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).
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:
- Defending National Champion from previous year (same class)
- Order of UCI rankings as of Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at 5:00pm/EST
- USA Cycling Rider Rankings as of Monday, January, 2, 2012 at 11:59pm/EST
- 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 (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com), Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com), Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage), Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Cervelo) to fill out the front row. And so on.