USA Cycling has released the selection procedures that will be used to determine the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team across all four Olympic disciplines — cross-country mountain bike, road, track and BMX.
The selection procedures outline prioritized automatic and discretionary selection criteria, key dates — including any tryout events, long-team qualification period, maximum team size and more.
The 2012 Olympic Games are scheduled for July 27 through Aug. 12 in London.
On the mountain bike side, results from the 2011 world cross-country championships (Aug. 29-Sept. 4) in Champery, Switzerland and the 2012 World Cup series will hold highest priority.
Any U.S. man finishing in the top-10 of the 2011 world cross-country championships will be nominated to the 10-man Olympic long team; any U.S. man finishing in the top-10 of a 2011 World Cup cross-country event may be nominated. Other criteria for nomination to the men’s long team include a top-three ranking in the 2011 USA Cycling Pro XCT rankings, and a top-60 placing in the 2011 UCI individual world rankings.
Qualifying criteria for U.S. women cross-country racers is similar; any U.S. women finishing in the top-10 at the 2011 worlds XC will be nominated to the 10-woman Olympic long team. Top-10 finishes in a 2011 World XC event, a top-three ranking in the 2011 Pro XCT rankings, and a top-50 placing in the 2011 UCI individual world rankings may qualify for nomination to the women’s long team.
Two women racers will ultimately represent the U.S. in London while the men’s team will have three spots. The final team nomination date is June 15, with the cross-country racing the weekend of Aug. 11-12 at Hadleigh Farm, Essex. (Read about the XC course)
The only discipline set to include an Olympic Trials event is men’s BMX, where one of three maximum spots will be determined at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California, on June 16, 2012.