Wyatt Weisel, a great friend and member of the USA Cycling community, passed away December 11, 2017 after a long battle with lupus. Wyatt loved the challenge, camaraderie, and teamwork required for bicycle racing. He was a great competitor, accomplished bike racer and a member of the 2008 Masters Team Pursuit National Champions. His illness took away his racing, but did not diminish his drive to help others. Wyatt served as Chairman of the Northern California Cycling Foundation for 11 years. He successfully mentored 48 junior athletes through the NCCF/ Team Specialized program. During this time, the team produced 34 National Championships, participated in 38 European trips, and for all 11 years was awarded the USA Cycling Center of Excellence designation. In Lieu of flowers, Wyatt’s family has established a memorial fund in his honor. Gifts to the Wyatt Weisel High Performance Grant Fund will be dedicated to junior cycling development.

Program Overview

The Wyatt Weisel High Performance grant is a needs-based grant awarded to support the travel and training needs of athletes who have been invited or selected by USA Cycling to participate in an event/trip. The grant is designed to alleviate the financial burden associated with such an invite and ensure talented athletes can embrace the invitation to participate within National Team Programs.


  • Athletes must be seeking financial support enabling them to attend and participate in a National Team Program event
  • Athlete must not be receiving elite Direct Athlete Support from USA Cycling
  • Rider age minimum, 15 years old


  • Grant money must be used for the purposes that the athlete requested the grant for
  • Athletes can be awarded a max of two grants per calendar year
  • Grants for domestic travel will be awarded up to $1,500.00
  • Grants for international travel will be awarded up to $2,500.00
  • Applications will be accepted year-round
  • Applications will only be accepted via the online portal

Review Process and Grant Awards

Grant applications will be reviewed by a three-person review panel composed of a representative from the USA Cycling Foundation, from the Sport Performance team and a third USA Cycling staff member to ensure the athlete meets the eligibility criteria.