Team USA

International Events

Years of hard work and dedication to the sport all culminate on race day, where dreams are made or broken. See what types of events Team USA attends, and gain a better understanding of what it takes to get there as an athlete.

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1. How Athletes Are Selected to Teams

USA Cycling is responsible for selecting the athletes who represent the United States in the highest level of international competition (e.g., Olympic Games, World Championships, or Pan-American Championships).  USA Cycling is committed to implementing a fair and transparent process which will place athletes who provide the United States with the greatest likelihood of success on the start line.  Athletes are selected according to clearly defined criteria and a clearly defined process.  There are two ways an athlete can make a team – by automatically qualifying or being selected according to discretionary criteria.

Automatic Selection

USA Cycling establishes specific automatic selection criteria for each event in each discipline.  By design, only proven contenders for medaling at the highest level of international competition will meet the automatic selection criteria.  Examples of automatic selection criteria include medaling at the most recent World Championships or ranking in the top 5 of the UCI World Cup rankings.  Automatic selection criteria are established by USA Cycling with input from its independent Selection Committee (explained further below) and a democratically elected representative of USA Cycling elite athletes known as the Athletes Advisory Council Representative (AAC Rep).  For qualification for the Olympic Games, the automatic selection criteria must also be approved by the US Olympic Committee (USOC).

Discretionary Selection

It is common that the United States will qualify for more available positions at an event than there are athletes who meet the automatic selection criteria.  In such cases, USA Cycling selects athletes on a discretionary basis using a clearly defined selection process.  Recommendations for who shall be selected are made by USA Cycling coaching staff, but final selection decisions are the responsibility of an independent, volunteer Selection Committee.  Decisions are made using criteria and decision-making guidelines defined in a document known as the Principles of Athlete Selection.  This document is created by USA Cycling with input from the Selection Committee, AAC Rep, and the USOC. 

2. Principles of Athlete Selection

The Principles of Athlete Selection is a document which details the criteria and decision-making guidelines to be used by USA Cycling coaches in making recommendations and by the Selection Committee in making the ultimate selection decisions. 

As outlined in the document, the Selection Committee selects athletes according to three priorities.  The first priority is the selection of athletes who have demonstrated that they are medal capable.  The second priority is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated that their presence on the team will have a positive impact on the overall team performance and create a medal capable team environment.  The third priority is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated the capacity to advance to the level of medal capability in the near future.

Coming Soon - Updated Principles of Athlete Selection Document

3. Selection Committee

While USA Cycling is responsible for running the Selection Process, establishing the Selection Criteria (with review and approval by USOC), and making recommendations on who shall be selected, discretionary decisions are ultimately made by an independent Selection Committee.  This Committee is comprised of 9 volunteers who are deeply knowledgeable about elite cycling, are free from significant conflicts of interest in making selection decisions, and have the capability and judgement to follow detailed selection criteria.  These individuals typically are retired Olympic and/or World Championship caliber athletes who have the desire and ability to volunteer their time and expertise to serve the sport of cycling and Team USA.

Selection Committee members serve for two Olympic four-year cycles and spend significant time reviewing selection criteria documents, following all disciplines of the sport of cycling, considering athlete competition data and petitions for selection, and attending team selection conference calls. 

USA Cycling runs an open nomination and recruitment process to develop recommendations for who should serve on the Selection Committee.  The USA Cycling Board, via its Executive Committee, is responsible for approving Selection Committee members.

USA Cycling is currently in the process of constructing a new Selection Committee to serve the remainder of the Tokyo 2020 quad and beyond to Paris 2024.  USA Cycling is seeking nominations or volunteers to serve on the Selection Committee alongside a portion of the members from the current Committee.  Please contact Vice President of Elite Athletics Scott Schnitzspahn at if you are interested in the role, or would like to nominate someone.  

Want to know how elite athletes are spotted and developed? Visit the Athlete Development page.

Coming Soon - Selection Committee Members and Operating Procedures

4. Discipline-specific Selection Information

Looking for more on team selection, including automatic and discretionary selection forms? 

See discipline-specific information by clicking the panels below.


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BMX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form


Development Camp Application

World Championships


June 5th-9th, 2018: Baku, Azerbaijan

2019: Zolder, Belgium

2020: Houston, Texas

BMX World Championships Automatic Qualification


  • Qualification Events
    • February 16, 2018: USA BMX Winter Nationals, Phoenix AZ
    • February 23, 2018: USA BMX Gator Nationals, Olddsmar, FL

International BMX License Application


Challenge Selection Documents
USA BMX Challenge Class Page
UCI BMX International Rider License Form (PDF)
2017 Automatic Qualifiers
Frequently Asked Questions
USA BMX Registration Check List
Online Registration for BMX World Challenge
Challenge Jersey Design 


Championship Selection Documents


UCI Event Page
Official BMX World Championship Website
Official Schedule
Track Design
Challenge Practice Groups and Times
Rider Ticket Info
Tickets for Parents and Guests
Event Manual


UCI World Championship Rule Book
UCI BMX Rule Book

World Cups

Upcoming Supercross World Cup: 

May 6-7, 2017: Papendal, NED

May 13-14, 2017: Zolder, BEL

September 16-17, 2017: Santiago Del Estero, ARG

Elite Supercross Race Program Automatic Qualification

BMX Freestyle

Coming soon



2017-18 USAC Cyclocross Development Race Blocks/Camps

World Championships


Valkenburg, NED - February 3-4, 2018

2018 UCI Cyclocross World Championships Selection Criteria

World Championship CX Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

World Cups


November 20, 2017 Bogense, Denmark
November 25, 2017 Zevem, Germany
December 17, 2017 Namur, Belgium
December 26, 2017 Heusden-Zolder, Belgium
January 21, 2018 Nommay, France
January 28, 2018 Hoogerheide, Netherland

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Registration Information

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Automatic Qualification

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Pre-Qualified Start Request

UCI Cyclocross World Cup Start Petition

Belgian Cyclocross Regulations

Continental Championships

Upcoming: TBD

Mountain Bike

XCO, Downhill, 4-Cross, Marathon

MTB Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

World Championships


XCO/DH: Cairns, Australia: September 5-10, 2017

XCO World Championships Automatic Qualification

Downhill World Championships Automatic Qualification

4-Cross: Val di Sole, Italy: August 24-25, 2017

4-Cross World Championships Automatic Qualification

Marathon: June 24-25, 2017: Singen, GER

Marathon World Championships Automatic Qualification

World Cups


XCOMarch 10Stellenbosch, South AfricaFeb 5Feb 23
DHIApril 21-22Losinj, CroatiaMarch 19April 6
XCO/XCCMay 18-20Albstadt, GermanyApril 16May 4
XCO/XCCMay 25-27Nove Mesto, Czech RepublicApril 23May 11
DHIJune 2-3Fort William, United KingdomApril 30May 18
DHIJune 9-10Leogang, AustriaMay 7May 25
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 6-8Val di Sole, ItalyJune 4June 22
XCO/XCC/DHIJuly 13-15Vallnord, AndorraJune 11June 29
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 10-12Mont-Sainte Anne, Quebec, CanadaJuly 9July 27
XCO/XCC/DHIAugust 24-26La Bresse, FranceJuly 23August 10

XCO-Cross-Country, XCC-Cross-Country Short Track, DHI-Downhill

MTB World Cup Resources: 

UCI MTB World Cup Registration Procedures

UCI MTB World Cup Petition Process

UCI MTB World Cup Pre-Qualified Entry Request

UCI MTB World Cup Start Petition

Continental Championships


Paipa-Boyaca, Columbia: March 29-April 2, 2017

XCO Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification

Downhill Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification


Junior Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Elite/U23 Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

World Championships


September 23-30, 2018: Innsbruck-Tirol, Austria

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Men

World Championships Automatic Qualification - U23 Men

World Championships Automatic Qualification - Juniors

World Tour

Men's World Tour

Women's World Tour

16-21 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
28 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
21-25 February: Abu Dhabi Tour (United Arab Emirates)
24 February: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad (Belgium)
3 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
4-11 March: Paris-Nice (France)
7-13 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
17 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
19-25 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
23 March: Record Bank E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
25 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
28 March: Dwars Door Vlaanderen / A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
1 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
2-7 April: Vuelta al País Vasco (Spain)
8 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
15 April: Amstel Gold Race (Netherlands)
18 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
22 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
24-29 April: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt « Rund um den Finanzplatz » (Germany)
5-27 May: Giro d’Italia (Italy)
13-19 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
3-10 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
9-17 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
7-29 July: Tour de France (France)
29 July: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
4 August: Clásica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
4-10 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
13-19 August: BinckBank Tour (Benelux)
19 August: Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
25 August-16 September: Vuelta a España (Spain)
26 August: Bretagne Classic – Ouest-France (France)
7 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
9 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
9-14 October: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey (Turkey)
13 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)
16-21 October: Tour of Guangxi (China)
3 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
11 March: Ronde Van Drenthe (the Netherlands)
18 March: Trofeo Binda (Italy)
22 March: Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde (Belgium)
25 March: Gent Wevelgem (Belgium)
1 April: Tour of Flanders (Belgium)
15 April: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
18 April: Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
22 April: Liège – Bastogne – Liège (Belgium)
26-28 April: Tour of Chongming Island (China)
10-13 May: Amgen Tour of California (USA)
19-22 May: Emakumeen XXXI. Bira (Spain)
13-17 June: Ovo Energy Women's Tour (Great Britain)
6-15 July: Giro Rosa (Italy)
17 July: La Course by Le Tour de France (France)
28 July: Prudential Ride London (Great Britain)
10 August: Vargarda TTT (Sweden)
12 August: Vargarda Road Race (Sweden)
16-19 August: Ladies Tour of Norway (Norway)
25 August: GP Plouay (France)
28 August-2 September: Boels Rental Ladies Tour (Netherlands)
16 September: Madrid Challenge by La Vuelta (Spain)
21 October: Tour of Guangxi Women's (China)

Continental Championships


May 3-6: Argentina

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification - Elite Women


Junior Track Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

World Championships


February 28-March 4, 2018: Apeldoorn, NED

World Championships Automatic Qualification

World Championships Discretionary Petition

Junior Track World Championships Automatic Qualification

Resources:Time Standards 

World Cups


  • November 3-5: Pruszków (Poland)
  • November 10-12: Manchester (Great Britain)
  • December 1-3: Milton (Canada)
  • December 9-10: Santiago (Chile)

Elite Track World Cup Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Continental Championships


August 30 - September 2: Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

Pan American Continental Championships Automatic Qualification


World Championships

BMX - Upcoming:


Masters Road Discretionary Athlete Nomination Form

Road - Upcoming:


Track - Upcoming:

2017/2018: Velo Sports Center, Los Angeles, CA

2019/2020: Manchester Velodrome, Manchester, ENG

MTB - Upcoming:

2018: Vallnord, AND

Cyclocross - Upcoming:

2018: Mol, BEL

Continental Championships 


2018: Orlando, FL