USA Cycling announced today the final round of nominations to the United States National Team for the 2010 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic, Jan. 30-31. Five athletes were named to the elite men’s squad, rounding out the 20-rider U.S. contingent.
Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) earned an automatic nomination to the team as the highest ranked American in the UCI cyclo-cross rankings in 16th-place. With 2009 accolades that include an eighth-place ride in round five of the World Cup in Igorre, Spain, the 2007 world championship silver medalist will lead the five-man team
Also earning an automatic nomination to the team is Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com). Fresh off of his win at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Bend last month, Johnson is currently the second-highest American in the UCI rankings in 24th-place.
Ryan Trebon (KONA) earned the final automatic nomination to the men’s squad by garnering the most points in five out of the six U.S. qualification races. With his silver medal performance at the national championships and his fourth-place ranking in the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar standings, Trebon should be a strong contender in Tabor.
Discretionary nominations went to Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com). After topping the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar standings, Powers rode to a strong fifth-place at the national championships last month. Driscol was third in the national calendar standings and sixth in the national championship race.
The elite women’s, U23 men’s, and junior men’s squads were announced in December. In summary:
Elite Men: Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike), Tim Johnson (Middleton, Mass/Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./KONA), Jeremy Powers (Hadley, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and James Driscol (Jericho, Vt./Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com)
Elite Women: Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike), Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo./Schalmm p/b Primus), Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant-Specialized), Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./C3-Sollay) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles)
U23 Men: Danny Summerhill (Englewood, Colo./Garmin-Felt), Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass.), Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Stevens Classic Cycle), Jerome Townsend (Princeton, Mass./Bikereg.com-Joe’s Garage) and Dave Hackworthy (Hudson, Wisc./Plan C)
Junior Men: Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Cal Giant), Jeff Bahnson (Newark, De./Thule-Vandessel), Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo./Black Sheep), Chris Wallace (Shawnee, Kan./KCCX-Verge) and Matt Spinks (Layton, N.J./Young Medalists-Team Dual Temp)
UCI Rankings. US Cross National Champion Katie Compton still leads the UCI Elite Women’s Rankings with 1600 points, In second spot at 58 points back is Daphny van den Brand of the Netherlands with her compatriot Marianne Vos in third spot with 1420 points. The highest-placed Canadian is still Natasha Elliott in 30th but neither she nor Canadian Cross National Champion Alison Sydor in 34th will be representing Canada at Worlds, but Vicki Thomas, in 46th, will be the lone women’s racer wearing the maple leaf in Tabor.
Belgian Niels Albert still leads the UCI Cross Rankings with 2310 points with Zdnek Stybar of the Czech Republic in second spot at only 40 points back. Belgian Sven Nys is in third place at 230 points down. With Albert suffering a broken rib in last weekend’s Belgian National Championships at the end of a ‘fan’, his lead is in serious jeopardy with two more World Cups to go and of course the World Championships. As stated earlier, Page is the highest-placed American in 16th place with 645 points. He is followed by Johnson in 24th, Driscoll in 27th, Trebon in 29th and Powers in 31st.
The highest placed Canadian is Canadian Cross National Champion Geoff Kabush in 37th.
In the Men Junior rankings, US National Champion Cody Kaiser in in 10th spot with David van der Poel of the Netherlands in the lead with 115 points. Jeff Bahnson is in 20th. Highest placed Canadian is Kris Dahl who sits in 22nd spot.
The two World Cups left on the schedule are Roubaix this Sunday and Hoogerheide the weekend after. Many riders are making their way back to Europe to compete in France such as Page, Trebon, Meredith Miller, Maureen Bruno-Roy, Kaiser. Johnson and Powers are skipping Roubaix but will compete in the final World Cup before Worlds.
Complete UCI Rankings here