I saw this article at Velonews yesterday that said that the United States gets to start only 2 riders in the Olympic Road Race at Rio this year. That is out of a potential 5 rider roster.
I’m not sure if there is someone to blame here for this, but there needs to be someone responsible to look out for the qualification procedure and make sure that the United States is doing everything in its power to qualify as many riders as possible for the Olympics.
I guess that task would probably fall on the USAC’s shoulders. Obviously no one was too concerned because of the result.
This is really a total embarrassment for our country. Canada, Iran and even Morocco get 3 riders. Tell me that there are better cyclists from Iran and Morocco than from the United States. Can you name one rider from Iran or Morocco? I can’t.
Whatever the reason, it is too late for this Olympics. So we have 4 years to figure out the qualification procedure and make sure this doesn’t happen again.