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USA Cycling names team for cyclo-cross Worlds

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January 14, 17:05,
January 14, 17:04
First Edition Cycling News, Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) is going for her tenth championship

Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) is going for her tenth championship

  • Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) is going for her tenth championship
  • Jeremy Power crosses line first to win the 2014 USA national cyclo-cross championships
  • Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) on a stairs with a significant lead on lap two

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Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers to lead the way

Katie Compton and Jeremy Powers will headline the USA Cycling team at the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, The Netherlands next month.

USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Program Director Marc Gullickson believes 2014 could be a good year for the Americans. "With a number of outright medal contenders being joined by a mix of accomplished veterans and future stars, I expect the team to be very competitive at the Championships in Hoogerheide this year.”

Of the riders named, Compton looks like the United States’ best chance for a medal. She has dominated the World Cup series with five out of six victories, only being beaten by Marianne Vos in the opening weekend. Compton has already secured the overall series victory, with over 100 points separating herself and second place.

The 35-year-old, who was recently crowned national champion for the 10th time, rode into silver behind Vos at last year’s World Championships in Louisville. She will be joined by U23 US champion Kaitlin Antonneau and Elle Anderson, who finished second to Compton at the nationals. Completing the six-woman team will be Meredith Miller, Crystal Anthony and Arley Kemmerer.

Powers also earned himself a national title last weekend, his second in three years. He finished the year as the top ranked American and won the USA Cycling Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX). Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon also earned automatic selections.

Jonathan Page, Allen Krughoff and Zach McDonald will join the team as discretionary picks. McDonald will be riding in the elite category for the first time, after competing in the Under 23 race last year. Krughoff, while not well-placed in the UCI rankings, was an impressive fifth in the US championships in Boulder.

Along with the elite men’s and women’s teams, USA cycling will send an under-23 and junior squad to Hoogerheide.

US team

Elite Women
Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Kaitlin Antonneau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cannondale p/b
Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective)
Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, Pa./Charm City Cycling LLC)
Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)

Elite Men
Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale p/b
Allen Krughoff (Boulder, Colo./Raleigh Clement)
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Rapha-Focus)
Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Fuji-Spyoptics)
Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./ Rapha-Focus)
Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale p/b

U23 Men
Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized).
Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized)
Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b

Juniors Men
Maxx Chance (Boulder, Colo./Clif Bar Development Cross Team)
Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race CF)
Gavin Haley (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling Elite)
Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race CF)
Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale p/b

jonemyers 8 months ago
I'm a bit surprised that they picked Page for one of the discretionary riders. His results are not that good this year and there are younger guys that seem to be riding better. I would think that if he rides in Europe almost all seaon but can't get qualify for one of the automatic picks he probably should not be on the team.
Offrhodes 8 months ago
Look at the races he did with other Americans there this year. If I am correct he was ALWAYS 1st or 2nd American. The courses in Europe are totally different than Nationals course in Bend. I think he experience will put him again 1st or 2nd American at the Worlds.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Then why don't they make the U.S courses like Euro courses?
Scott Dedenbach 8 months ago
Because it's almost a different sport here. At American Nationals we had over 100 riders with 5000 people watching. At Belgium nationals they had 10 finishers with 10's of thousands of people watching. It's a much more professional sport there where as here it's a participatory sport. Not saying either is better it's just different. We have to design courses here for ALL levels of riding, 13-14 year olds up to Elite. Courses are adding more difficult elements when the elites ride so we're getting there. I do think that we need more difficult courses here though and believe that will be changing soon especially in the East.
Scott Dedenbach 8 months ago
I agree he should be on the team though he was not 1st or 2nd American at Nationals. He's had bad injuries this year from crashes so lower results. Hopefully he is completely healed and on his way up now. I talked to JP at the altitude adjustment race in Longmont and he said he was feeling better and just needed to get his training back on track post injury.
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avanti 8 months ago
A good slection of riders.