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USA Cycling has released its list of automatic qualifiers for the 2004 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Pont–Château, France (January31-February 1, 2004).By virtue of their elite victories at the national cyclo-cross championshipsthis past weekend in Portland, Oregon, Jonathan Page and Alison Dunlap received automatic nominations in their respective categories.In the U23 men’s category, Jesse Anthony received an automatic nominationas the newly crowned national champion while Jeremy Powers was nominatedon the basis of his UCI cyclo-cross rankings.In the junior men’s category, national champion Jamey Driscoll was nominated along with Tucker Thomas, who is the highest ranked 17- to 18-year-old male.Discretionary nominations and the full team for the 2004 UCI cyclo-cross world’s will be announced on January 7, 2004.Automatic nominations for the 2004 Cyclo-cross World ChampionshipsElite nen
1. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.)
1. Alison Dunlap (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
1. Jesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass)
2. Jeremy Powers (Niantic, Conn.)
1. Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt.)
2. Tucker Thomas (Olympia, Wash.)CyclocrossWorld.com sale to benefit U.S. world’s-bound riders
USA Cycling’s automatic qualifiers to world’s will benefit from thefull support of the governing body on the trip to Pont-Château inJanuary. However, riders who receive ‘discretionary nominations” willbe required to pay as much as $3500 out of their own pockets fortheir share of the trip to world’s.
The American Cyclo-crossFoundation has been raising funds to assist riders hoping to make thetrip to world’s. Starting at 11:59 p.m. EST on Tuesday, December 16, CyclocrossWorld.com will kick off a 48-hour sale with aportion of the proceeds to be donated to the ACF.Last year the ACF sent $8000 to the ’03 world’s squad. “It’s importantthat our world’s-bound cyclo-cross athletes focus on getting the job done,rather than how they are going to get to Pont-Château, France,” saidCyclocrossWorld’s Jeff Feddersen. “We have strong prospects in allthe categories, and we are looking forward our best performance yet in aworld’s competition.”Information on the sale will posted at www.cyclocrossworld.com/storeright before midnight (EST)USA Cycling posts reminder to elite masters…
(or is that masters elites?)Attention, nasters riders who want to attend masters world’s: The UCIis very strict on who is and is not a master, and you cannot be an eliteand a master in the same year. If you ride an elite UCI race, you becomean elite for that season. This may be relevant to those of you that areplanning to attend masters cyclo-cross world’s. If you ride the elite UCIevents in the U.S., you run the risk of being declared ineligible for mastersworlds.Sincerely,
Technical director, USA Cycling