Team USA

Mountain Bike

Technical courses, knobby tires, and fierce competition. Check out the riders competing in Cross-Country XCO, Downhill, Marathon, 4X, and e-bike disciplines, and the programs that help Team USA dominate international events.

About Mountain Bike

Modern off-road cycling began in the late 1970’s in Northern California and today it serves as a popular form of both recreation and competition. Mountain biking encompasses many different formats including Cross Country, Short Track Cross Country, Marathon, Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4-Cross, and E-Bike on the national and international stage.

Join The Team

The objective of the mountain bike pathway is to move our talented young athletes from the grassroots programs forward to the international podium of the elite ranks. The focus for the Junior and U23 ranks will be to develop the necessary skill sets and physiological adaptations required to excel at an international level through exposure to international competition, targeted skills training, effective coaching, and talent identification. In addition, USA Cycling will continue to support its current group of elite professional athletes in their pursuit of top international results.

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

Mountain Bike 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 mountain bike is the best comprehensive mountain bike development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. The ODA will provide inclusive access to world-class athlete development that will allow athletes to progress technically, tactically, physically and mentally while developing character and leadership skills. The team will include a full-time coach and professional support staff at all ODA competitions and camps. Academy athletes will receive Olympic-level coaching and support that will provide the opportunity for each athlete to reach their full potential and to be champions on and off the bike.


UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021:

We have put together a cohesive competition and camp schedule for the Spring and Fall semesters with the hopes we would be back racing at the beginning of 2021. Our goal is to provide the best development opportunity for athletes by creating a world-class cycling experience. With the current state of the world, we do not feel that we can create that environment at this time.

With that in mind, the Olympic Development Academy will be run as one Super Semester in 2021 and anyone who has applied for the 2021 Spring and/or Fall semesters will be in consideration. The associated costs per semester will stay the same for the single semester, which means an extension of benefits with no additional cost. We are extending the application period to March 15, 2021. We will share another update on Wednesday, February 17th with more specific information on important dates & deadlines, schedules, etc.


Schedule (XCO)

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

2021 Spring Semester

DateEventLocationTrip Length
February 28UCI Junior Series XCOPuerto Rico1 day
March 14UCI Junior Series XCOVail Lake, CA1 day
March 21UCI Junior Series XCOPuerto Rico1 day
April 11-18OZ Trails Pro Cups & Skills CampFayetteville, AR8 days
April 30 - May 1UCI Junior Series XCOMidway, UT2 days
May 14 - 16Grand Junction Off-Road FestivalGrand Junction, CO3 days
May 20 - 23Sea Otter ClassicMonterey, CA3 days
May 29 - June 6Canada Cups & Skills CampQuebec, Canada9 days
June 11-13UCI Junior Series XCOMissoula, MT3 days


2021 Fall Semester

DateEventLocationTrip Length
July 16-31USA Cycling National Championships & Altitude CampColorado16 days
August 14 - September 5Swiss Cups, 3 Nations Cup, Lenzerheide World CupEurope23 days
September 18-19Snowshoe World CupSnowshoe, WV2 days
September 23-26Pikes Peak ApexColorado Springs, CO4 days
October 8-10Oz Trails Off-RoadFayetteville, AR3 days

*SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Schedule (DHI)

Launching in 2022


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


Important Dates

2021 Super Semester
Application deadline for Academy & ScholarshipMarch 15, 2021
Academy applicants finalized & contactedTBD
Registrations completed for accepted athletesTBD
Olympic Development Academy athletes publicly announced
TBD

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 Cross-Country and Downhill Mountain Biking. 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 for Cross-Country, and click here for Downhill.


MEET THE TEAM

Olympics

July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

USA Cycling Games Athlete Selection Criteria - Updated October 28, 2020
USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria - Updated October 29, 2020

For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - Mountain Bike


World Championships

August 24-29, 2021: Val Di Sole - XCO, XC Short Track, XC Relay, Downhill, e-MTB, 4X

Cross-Country MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

Downhill MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

E- MTB World Championship Selection Document

4-Cross MTB World Championship Selection Document

MTB World Championship Petition Form (All Disciplines)

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

For more information, please visit: UCI 4X World Championships

October 2, 2021: Isola d'Elba, Italy - Marathon

Marathon MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

MTB World Championship Petition Form (All Disciplines)

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships

World Cups

XCO
Round 1: 08-09 May - Albstadt, Germany
Round 2: 15-16 May - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA

Downhill
Round 1: 24-25 April - Maribor, Slovenia
Round 2: 22-23 May - Fort William, UK
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

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

Pan American Continental Champs Petition Form XCO & DH

April 1-5, 2020: San Juan, Argentina - XCO

XCO Pan Am Championship Selection Document

April 24-26, 2020: Sapiranga, Brazil - Downhill

DH Pan Am Championship Selection Document


UCI Junior Series XCO

UCI Athlete Entry System and Criteria

According to new UCI requirements, all athletes competing in a 2021 UCI Junior Series XCO race outside of their country of residence must have at least 10 UCI points (in Europe) and 1 UCI point (outside of Europe) in the latest UCI XCO individual junior ranking, or belong to a UCI Elite MTB Team or UCI MTB Team. Riders who meet either of these criteria should register for the event independently via the event registration site.

For athletes who do not meet the above criteria:

  • When a UCI Junior Series event is taking place outside the N. American continent, USA Cycling may approve a maximum of 5 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women).
  • When a UCI Junior Series event is taking place within N. America continent, USA Cycling may approve a maximum of 10 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women).
  • When a Junior Series event is taking place within the United States, it is the discretion of the event organizer with USA Cycling to determine the number of supplementary American athletes that will be allowed to register.

To apply to be a supplementary athlete: UCI MTB Junior Series Entry Petition

Please note: All supplementary athletes must still enter the competition independently of USA Cycling via the event registration site before the entry deadline.

UCI Junior Series Supplemental Athlete Guiding Principles

When considering supplemental athlete starting positions, USA Cycling will use the following guiding principles when approving starting positions: Prior results in UCI international competitions, UCI Junior Series events, USA Cycling’s National Championships and top level domestic events.

UCI Junior Series Event Deadlines

  • UCI Junior Series event supplementary athlete applications will close 8 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event you are petitioning for.
  • Please include in your petition the event in which you are applying for.
  • USA Cycling will notify all supplementary athletes of their selection 8 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event.

For the UCI Junior Series events, click here.

For UCI Special Provisions for the 2021 MTB season, click here.



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 Mountain Bike

Modern off-road cycling began in the late 1970’s in Northern California and today it serves as a popular form of both recreation and competition. Mountain biking encompasses many different formats including Cross Country, Short Track Cross Country, Marathon, Downhill, Dual Slalom, 4-Cross, and E-Bike on the national and international stage.

Join The Team

The objective of the mountain bike pathway is to move our talented young athletes from the grassroots programs forward to the international podium of the elite ranks. The focus for the Junior and U23 ranks will be to develop the necessary skill sets and physiological adaptations required to excel at an international level through exposure to international competition, targeted skills training, effective coaching, and talent identification. In addition, USA Cycling will continue to support its current group of elite professional athletes in their pursuit of top international results.

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

Mountain Bike 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 mountain bike is the best comprehensive mountain bike development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. The ODA will provide inclusive access to world-class athlete development that will allow athletes to progress technically, tactically, physically and mentally while developing character and leadership skills. The team will include a full-time coach and professional support staff at all ODA competitions and camps. Academy athletes will receive Olympic-level coaching and support that will provide the opportunity for each athlete to reach their full potential and to be champions on and off the bike.


UPDATE AS OF JANUARY 13, 2021:

We have put together a cohesive competition and camp schedule for the Spring and Fall semesters with the hopes we would be back racing at the beginning of 2021. Our goal is to provide the best development opportunity for athletes by creating a world-class cycling experience. With the current state of the world, we do not feel that we can create that environment at this time.

With that in mind, the Olympic Development Academy will be run as one Super Semester in 2021 and anyone who has applied for the 2021 Spring and/or Fall semesters will be in consideration. The associated costs per semester will stay the same for the single semester, which means an extension of benefits with no additional cost. We are extending the application period to March 15, 2021. We will share another update on Wednesday, February 17th with more specific information on important dates & deadlines, schedules, etc.


Schedule (XCO)

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

2021 Spring Semester

DateEventLocationTrip Length
February 28UCI Junior Series XCOPuerto Rico1 day
March 14UCI Junior Series XCOVail Lake, CA1 day
March 21UCI Junior Series XCOPuerto Rico1 day
April 11-18OZ Trails Pro Cups & Skills CampFayetteville, AR8 days
April 30 - May 1UCI Junior Series XCOMidway, UT2 days
May 14 - 16Grand Junction Off-Road FestivalGrand Junction, CO3 days
May 20 - 23Sea Otter ClassicMonterey, CA3 days
May 29 - June 6Canada Cups & Skills CampQuebec, Canada9 days
June 11-13UCI Junior Series XCOMissoula, MT3 days


2021 Fall Semester

DateEventLocationTrip Length
July 16-31USA Cycling National Championships & Altitude CampColorado16 days
August 14 - September 5Swiss Cups, 3 Nations Cup, Lenzerheide World CupEurope23 days
September 18-19Snowshoe World CupSnowshoe, WV2 days
September 23-26Pikes Peak ApexColorado Springs, CO4 days
October 8-10Oz Trails Off-RoadFayetteville, AR3 days

*SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE


Schedule (DHI)

Launching in 2022


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


Important Dates

2021 Super Semester
Application deadline for Academy & ScholarshipMarch 15, 2021
Academy applicants finalized & contactedTBD
Registrations completed for accepted athletesTBD
Olympic Development Academy athletes publicly announced
TBD

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 Cross-Country and Downhill Mountain Biking. 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 for Cross-Country, and click here for Downhill.


MEET THE TEAM

Olympics

July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

USA Cycling Games Athlete Selection Criteria - Updated October 28, 2020
USA Cycling Games Staff Selection Criteria - Updated October 29, 2020

For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - Mountain Bike


World Championships

August 24-29, 2021: Val Di Sole - XCO, XC Short Track, XC Relay, Downhill, e-MTB, 4X

Cross-Country MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

Downhill MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

E- MTB World Championship Selection Document

4-Cross MTB World Championship Selection Document

MTB World Championship Petition Form (All Disciplines)

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Championships

For more information, please visit: UCI 4X World Championships

October 2, 2021: Isola d'Elba, Italy - Marathon

Marathon MTB World Championship Selection Document - Updated June 15, 2020

MTB World Championship Petition Form (All Disciplines)

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships

World Cups

XCO
Round 1: 08-09 May - Albstadt, Germany
Round 2: 15-16 May - Nove Mesto, Czech Republic
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA

Downhill
Round 1: 24-25 April - Maribor, Slovenia
Round 2: 22-23 May - Fort William, UK
Round 3: 12-13 June - Leogang, Austria
Round 4: 03-04 July - Les Gets, France
Round 5: 04-05 September - Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Round 6: 18-19 September - Snowshoe, USA

For more information, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Cup

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

Pan American Continental Champs Petition Form XCO & DH

April 1-5, 2020: San Juan, Argentina - XCO

XCO Pan Am Championship Selection Document

April 24-26, 2020: Sapiranga, Brazil - Downhill

DH Pan Am Championship Selection Document


UCI Junior Series XCO

UCI Athlete Entry System and Criteria

According to new UCI requirements, all athletes competing in a 2021 UCI Junior Series XCO race outside of their country of residence must have at least 10 UCI points (in Europe) and 1 UCI point (outside of Europe) in the latest UCI XCO individual junior ranking, or belong to a UCI Elite MTB Team or UCI MTB Team. Riders who meet either of these criteria should register for the event independently via the event registration site.

For athletes who do not meet the above criteria:

  • When a UCI Junior Series event is taking place outside the N. American continent, USA Cycling may approve a maximum of 5 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women).
  • When a UCI Junior Series event is taking place within N. America continent, USA Cycling may approve a maximum of 10 supplementary athletes for each junior category (17-18 men & women).
  • When a Junior Series event is taking place within the United States, it is the discretion of the event organizer with USA Cycling to determine the number of supplementary American athletes that will be allowed to register.

To apply to be a supplementary athlete: UCI MTB Junior Series Entry Petition

Please note: All supplementary athletes must still enter the competition independently of USA Cycling via the event registration site before the entry deadline.

UCI Junior Series Supplemental Athlete Guiding Principles

When considering supplemental athlete starting positions, USA Cycling will use the following guiding principles when approving starting positions: Prior results in UCI international competitions, UCI Junior Series events, USA Cycling’s National Championships and top level domestic events.

UCI Junior Series Event Deadlines

  • UCI Junior Series event supplementary athlete applications will close 8 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event you are petitioning for.
  • Please include in your petition the event in which you are applying for.
  • USA Cycling will notify all supplementary athletes of their selection 8 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event.

For the UCI Junior Series events, click here.

For UCI Special Provisions for the 2021 MTB season, click here.



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.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

MEET THE STAFF
Vp High Performance Jmiller

Jim
Miller

Chief of Sport Performance
Background

A successful professional cyclist in his own right, Jim coached several cyclists on the side and eventually retired from racing in 1999 to focus solely on his flourishing coaching career. After developing several notable cyclists, he originally came to USA Cycling to run the women’s road program in 2002. After earning Coach of the Year distinctions from the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee in 2003 & 2004, Jim was promoted to director of endurance programs, overseeing the development of American junior, U23 and women endurance athletes in road and track cycling. After making significant strides toward the USA Cycling National Development Program’s goal of developing the next generation of American cyclists, was named Vice President of Athletics in 2010. In 2017 Jim left USA Cycling to become the Vice President of Business Development for Training Peaks. Unable to resist the Olympic call, he came back to USA Cycling in 2020 as the Chief of Sport Performance.

In his spare time Jim also provides day-to-day training programs for athletes such as 2018 Mountain Bike XCO World Champion Kate Courtney, and international stars like Tejay van Garderen and Ben King. He has earned the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor for coaches, the Order of Ikkos, twice, both for coaching 3-time Olympic Champion Kristen Armstrong to victory.

A native of Casper, Wyo., Jim also earned a Bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Colorado State University. Miller resides in Colorado Springs, Colo., with his wife and two children.

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