Mountain Bike Racing
USA Cycling’s National Development Programs in mountain bike racing begin with talent identification through domestic competition results. Regional and National athlete development camps also play a significant role in preparing juniors for higher competition levels. Athletes are chosen to travel primarily to Europe beginning with the 15-16 age group. The 17-18 age group European program expands with additional racing blocks during each season, and the Under-23 men and elite women’s programs have the largest calendar of program support under USA Cycling’s National Development Program. This program provides promising young mountain bike athletes with the support they need to succeed at the highest levels of professional and Olympic cycling.
European Training Facility
While Mountain Bike racing was invented in the USA, it has evolved dramatically in Europe, with a large number of the top international competitions occurring each year in Western Europe. USA Cycling maintains a base of operations for Mountain Bike 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 competitions, all within driving distance of Sittard.
World Cups, Continental Championships, World Championships, Olympic Games
An integral part of USA Cycling’s National Development Programs is the regular entry of our best Mountain Bike athletes in high level international competitions such as Continental Championships, UCI World Cup 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 Olympians. Your support of the Foundation supports these international racing blocks in the mountain bike discipline.