Elite racers square off this weekend at Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Ill.

Powers leads Page, Johnson and Trebon down the main descent. ©Cyclocross Magazine

Last year at Nationals, Powers led Page, Johnson and Trebon down the main descent. © Cyclocross Magazine

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – New Year’s Resolution race organizers announced today that reigning American cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) will compete in the first day of this weekend’s event, set for the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Ill. Powers recorded back-to-back second-place finishes in last year’s inaugural NYR weekend, before ascending to his first USA Cycling Elite National Cyclocross title a week later in Verona, Wis. With this year’s Elite National Championships again set in Verona, just outside of Madison, Wisconsin, on January 13, Powers look to recreate his title-winning routine by lining up this weekend in Chicagoland. 

Also added to the mix for Sunday’s race is Jonathan Page (Planet  Bike), a three-time Elite National Champion (2003, ’04 and ’05) whose recent international success has him slated to make the United States’ roster for the 2013 World Cyclocross Championships. The upcoming Worlds, held for the first time on American soil, are slated for February 2-3 in Louisville, Ky. and the US roster will officially be announced on January 14. The European-based Page took third at the 2012 National Championships and was recently the top American finisher in a World Cup event in Namur, Belgium.

The men’s elite field, which includes the previously-announced six-time National Champion Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), will also feature Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus), Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar) and a top U23 challenger in Yannick Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized).  The women’s field includes elite standout Amanda Miller (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits).