Team USA

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Heart pounding action, digging deeper than deep, in a race against the clock and fellow racers. Check out Team USA riders competing in Sprint, Keirin, Time Trial, and other races, and the programs that help Team USA dominate international events.

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]

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Time Standards
For Sprint Programs and Endurance Programs
For Sprint Programs and Endurance Programs

USA CYCLING INTERNATIONAL SPRINT TRACK PROGRAM & TIME STANDARDS

ELITE MEN AND WOMEN SPRINT TRACK

USA Cycling has developed the following sprint time standards for the 2017/18 UCI international track season. These time standards are used for several purposes, the primary being to identify athletes who have already demonstrated an international capable capacity to compete on the world cup and world championship level. Secondly, we wish to identify those emerging athletes that have the potential to develop into world-class, elite sprinters, and then provide them the necessary resources to fulfill their athletic potential.

INTERNATIONAL ELITE — WORLD CUP TIME STANDARD

The focus of USA Cycling’s International Elite program is on international competition in Olympic events and identifying world-class athletes who have the potential to become consistent podium contenders in world cups, world championships and the Olympic Games.

For those athletes whom meet the International Elite time standard and qualify to compete at UCI World Cups, USA Cycling may provide international training and racing opportunities at the USA Cycling European Training Center and the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Athletes will have the opportunity to race in European Grand Prix events and the UCI World Cups during the UCI track season.

EMERGING INTERNATIONAL — EUROPEAN-BASED GRAND PRIX TIME STANDARD

The objective of the USA Cycling Emerging International program is to identify emerging international-capable athletes and provide them with the necessary training and international racing opportunities to develop their athletic potential. The focus of this program is on international competition and international training opportunities for Olympic events. Those athletes that meet the Emerging International time standard may be provided international training and racing opportunities based at the USA Cycling European Training Center. Athletes selected will have the opportunity to race in European Grand Prix events throughout the course of the summer racing season.

NATIONAL LEVEL

National level time standards are included in the table below to provide athletes the perspective for where they stand internationally and where they need to develop in order to participate in USA Cycling track sprint programs. International time standards can be met at any UCI C1-3 and CC events where starting gates and electronic timing systems are used.


 


 

 

 

ENVIROMENTAL AND MECHANICAL CONDITIONS FOR TIME STANDARD RATIFICATION

All time standards must be confirmed by electronic timing. In the event electronic timing is not available, an athlete may submit a video of the time standard that was met, provided the video clearly shows the timing lines, and USAC staff is able to accurately determine a time for the given event. Video ratification will be used at USAC discretion.

It is the responsibility of the athlete to communicate with the USA Cycling national team program director when they have met a time standard and would like to be considered for a USA Cycling program or a specific event nomination.

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CORRECTION FACTOR

The outdoor time standards have a +3 percent added to the indoor time standards derived from world cup and world championship data. This 3 percent has consistently been shown through several different data sets to be a standard increase in environmental correction for slower, non-controllable environments.

ALTITUDE CORRECTION FACTOR

Using the current data of world cups and world championships over the last five seasons, USA Cycling is able to compare sea level versus altitude results. Based on this data the average change in performance for a flying 200-meter sprint was 4 percent. The average change in performance for team sprint is 1.3 percent.

QUALIFYING TIME PERIOD

Qualifying time standards for the 2017-2018 UCI Track World Cup Season, and 2018 Pan Am Championships must be on or met between the dates of TBD.

TEAM SPRINTS

Team sprint time standards are only valid on 250-meter tracks.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The international time standards are not team selection criteria. Team selection criteria for specific events can be found on the International Event page, and Podium Program selection criteria can be found above. The international time standards are minimum standards to be considered for a team selection.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A TIME STANDARD?

To submit a time standard, please use the discretionary athlete nomination form.

INTERNATIONAL ENDURANCE TRACK PROGRAM & OMNIUM TIME STANDARDS

ELITE MEN AND WOMEN ENDURANCE TRACK

USA Cycling has developed the following international omnium time standards for the 2014/15 UCI international track season. These time standards are used for several purposes, the primary being to identify athletes who have already demonstrated an international capable capacity to compete on the world cup and world championship level. Secondly, we wish to identify those emerging athletes that have the potential to develop into world-class, elite omnium cyclists and then provide them the necessary resources to fulfill their athletic potential.

INTERNATIONAL ELITE — WORLD CUP TIME STANDARD

The focus of USA Cycling’s International Elite program is on international competition in Olympic events, and identifying world-class athletes who have the potential to become consistent podium contenders in world cups, world championships and the Olympic Games.

For those athletes who meet all three International Omnium time standards and qualify to compete at UCI World Cups, USA Cycling may provide international training and racing opportunities with the USA Cycling National Program. Athletes may have the opportunity to race in European Grand Prix events and the UCI World Cups throughout the season.

EMERGING INTERNATIONAL — EUROPEAN-BASED GRAND PRIX TIME STANDARD

The objective of the USA Cycling Emerging International program is to identify emerging international-capable athletes and provide them with the necessary training and international racing opportunities to develop their athletic potential. The focus of this program is on international competition and international training opportunities for Olympic events.

Those athletes that meet two of the three International Omnium time standards may be given the opportunities to train with the USA Cycling National Program. Athletes meeting a minimum of two of the three time standards may be given priority in non-Olympic events at UCI World Cup races, provided they have met the minimum qualification requirements to participate as set forth by the UCI.

NATIONAL LEVEL

National level time standards are included in the table below to provide athletes the perspective for where they stand internationally and where they need to develop in order to participate in USA Cycling track international omnium programs.

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QUALIFYING EVENTS FOR TIME STANDARDS

Time standards can be met at the following domestic events:

May 17-19Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike MartSuperdrome, Frisco, TX
June 13-14Midwest ChallengeMajor Taylor Velodrome, Indianapolis, IN
July 11-12Grand Prix of Colorado SpringsVelodrome at Memorial Park, Colorado Springs, CO
July 25-26Marymoor Grand PrixMarymoor Velodrome, Redmond, WA
TBDLos Angeles Grand PrixVELO Sports Center, Carson, CA
June 25-29USA Cycling Juniors Track National ChampionshipsCarson, CA
Aug. 12-17USA Cycling Elite Track National ChampionshipsRock Hill, SC
Sept. 25-28 USA Cycling Collegiate Track National ChampionshipsIndianapolis, IN

 International time standards can be met at any UCI C1-3 and CC events where starting gates and electronic timing systems are used.

ENVIRONMENTAL AND MECHANICAL CONDITIONS FOR TIME STANDARD RATIFICATION

All time standards must be confirmed by electronic timing. In the event electronic timing is not available, an athlete may submit a video of the time standard that was met, provided the video clearly shows the timing lines, and USAC staff is able to accurately determine a time for the given event. Video ratification will be used at USAC discretion.

It is the responsibility of the athlete to communicate with the USA Cycling national team program director when they have met a time standard and would like to be considered for a USA Cycling program or a specific event nomination.

OUTDOOR ENVIRONMENTAL CORRECTION FACTOR

The outdoor time standards have a +3 percent added to the indoor time standards derived from world cup and world championship data. This 3 percent has consistently been shown through several different data sets to be a standard increase in environmental correction for slower, non-controllable environments.

ALTITUDE CORRECTION FACTOR

There is not an altitude correction factor applied to the International Omnium time standards.

QUALIFYING TIME PERIOD

Qualifying time standards for the 2014/15 UCI Track World Cup season and the 2014 Pan Am Continental Track Championships must be on or met between the dates of January 1, 2014, and September 30, 2014.

TEAM PURSUITS

In the 2012-2016 quadrennial, USA Cycling will not have a men’s team pursuit focus. We will continue to place significant focus on the women’s team pursuit. Athletes interested in trying out for the women’s team pursuit should contact us.

SELECTION CRITERIA

The international time standards are not team selection criteria. Team selection criteria for specific events can be found on the International Event page, and Podium Program selection criteria can be found above. The international time standards are minimum standards to be considered for a team selection.

HOW DO I SUBMIT A TIME STANDARD?

To submit time standards please use the discretionary athlete nomination form.

Development Pathways


Key Events

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

Our Staff

Track Elite Athletics

Jamie
Staff

Performance Director, BMX & Sprint Track
Background

Jamie Staff, an Olympic Gold Medalist for Great Britain in 2008, leads USA Cycling’s BMX and Sprint Track programs. Jamie raced for 20 years in BMX and 7 years on the track before turning to coaching. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, under Jamie’s direction, USA Cycling’s BMX program won its first Gold medal, a Silver medal, and recorded two 4th place finishes. Jamie is based at the Chula Vista Elite Athlete Training Center in Chula Vista, California.  

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Gary
Sutton

Head Coach, Women's Endurance Track
Background

Gary leads the women’s endurance track program at USA Cycling.  With more than 25 years of coaching experience, Sutton has a distinctive track record in the sport. Most recently, he was the Women's Track Endurance Coach for Cycling Australia, serving in that role since 2010 and achieving international success at the highest level with multiple athletes across multiple events. Highly respected for his technical skills, Gary is equally praised for his commitment to individual athletes and focus on developing good people – not just great athletes. Prior to coaching, he was an outstanding elite cyclist in his own right having competed in the 1976 and 1980 Olympic Games and winning the amateur World Championship in the Points Race.  Gary is based at the USA Cycling headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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