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For a FULL LISTING of all of the events going on during Nationals, at the race course and otherwise, be sure to check out CXM’s comprehensive 2013 USA Cyclocross National Championships Event Schedule.
Get Race Ready:
- Making Sure Your Bike Makes it to Nationals and Worlds in One Piece: With less than a week until Cyclocross Nationals, many out there are thinking about prepping and packing for the event. The biggest logistical packing job is usually the bike, especially for those who don’t travel much and/or often with their bike.
- Packing for Nationals – Cold Weather Expert Steve Tilford Gives Advice
Get Ready to Party in Madison:
- Cyclocross Nationals Restaurant Guide: Madison, Wisconsin
- An Insider Guide to Wisconsin Beer: A Cyclocross Nationals Guide
- A Modest (Heckling) Proposal: Wisconsin Nationals Version
2013 Nationals Key Players:
Current National Champion Jeremy Powers is arguably the obvious choice for the men’s race, with his dominant season at the USGPs and seventh place in Plzen. Will all the travel prove too much for the racer, or will he take another win?
- Ryan Trebon has been having a great season on his new team, and after some great results at the USGPs, he’s definitely a contender. Bonus: living in Bend, Oregon, has him used to chilly temperatures, so the weather in Madison might work to his advantage.
- Speaking of the Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld team, Tim Johnson started the season slow but started bringing in the wins as it wore on. After winning the last day in Bend at the USGP in a solo breakaway that happened early on in the race, it seems like he’s only getting better.
- And on the topic of “old man power” (in the best way possible!), Jonathan Page is making a Nationals appearance! His great placing at Namur that kicked of Christmas Week of Cyclocross in Belgium shows that the dark horse American-in-Europe rider might have a few tricks up his sleeve.
- Powers’ teammate Zach McDonald is always a potential threat as well. With a fifth place at Nationals last year and a dominant win in the U23 race, it’s obvious that Madison agrees with him.
- We’ve heard rumors that Danny Summerhill will take a break from training camp with his new team, United Healthcare, to race, and with a new team to impress and make press for, he’ll be gunning for a podium slot for sure.
- For the women, there’s one that stands above the rest: Katie Compton has been on fire with her new team this year, and the question isn’t, “will she win Nationals” so much as “how far ahead of second place will she be?” barring any major mechanicals or injuries.
- However, the field behind her is just getting stronger. Meredith Miller came back from a broken hand to take 11th in Namur last weekend, an amazing result for the racer. If she brings that performance to Nationals, she’s got podium potential, for sure.
- Of course, there’s always Bronze Medalist Georgia Gould to contend with. While Georgia hasn’t been able to snag any USGP wins, her strength and skill are unquestionable, and on a great day, she could prove a challenge for Compton.
- Nicole Duke’s new team seems to be doing great things for the racer, and her focus on grabbing a spot on the Worlds team is singular. Her third place at Nationals last year met her goals, and we’re guessing she’s hoping for the same – or better – this year.
- Kaitie Antonneau, second place at Nationals last year, has been having a great year as well, and can be counted on to have a great collegiate race at Nationals, hopefully followed by another great showing in the elite race the following day. Maybe the hard racing on Saturday opens the legs up for Sunday!
- Stay tuned for more rider profiles in the coming days!
A word from our Mechanical Monday Expert, Chandler Snyder:
Snyder Cycling Services & Pro Bike Express of Colorado will be offering mechanical support for the event on an A La Carte basis for anyone at the races. We will be set up in “The Barn”, located next to the Team/Expo area, beginning Tuesday afternoon. Service will be on a “First come, First served” basis. SCS/PBE will NOT be selling parts, if you need a part replaced, please bring it with you. You can contact Chandler Snyder at 720.385.4324, or [email protected] if you would like more information. Also visit www.snydercyclingservices.com for details.
STAY TUNED Race Reports:
Wednesday, January 4th 2012
Thursday, January 5th 2012
Friday, January 6th 2012
Saturday, January 7th 2012
Sunday, January 8th 2012