Katie Compton (Planet Bike-Stevens), Danny Summerhill (Holowesko Partners) and Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) headline the roster of Americans headed for the cyclocross world championships in St. Wendel, Germany later this month. USA Cycling announced its elite women, U23 men and junior men rosters on Friday.
USAC will announce the elite men’s squad next week.
Compton was the top women’s automatic qualifier by way of her national championship, multiple World Cup wins and place atop the UCI cyclocross rankings. Butler was the only other automatic qualifier after finishing 14th in the Plzen World Cup in October.
Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized), Amy Dombroski (Crank Brothers) and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) were selected as discretionary nominees. Miller was the top female American finisher at worlds in 2010, registering a 12th place ride in her first try. The selection committee showed their investment in the future with the selection of two top young Americans, Dombroski and Antonneau. Antonneau found top 10 results and came on strong near the end of her first elite domestic season, but Dombroski is a multiple-time national U23 champion and finished 14th at worlds a year ago.
Summerhill and McDonald both qualified for automatic bids in the men’s U23 category based on their national championship and top results in the final four U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross events, respectively. Luke Keough (BikeReg.com-Cannondale) took the series title at the USGP while Cody Kaiser (Cal Giant), one of the youngest riders in the field, was arguably the breakthrough U23 rider in the USGP. Townsend found hard luck in Belgium in late November but recovered to earn bronze at the national championships behind Summerhill and McDonald.
Jeff Bahnson (Van Dessel) leads the junior men’s nominees – all podium finishers at nationals – as the only automatic selection after earning the stars-and-stripes jersey in Bend, Oregon. Andrew Dillman (Prochain) and Bjorn Fox (Clif Bar) round out the selections for the Men 17-18 division.
2011 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships
St. Wendel, Germany
January 29-30, 2011
Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes)
Susan Butler (Portland, Ore./Hudz-Subaru)
Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Cal Giant-Specialized)
Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo./Crank Brothers)
Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com)
Daniel Summerhill (Centennial, Colo./Garmin-Transitions-Team Holowesko Partners)
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Rapha-Focus)
Jerome Townsend (Princeton, Mass./Mock Orange Bikes)
Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Cal Giant-Specialized)
Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./BikeReg.com-Cannondale)
Jeff Bahnson (Newark, Del./Van Dessel Factory Team)
Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Prochain Cycling)
Bjorn Fox (Incline Village, Nev./Clif Bar Development Cross Team)