USA Cycling (USAC) has nominated eight men and nine women for the Olympic mountain bike long team. The riders, announced Thursday morning, are those eligible to ride for the US in the London Olympics.
“The athletes on this list have either proven their capabilities to win medals in major international events or illustrated the potential to do so in the future,” said USA Cycling’s vice president of athletics, Jim Miller.
Automatic nominations go to riders who had noteworthy placing in the 2011 world championships, World Cup races or USA Cycling’s 2011 Pro Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT). Those ranked in the top 60 of the UCI individual world rankings could also automatically consider themselves part of the team.
Discretionary criteria opened the door for nominations for riders who did not meet the above criteria, but that USAC considers able to compete at a high level internationally.
“The hard work and determination of these athletes has helped USA Cycling advance its vision of making the U.S. the most successful country in the world of competitive cycling,” continued Miller. “They are evidence of the United States’ ability to be a legitimate medal contender across all four disciplines of competitive cycling in London.”