Center of Excellence Grant Application

USA Cycling's Center of Excellence program recognizes clubs and teams that develop Junior and Under-23 (U23) cyclists into the racers of tomorrow by implementing a safe environment, holistic coaching practices, and a positive team culture, both on and off the bike.   

Any prospective, current USA Cycling Club/Team may apply for the Centers of Excellence grant when meeting all the below criteria.

  • Operate a USA Cycling club, team, or program with the specific purpose of developing athletes at the Junior or U23 level and have a successful operational history of at least two years
  • Support the complete athlete pathway with junior and development-level programs that progress toward elite-level programs
  • Serve licensed Junior and/or U23 athletes with a racing age of 11-22
  • Have plans to send Junior or U23 athletes to National Championship events or USA Cycling Athlete Development Pathway Regional Camps
  • Have a current USA Cycling registered coach on the staff/roster
  • Adhere to USA Cycling’s Safe Sport program
  • Be a licensed club or team in good standing with USA Cycling
  • Be a tax-exempt, registered non-profit organization


  • Tier 1: 4 winners | $5,000 
  • Tier 2: 10 winners | $2,500 

How many active USA Cycling licensed Juniors and U23 (Under 23) riders are on your Club/Team? *
How many active USA Cycling licensed Collegiate or former Collegiate riders are on your Club/Team? *
How many active racers are involved in organized interscholastic racing programs, such as NICA? *
How many active USA Cycling Level 1 & 2 certified coaches/staff are on your Club/Team? *
How many active Safe Sport trained riders/staff are on your Club/Team? *