USA Cycling has announced five riders who are automatically selected for the U.S. squad that will travel to the cyclocross world championships in Zeddam, Netherlands, January 28-29, 2006.
Daniel Summerhill earned an automatic bid after capturing the junior men's national championship, while Troy Wells (TIAA-CREF) and Jesse Anthony (Clif Bar) each earned automatic selections to the team in the U23 category. Wells rode to a national title on Saturday to earn his selection while Anthony won the 2005 Crank Brothers U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross series to earn his.
Katie Compton (Redline) and Barbara Howe (Velo Bella) earned spots on the elite women's team. Compton rode to her second consecutive national title on Sunday while Howe was the highest-placed American in third at the conclusion of the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross.
Automatic nominations for the elite men will be announced on January 10, while discretionary nominations for the elite women, junior and U23 men will be announced on December 15 and discretionary nominations for the elite men will be announced on January 13.