USA Cycling’s 26-rider contingent in Bogense, Denmark, for the 2019 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships will be dreaming of matching Matt Kelly’s rainbow jersey ride in the junior category at the 1999 Worlds in Poprad, Slovakia. Although many have come close and the stack of silver and bronze medals has grown quite tall, Kelly’s gold medal stands as the pinnacle for US ‘cross results.
The 2018-19 season has marked many firsts and personal bests for US riders, and the men and women representing USA Cycling in this year’s junior, under-23 and elite categories will line up on Saturday and Sunday with visions of podiums, medals and maybe even jerseys pushing forward in their thoughts.
Racing begins on Saturday with the junior men’s race, where reigning US champion Alex Morton is a rider to watch, along with Nick Carter, who placed second at Nationals in very muddy conditions similar to what riders could face in Bogense.
In the U23 race, two-time Pan Am champion Gage Hecht will be in the spotlight, along with national champion Spencer Petrov and Lance Haidet. All three placed in the top 20 at the final UCI World Cup race last week in Hoogerheide, in the Netherlands.
Saturday will culminate with the elite women’s race, where 2018 Worlds runner-up Katie Compton and Kaitie Keough, currently ranked sixth in the world, will make runs for the podium.
Sunday will start with the U23 women’s race. Clara Honsigner, the reigning Pan Am and US champion, placed second in the U23 category in last week’s World Cup in Hoogerheide and will be a rider to watch. Juniors Katie Clouse and Maddie Munro will race in the combined category and could also be in the hunt for medals.
Setting themselves up well for Worlds
USA Cycling roster for UCI Cyclo-cross Worlds
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