Fresh off some excellent performances at US Cyclocross Nationals, Euro 'Cross Camp IV riders have begun assembling in Belgium to tackle the busiest stretch of the European cyclocross season. Started in 2003 by the US national 'cross coach Geoff Proctor, who uses his vacation time from his job teaching high school in Montana to run the camp, this year marks the fourth season for US riders to be given this unique opportunity to prepare for the world championships in late January and to otherwise gain valuable race experience.
Sixteen riders will attend this year's camp based on their 2006 USGP and Nationals performances. Elite National Champion Ryan Trebon (Kona), Barry Wicks (Kona), Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly), Erik Tonkin (Kona), and Troy Wells (TIAA-CREF) compose the elite men's group. USGP Espoir and US Collegiate National Champion Jamey Driscoll (Fiordafrutta), Morgan Schmitt (Hagens-Berman), Dan Neyens (Hagens-Berman), Bjorn Selander (Alan), Chance Noble (California Giant Strawberries), and Nick Weighall (Alan) form the U-23's.
Danny Summerhill (TIAA-CREF), Sean Worsech (Rad Racing), Jerome Townsend (Alan), Jim Lennon (TIAA-CREF), and Steve Fisher (Rad Racing) will comprise the juniors team. Due to the limited availability of women's races, no elite women will be part of the program this year.
Race program (* Junior's race):
December 23: Wachtebeke*
December 26: Hofstade - World Cup #9
December 27: Sylvester Cyclo-cross, Torhout *
December 28: Loenhout - GvA trophy #5*
December 29: Middlekerke*
December 31: Diegem - SuperPrestige #5*
January 1: GP Sven Nys, Baal - GvA trophy #6*
January 2: GP De Ster, St Niklaas
January 3: Centrumcross Surhuisterveen