USA Cycling’s Olympic Development Academy to Begin in May 2021

February 17, 2021

USA Cycling gives an update on what to expect for the upcoming ODA Super Semester for young American athletes.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – In keeping with our commitment to champion the participation and performance of the next generation of athletes, USA Cycling has finalized the timeline for the first year of the Olympic Development Academy. This timeline was restructured following our announcement that the ODA would be run as a “Super Semester”, meaning athletes would be engaged in the program for the entire 2021 season with no additional cost.

Here is the updated timeline for the application process:

Deadline Date
Application Deadline for Academy & Scholarship March 15, 2021
Academy Applicants Finalized & Contacted April 5, 2021
Olympic Development Academy Athletes Publicly Announced April 15, 2021
2021 Super Semester Official Start Date May 1, 2021


While we anticipate the return of racing and events to take place over the next few months, we will roll out the Olympic Development Academy curriculum in May. The curriculum will consist of an informational webinar series from the ODA coaches and other experts specializing in a wide range of topics. The discussion topics will range from learning how to use our online platforms, how to best engage with the Academy support system, and in-depth discussions of training plans regarding physiology, sport psychology, nutrition and other sports-performance materials.

Athlete safety is always a priority for us, and we will continuously monitor the COVID-19 situation. We will follow the advice from our medical staff to assess the safest return to travel and group activities on an event-by-event basis. With that said, all schedules are subject to change. Athletes can find the most updated schedules for their specific discipline here: BMX Racing, Cyclocross, Mountain Bike, Road, and Track.

We are very excited to get this program underway and provide more Junior and Under-23 athletes with the best possible support and guidance to bring their cycling careers to the next level. In addition to the benefits ODA Athletes will receive from Training Peaks and Hyperice, we are developing additional partnerships that we’re excited to announce soon. If your organization would like to become an ODA partner, please contact Oriol Brull at obrull@usacycling.org.

If you or someone you know are interested in supporting the athletes in the ODA, you can donate to the ODA Scholarship Fund, here.

For more information, please reference the Olympic Development Academy website and the Frequently Asked Questions. For specific inquiries and coaching opportunities, please contact  OlympicDevelopmentAcademy@usacycling.org.

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.

For more information, contact Jim Miller at jmiller@usacycling.org

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.