Team USA Gears Up For The World Cup in Albstadt, Germany This Weekend

The Race Will Help Determine Who Makes the U.S. Olympic Team

Kate Courtney has already secured her place in this summer’s Olympic mountain bike race,  but two more spots on the U.S. Women’s Olympic Mountain Bike Team are still up for grabs.

2021 UCI Mountain Bike XCO World Cup Preview

What is at stake for the athletes trying to punch their ticket to Tokyo? 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Team USA is gearing up for some critical events as they look ahead to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games set to begin on July 23, 2021. The first key event for the XCO Mountain Bike team is the season opener for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany on May 9. The event is quickly followed by the last automatic qualification opportunity for the Games at the World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic on May 16.

As we approach the World Cup season, several riders are trying to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Kate Courtney (Kentfield, Calif.; SCOTT-SRAM Factory Racing) is the only U.S. rider automatically qualified for the Mountain Bike event at the Games. She did so by finishing in the top-5 at the 2019 UCI World Championships.

The Nation’s Ranking determines the number of qualifying positions for each event in Tokyo; Elite Men and Elite Women. As the rankings currently stand, the U.S. women’s team is ranked in the top-2 nations, meaning they will get a maximum of three starting positions. With Courtneyalready qualified, that leaves two spots to be filled, with five women vying for those positions;Haley Batten (Park City, Utah; Trinity Racing), Lea Davison (Jericho, V.T.; Team Twenty24),Hannah Finchamp (Altadena, Calif.; Orange Seal Off-Road Team), Erin Huck (Estes Park, Colo.; Scott/ Stages), and Chloe Woodruff (Tucson, Ariz.; Stans Pivot Pro Team).

Christopher Blevins (1) and Keegan Swenson (11) will be racing this weekend to determine who gets to race on the U.S. Men’s Olympic Mountain Bike Team.

The US men have earned a single starting position leaving a battle between Christopher Blevins (Durango, Colo.; Trinity Racing) and Keegan Swenson (Park City, Utah). The Final Olympic Team will be chosen from the Olympic Long Team, which will remain open for men and women until May 24.

As the selection criteria details, if an athlete, for both men and women, wins the Nove Mesto World Cup, they will automatically be nominated to the Olympic Games Team. If quota slots remain, then up to one athlete per gender who finishes in second through eighth place will be selected to the team. If more than one athlete meets this, then the highest placed athlete will earn the nomination. If no one automatically qualifies given these criteria, then the selection committee will utilize discretionary selections.

To learn more about how Olympic qualification and selection works, click here.

The detailed selection procedures, including automatic selection, discretionary selection, selection committee members, and other relevant information can be found here.

We will be inviting select media to an in-depth Olympic selection discussion as we get closer to the final team nomination on June 10, 2021.

For questions related to selection criteria, please contact Jeff Pierce at [email protected]

For more information related to USA Cycling & Olympic media, contact Angelina Palermo at[email protected]

Visit USACycling.org for more information on the athletes, events, and membership programs, and follow @USACycling across all channels for the latest on Team USA.

 

ABOUT USA CYCLING (usacycling.org)

USA Cycling is a proud member of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Within the United States, USA Cycling is the national governing body for the sport of cycling and oversees the disciplines of road, track, mountain bike, cyclocross, and BMX. With a mission to develop the sport of cycling in the United States and to achieve sustained international racing success, USA Cycling supports cyclists at all levels, from those just beginning in the sport and participating in fun rides to seasoned professionals. The organization not only identifies, develops, and selects cyclists to represent the United States in international competition, but also supports amateur bike racing through grassroots development programs and the provision of critical infrastructure to run organized racing.

USA Cycling is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2021. In 1921, the organization began as The Amateur Bicycle League of America and evolved to become the United States Cycling Federation in 1975 and ultimately USA Cycling, Inc. in 1995. USA Cycling’s 100,000+ members are comprised of racers and cyclists of all ages and abilities, coaches, officials, mechanics, and race directors.

 

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