For sure, Kathy Sherwin should have been invited. 4th place at nationals and consistent top placings in the big UCI races (ahead of some of the choices) Plus, worlds is one day--nationals is one day--I would have picked someone who can ride out of their mind for the big one. She deserved a chance to represent at worlds.
Junior, U23 and Elite Women’s Team for 2011 Cyclocross Worlds Announced
Some favorites, new faces and young faces grace the USA 2011 Cyclocross World Championships team for the race in St. Wendel Germany. Full details below.
Colorado Springs, Colo. (January 7, 2011) – USA Cycling is pleased to announce the first round of nominations to the United States National Team for the 2011 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, slated for January 29-30 in St. Wendel, Germany.
Thirteen athletes have been named to the elite women’s, U23 men’s, and junior men’s squads based on their performances over the last cyclocross season.
Leading the elite women’s squad will be seven-time national champion Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Planet Bike-Stevens Bikes). A serious contender for the world title, Compton earned an automatic nomination to the team after taking four of the five World Cup wins this season.
Another automatic qualifier for the women’s team is Sue Butler (Portland, Ore.). Butler earned her nomination based on her 14th-place finish at the second World Cup this season. She has been active on the ‘Cross World Cup circuit and recently ended her domestic season with fifth-place at the national championships in Bend.
Joining Compton and Butler on the start line in Germany will be discretionary nominees Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO-To the Top), Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo.), and Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12).
Two young men earned automatic nominations to the U23 men’s team: Daniel Summerhill (Centennial, Colo./Garmin-Transitions-Team Holowesko Partners) and Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash.). Summerhill and McDonald went one and two in the U23 contest at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships last month. Additionally, the pair finished 29th and 28th respectively at the world championships last year.
Grabbing discretionary nominations to the U23 men’s team are national championship bronze medalist Jerome Townswend (Princeton, Mass./Mock Orange Bikes), as well as Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./California Giant Strawberries-Specialized) and Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./BikeReg.com-Cannondale).
Earning the sole automatic nomination to the junior men’s team for St. Wendel is Jeff Bahnson (Newark, Del./Van Dessel Factory Team). Bahson earned his nomination by virtue of his win at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships last month. Toeing the line alongside Bahson will be discretionary nominees, national championship silver and bronze medalists Bjorn Fox (Incline Village, Nev./Clif Bar Development Cross Team) and Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Prochain Cycling).
Nominations to the elite men’s team will be announced on Friday, January 14. To view the complete selection procedures for all categories, click here.
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.)
Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Team TIBCO-To the Top)
Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo.)
Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Peanut Butter & Co TWENTY 12)
Daniel Summerhill (Centennial, Colo./Garmin-Transitions-Team Holowesko Partners)
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Jerome Townsend (Princeton, Mass./Mock Orange Bikes)
Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./California Giant Strawberries-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)
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Are you kidding? A travesty? Nicole is a great new rider to cross but experience in European cross races is a must! Amy has proven herself as a great American cross racer there this year with top 10 results! Though not a big muscular woman, she is power packed dynamo! He skills are top level and her ability to suffer and keep turning over the cranks is impressive. It would have been a huge travesty, tragedy, and grievous to leave Amy off the team, and three is more than one!! GO AMY!!!
I'm sorry, but the selection of Amy D. is in my opinion a travesty to some women who were equally consistent throughout the season and who in fact finished the season stronger at Nationals. Kathy Sherwin and Nicole Duke come to mind.
Duke and Sherwin are 37 and 38, respectively. Dombroski is 24. When you're picking riders to fill out the team, and who are unlikely to podium, one factor you take into consideration is experience for future world championships.
Besides, it's tough to criticize if you don't know who petitioned to make the team. Did either Duke or Sherwin petition?