USA Cycling’s National Development Programs in Cyclocross racing begin with talent identification through domestic competition results. Regional and National athlete development camps also play a significant role in preparing young Cyclocross athletes for the higher level of international competition. Athletes are chosen to travel to international competitions based on training camp and competition results. The National Development Program provides our promising young Cyclocross athletes with the support they need to succeed at the highest levels of World Cup and World Championship competition.
European Training Facility
Cyclocross racing evolved out of Western Europe as a winter training activity, and the fastest international competition still occurs in Western Europe. While the U.S. Cyclocross racing scene is also very fast and growing, USA Cycling continues to utlize the base of operations for Cyclocross development activities in Sittard-Geleen in the Limburg, Netherlands. This facility is a component of the National Development Program, complete with a service course, U.S. staff, team cars, vans and trucks for use in the various Cyclocross competitions, all within driving distance of Sittard.
World Cups, Continental and World Championships
An integral part of USA Cycling’s National Development Programs is the regular entry of our best Cyclocross athletes in high level international competitions such as UCI World Cups and World Championships. USA Cycling fields our top prospects in these events to gain regular exposure to the fastest competition in the world. This regular exposure to the world’s fastest riders continues to set the bar for our future World Champions. Your support of the Foundation supports these international racing efforts in the Cyclocross racing discipline.