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USA Cycling Foundation Announces MudFund Matching Campaign

By: Tom Mahoney  January 21, 2022

Beginning January 22, donations to the USA Cycling Foundation’s MudFund will be matched up to $40,000, doubling the impact for USA Cycling’s cyclocross development and National Team programs.

USA Cycling announced on Thursday that starting on Saturday, January 22, 2022, all donations to the MudFund will be matched up to $40,000. The matching donation drive ends on February 1, and the USA Cycling Foundation has a total goal of $80,000 in donations for January. Contributions to the MudFund provide year-round support to elevate athletes to the highest level of cyclocross. The core programming of the MudFund includes international racing opportunities, domestic skills camps, and holistic athlete coaching and services.

The MudFund recently supported a team of athletes competing in Europe over the Christmas/New Year’s holiday break and have been preparing for the highly-anticipated return of the world championships to U.S. soil. With the 2022 Walmart UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships only one week away from its first visit to Centennial Park in Fayetteville, Ark., the team is now asking for your support to continue its momentum for U.S. cyclocross athletes moving forward.

“The MudFund is having a profound impact on American cyclocross athletes. The confidence, knowledge, and skills they gain from the support structure that the Mudfund provides are instrumental to their progress in the sport,” said Jesse Anthony, USA Cycling’s Cyclocross Director. “When athletes are immersed in a culture founded on the pursuit of excellence, they respond by investing even deeper into their performances and their communities. This investment leads them to outperform their expectations, which can be a life-changing experience.”

Sam Noel, a member of the USA Cycling National Team Trip, noted, “The MudFund has brought me to the start line of many races including World Cups and World Championships in Europe, allowing me to build my skills and character on and off the bike. I will be able to carry these experiences forward into the rest of my cycling career as I continue racing, and I’m excited to do my part to inspire and mentor the younger generation of riders who want to follow in our steps.”

The 2022 campaign is the third annual matching drive for the MudFund. The founding members continue to drive investment in American cyclocross athlete development and inspire integrity, purpose, and leadership qualities within athletes. The goal of the MudFund is to develop the performance and character of the U.S. athletes to lead the world in cyclocross.

USA Cycling relies on thousands of individual annual contributions from cyclists and other supporters of our mission to champion the sport of cycling in America. These contributions fund programs like the European racing development camp and the World Championships, as well as many other elite-level development so the Stars and Stripes shine on world-class podiums. Let's grow the sport of cycling together.