USA Cycling has named its Olympic long team, consisting of 35 riders across the disciplines of mountain biking, track and women’s road cycling. They will select USA’s Olympic cycling representatives from this pool later this year. The BMX and men’s road teams will be named separately.
The women’s road long team comprises automatic selections Kristin Armstrong, Amber Neben, Tina Mayolo-Pic, Mara Abbott and Christine Thorburn, and discretionary nominations Kori Seehafer and Alison Powers. Armstrong is a strong medal chance, having won gold, silver and bronze in the world time trial championships over the past three years.
The mountain bike team includes six men and five women. Of the men, five were automatic nominations based on being in the top 60 on the UCI rankings: Adam Craig, Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski, Todd Wells, Jeremiah Bishop and Michael Broderick. Sam Schulz (ranked 75th in the world) is the only discretionary nomination.
Four women earned automatic nominations: Georgia Gould, Mary McConneloug, Willow Koerber and Heather Irmiger, with Sue Haywood taking the fifth spot.
The men’s and women’s track teams were selected from the USA Cycling Talent Pool. The women’s endurance squad consists of two-time individual pursuit world champion Sarah Hammer, Dotsie Bausch, Lauren Franges, Christen King, Becky Quinn and Kristin Armstrong (again). The two sprinters are Jennie Reed, and Liz Reap.
The men’s endurance team is Michael Friedman, Brad Huff, Bobby Lea, Colby Pearce and Taylor Phinney, with the sprinters being Michael Blatchford, Adam Duvendeck, Andy Lakatosh and Giddeon Massie.