UCI MTB World Cup Eligibility Criteria 

Per UCI regulations, the downhill (DHI) and cross-country (XCO) UCI World Cups are competitions limited to athletes meeting one of the following criteria:

Athletes must have a valid international license and be U.S. citizens to enter through USA Cycling.

Athletes must have the following point minimums in the UCI individual ranking by the posted date in the “Entry Ranking” column of the world Cup’s online registration deadline document found on the UCI Mountain Bike website

All UCI regulations can be found here.

UCI World Cup Event Registration Process

  1. The UCI requires each athlete to list the accommodations, address, and international cell phone number where they will reside during the World Cup competition. USA Cycling will not accept entry forms without this information. 
  2. UCI World Cup event registration by individuals not belonging to a registered UCI MTB Team is required by the UCI to go through their National Federation. Individuals are not permitted to register for UCI World Cup events on their own. 
  3. Deadlines for submitting UCI World Cup event entry requests to USA Cycling are four weeks prior to the event. Late entries will not be accepted. 
  4. Athletes must submit individual entry requests for each World Cup they would like to enter.
  5. Athletes who have been entered at a UCI World Cup event by USA Cycling will need to check-in at event registration, present their UCI International racing license and pay for event registration. Athletes are to register at least 24 hours in advance for cross-country and 36 hours in advance for downhill. It is the rider’s responsibility to know the event schedule and attend any rider meetings on the UCI World Cup schedule.
  6. Athletes who submit a UCI World Cup Event entry through USA Cycling and are no longer able to attend are required to notify both the UCI and USA Cycling at mtb@uci.org and gcross@usacycling.org. Any athlete entering but failing to register at the event will be a charged a full entry fee by the UCI. All fines and fees accessed to the athlete by the UCI will be collected by USA Cycling. Failure to pay USA Cycling will result in a suspension of your racing license.
  7. UCI World Cup Event entry confirmation can be found on the UCI website approximately three days prior to the events.

For athletes who have met the UCI qualification criteria, please click "UCI World Cup Registration Form" below, to confirm your World Cup participation.

UCI World Cup Registration Form


UCI World Cup Athlete Petition Process 

The USA Cycling athlete petition process for UCI World Cups applies only to XCO Elite/U23 and DHI Elite athletes who do not have the minimum required UCI Individual ranking points. National Federations are permitted up to 6 supplemental athletes for XCO Elite and U23 and up to 3 supplemental athletes for DHI Elite per World Cup event. Athletes who do not meet the requirements should complete an athlete UCI World Cup petition form.

Junior DHI athletes who are members of a UCI MTB Team do not need to submit an athlete petition, they will be registered for World Cups through their UCI MTB Teams.  Junior DHI athletes who are not a member of a UCI MTB team should complete an athlete UCI World Cup petition form.

For athletes who have not met the UCI qualifying criteria please click "Supplemental Athlete Petition Form" below, for a USA Cycling supplemental athlete petition process.

Supplemental Athlete Petition Form

UCI World Cup 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 Domestic events, USA Cycling’s National Championships, and top-level domestic events.

Athletes selected as supplemental athletes for UCI World Cups are required by the UCI to wear the National Team competition kit in all training and racing sessions. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and a fine levied by the UCI, which will be the responsibility of the offending rider to pay. Athletes who do not have a competition uniform will be required to purchase a competition kit from USA Cycling. 

  • UCI World Cup supplementary athlete applications will close 8 weeks prior to the UCI World Cup 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 World Cup event.

For UCI World Cup events, click here