U.S. awarded 21 start slots for Athens Games

Following last week’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the United States has qualified for six track cycling events at the Olympic Games, including three women’s events and three men’s events. According to USA Cycling, the U.S. has received one start position each in the men’s team sprint, keirin, and points race. For women, the U.S. has one start position each in the sprint, 500-meter time trial and individual pursuit. Start positions were granted based on performance at the world championships and the overall 2004 UCI Track World Cup standings. While the

By VeloNews Interactive

Following last week’s UCI Track Cycling World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the United States has qualified for six track cycling events at the Olympic Games, including three women’s events and three men’s events.

According to USA Cycling, the U.S. has received one start position each in the men’s team sprint, keirin, and points race. For women, the U.S. has one start position each in the sprint, 500-meter time trial and individual pursuit.

Start positions were granted based on performance at the world championships and the overall 2004 UCI Track World Cup standings.

While the men’s slots were linked to World Cup performance, the start positions in the women’s sprint and 500-meter time trial were a direct result of Jennie Reed’s fifth place in the sprint in Melbourne. The women’s individual pursuit start slot was based on World Cup standings.

The U.S. now has 21 start positions in road, mountain bike and track.

Road cycling

Men
Road race (5)
Time trial (2)

Women
Road race (3)
Time trial (2)

Mountain biking

Men
Cross-country (2)

Women
Cross-country (1)

Track cycling

Men
Team sprint (1 start position/3 riders)
Points race (1)
Keirin (1)

Women
Sprint (1)
500-meter time trial (1)
Individual pursuit (1)