Team USA

Road

Nail-biting breakaways, impossibly steep climbs, technical descents, and assertive attacks on the pack. Check out Team USA riders competing in Time Trials, Road Races, and Criteriums, and the programs that help Team USA dominate international events.

About Road Cycling?

Just as its name implies, the discipline of road cycling takes place on paved roadways. Considered to be the most traditional, popular and purest form of bike racing, road cycling takes on many different forms. Events contested on the road include Time Trials, Road Races, Stage Races, Criteriums, Circuit Races, and Team Time Trials. At the World Championships and Olympic Games, men and women compete in the Time Trial and Road Race. The program primarily consists of a European-based training center that serves as a base for competition throughout Western Europe, i.e., Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, and Denmark.

Join The Team

The Road pathway identifies the next generation of road athletes with world-class potential and to develop the necessary skills to compete at the elite level. It develops their physiological abilities and skills, and provides them with world-class coaching, experience, resources, and the support required to excel at the highest levels of international competition.

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

Men's Endurance Development Pathway

Join The Olympic Development Academy

USA Cycling's Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for road is the best comprehensive development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. The comprehensive and fully immersive program was designed to provide an athlete with experience, knowledge, skills and guidance to build a solid foundation and be prepared to take the next step forward in their progression to a trade team, the National Team or a World Tour team.

2022 Schedule

TBD


Program & Cost

The athlete will learn and experience what it takes to be a competitive cyclist at the highest levels. Athletes will have the opportunity to attend fully supported races in the US & Europe with an extensive support staff. The European blocks will be based out of our European Training Headquarters in Sittard, Netherlands.

The program will teach skills, including bike handling, pack riding, positioning, cobbles, crosswinds, climbing, sprinting and time trialing. Race preparation, race strategy and management from both an individual and team perspective will be taught. Team structure, roles, strategy, and execution will be key. In completing this extensive curriculum, each athlete will leave with incredibly valuable experience and knowledge that would be difficult to gain elsewhere.


Want to join the Olympic Development Academy?

2022 Applications Coming Soon

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 Road Cycling. 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.


MEET THE TEAM

Olympic Games

July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

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

For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - Road


World Championships

February 26, 2022: Zwift - Esports

Athlete Discretionary Petition Form

World Championships Selection Criteria


September 18-26, 2021: Flanders, Belgium - Road

Athlete Discretionary Petition Form (for all Ages/Genders)

Elite Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

U23 Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

Junior Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Road World Championships


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.


Women's Key Events

Elite EventsLocationJunior EventsLocation
Worlds Course ReconAUTWorlds Course Preview CampNOR
Pan American ChampionshipsARGTrofeo Binda NCupITA
Tour of CaliforniaUSAGent Wevelgem NCupBEL
Thuringen Ladies TourGERHealth Aging Tour NCupHOL
Chrono GatineauCANOmloop V. Borsele NCupHOL
Chrono Kristin ArmstrongUSAPan American ChampionshipsARG
Post Tour KermessesNEDWatersley Ladies ChallengeNED
La Route de FranceFRAChrono ChampenoisFRA
Veenedaal ClassicBELWorld ChampionshipsNOR
Trophee d'Or FemininFRATeam Building CampUSA
Boels Ladies TourNED
Lotto Belgium TourBEL
Chrono ChampenoisFRA
World ChampionshipsAUT
ITT Camp IUSA
ITT Camp IIUSA
ITT Camp IIIUSA

Men's Key Events

U23 EventsJunior Events
Istrian Spring TrophyGent Wevelgem*
Classic Prep CampSter van Zuid Limburg
Gent Wevelgem*Paris Roubaix*
Triptyque des Monts et ChateauxCourse de la Paix*
Ronde van Vlaanderen U23Internationale Junioren Driedaagse
Liege - Bastogne - Liege*Tour du Pays de Vaud*
ZLM Tour*Omloop de Maasvallei
Pan American ChampionshipsTrofeo Karlsberg*
Rhone Alpes Isere TourTour de l'Abitibi*
Ronde van Overjissel15-16 EU Race Camp
Ronde de l'IsardG.P. Ruebliland
Circuit de WallonieRoad World Championships
GP Priessnitz*
Altitude Training Camp
USA Cycling U23 National Championships
Tour de l'Avenir*
GP Wallonie
Raifessen
U23 ITT World Championships
U23 RR World Championships
*Nations Cup event


About Road Cycling?

Just as its name implies, the discipline of road cycling takes place on paved roadways. Considered to be the most traditional, popular and purest form of bike racing, road cycling takes on many different forms. Events contested on the road include Time Trials, Road Races, Stage Races, Criteriums, Circuit Races, and Team Time Trials. At the World Championships and Olympic Games, men and women compete in the Time Trial and Road Race. The program primarily consists of a European-based training center that serves as a base for competition throughout Western Europe, i.e., Belgium, France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Luxembourg, and Denmark.

Join The Team

The Road pathway identifies the next generation of road athletes with world-class potential and to develop the necessary skills to compete at the elite level. It develops their physiological abilities and skills, and provides them with world-class coaching, experience, resources, and the support required to excel at the highest levels of international competition.

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

Men's Endurance Development Pathway

Join The Olympic Development Academy

USA Cycling's Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for road is the best comprehensive development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. The comprehensive and fully immersive program was designed to provide an athlete with experience, knowledge, skills and guidance to build a solid foundation and be prepared to take the next step forward in their progression to a trade team, the National Team or a World Tour team.

2022 Schedule

TBD


Program & Cost

The athlete will learn and experience what it takes to be a competitive cyclist at the highest levels. Athletes will have the opportunity to attend fully supported races in the US & Europe with an extensive support staff. The European blocks will be based out of our European Training Headquarters in Sittard, Netherlands.

The program will teach skills, including bike handling, pack riding, positioning, cobbles, crosswinds, climbing, sprinting and time trialing. Race preparation, race strategy and management from both an individual and team perspective will be taught. Team structure, roles, strategy, and execution will be key. In completing this extensive curriculum, each athlete will leave with incredibly valuable experience and knowledge that would be difficult to gain elsewhere.


Want to join the Olympic Development Academy?

2022 Applications Coming Soon

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 Road Cycling. 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.


MEET THE TEAM

Olympic Games

July 23 - August 8, 2021: Tokyo, Japan

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

For more official documents, please visit: Olympic Games - Road


World Championships

February 26, 2022: Zwift - Esports

Athlete Discretionary Petition Form

World Championships Selection Criteria


September 18-26, 2021: Flanders, Belgium - Road

Athlete Discretionary Petition Form (for all Ages/Genders)

Elite Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

U23 Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

Junior Men's & Women's Road World Championships Selection Criteria

For the most up-to-date information, please visit: UCI Road World Championships


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.


Women's Key Events

Elite EventsLocationJunior EventsLocation
Worlds Course ReconAUTWorlds Course Preview CampNOR
Pan American ChampionshipsARGTrofeo Binda NCupITA
Tour of CaliforniaUSAGent Wevelgem NCupBEL
Thuringen Ladies TourGERHealth Aging Tour NCupHOL
Chrono GatineauCANOmloop V. Borsele NCupHOL
Chrono Kristin ArmstrongUSAPan American ChampionshipsARG
Post Tour KermessesNEDWatersley Ladies ChallengeNED
La Route de FranceFRAChrono ChampenoisFRA
Veenedaal ClassicBELWorld ChampionshipsNOR
Trophee d'Or FemininFRATeam Building CampUSA
Boels Ladies TourNED
Lotto Belgium TourBEL
Chrono ChampenoisFRA
World ChampionshipsAUT
ITT Camp IUSA
ITT Camp IIUSA
ITT Camp IIIUSA

Men's Key Events

U23 EventsJunior Events
Istrian Spring TrophyGent Wevelgem*
Classic Prep CampSter van Zuid Limburg
Gent Wevelgem*Paris Roubaix*
Triptyque des Monts et ChateauxCourse de la Paix*
Ronde van Vlaanderen U23Internationale Junioren Driedaagse
Liege - Bastogne - Liege*Tour du Pays de Vaud*
ZLM Tour*Omloop de Maasvallei
Pan American ChampionshipsTrofeo Karlsberg*
Rhone Alpes Isere TourTour de l'Abitibi*
Ronde van Overjissel15-16 EU Race Camp
Ronde de l'IsardG.P. Ruebliland
Circuit de WallonieRoad World Championships
GP Priessnitz*
Altitude Training Camp
USA Cycling U23 National Championships
Tour de l'Avenir*
GP Wallonie
Raifessen
U23 ITT World Championships
U23 RR World Championships
*Nations Cup event


ROAD CYCLING

MEET THE STAFF
Jeff Pierce Headshot

Jeff
Pierce

Director of Road and Track
Background

During his professional road racing career, Jeff became the third American to win a stage at the Tour de France with his victory in the final stage on the Champs-Élysées in 1987. Over his 22-years of racing, he competed in seven Grand Tours and collected numerous wins in road races around the United States. Jeff was a member of the U.S. National Team, and he was the No. 1-ranked rider in the country in 1985. In Jeff's role at USA Cycling, he oversees the road programs from the development level through the U.S. National Team. In 2020, he was inducted into the US Bicycling Hall of Fame.

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