The U23 Women’s race at the World Championships will have its third edition this year at Valkenburg-Limburg on Saturday, but it has already established itself as a race to watch. Last year, Ellen Noble (United States) shined and finished a close second behind Annemarie Worst (The Netherlands).

Noble and Worst go one-on-one. U23 Women, 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Bieles, Luxembourg. © M. Hilger / Cyclocross Magazine

Noble and Worst go one-on-one. U23 Women, 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships, Bieles, Luxembourg. © M. Hilger / Cyclocross Magazine

This year, Noble and Worst have aged up to the Elites, but 2016 winner Evie Richards (Great Britain) is back and looking to improve on her third from a year ago. Richards finished third overall at Hoogerheide, so she enters the race as the likely favorite.

Evie Richards wins the first-ever women's U23 race at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. © Pieter Van Hoorebeke / Cyclocross Magazine

Evie Richards wins the first-ever women’s U23 race at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships. © Pieter Van Hoorebeke / Cyclocross Magazine

Other U23 Women who finished in the top ten overall in World Cups this season include Laura Verdonschot (Belgium) (3 times), Emma White (United States) (1 time) and Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado (The Netherlands) (1 time).

Emma White visualizes her stars and stripes jersey. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Emma White is one ofthe podium hopefuls for Valkenburg. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

The start list includes healthy American and Canadian teams. The U.S. will be represented by White, Clara Honsinger, Katie Clouse, Emma Swartz, Hannah Arensman and Laurel Rathbun. The Canadians are Ruby West, Siobhan Kelly and Magdeleine Valleries Mill.

Ruby West tackles the stairs. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Ruby West leads Canada’s U23 squad. 2018 Telenet UCI World Cup Nommay. © B. Hazen / Cyclocross Magazine

Full start lists are below. The U23 Women’s race is at 7 a.m. Eastern on Saturday.

For more from Valkenburg-Limburg, see our dedicated 2018 Cyclocross World Championships page.

U23 Women's Start List: 2018 World Championships

BibNameCountry
2VAN DER HEIJDEN Inge
NED
3DEL CARMEN ALVARADO Ceylin
NED
4NAGENGAST Fleur
NED
5BAKKER Manon
NED
6KASTELIJN Yara
NED
7WHITE Emma
USA
8CLOUSE Katie
USA
9HONSINGER Clara
USA
10SWARTZ Emma
USA
11ARENSMAN Hannah
USA
12RATHBUN Laurel
USA
13RICHARDS Evie
GBR
14KAY Anna
GBR
15HARNDEN Harriet
GBR
16WIEL Jade
FRA
17NORBERT RIBEROLLE Marion
FRA
18SAFAROVA Adela
CZE
19MISONOVA Magdalena
CZE
20UNGERMANOVA Elizabeth
CZE
21VANICKOVA Tereza
CZE
22TEOCCHI Chiara
ITA
23BARONI Francesca
ITA
24GARIBOLDI Rebecca
ITA
25CASASOLA Sara
ITA
26PERSICO Silvia
ITA
S 27FEDE Nicole
ITA
S 28ZONTONE Asia
ITA
S 29GRILLO Alessandra
ITA
30RUEGG Noemi
SUI
31KRAHEMANN Lara
SUI
32HEIGL Nadja
AUT
33IBARROLA ALBIZUA Luisa
ESP
34TRABAZO BRAGADO Irene
ESP
35 WOJTYLA Gabriela
POL
36 SZPOCINSKA Agnieszka
POL
37 VERDONSCHOT Laura
BEL
38 VERHOEVEN Suzanne
BEL
39 BELLAERT Axelle
BEL
40 TRUYEN Marthe
BEL
41 DEGN Malene
DEN
42 WEST Ruby
CAN
43 KELLY Siobhan
CAN
44 VALLIERES MILL Magdeleine
CAN
45 GILLESPIE lara
IRL