Team USA

Cyclocross

Wheel-sucking sand pits, uphill barriers, and unpredictable weather and course conditions. Check out the riders competing on the international circuit, and the programs that help Team USA dominate those events.

About Cyclocross

Cyclocross is a unique discipline of cycling that can best be described as riding a road bike with off-road tires around a technical, multi-surface circuits that require the riders to make tactical decisions due to challenging course features. Since the cyclocross season generally takes place from September to February, adverse weather conditions such as snow, rain, wind and mud often alter racing conditions. These technical elements along with the unpredictable weather and course conditions all add to the sport’s allure.

Join The Team

USA Cycling is pleased to be able to better support our aspiring athletes and grow the sport of cyclocross in the U.S. with the support of the MudFund. Our goal is to elevate the experience of our athletes and fans alike, and we are grateful to the Cyclocross community for carrying on the tradition of digging deep and keeping this sport fun. The cyclocross development program is designed to create a complete pathway from entering the sport to finishing on the podium at the highest level.

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

Cyclocross Pathway

Join The Olympic Development Academy

USA Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for Cyclocross is the best comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. Even though cyclocross is not an Olympic discipline, we still want to offer CX athletes Olympic-level support. The program has been designed to offer you the best coaching and experience outside the National Team. The goal of the program is to allow you to fully experience and understand what it takes to become a World Championship caliber athlete by receiving coaching focused on your individual growth and exposing you to all the sport science that goes behind creating World Champions.

The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our World Championship programs. The program runs over several months, and during that time, you will receive individualized coaching and support, and the opportunities to train and compete in top-level events in the USA.

2021 Schedule

DateEventLocation
August 10-15Training CampBentonville, AR
September 23-26Rochester Cyclocross (Group A)Rochester, NY
September 30 - October 3Charm City Cross (Group B)Baltimore, MD
October 21-24Kings CX (Group A)Mason, OH
October 28-31Major Taylor 'Cross Cup (Group B)

Indianapolis, IN

November 4-7The Northampton International (Group A)Northampton, MA
November 8-12Training CampMassachusetts
November 13-14Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross (Group B)Falmouth, MA



Program & Cost

Throughout the cyclocross semester, Academy athletes will focus on physically and mentally preparing for top-level competition by spending time on world-class cyclocross courses and working on start skills, cornering techniques, positioning, race-craft, off-camber riding, generating speed by utilizing momentum and more. Another portion of the program will focus on Strength and Conditioning sessions that will target correct lifting techniques and introducing specific cyclocross training techniques. Workshops will also be included regarding nutrition, sports psychology, athlete wellness, anti-doping education, professional advancement and developing training and racing strategies.

Cyclocross racing opportunities will be available in the US. The goal of these events will be to educate riders on all aspects of the planning and preparation that will help them perform their best on race day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working on throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world-class treatment and experience.

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?

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 Cyclocross. 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

    World Championships

    January 29-30, 2022: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

    2022 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

    For more information, please visit: UCI Cyclocross World Championships


    World Cups

    October 10, 2021 Waterloo, WI, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

    October 13, 2021 Fayetteville, AR, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

    October 17, 2021 Iowa City, IA, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

    October 24, 2021 Zonhoven, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

    October 31, 2021 Overijse, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

    November 14, 2021 Tabor, Czech Republic (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

    November 21, 2021 Koksijde, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

    November 28, 2021 Besançon, France - Start Request/Petition Form

    December 5, 2021 Antwerpen, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

    December 12, 2021 Val di Sole, Italy - Start Request/Petition Form

    December 18, 2021 Rucphen, Netherlands - Start Request/Petition Form

    December 19, 2021 Namur, Belgium (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

    December 26, 2021 Dendermonde, Belgium (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

    January 2, 2022 Hulst, Netherlands - Start Request/Petition Form

    January 16, 2022 Flamanville, France (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

    January 23, 2022 Hoogerheide, Netherlands (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

    2021-2022 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Qualification Criteria

    For the most up-to-date information, please visit: 2021-2022 UCI Cyclocross World Cup


    Continental Championships

    2021 Pan American Championships - Garland, TX, December 5th, 2021


    Development Opportunities

    2021-2022 Cyclocross Development Program Details - Christmas Trip Application Form


    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 Cyclocross

    Cyclocross is a unique discipline of cycling that can best be described as riding a road bike with off-road tires around a technical, multi-surface circuits that require the riders to make tactical decisions due to challenging course features. Since the cyclocross season generally takes place from September to February, adverse weather conditions such as snow, rain, wind and mud often alter racing conditions. These technical elements along with the unpredictable weather and course conditions all add to the sport’s allure.

    Join The Team

    USA Cycling is pleased to be able to better support our aspiring athletes and grow the sport of cyclocross in the U.S. with the support of the MudFund. Our goal is to elevate the experience of our athletes and fans alike, and we are grateful to the Cyclocross community for carrying on the tradition of digging deep and keeping this sport fun. The cyclocross development program is designed to create a complete pathway from entering the sport to finishing on the podium at the highest level.

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

    Cyclocross Pathway

    Join The Olympic Development Academy

    USA Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy (ODA) for Cyclocross is the best comprehensive cyclocross development program in North America for junior and U23 athletes. Even though cyclocross is not an Olympic discipline, we still want to offer CX athletes Olympic-level support. The program has been designed to offer you the best coaching and experience outside the National Team. The goal of the program is to allow you to fully experience and understand what it takes to become a World Championship caliber athlete by receiving coaching focused on your individual growth and exposing you to all the sport science that goes behind creating World Champions.

    The ODA puts you, the individual, in charge of your athletic development and in front of the coaches and program directors that manage our World Championship programs. The program runs over several months, and during that time, you will receive individualized coaching and support, and the opportunities to train and compete in top-level events in the USA.

    2021 Schedule

    DateEventLocation
    August 10-15Training CampBentonville, AR
    September 23-26Rochester Cyclocross (Group A)Rochester, NY
    September 30 - October 3Charm City Cross (Group B)Baltimore, MD
    October 21-24Kings CX (Group A)Mason, OH
    October 28-31Major Taylor 'Cross Cup (Group B)

    Indianapolis, IN

    November 4-7The Northampton International (Group A)Northampton, MA
    November 8-12Training CampMassachusetts
    November 13-14Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross (Group B)Falmouth, MA



    Program & Cost

    Throughout the cyclocross semester, Academy athletes will focus on physically and mentally preparing for top-level competition by spending time on world-class cyclocross courses and working on start skills, cornering techniques, positioning, race-craft, off-camber riding, generating speed by utilizing momentum and more. Another portion of the program will focus on Strength and Conditioning sessions that will target correct lifting techniques and introducing specific cyclocross training techniques. Workshops will also be included regarding nutrition, sports psychology, athlete wellness, anti-doping education, professional advancement and developing training and racing strategies.

    Cyclocross racing opportunities will be available in the US. The goal of these events will be to educate riders on all aspects of the planning and preparation that will help them perform their best on race day. These events are the perfect place to put into practice everything the athletes have been working on throughout the semester. Riders will receive a full world-class treatment and experience.

    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?

    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 Cyclocross. 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

      World Championships

      January 29-30, 2022: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA

      2022 Cyclocross World Championships Selection Document - Discretionary Petition Form

      For more information, please visit: UCI Cyclocross World Championships


      World Cups

      October 10, 2021 Waterloo, WI, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

      October 13, 2021 Fayetteville, AR, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

      October 17, 2021 Iowa City, IA, USA - Start Request/Petition Form

      October 24, 2021 Zonhoven, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

      October 31, 2021 Overijse, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

      November 14, 2021 Tabor, Czech Republic (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

      November 21, 2021 Koksijde, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

      November 28, 2021 Besançon, France - Start Request/Petition Form

      December 5, 2021 Antwerpen, Belgium - Start Request/Petition Form

      December 12, 2021 Val di Sole, Italy - Start Request/Petition Form

      December 18, 2021 Rucphen, Netherlands - Start Request/Petition Form

      December 19, 2021 Namur, Belgium (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

      December 26, 2021 Dendermonde, Belgium (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

      January 2, 2022 Hulst, Netherlands - Start Request/Petition Form

      January 16, 2022 Flamanville, France (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

      January 23, 2022 Hoogerheide, Netherlands (M U23, M&W Junior races) - Start Request/Petition Form

      2021-2022 UCI Cyclocross World Cup Qualification Criteria

      For the most up-to-date information, please visit: 2021-2022 UCI Cyclocross World Cup


      Continental Championships

      2021 Pan American Championships - Garland, TX, December 5th, 2021


      Development Opportunities

      2021-2022 Cyclocross Development Program Details - Christmas Trip Application Form


      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.

      CYCLOCROSS

      MEET THE STAFF
      Jesse Anthony headshot

      Jesse
      Anthony

      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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