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 Olympic, Cross Country Short Track, Downhill, Cross Country Eliminator, Marathon, and E-Bike on the national and international stage. Mountain biking is one of the most fun and liberating forms of bike riding, and is engaging for riders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Join The Team

The National Team is a representation of the top MTB athletes in the USA. These athletes have risen to the top of the field by progressing through the development pathway provided by USA Cycling. The objective of the mountain bike pathway is to provide talented young athletes with the education and opportunities to compete on the world stage. We accomplish this by supporting top development athletes at skills camps, training camps and international competition. These opportunities allow motivated athletes to develop the necessary skill sets and physiological adaptations required to excel at an international level. Once a rider has achieved a spot on the National Team, they have access to world class education, support, guidance and opportunities to succeed on the professional and Olympic stage.

Get Involved

Join A Club

Compete Locally

Join A Camp

Prepare & Train

Compete Nationally

Compete Internationally

Qualify for National Team

  • Selection Criteria for National Team

Qualify for Olympic Team

Athlete Development Pathway

USA Cycling’s Athlete Development Pathway defines structured development tiers with multiple levels of programming for athletes in their journey to the USA Cycling National Team. The Athlete Development Pathway leads program design both at the club and national levels, all while educating parents and athletes about the multiple opportunities available to them on their journey from local results to international achievement.

1. Day Camps (Coming Soon)

2. Talent Identifiers (Coming Soon)

3. Regional Camps (Click to View Below)

4. Development Team (Click to View Below)

5. European Race Camps (Click to View Below)


Regional Camps - LEARN MORE

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATIONCAMP DIRECTORREGISTRATION
Feb 22-24Seattle Regional CampSeattle, WAKBP CoachingREGISTER
April 8-10Fayetteville Regional Camp (Women Only)Fayetteville, ARBike School BentonvilleREGISTER
May 24-28Brevard Regional CampCedar Mountain, NCThe Gravity AcademyREGISTER
June 12-17Bristol Regional CampBristol, WIBender CoachingINTEREST FORM
June 18-22Spokane Regional CampSpokane, WAKBP CoachingINTEREST FORM
June 19-24Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, COFort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 3-8Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, CO
Fort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 3-8Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
July 10-15Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
July 17-22Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, COFort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 24-29Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
TBDColorado Springs Regional CampColorado Springs, COMatheny Endurance

INTEREST FORM


Development Team - LEARN MORE

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATION
March 1-5Brevard Training CampBrevard, NC
April 8-11Arkansas Training CampFayetteville, AR
April 12-16Oz Trails U.S. Pro Cup p/b Experience FayettevilleFayetteville, AR
June 7-10Missoula XCMissoula, MT
June 10-16Canada Training CampBanff, Alberta, Canada
June 16-19Canmore Canada CupCanmore, Alberta, Canada
July TBDNationals Prep CampTBD
July TBDUSA Cycling National ChampionshipsTBD

Cost* - $7,500

4 domestic training camps + 4 domestic racing events

Including:

  • full cycling training plan
  • full strength & conditioning training plan
  • access to nutritionists and sports psychologists
  • deep discount on bikes
  • Team trips are all-inclusive and fully-covered: food, lodging, transportation on the ground, race entry fees, coaching, mechanics, race-day support, nutrition, etc.

*Additional Fees

  • Team Clothing - $750
  • Transportation to and from events

APPLICATIONS CLOSED


European Race Camps - LEARN MORE

The MTB XCO European Race Camp will learn hands-on in Europe, racing in multiple UCI races, training under the guidance of top coaches, and experiencing iconic courses. Athletes will be immersed in complete education sessions in strength training, skills, nutrition, tactics, sports psychology and more!

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATION
Summer (Pending Nationals Dates)European Racing & Training CampSittard, Netherlands


Trip Details:

  • Athletes must be race age 17-18
  • Minimum of 3 European race days
  • Top tier European coaching from a Internationally experienced staff
  • How to live in Europe and succeed as an athlete
  • European race skills and tactics
  • Live on Dutch Nationals course + location of UCI race for daily training

Cost - $4,500

  • 3-week European race and training camp, including team clothing and all on-site logistics.

*Additional Fees

  • Flights to and from Europe

APPLY NOW

Applications due by May 1, 2023


SUBSCRIBE TO OUR EMAIL LIST

Be the first to know about new development camps and opportunities that are added to the schedule.


What is the National Team Designation?

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.


MEET THE TEAM

World Championships

MOUNTAIN BIKE: August 3-13, 2023 - Glasgow, Scotland

2022 Cross-Country MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 Downhill MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 E-MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 Marathon MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

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

GRAVEL: September 20 - October 1, 2023 - TBD

2022 Gravel World Championships Selection Criteria - Discretionary Petition Form

For more information, please visit: UCI Gravel World Championships


World Cups

2023 Schedule

March 25-26: Maydena (EDR)

April 1-2: Derby (EDR)

May 12-14: Nove Mesto (XCO)

June 3-4: Finale Ligure (EDR)

June 9-11: Lenzerheide (XCO, XCC, DHI)

June 15-18: Leogang (XCO, XCC, DHI, EDR)

June 24-25: Val di Fassa (EDR)

June 30-July 2: Val di Sole (XCO, XCC, DHI)

August 25-27: Pal Arinsal (XCO, XCC, DHI)

September 1-3: Loudenvielle (DHI, EDR)

September 7-17: Les Gets (XCO, XCC, XCM, DHI, EDR)

September 28-October 1: Snowshoe (XCO, XCC, XCM, DHI)

October 6-8: Monte-Sainte-Anne (XCO, XCC, DHI)

For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Cups

For more information on UCI World Cup Athlete Eligibility, Event Registration Process, and Athlete Petition Process: Click here


Continental Championships

DOWNHILL: February 19-20, 2022 - Catago, Costa Rica

2022 DH Pan Am Championship Selection Document - Petition Form - Tech Guide

CROSS-COUNTRY: May 25-28, 2022 - Argentina

2022 XCO Pan Am Championship Open Registration - Tech Guide

UCI Junior Series XCO

UCI Athlete Entry System and Criteria

According to new UCI requirements, all athletes competing in a 2022 UCI Junior Series XCO race outside of their country of residence must have at least 20 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 4 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 4 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event.

For the UCI Junior Series events, click here.

For UCI Special Provisions, 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.

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 Olympic, Cross Country Short Track, Downhill, Cross Country Eliminator, Marathon, and E-Bike on the national and international stage. Mountain biking is one of the most fun and liberating forms of bike riding, and is engaging for riders of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.

Join The Team

The National Team is a representation of the top MTB athletes in the USA. These athletes have risen to the top of the field by progressing through the development pathway provided by USA Cycling. The objective of the mountain bike pathway is to provide talented young athletes with the education and opportunities to compete on the world stage. We accomplish this by supporting top development athletes at skills camps, training camps and international competition. These opportunities allow motivated athletes to develop the necessary skill sets and physiological adaptations required to excel at an international level. Once a rider has achieved a spot on the National Team, they have access to world class education, support, guidance and opportunities to succeed on the professional and Olympic stage.

Get Involved

Join A Club

Compete Locally

Join A Camp

Prepare & Train

Compete Nationally

Compete Internationally

Qualify for National Team

  • Selection Criteria for National Team

Qualify for Olympic Team

Athlete Development Pathway

USA Cycling’s Athlete Development Pathway defines structured development tiers with multiple levels of programming for athletes in their journey to the USA Cycling National Team. The Athlete Development Pathway leads program design both at the club and national levels, all while educating parents and athletes about the multiple opportunities available to them on their journey from local results to international achievement.

1. Day Camps (Coming Soon)

2. Talent Identifiers (Coming Soon)

3. Regional Camps (Click to View Below)

4. Development Team (Click to View Below)

5. European Race Camps (Click to View Below)


Regional Camps - LEARN MORE

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATIONCAMP DIRECTORREGISTRATION
Feb 22-24Seattle Regional CampSeattle, WAKBP CoachingREGISTER
April 8-10Fayetteville Regional Camp (Women Only)Fayetteville, ARBike School BentonvilleREGISTER
May 24-28Brevard Regional CampCedar Mountain, NCThe Gravity AcademyREGISTER
June 12-17Bristol Regional CampBristol, WIBender CoachingINTEREST FORM
June 18-22Spokane Regional CampSpokane, WAKBP CoachingINTEREST FORM
June 19-24Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, COFort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 3-8Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, CO
Fort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 3-8Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
July 10-15Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
July 17-22Fort Lewis College Regional CampDurango, COFort Lewis CollegeREGISTER
July 24-29Mars Hill Regional CampMars Hill, NCMars Hill Cycling CampsREGISTER
TBDColorado Springs Regional CampColorado Springs, COMatheny Endurance

INTEREST FORM


Development Team - LEARN MORE

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATION
March 1-5Brevard Training CampBrevard, NC
April 8-11Arkansas Training CampFayetteville, AR
April 12-16Oz Trails U.S. Pro Cup p/b Experience FayettevilleFayetteville, AR
June 7-10Missoula XCMissoula, MT
June 10-16Canada Training CampBanff, Alberta, Canada
June 16-19Canmore Canada CupCanmore, Alberta, Canada
July TBDNationals Prep CampTBD
July TBDUSA Cycling National ChampionshipsTBD

Cost* - $7,500

4 domestic training camps + 4 domestic racing events

Including:

  • full cycling training plan
  • full strength & conditioning training plan
  • access to nutritionists and sports psychologists
  • deep discount on bikes
  • Team trips are all-inclusive and fully-covered: food, lodging, transportation on the ground, race entry fees, coaching, mechanics, race-day support, nutrition, etc.

*Additional Fees

  • Team Clothing - $750
  • Transportation to and from events

APPLICATIONS CLOSED


European Race Camps - LEARN MORE

The MTB XCO European Race Camp will learn hands-on in Europe, racing in multiple UCI races, training under the guidance of top coaches, and experiencing iconic courses. Athletes will be immersed in complete education sessions in strength training, skills, nutrition, tactics, sports psychology and more!

2023 Schedule

DATEEVENTLOCATION
Summer (Pending Nationals Dates)European Racing & Training CampSittard, Netherlands


Trip Details:

  • Athletes must be race age 17-18
  • Minimum of 3 European race days
  • Top tier European coaching from a Internationally experienced staff
  • How to live in Europe and succeed as an athlete
  • European race skills and tactics
  • Live on Dutch Nationals course + location of UCI race for daily training

Cost - $4,500

  • 3-week European race and training camp, including team clothing and all on-site logistics.

*Additional Fees

  • Flights to and from Europe

APPLY NOW

Applications due by May 1, 2023


SUBSCRIBE TO OUR EMAIL LIST

Be the first to know about new development camps and opportunities that are added to the schedule.


What is the National Team Designation?

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.


MEET THE TEAM

World Championships

MOUNTAIN BIKE: August 3-13, 2023 - Glasgow, Scotland

2022 Cross-Country MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 Downhill MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 E-MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

2022 Marathon MTB World Championship Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

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

GRAVEL: September 20 - October 1, 2023 - TBD

2022 Gravel World Championships Selection Criteria - Discretionary Petition Form

For more information, please visit: UCI Gravel World Championships


World Cups

2023 Schedule

March 25-26: Maydena (EDR)

April 1-2: Derby (EDR)

May 12-14: Nove Mesto (XCO)

June 3-4: Finale Ligure (EDR)

June 9-11: Lenzerheide (XCO, XCC, DHI)

June 15-18: Leogang (XCO, XCC, DHI, EDR)

June 24-25: Val di Fassa (EDR)

June 30-July 2: Val di Sole (XCO, XCC, DHI)

August 25-27: Pal Arinsal (XCO, XCC, DHI)

September 1-3: Loudenvielle (DHI, EDR)

September 7-17: Les Gets (XCO, XCC, XCM, DHI, EDR)

September 28-October 1: Snowshoe (XCO, XCC, XCM, DHI)

October 6-8: Monte-Sainte-Anne (XCO, XCC, DHI)

For the most up-to-date schedule, please visit: UCI Mountain Bike World Cups

For more information on UCI World Cup Athlete Eligibility, Event Registration Process, and Athlete Petition Process: Click here


Continental Championships

DOWNHILL: February 19-20, 2022 - Catago, Costa Rica

2022 DH Pan Am Championship Selection Document - Petition Form - Tech Guide

CROSS-COUNTRY: May 25-28, 2022 - Argentina

2022 XCO Pan Am Championship Open Registration - Tech Guide

UCI Junior Series XCO

UCI Athlete Entry System and Criteria

According to new UCI requirements, all athletes competing in a 2022 UCI Junior Series XCO race outside of their country of residence must have at least 20 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 4 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 4 weeks prior to the UCI Junior Series event.

For the UCI Junior Series events, click here.

For UCI Special Provisions, 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.

MOUNTAIN BIKING

MEET THE STAFF
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Jesse
Anthony

Mountain Bike and Cyclocross Director
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.

CONTACT
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Alec
Pasqualina

Athlete Development Pathways Director
Background

Alec joined USA Cycling in early 2021 to kickstart the Olympic Development Academy, USA Cycling’s redesigned development program across all cycling disciplines. Alec is a former professional mountain bike and cyclocross racer who participated in previous iterations of USA Cycling’s development programming bringing firsthand knowledge and experience to the ODA. In addition to coaching athletes of all disciplines on the side, Alec spent nearly three years working for TrainingPeaks where he contributed to product enhancements, data analysis, coaching education, and customer retention. With coaching experience, product knowledge, and firsthand experiences, Alec plans to leverage his knowledge to grow the ODA into a pipeline for athletes of all abilities and backgrounds to make the USA Cycling National Team.

A native of Danville, Calif., Alec studied Communication Studies, Political Science, and Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash. He now resides in Boulder, Colorado.

CONTACT
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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, he 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 returned 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 Chloé Dygert and Christopher Blevins. He has earned the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor for coaches, the Order of Ikkos, three times, all 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.

CONTACT
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Andi
Zolton

Mountain Bike Development Coach
Background

Over the last 20 years, Andi has worked in many facets of the cycling world: as mechanic, racer of many disciplines (enduro, cyclocross, XC, road, downhill), event organizer, brand ambassador, mountain bike guide, and more. She has spent the last five years as the co-owner of Roam Events, putting on world-renowned bike parties all over the country. She loves the bicycle; not just the machine itself, but the way in which it brings people together and teaches us about ourselves.

Andi started working with USA Cycling as a mechanic for the ODA Cyclocross program, and is honored to continue with the MTB program in a coaching capacity. She is excited to pass on her knowledge and experience to help athletes become the best humans and cyclists they can be, in that order.

Having cut her teeth on the loamy mountain bike trails of Western Washington, Andi now resides in Grand Junction, Colorado where she cuts her knees and elbows on the rocky terrain of the Western Slope. She studied Microbiology and Chemistry at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she played NCAA Division I Softball.

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