Cyclocross

USA Cycling names world’s ‘cross squad

USA Cycling has fleshed out the team it will be sending to the cyclo-crossworld championships January 31-February 1 in Pont-Château, France,adding 12 discretionary selections to its six automatic qualifiers.The team will include:Elite menJonathan Page (Selle Italia-Guerciotti)Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar)Andy Jacques-Maynes (Clif Bar)Elite womenAlison Dunlap (Luna)Carmen D'Aluisio (Clif Bar)Gina Hall (Clif Bar)Ann Knapp (Kona)Rachel Lloyd (Redline-Ritchey)Under 23Jesse Anthony (Hot Tubes)Jeremy Powers (NCC-Bikereg.com)Alan Obye (Balance Bar-Devo)Matt White (NCC-Bikereg.com)Michael Cody

By VeloNews Interactive

USA Cycling has fleshed out the team it will be sending to the cyclo-crossworld championships January 31-February 1 in Pont-Château, France,adding 12 discretionary selections to its six automatic qualifiers.The team will include:Elite men
Jonathan Page (Selle Italia-Guerciotti)
Jackson Stewart (Clif Bar)
Andy Jacques-Maynes (Clif Bar)Elite women
Alison Dunlap (Luna)
Carmen D’Aluisio (Clif Bar)
Gina Hall (Clif Bar)
Ann Knapp (Kona)
Rachel Lloyd (Redline-Ritchey)Under 23
Jesse Anthony (Hot Tubes)
Jeremy Powers (NCC-Bikereg.com)
Alan Obye (Balance Bar-Devo)
Matt White (NCC-Bikereg.com)
Michael Cody (NCC-BikeReg.com)Junior men
Jamey Driscoll (GMBC)
Tucker Thomas (Rad Racing)
Konrad Lebas (Richard Sachs)
Adam Switters (SGW-Bianchi)
Andy Brooks (Redline)The elite men’s squad is two riders short because a number of experienced,UCI-ranked riders – among them Todd Wells (Mongoose-Hyundai) and Marc Gullickson(Redline-Ritchey), who stood 19th and 25th in the UCI’s cyclo-cross standingsas of January 4 – weren’t interested in making the trip. Eric Tonkin (Kona),15th at nationals, petitioned to go, but didn’t make the UCI’s top 200;Stewart and Jacques-Maynes, meanwhile, rank 34th and 47th, and Page wasan automatic selection as national champion.Josie Beggs (Redline-Ritchey), sixth at nationals, also petitioned tomake the team, but sits only 45th in the UCI standings. National champDunlap was an automatic qualifier and sits seventh in the UCI tally, whileD’Alusio and Hall were ranked eighth and ninth, with Knapp and Lloyd ranked21st and 23rd.Now that the team has been selected, the task of getting it to Francebegins. USAC will be billing $3500 a head for the trip – a figure thatsome think excessive, though USAC chief operating officer Steve Johnsonsaid Tuesday that the actual cost per rider is closer to $4600 for the10-day journey, which will include a pair of preparation races leadingup to the championships.USAC will support its automatic selections – Page, Dunlap, Anthony,Powers, Driscoll and Thomas. The USA Cycling Development Foundation’s SteveMcCauley says his organization will provide $500 apiece to the third andfourth choices for both the U23 and junior squads. Too, other informalgroups – local teams and national sponsors, friends and family, and theAmerican Cyclo-cross Foundation – have contributed in previous years tohelp defray the rest of the tab for world’s-bound racers.And finally, USAC plans to make some post-race adjustments if it seemsthat some racers are bearing more of a fiscal burden than others.”Once we tally up, we’ll divide the cost by the number of athletes whowent, and anyone who pays more than the average cost, we’ll reimburse them,”Johnson said.


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