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Check out Team USA riders competing on the international circuit, and the programs that help Team USA dominate those events.
Hard work does pay off. USA Cycling is proud to support high-performing athletes with financial, technological, and logistical programs that allow them to focus their efforts even further.
Athletes qualify for different levels of support -- Gold, Silver, Bronze, and National Development Team -- based on results.
Program Qualification Guidelines and Benefits [PDF]
The goal of this camp is to bring together all the top Junior and U23 cyclocross talent in one location for a five-day training, planning and skills building camp. The camp will seek to create an environment that cultivates team building, on and off the bike, which is designed to build a cohesive group of riders for their arrival in Europe for the cyclocross season. An emphasis will be placed on planning a strategic training blueprint for the cyclocross season as well as improving the unique bike handling skills critical for success in this discipline. The camp also will serve as an identification tool for our coaches to assess the likelihood of success at top level international cyclocross competition.
This season USA Cycling plans to support a select number of our best elite cyclocross athletes at our base in Sittard. This support will be specifically tailored to each rider’s needs in terms of timeframe and support level. The goal will be to ensure that our best riders can maximize their efforts at World Cup and UCI events in Northern Europe when their professional teams cannot offer this specific European race support. The USAC base in Sittard, Holland offers a unique and high level opportunity for our riders that we feel will significantly improve our prospects for podium level results at the highest level of the discipline of cyclocross.
The early season race effort will include two weeks of international cyclocross racing from the European base in Sittard, Holland. This block of racing will include the season’s first World Cup event in Valkenburg, Holland. USA Cycling has outfitted a fully stocked service course in Sittard that is capable of providing all the equipment necessary to support a world class race effort. The lodging and training in Sittard also are highly supportive of all elite athlete requirements.
This race program, based out of Sittard, will be the longest program of the season with five European races to be held in a three week span. The goal is to expose our best athletes to the specific demands of top level international cyclocross racing. The depth of competition and difficulty of the race courses combine to make this the best and most effective method of preparing our riders for the future. USA Cycling will choose riders who have proven their ability in the early season race program and who are on track to qualify for the World Championship team. This race program will include World Cups #2 and #3 in Belgium and the UK as well as a number of other international events.
After a brief respite in the USA, top performers from the Early and Mid-Season Race Program and a number of younger development aged riders will return to Sittard to participate in the traditional Holiday Period of cyclocross races. These events are very challenging and the compressed schedule offers these riders a chance to absorb cumulative racing experience over a shorter period of time. The riders will compete in six high level UCI events (including World Cups #4 & #5 in Belgium) over a two week period. The purpose is to allow the riders to adapt to the heavy load of racing in advance of their final trip to Europe for the World Championships in early 2017.
This is the final race program of the cyclocross season. USA Cycling will support the riders who have been selected to the World Championship cyclocross team. This race program is designed to give our top athletes an opportunity to work on their final preparation for a World Championship podium performance. The program begins with the final two World Cups of the season in France and Holland and culminates with the World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic. The goal is to minimize the stress on the riders between the events to ensure they arrive at the Worlds well rested and prepared to compete at their best.