By Steve Medcroft
Sixteen top American cyclo-cross racers are assembling in Belgium this weekend to take part in U.S. cyclo-cross national team coach Geoff Proctor's now annual 'cross camp. Based out of the Belgian home of USA Cycling's U23 road program director Noel Dejonckheere, Proctor, a high school English teacher from Helena, Montana, has organized ten days of focused European 'cross racing for the elite group.
Held over the 'cross crazy Christmas-to-New Year's holiday, the camp gives U.S. racers the chance to immerse themselves in cyclo-cross and get in a major block of training leading up to January's UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Zeddam, the Netherlands. The group will include twin-towers Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks and espoir phenom and younger brother to newly-crowned U.S. National Champion Todd Wells, Troy Wells.
Check back on Cyclingnews in the coming days for a full interview with Proctor about the camp, the development of U.S. talent and America's chances at World's.
Juniors: Danny Summerhill, Bjorn Selander, Alex Howes, Chance Noble.
Espoirs: Jesse Anthony, Troy Wells, Morgan Schmitt, Brady Kappius, Dan Neyens, Mitch Peterson, Adam McGrath.
Elite Men: Ryan Trebon, Barry Wicks, Jeremy Powers, Eric Tonkin, Jon Baker.
Diegem SuperPrestige (C1): Saturday 24 December*
Wachtebeke: Sunday 25 December* (juniors only)
Hofstade WCS (not World Cup for Jrs/Espoirs): Monday 26 December
Loenhout GVA C1: Wednesday 28 December*
Hooglede WCS: Saturday 31 December*
St Niklaas C2: Monday 2 January
Surheisterveen (Holland) C2 Wednesday 4 January*