Team USA

Cyclocross

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

Team USA Athletes and Support Programs

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]

Development Pathway

Key Events

Race Program/CampDateEventLocation
Summer Training CampsJulyDevelopment Camps, Helena, MTUSA
September Race ProgramSeptemberWorld Cup, Iowa City, IAUSA
September Race ProgramSeptemberWorld Cup, Waterloo, IAUSA
October Race ProgramOctoberKoksijde World CupBEL
November Race ProgramNovemberBogense World CapDEN
November Race ProgramNovemberJanet Memorial (national race), HilversumNED
November Race ProgramNovemberBavaria-Veldrit (national race), LieshoutNED
November Race ProgramNovemberZeven World CupGER
November Race ProgramNovemberDVV Flandriencross, HammeBEL
December Race ProgramDecember DVV EssenBEL
December Race ProgramDecember Vlaamse Druivencross, OverijseBEL
December Race ProgramDecember Namur World CupBEL
December Race ProgramDecember Waaslandcross, St. NiklaasBEL
December Race ProgramDecember Zolder World CupBEL
World Championship Race ProgramJanuaryHoogerheide World CupNED
World Championship Race ProgramJanuaryValkenburg World ChampionshipsNED

For information on how to qualify or get nominated for event team participation, sponsorship programs, and other requirements, please visit the International Events page.



Development Programs


SUMMER CYCLOCROSS ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT CAMP

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.

Elements

  •  Summer CycloCross Development Camps to include race schedule planning, training strategy and planning, cyclocross skills work, on and off bike strength and flexibility training
  •  Four to six day long camp held three (3) months in advance of cyclocross season on the Carroll College campus in Helena, Montana
  •  Top U23 and Junior athletes invited to participate
  •  Foster team building atmosphere to strengthen European racing experience for European  the season
  •  Identify athletes who are preparing well in the “off season” and use information in rider selection for European race opportunities

ELITE ATHLETE SUPPORT

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.

EARLY SEASON EUROPEAN RACE PROGRAM

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.

Elements

  • Fully supported two week European cyclocross racing effort
  • Top Elite, U23 and Junior aged riders will attend
  • Includes World Cup #1
  • World-class coaching, training and  competition program
  • Logistical support at all events

MID-SEASON EUROPEAN RACE PROGRAM

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.

Elements

  • Fully supported three week European cyclocross racing effort
  • Large block of racing with five top level events
  • Includes World Cups #2 & #3
  • Top Elite, U23 and Junior aged riders to attend
  • World-class coaching, training and  competition program
  • Logistical support at all events

HOLIDAY EUROPEAN RACE PROGRAM

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.

Elements

  • Fully and partially supported two week European cyclocross racing effort
  • Large block of racing with six top level events
  • Includes World Cups #4 & #5
  • Top Elite, U23 and Junior aged riders to attend as well as larger pool of development riders
  • World-class coaching, training and  competition program
  • Logistical support at all events

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RACE PROGRAM

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.

Elements

  • Final World Championship preparation
  • Use last two World Cup races as final tune-up  for World Championships
  • Support only World Championship Team riders
  • Based out of Sittard, Holland for World Cups
  • Transfer to Czech Republic for  World Championships