USA Cycling's

Olympic Development Academy

Providing riders with the best-in-class coaching, curriculums and competitions needed to excel on the world stage




USA Cycling's Olympic Development Academy exists to elevate young riders to the elite ranks of international cycling. Providing world-class coaching, comprehensive training curriculums and immersive competition schedules, the Academy is meant for riders that have a desire to take control of their future in the sport. Offering semester-long programs across disciplines, the Academy is now open for 2021 enrollment.

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Olympic Development Academy athletes receive:

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    Under the guidance of the most decorated coaches in the country, Academy riders will have access to the knowledge needed to get to the next level. Led by USA Cycling's Chief of Sports Performance, each unique program includes discipline specific staff that has proven success in producing championship results.

    This includes:

    • Access to a high performance coaching staff with various Olympic and World Championships medals to their resume along with years of world-class experience
    • One-on-one coaching during competitions, camps and clinics
    • One-on-one strength and conditioning coaching during camps
    • Premium Training Peaks account with discipline specific training plans and strength and condition plans
    • On-going network and collaboration with professional teams and opportunities
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    The semester long commitment places young riders into a comprehensive training program that resembles the approach and accommodations of a professional cyclist. Becoming the best you can is a round the clock commitment and providing the resources to manage the physical and mental stresses of elite cycling is a huge part of producing the best result for the athlete.

    This includes:

    • Access to team infrastructure; world-class facilities, coaches, sport scientists, and experts in personal and professional development.
    • Training camp opportunities with National Team members
    • Performance monitoring with an initial rider assessment and monthly performance assessment
    • Nutrition review at beginning of each semester
    • DiSC behavior assessment tool and Personal Profile Assessment (PPA)
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    Each semester program is built around putting newfound skills into action through a supported event schedule where riders will have the chance to compete against the best in the world.

    This includes:

    • Top-tier development competition schedule for national and international events
    • On-ground support at competitions including housing, food, race venue setup, and full-service by professional support staff
    • Develop race day protocols, strategies, nutrition, and proper mindset
    • Team competition clothing and casual travel clothing
    • NormaTec & Hyperice recovery products
    • Helmets
    • Access to discounted bikes and other equipment
    • Access to other Academy partner products
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Cost of Attendance

Clothing (once per year)
Total$10,500 per semester

*The Olympic Development Academy costs $10,000 per semester with the add-on of team clothing for $500 each year. Other additional costs may be incurred.

Scholarship Opportunities

USA Cycling recognizes that an athlete’s background does not represent their potential, and we are committed to opening up all viable pathways for our young athletes to become world class competitors. That’s why the USA Cycling Foundation has created the ODA Scholarship Fund.

The fund was established to assist athletes who qualify for financial support based on outstanding performance or financial need. The burden of paying for programming should never stand in the way of an athlete’s fair chance of taking their career to the next level.

Academy Scholarships will be awarded on the same premise as a university. Athletes can choose to apply for a Spring semester, Fall semester or both.

Choose Your Discipline

Want to know more about your specific program? The ODA structure is consistent across all disciplines, but each one is specifically tailored to its athletes. Click on each photo to learn more about each discipline's schedule, coaching staff, cost, and more!


Kristin Armstrong

Kristin Armstrong

"The Olympic Development Academy is going to be a game changer for our next generation. I was fortunate enough to enter the sport under the USAC National Team umbrella, T-Mobile, and head to Europe about as green as they come— my first few years in Europe were critical to setting the stage and foundation to becoming a 4x Olympian and eventually becoming a 3x Olympic Gold Medalist. In order to be a champion you must take risk, dive in, and get after it. The opportunity to have such guidance and a safe environment to kick off your career is an opportunity of a lifetime. If you have dreams and goals of becoming an Olympian, never say never— make it happen!”

Junior Bikechat with Jim Miller & the ODA

USA Cycling's Chief of Sport Performance, Jim Miller, talks with the Junior Cycling Network about the Olympic Development Academy and provides clarity on questions from the audience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

Selection Process

  • How do I get selected for the Academy?

    There are no specific requirements to join the Academy. Selections will be made based on racing history, results, personal character, sportsmanship and work ethic. Athletes applying for the Academy must have some experience at National-level competitions. Athletes must be US Citizens.

  • How many athletes can be selected per discipline?

    The Olympic Development Academy is designed to provide high-quality, focused support for each and every athlete involved. Each discipline will be able to include a limited and varying number of athletes ranging between 6-20 athletes per discipline. The ODA will include an equal number of male and female athletes in every program when possible.

  • Who will be making the athlete selections?

    Applications and team selections will be reviewed by an application review committee.

  • Will I be notified if I did not make the Academy Team?

    Yes, you will always be emailed the status of your application regardless of being selected or not.

  • When will the Academy team be announced?

    Athletes will be notified via the email listed on their application of their acceptance on the date listed on the specific discipline page. Shortly after, the Olympic Development Academy team will be publicly announced through USA Cycling. The announcement date will be available on the discipline page.

About The Program

Academy Staff

  • What coaches are part of the Academy?

    The Olympic Development Academy is directed by some of the top coaches in the world. These coaches design the Academy training camps, racing programs, training plans and support infrastructure relying on decades of world-class experience. Each Academy discipline will include coaching by USA Cycling Elite Level coaches along with instruction from top experts in sports science, human performance, and personal development. Academy athletes may also interact with National Team athletes and coaches in select opportunities.

  • How can I get involved as a staff member with the ODA?

    The Olympic Development Academy will be part of the USA Cycling Coach Development and Education pathway and is welcoming any and all support staff like mechanics, souigners, sport scientists, etc. If you are interested in being a part of the ODA as a staff member, send us an email at with more information about the discipline you would like to work with.

Cost and Payments

  • What is included in the cost of the Academy?

    The Academy includes training plans, training camps, race trips, holistic athlete education and mentorship. Each component of the Academy is designed, managed and provided by world class coaches and experienced professionals.

  • What is not included in the cost of the Academy?

    Additional costs for athletes to consider will be: Travel to and from Academy events including training camps and race trips, personal racing and training equipment, and personalized coaching throughout the rest of the year. Academy clothing for competition and casual clothing is required to purchase once a year.

  • Can I pick and choose what races I want to do within the semester?

    Yes. It is not required to attend every event during the semester, however, attending all races will be best for the athletes development. The cost is fixed regardless of the number of events attended.

  • Are scholarships available?

    Yes. There are multiple scholarships available through the USA Cycling Foundation.

  • What is the refund policy?

    Riders that may become injured, ill or otherwise unable to attend the semester may be subject to a refund or credit for future semesters and will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Please email your respective Academy Director for more information.

For other general questions about the Olympic Development Academy, please send us an email at


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