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Powers, Compton expected to lead U.S. ’cross worlds nominations Friday

USA Cycling is set late Friday morning to announce the members of the 2011 cyclocross world championship team. Communications director Andrea Smith confirmed to VeloNews that the team should be named before 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Katie Compton (Planet Bike) are expected to lead the automatic selections, while a number of discretionary picks should build out the team’s roster, which may total as many as five riders in each category.

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USA Cycling is set late Friday morning to announce the members of the 2011 cyclocross world championship team. Communications director Andrea Smith confirmed to VeloNews that the team should be named before 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Katie Compton (Planet Bike) are expected to lead the automatic selections, while a number of discretionary picks should build out the team’s roster, which may total as many as five riders in each category.

Automatic selections for the U.S. worlds squad include Powers and teammate Tim Johnson, based on their positions as the top two UCI ranked American men inside the top 50 of the world rankings. Powers also meets the criteria based on C1 points earned over the North American season.

National champion Todd Wells (Specialized) met the automatic qualification requirements with his nationals win in Bend, Oregon, but told VeloNews that he would decline the invitation in order to focus on the upcoming mountain bike season. “I’d really like to, but the one time I did ’cross worlds, I had a terrible mountain bike season,” said Wells.

Riders meeting the automatic women’s standards include national champ and UCI number one Compton, ninth-ranked Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru), who finished in the top 15 at the Plzen World Cup in October. Georgia Gould (Luna) also meets the criteria by way of points accumulation at the North American C1 events. Similar to Wells, Gould told VeloNews that she would not pursue the worlds invite in order to focus on the 2011 mountain bike season.

Danny Summerhill (Holowesko Partners) and Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus) met the U23 men’s automatic criteria based on their national championship and results from the final four U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross races, respectively.

Discretionary picks for the men’s squad may include Jonathan Page (Planet Bike), who has shown glimpses of form in Europe over the last month, despite dealing with illness and back tightness, and Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA).

Nationals bronze medalist Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Amy Dombroski (Crank Bros) are possibilities to fill out the women’s roster.

The top automatic qualifier in each category may receive USAC funding. All other qualifiers must provide $1,000 for lodging, uniforms and other logistics on the ground, as well as airfare.

Stay tuned to VeloNews.com for analysis of the U.S. worlds team selection later Friday.

USA Cycling guidelines for discretionary picks:

  1. Our FIRST priority for the selection of athletes to any World Championships and Olympic Games event is the selection of athletes who have demonstrated that they are medal capable in OLYMPIC style events (see section on Olympic and World Championship events for specific events);
  2. Our SECOND priority for the selection of athletes to protected events is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated that their presence on the team will have a positive impact on the overall team performance and create a MEDAL CAPABLE team environment in an OLYMPIC style event;
  3. Our THIRD priority for the selection of athletes to protected events is the selection of those athletes who have demonstrated the capacity to advance to the level of medal capability in an OLYMPIC style event;
  4. Athletes who can enhance the overall performance of the team in OLYMPIC style events
  5. Medal capable athletes in non-Olympic style events;
  6. Athletes who can assist the “team” to produce a medal winning performance in a non-Olympic style event;