Team USA

International Events

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.

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1. 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. 

2. 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 US Pro Road Race Champion; past professional athlete, athlete rep
Eric RupeNine time BMX World Champion; 17 time BMX National champion
Donny Robinson2008 Olympic Games Team Member and Bronze Medal Winner in BMX; 2001 UCI Jr. Men & Jr. Cruiser World Champion
Christine Thorburn2004 & 2008 Olympic Games Team Member; 2006 UCI World Time Trial Championship Bronze Medalist
Adam Duvendeck2005 & 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
Bunki Bankaitis-Davis1992 UCI Road World Champion (TTT); 1988 Olympic Games Team Member
Beth Newell Hernandez2011 National Track Champion in the Omnium and Scratch Race; 2014 Pan American Track Champion in the Team Pursuit; Former professional road cyclist

3. Discipline-specific Selection Information

Looking for more on team selection, including automatic and discretionary selection forms? 

See discipline-specific information by clicking the panels below.

BMX



Olympics

July 24—August 9, 2020: Tokyo, Japan

Athlete Selection 

USA Cycling Games Athlete Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria


Pan American Games

July 26—August 11, 2019: Lima, Peru

Athlete Selection

Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria



World Championships

July 27-28, 2019: Zolder, Belgium

2020: Houston, Texas

BMX World Championships Automatic Qualification

Resources    

International BMX License Application

Challenge Class Athlete Information

Qualification events:

USA BMX Gator Nationals, Oldsmar, FL : February 22, 2019

USA BMX Spring Nationals, Albuquerque, NM : March 15, 2019

Challenge Selection Documents

USA BMX Challenge Class Page

UCI BMX International Rider License Form (PDF)

2018 Automatic Qualifiers

Frequently Asked Questions

USA BMX Registration Check List

Online Registration for BMX World Challenge

Team USA Jersey Logo Guidelines

Team USA Jersey Size Chart


Championship Class Athlete Information

Championship Selection Documents

Event Information

UCI Event Page

Official BMX World Championship Website

Official Schedule

Track Design

Challenge Practice Groups and Times

Rider Ticket Info

Tickets for Parents and Guests

Event Manual

UCI Rules

UCI World Championship Rule Book

UCI BMX Rule Book


World Cups

April 27-28, 2019: Manchester, GBR

May 11-12, 2019: Papendal, NED

June 8-9, 2019: Paris, FRA

September 14-15, 2019: Rock Hill, USA

September 28-29, 2019: Santiago Del Estero, ARG

Elite Supercross Race Program Automatic Qualification



Development

Development Camp Application


BMX Freestyle

Olympics

July 24—August 9, 2020: Tokyo, Japan

Athlete Selection

USA Cycling Games Athlete Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria



Pan American Games

July 26—August 11, 2019: Lima, Peru

Athlete Selection

Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria




World Championships

November 8-10, 2019: Chengdu, China

UCI URBAN CYCLING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS Selection Criteria – FREESTYLE PARK

Event Information

UCI Event Page

UCI Information for Freestyle riders

UCI Rules


UCI Amendments as of 2.2.2019



World Cups

April 19-21, 2019: Hiroshima, Japan

May 29- June 2, 2019: Montpellier, France

October 31 - November 3, 2019: Chengdu, China

Event Information

UCI Event Page

Cyclocross

Development

Cyclocross Development Program Outline

2019 USA Cycling Development Program November European Racing Trip Application

2019 USA Cycling Development Program December European Racing Trip Application


Continental Championships

The UCI Cyclocross Pan American Championships is an open event for any North and South American rider with a UCI license


World Cups

September 14, 2019 Iowa City, USA 

September 22, 2019 Waterloo, USA 

October 20, 2019 Bern, Switzerland

November 16, 2019 Tabor, Czech Republic - Application Form

November 24, 2019 Koksijde, Belgium - Application Form

December 22, 2019 Namur, Belgium 

December 26, 2019 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium

January 19, 2020 Nommay, France

January 26, 2020 Hoogerheide, Netherlands 

2019-2020 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Qualification Criteria 



World Championships

February 1-2, 2020 Dübendorf, Switzerland

2020 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Qualification Criteria

2020 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Qualification Explanation Document

2020 UCI Cyclocross World Championship Team Application Form 

Mountain Bike

XCO, Downhill, 4-Cross, Marathon

Olympics

July 24—August 9, 2020: Tokyo, Japan

Athlete Selection

Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria



Pan American Games

July 26—August 11, 2019: Lima, Peru

Athlete Selection

Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria



World Championships

MTB World Championship Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form (All MTB Disciplines)

XCO/DH: August 28-September 21, 2019 – Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada

XCO World Championships Selection Criteria - DOCUMENT UPDATED 5/9/2019

Downhill World Championships Selection Criteria


4-Cross: August 1-2, 2019 – Val di Sole, Italy

4-Cross World Championships Selection Criteria


Marathon: September 22, 2019 – Grachen, Switzerland

Marathon World Championships Selection Criteria


Eliminator: November 8-10, 2019 - Chengdu, China

Eliminator World Championship Selection Criteria

E- MTB: August 28-September 21, 2019 - Mont-Saint-Anne, Canada

E-Mountain Bike World Championship Selection Criteria

World Cups

EVENTS2019 DATESLOCATIONUSA CYCLING PETITION DEADLINEENTRY DEADLINE
DHIApril 27-28Maribor, SLOMarch 25April 8
XCO/XCCMay 17-19Albstadt, GermanyApril 15April 29
XCO/XCCMay 24-26Nove Mesto, Czech RepublicApril 22May 6
DHIJune 1-2Fort William, United KingdomApril 29May 13
DHIJune 8-9Leogang, AustriaMay 6May 20
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 5-7Vallnord, AndorraJune 3June 17
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 12-14Les Gets, FranceJune 10June 24
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 2-4Val di Sole, ItalyJuly 1July 15
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 9-10Lenzerheide, SwitzerlandJuly 8July 22
XCO/XCC/DHISeptember 6-8SnowShoe, USAAugust 5August 19

XCO-Cross-Country, XCC-Cross-Country Short Track, DHI-Downhill

Resources

UCI MTB World Cup Registration Procedures

UCI MTB World Cup Petition Process

UCI MTB World Cup Pre-Qualified Entry Request

UCI MTB World Cup Start Petition


Continental Championships

April 3-7, 2019– Aguascalientes, Mexico

XCO Pan American Continental Championships Athlete Selection

XCO Pan American Continental Championship Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

April 12-14, 2019 Villa la Angostura Neuquen, Argentina

DH Pan American Continental Championships Athlete Selection

DH Pan American Continental Championship Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Road

Track

Olympics

July 24—August 9, 2020: Tokyo, Japan

USA Cycling Athlete Selection Criteria

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria


Pan American Games

July 26—August 11, 2019: Lima, Peru

Athlete Selection

Road and Track Men's and Women's Selection Criteria (amended 4-5-19)

Staff Selection

USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria



Elite Track World Championships

February 26- March 1, 2020 – Berlin, Germany

World Championships Selection Criteria
World Championships Discretionary Petition

Junior Track World Championships

August 14-18, 2019 - Frankfurt, Germany

2019 Junior Track World Championships Selection Criteria

2019 Junior Track World Championships Discretionary Athlete Petition

Resources 

World Cups

November 1-3, 2019 – Minsk, Belarus

November 8-10, 2019 – Glasgow, Great Britain

November 20-December 1, 2019 – Hong Kong

December 6-8, 2019 - Cambridge, New Zealand

December 13-15, 2019 – Brisbane, Australia

January 24-26, 2020 – Milton, Ontario, Canada

2019/20 Track World Cup Selection Criteria

2019 / 2020 Track World Cup Discretionary Petition Form


Continental Championships

September 4-9, 2019 - Cochabamba, Bolivia

Pan American Continental Championships Selection Criteria

Pan American Continental Championships Discretionary Athlete Petition


Masters

World Championships

BMX:

TBD


Masters Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Road:

TBD


Track:

2017/2018: Velo Sports Center, Los Angeles, CA

2019/2020: Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, ENG


MTB:

2018: Vallnord, AND


Cyclocross:

2018: Mol, BEL


Continental Championships 

2018: Orlando, FL