumes on and off the bike. Each committee member applied to serve on the committee and were chosen for their ability to be knowledgeable, objective, thorough, detail oriented, and unbiased.

The current USA Cycling Selection Committee is:

Timothy Duggan2012 Olympic Games Team member; 2012 U.S. Pro Road Race Champion
Eric RupeNine time BMX World Champion; 17 time BMX National Champion
Donny Robinson2008 Olympic Games Team Member and Bronze Medalist; 2001 UCI Jr. Men & Jr. Cruiser World Champion
Christine Thorburn2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2006 UCI World Time Trial Championship Bronze Medalist
Adam Duvendeck2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2x U.S. National Champion (2004 Team Sprint & 2006 Keirin)
Jan Bolland Tanner1991 TTT Pan Am Games Gold Medalist; 1992 TTT World Champion; 1995 U.S. National Cyclocross Champion
Stephen Ettinger2015 Pan American Games Medalist; 2013 U.S. Cross-Country Mountain Bike National Champion

Choose Your Discipline

Want to know more about your specific program? Click on each photo to learn more about each discipline's events and the corresponding selection documents.