USA Cycling Announces Launch of USA Cycling National Team

(December 14, 2017) – USA Cycling announced the launch of the USA Cycling National Team at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Fifty-one athletes across BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road, and track cycling were initially named to the 2018 USA Cycling National Team and identified as the top performing athletes in each discipline based on objective performance-based criteria. “USA Cycling has always developed America’s best cyclists and aided them in international success, but we have not had a formal National Team in nearly two decades,” stated CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall. “We are introducing the USA Cycling National Team now to help our Olympic and World Championship contenders achieve their absolute best, clarify for all elite athletes how to attain USA Cycling’s top level of support, and  create a clear path and goals for developing athletes that aspire to Olympic and international success.”

The USA Cycling National Team will offer each athlete year-round support based on their level of accomplishment and be customized to their individual needs. While the performance standards are consistent across disciplines, there are unique criteria for each discipline and event that an athlete must achieve to be part of the team. Being a member of the National Team does not provide automatic access to World Championships teams or the Olympics, as those opportunities must be earned according to a clearly defined selection process open to all athletes.  However, it does provide access to USA Cycling’s highest level of athlete support, which may include:

  • Direct funding and health insurance
  • Access to U.S. Olympic Training Centers
  • Access to sport performance services: physiology, nutrition, sport psychology, strength and conditioning, technology and sports medicine
  • Access to U.S. Olympic Committee national medical network
  • Support from a USA Cycling Performance Director in partnership with the athlete’s personal coach, professional team, and extended support network
  • Travel support to attend National Team projects, qualifying events, and camps
  • High performance clothing and equipment provided by USA Cycling partners

Scott Schnitzspahn, Vice President of Elite Athletics for USA Cycling said, “First and foremost, the USA Cycling National Team program will help us ensure that those who have clearly and recently demonstrated the ability to succeed at the highest international level are receiving the full complement of resources and tools they need to win medals at the World Championships and Olympic Games. Thanks to the generous support of the U.S. Olympic Committee, the USA Cycling Foundation, and USA Cycling’s corporate partners, we can provide outstanding high performance resources to those fighting for major international success in the USA Cycling National Team jersey.”

Kristin Armstrong, three-time Olympic gold medalist and now Endurance Performance Director for USA Cycling, highlighted the importance of having access to a wide array of athlete support resources.  “I did not achieve my success alone, and I know others can’t either. I was excited to join the USA Cycling coaching team, and collectively we look forward to sharing our expertise and providing an exceptional level of support for athletes through the new USA Cycling National Team program.”

“This is a truly stellar group of athletes that have earned this honor”, said Jim Miller, Vice President of High Performance for USA Cycling. “We designed the USA Cycling National Team program to have a very high bar – all these athletes have achieved remarkable international success. I look forward to more athletes meeting those standards, and we have structured the program so that as new athletes meet the criteria, they too can join the team.”  Miller added, “This is a dynamic, performance based process, and additional athletes can earn their way onto the team with their performance. Conversely, those athletes named today will have to keep earning the privilege to remain a member of this elite team.”

In launching the program USA Cycling also outlined clear athlete development pathways for BMX, cyclocross, mountain bike, road and track cycling to help aspiring athletes of all abilities understand the process and expectations. All information is available on the usacycling.org/team.

Jim Miller explained, “The USA Cycling National Team is only part of the story. We are equally excited about our refined development pathways for each discipline. We wanted to clarify for athletes what the path is from grassroots to Olympic Champion. Elite athletes don’t start out elite – they need to develop, and we want to help athletes understand what that process looks like as much as possible.”


BMX FREESTYLE

CITY/STATECRITERIA
NickBruceCleveland OH4th World Cup Overall
PatCaseyRiverside CABMX Freestyle UCI Overall Ranking – 9th 
CoryCoffeyDetroit MIBMX Freestyle UCI Overall Ranking – 7th 
JustinDowellVirginia Beach VA8th place Freestyle UCI World Championships
AngieMarinoTempe AZ3rd World Championships
HannahRobertsBuchanan MI1st World Championships
DanielSandovalMira Loma CA4th World Championships
ColtonWalkerNew Richmond WI3rd World Championships
    

BMX SUPERCROSS

CITY/STATECRITERIA
ConnorFieldsHenderson NVTop 3 World Cup Overall
SeanGaianSantee CA15th World Championships
DanielleGeorgePalmdale CA11th World Championships
AlisePostChula Vista CA1st World Championships
CorbenSharrahTucson AZ1st World Championships
MikaShawBailey CO16th World Championships
    

CYCLOCROSS

CITY/STATECRITERIA
KatieComptonColorado Springs CO Elite Pan American Champion 
GageHechtParker COU23 Pan American Champion
StephenHydeEasthampton MAElite Pan American Champion 
EmmaWhite*Delanson NYU23 Pan American Champion
    

MOUNTAIN BIKE

CITY/STATECRITERIA
HaleyBattenPark City UT4th World Cup Overall U23
ChristopherBlevinsDurango COU23 National Champion 2017
KateCourtneyKentfield CA2nd U23 World Championships, Elite National Champion 2017
LeaDavisonJericho VT6th World Championships
HowardGrottsDurango COElite National Champion 2017
ErinHuckBoulder CO15th World Championships
ChloeWoodruffPrescott AZ14th UCI World Cup Val Di Sol
    

ROAD

CITY/STATECRITERIA
ChloéDygert-Owen*Port Orchard WATop 5 World Championships, Time Trial
IanGarrisonDecatur GA2nd Gent-Wevelgem 
MeganGuarnierSan Mateo CATop-5 Euro WWT SR - Giro, Top-25 UCI Rankings
BrandonMcNultyPhoenix AZ2nd U23 World Championships, U23 National Champion 2017
AmberNebenLake Forest CAElite National Champion 2017
NeilsonPowlessRoseville CA9th U23 World Championships, U23 National Champion 2017
CorynRiveraTustin CA1st Euro WWT - Flanders, Top-25 UCI Rankings
JoeyRosskopfDecatur GAElite National Champion 2017
SkylerSchneiderWest Allis WIWinner of 2.1 stage
LaurenStephensDallas TXTop-25 UCI Rankings, Top-10 World Championships TT
Tejayvan GarderenAspen COWinner of GT stage
LarryWarbasseTraverse City MIElite National Champion 2017
EmmaWhite*Delanson NYU23 National Champion 2017
TaylerWilesFairfax CAWinner of 2.1 stage 
    

TRACK ENDURANCE

CITY/STATECRITERIA
KellyCatlinArden Hills MN1st World Championships, Team Pursuit
ChloéDygert-Owen*Port Orchard WA1st World Championships, Team Pursuit
KimGeistEmmaus PA1st World Championships, Team Pursuit
AdrianHegyvaryAsheville NC3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago
DanielHollowayBoulder CO3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago, 1st Omnium World Cup Santiago
GavinHooverManhattan Beach CA3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago
AshtonLambieLawrence KS3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago
ColbyLangeEdwards CO3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago
DanielSummerhillCentennial CO4th Team Pursuit World Cup Milton
JenniferValenteSan Diego CA1st World Championships, Team Pursuit
EricYoungBoulder CO3rd Team Pursuit World Cup Santiago
KimZubrisAlburtis PA5th Madison World Cup Santiago
    

TRACK SPRINT

CITY/STATECRITERIA
MaddieGodbyLouisville CO1st Keirin World Cup Santiago
MandyMarquardtAllentown PA1st Pan American Championships
    
   *Chloé Dygert-Owen and Emma White each qualified in two disciplines: track and road, and cyclocross and road, respectively.

Pictured at top: Twenty-three members of the 2018 USA Cycling National Team visited the US Olympic Training Center on Wednesday.

To learn more about the National Team and USA Cycling’s development pathways, please visit: usacycling.org/team.

For more information, please contact Kelly Feilke