US Cross Nationals Course Preview

Posted on 18. Nov, 2011 by in race

The 2012 and 2013 USA Cyclocross Championships will be held at Badger Prairie Park in Verona, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin.  Organized by the Madison Area Sports Commission and Team Sports Inc., the races will take place January 4-8 culminating with the U23 Men’s race on Saturday and Elite Women’s and Elite Men’s races on Sunday. (See full schedule).

2012 Cross Nationals Course

2012 Cross Nationals Course

Badger Prairie Park has been used for many years for cross races and a new course design will be tested out for the Badger Cross Midwest National Championships on December 10 and 11, 2011.

The course utilizes wide paths cut through prairie grass used for mountain biking in the summer and cross-country skiing in the winter. According to the map and video below, each lap includes 100 feet of elevation changes, a long paved section at the start, a sandpit, a couple of run-ups and not many turns and as far as we could tell, no sharp turns.

Of course weather will play a major part in the event. The daily average high for Verona on January 8 is 27°F (-3°C) and average low 11°F (-12°C). Precipitation average is 1.24 inches in January. I’ve been informed that there hasn’t been any snow accumulation at the venue in January for a couple of years.

A local rider, who clearly states that he’s not happy with the course, created this preview video:

Also, the re-vamped call-up procedures will be in full effect for the Championships.  For the Elite and U23 races, the order is the following:

  1. Defending National Champion from previous year (same class)
  2. Order of UCI rankings as of Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:00pm/EST
  3. USA Cycling Rider Rankings as of Monday, January, 2, 2012 at 11:59pm/EST
  4. Riders without UCI or USAC ranking points will be called-up by random order

So if the call-ups would be done now for the Elite Men’s race, first man called up would be Todd Wells (Specialized) but the three-time Cross Champion has announced that he won’t be defending his title.  So first rider to be called would be Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) highest on UCI in 14th, followed by Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt), Jonathan Page (Planet Bike), Tim Johnson (, Jamey Driscoll (, Justin Lindine (’s Garage), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) to fill out the front row. And so on.

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10 Responses to “US Cross Nationals Course Preview”

  1. Edward

    18. Nov, 2011

    My first reaction was that it looks super boring. It’s hard to tell the small elevation gains, but this looks like a power course that requires no technical skills. I hope I’m wrong. I guess it could make for exciting battles in groups of riders because there will be such an advantage to stay together.

  2. Scott

    18. Nov, 2011

    It’s a joke. “cross-country skiing in the winter” — you mean, like during January. Even the Canadians don’t try to race cross that far north in January. It won’t matter how many turns there are because people will be in ski gloves and multiple layers of thermals. It will be a contest of who can not die of hypothermia, not a race. And don’t tell me it’s cold in Europe in January. The weather in Belgium in January is more like the weather in the Mid Atlantic or New York. The daily highs get above freezing and there is very little chance of single digit temps. There is a huge difference between 30 and 15 degrees.

    But yeah, course looks boring but hard to tell from these types of maps what the actual conditions are. If it’s just long trudges through the snow….

  3. Name Sean YD

    18. Nov, 2011

    How could you understand that guy, Lyne? He sounds like he’s the husband of the teacher from “Peanuts.”

  4. thesuperrookie

    18. Nov, 2011

    Hey, if you are not happy with the location of CX Nationals feel free to create a bid and submit it to the USAC. Only two groups decided to bid for this round of Nationals, so, therefore, don’t complain.

  5. Name

    18. Nov, 2011

    The issue isn’t the “location” of nationals it’s the choice of venue! There are at least 10 other race venues in Wisconsin (Madison area or Milwaukee) that are part of the local series that would have made a far superior National Championship course.

  6. Ben

    18. Nov, 2011

    This hardly even looks like a cyclocross course. Very, very boring. I urge the organizers to talk to someone who knows about course design and change it before it’s too late.

  7. Scot

    18. Nov, 2011

    Superrookie – USAC is the national governing body, they do this stuff way in advance, they could have easily solicited more proposals. What if the only proposal they got was for a junkyard in New Mexico? They need to take the lead.

    Is there any chance that the promoter knows that it will be icy and therefore there will be challenges that we can’t see? So every slight off camber becomes a challenge even without turns? (I’m trying to give them a little benefit of the doubt here).

  8. Kyle

    18. Nov, 2011

    Where will racers park?

  9. Name

    18. Nov, 2011

    the full map with parking etc shown is here

  10. thomas

    22. Nov, 2011

    Cross country skining in the winter? I thought they only got 1 inch or so of snow in January. race will be a joke because who the heck is going to be able to train properly for it as it will be a month since the last race and plunging temperatures