A Closer Look At Team USA Selection Criteria For Cross Worlds

Posted on 30. Nov, 2011 by in news

Katie Compton (USA)  at the front early on at 2011 Worlds

Katie Compton (USA) at the front early on at 2011 Worlds

Only a few more UCI races remain in the USA leading into the USA Cyclocross National Championships in early January, and the hunt  is on to get as many UCI points as possible, not only to get good starting position in Madison, but for some, to get selected for Team USA for the Cyclocross World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium on January 28-29, 2012.

All of that made the C1 races even more important, because not only do they offer up more points – the most possible in the USA – but they are part of the automatic nomination criteria.

“Today’s race for the women counts towards one of the C1 races that they use as selection for the Worlds team, so whoever has the most points out of all the C1 races in the US is automatic selection.” explained Meredith Miller (CalGiant) after winning Sunday’s C1 race at JingleCross. “So there were a lot of people gunning for the points today, because it was a C1, So it’s definitely more points.”

The ten C1 races in the USA, both for men and women, are:

  • Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, NV, September 14, 2011
  • USGP of Cyclocross Planet Bike Cup, Sun Prairie, WI, September 24, 2011
  • Grand Prix of Gloucester 1, Gloucester, MA, October 1, 2011
  • Providence Cyclo-cross, Providence, RI, October 8, 2011
  • USGP of Cyclocross Fort Collins Cup, Fort Collins, CO, October 8, 2011 V
  • ictory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup, Boulder, CO, October 30, 2011
  • Harbin Park International, Cincinnati, OH, November 6, 2011
  • USGP of Cyclocross Derby City Cup, Louisville, KY, November 12, 2011
  • Jingle Cross Rock-Rock 3, Iowa City, IA November 27, 2011
  • USGP of Cyclocross Deschutes Brewery Cup, Bend, OR, December 10, 2011

Let’s take a closer look at the automatic nomination to Team USA (as detailed in this USA Cycling Athlete Nomination Worksheet).

Elite Women. A maximum of five women, aged 17 and older, may receive automatic nominations to the team based on the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Top 3 in last year’s Worlds at St Wendel
  2. Top 5 finish at any of the six World Cups (Pilzen, Tabor, Koksijde, Igorre, Namur and Heusden-Zolder) between October 16 and December 26, 2011. If more than one athlete is top 5, then highest World Cup ranking on December 27 will be nominated.
  3. Winner of 2012 National Cyclocross Championships
  4. Any athlete with a top 15 finish at any of the six World Cups (Pilzen, Tabor, Koksijde, Igorre, Namur and Heusden-Zolder) between October 16 and December 26, 2011.
  5. Athlete with the most points from the 10 UCI C1 races in the USA.
  6. If any spots left, discretionary nominations.

Obviously Katie Compton (Rabobank Giant) is a shoe-in with her second place  at last year Worlds. She also meets criterion #2 with a win and a third place in two World Cups.  Three women claimed top 15 finishes at World Cups so far this season: Meredith Miller (CalGiant) who placed 13th and 14th, Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) with a 6th and a 13th and Nicole Duke (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) with a 14th place.

Compton also has the most points in the US C1 races with Miller in second place, and Georgia Gould (Luna) in third. But Gould has already hung up her cross bike in order to focus in the Olympics next year. Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) comes in 4th.

Elite Men. A maximum of five men, aged 19 and older, may receive automatic nominations to the team based on the following prioritized criteria:

  1. Top 3 in last year’s Worlds at St Wendel
  2. Top 5 finish at any of the six World Cups (Pilzen, Tabor, Koksijde, Igorre, Namur and Heusden-Zolder) between October 16 and December 26, 2011. If more than one athlete is top 5, then highest World Cup ranking on December 27 will be nominated.
  3. Winner of 2012 National Cyclocross Championships
  4. The top 2 ranked athletes on the UCI Individual Rankings as of January 10, 2012, provided those athletes are ranked in the top 50 overall
  5. Any athlete with a top 15 finish at any of the six World Cups (Pilzen, Tabor, Koksijde, Igorre, Namur and Heusden-Zolder) between October 16 and December 26, 2011.
  6. Athlete with the most points from the 10 UCI C1 races in the USA.
  7. If any spots left, discretionary nominations.

No one meets the first two criteria. The current top 2 men on the UCI rankings are Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) in 11th and Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) in 17th.

Only one rider, Powers, has two top 15 World Cup finishes this season, a 10th at Pilzen and a 15th place at Tabor.

Trebon tops the US C1 rankings followed by Powers, Jamey Driscoll and Tim Johnson (both Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com).

Schedule. One more C1 race in the USA, the USGP race in Bend on December 10. Riders can submit a petition with a deadline of January 2, 2012. Team USA will be announced on January 13, 2012.

Team USA for the 2011 Worlds were Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Jamey, Driscoll, Tim Johnson and Jonathan Page for the men, Katie Compton Sue Butler, Meredith Miller, Amy Dombroski and Kaitie Antonneau.

Who would you choose to best represent the USA at the 2012 Worlds?

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One Response to “A Closer Look At Team USA Selection Criteria For Cross Worlds”

  1. Carl

    30. Nov, 2011

    Powers, Trebon, Johnson, Driscoll are all easy no-brainer selections. History (and my gut instinct) says Page should be on that list too seeing as he’s the only American male running a full European schedule, but where has he been this season? Part of me wants to see Danny Summerhill get selected…….