COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – On Monday, The USA Cycling National Team announced their 2022 national team, the likes of which included Park City’s Katie Clouse and Haley Batten.
A member of the women’s mountain bike cross-country team, 23-year-old Haley Batten grew up in Park City and began cycling at the age of nine. During her career, Batten was named to the 2020 Summer Olympic Team and also won a silver medal in the 2019 World Championships in the Team Relay.
As for Katie Clouse, the 21-year old will participate as a member of the U.S. cyclocross team. Born and raised in Park City, Clouse began cycling at the age of eight and picked up cyclocross at the age of 11. During her career, Clouse has been on the U23 Cyclocross Worlds team for the last two years as well as the Junior Road Worlds team. After Worlds in 2018, she competed in the Jingle Cross where she was the youngest U.S. rider to ever start a World Cup. That same year, she also won her first UCI C1 race at Oklahoma’s Ruts and Guts and the Junior National Championships.
“These athletes will have year-round access to the tools and resources they need to train and compete at their best on the global stage, and win medals for Team USA,” Jim Miller, Chief of Sport Performance said. “Our Sports Performance coaching staff has created a culture to help them win. Our emphasis is on supporting the whole athlete, both physically and emotionally. We look forward to welcoming these riders and building out the team in the years to come.”
The USA Cycling National Team athletes are invited to the team based on discipline-specific criteria, including their performances at prominent international and domestic events in 2021. The team is made up of 49 women and 49 men, 16 current and former World Champions, and 25 Olympians that collectively hold six Olympic medals.
“Serving our National Team riders is a top priority for USA Cycling. We have ambitious goals for World Championship podiums, and we’re aiming for 7-10 Olympic medals at Paris 2024 and 12-15 Olympic medals at Los Angeles 2028. The way we’ll get there is through supporting our USA Cycling National Team both on and off the bike,” Brendan Quirk, USA Cycling’s President and CEO said.