USA Cycling has announced the seven athletes that will represent the United States at the final round of the 2006-07 UCI Track World Cup Classics in Manchester, England, from February 23-25. After Team USA collected five medals at the Los Angeles World Cup earlier this month, the U.S. squad named for Manchester will feature several young or otherwise inexperienced competitors at the international level.
First-time World Cup entrants, Kele Murdin (Kenmore, Wash.) and Christen King (Huntington Beach, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen) have been named to the squad as have Liz Reap (Jim Thorpe, Pa./East Coast Velo) and Neva Day (Manhattan Beach, Calif./South Bay Wheelmen), who made their World Cup debuts in Los Angeles just a week ago. They will join two-time World Cup medalist this season, Jennie Reed (Kirkland, Wash.), on the women's team.
The men's squad will consist only of a pair of young endurance riders, Bobby Lea (Mertztown, Pa./Toyota-United) and Brad Huff (Fair Grove, Mo./Slipstream-Chipotle).
The Manchester round of the World Cup series will be the final major international race before the UCI Track World Championships in Mallorca, Spain March 28-April 1.