How about a quick round-up of some cross news.
UCI Cross Rankings. Four Americans in the top 15 of the Elite Men and Elite Women UCI Cross rankings that came out today. World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Fidea Cycling Team) is still on top with the three Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com riders leading the USA: Tim Johnson in 7th, Jeremy Powers in 9th, Jamey Driscoll 1th and Ryan Trebon (KONA) in 14th.
Dutch Champion Daphny van den Brand (ZZPR.nl-Destil) leads the Elite Women rankings with Katie Compton (Planet Bike/Stevens) up to 2nd. Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) in 6th, Meredith Miller (CalGiant) in 11th, Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) 12th and Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) 14th. Jeffrey Bahson (Van Dessel) is highest-placed American junior in 8th while German-National and US-resident Yannick Eckmann (Hot Tubes) sits in 3rd behind leader Laurens Sweeck of Belgium
Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis) is highest-ranked Canadian in 33rd and Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussure/Ogilvy) is Canada’s highest-ranked Elite Woman in 17th. Speaking of Elliott, she and her fiance Derrick St. John are looking for ideas to fund a trip to go race in Europe.
Large TV audiences for first two World Cups in Aigle, Switzerland and Plzen, Czech Republic. More than half a million (509,180) TV viewers tuned in to Belgian public television company VRT to watch the Elite Men’s competition broadcast live from Aigle. This represented 50.99% of the market share. In Plzen, the live broadcast of the men’s competition was viewed by 540,821 VRT viewers, representing 46.66% of the market share. VRT also broadcast summaries of the Elite Women’s events, recording audiences of 306,989 (35.04% of the market share) in Aigle and 254,976 (26.8% of the market share) in Plzen.
The Dutch Broadcasting Foundation, NOS, and Swiss TV (TSR2 channel) broadcast the opening leg in Aigle live, registering respectively an audience of 359,000 for a market share of 19.4% and 45,000 TV viewers for a market share of 15%.
According to the UCI 2009 Annual Report, the TV Exposure of the 2009/2010 UCI World Cup increased compared to the previous season. The broadcasting time increased significantly (more than 250%). However the cumulated audience decreased slightly by 6%, to 42.20 million. And the TV exposure (broadcasting time) of the 2010 UCI Cyclocross World Championships increased by 25% compared with the previous year. The cumulated audience was 17 million viewers.
Watch the complete Elite Men and Elite Women’s race of the first two World Cups on UniversalSports.com
Powers, Van Gilder Top USA Cycling cross standings. With his sweep at Bay State Cyclocross, Jeremy Powers (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) takes over USA Cycling Cyclocross National Calendar (CXNC) standings from his teammate Tim Johnson who drops to 2nd. Ryan Trebon (Kona) is still in 3rd.
Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) maintained her commanding lead with Meredith Miller (CalGiant) holding in 2nd. Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven) moved up to 3rd.
|USA Cycling CXNC Top 5 standings are:|
|Men’s Individual Standings
||Women’s Individual Standings
|Complete standings (pdf): Men and Wome|
EuroCrossCamp VIII. Nine juniors, seven U23 and four elite riders were picked to attend EuroCrossCamp VIII where they live, eat and breathe cyclocross during the two-week blitzkrieg of racing in December. Under the tutelage of Geoff Proctor, the riders come to the camp to gain international racing experience and to prepare for the World Championships if chosen. And as Proctor described last year, he also wants to riders to build life skills or what he called intrinsic success.
The 20 riders are:
- Elite Men
- Sean Babcock, 28, (Kona)
- Ryan Knapp, 27, (BikeReg.com)
- Ryan Iddings, 27, (Redline)
- Mitchell Hoke 23, (Cliff Bar Development Team)
- Danny Summerhill, 22, (Garmin-Holowesko)
- Jerome Townsend, 22, (BikeReg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott)
- Steve Fisher, 21, (Rad Racing NW/Hagens-Berman)
- Chris Hurst, 21, (Unattached)
- Joe Schmalz, 21, (KCCX/Verge/Challenge)
- Zach McDonald, 20, (Rapha/Focus Cyclocross Team)
- Cody Kaiser, 19, (California Giant/Specialized)
- Yannick Eckmann, 18, (Hot Tubes Development Team)
- Jeff Bahnson, 18, (Van Dessel Factory Team)
- Gunnar Bergey, 18, (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)
- Bjorn Fox, 18, (Clif Bar Development Team)
- Kolben Preble, 18, (Clif Bar Development Team)
- Jeremiah Dyer, 18, (Champion Systems/Cannondale)
- Zane Godby, 17, (Clif Bar Development Team)
- Cypress Gorry, 17, (WEB-OP)
- Andrew Dillman, 17, (Red Zone Cycling)