USA Cycling’s National Development Programs in road 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 for the European program 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 events in USA Cycling’s National Development Program. These programs provide promising young road athletes with the support they need to succeed at the highest levels of professional and Olympic cycling.
European Training Facility
Road Cycling is traditionally a Eurocentric sport and most of the international competitions take place in Western Europe. USA Cycling maintains a base of operations for Road 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, many within driving distance of Sittard.
Nations Cups, 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 development athletes in the international competitions such as UCI World Cup, World Championship and other high level national events. From the kermess style circuit racing of northern Europe to the big stage races in France and Italy, and the Super-Cross, Mountain Bike and Track World Cups around the globe, USA Cycling fields our top prospects wherever possible. This regular exposure to the fastest bike racing in the world continues to set the bar for our future Olympians. Your support of the Foundation supports these international racing blocks in every discipline of cycling competition.