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USA Announce 31 Strong Team for Cyclocross Worlds

USA Cycling were the first to announce their team of riders taking to the start for the 2018 CX World Championships in Valkenburg, here’s the line up in full:

Elite Men

Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing; Mills River, NC)
Stephen Hyde* (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld; Easthampton, MA)
Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized Bicycles/SRAM; El Dorado Hills, CA)
Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund/NCC; Westhampton, MA)
Tobin Ortinblad* (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label; Santa Cruz, CA)
Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing; Easthampton, MA)
Kerry Werner* (Kona Endurance Team; Birdsboro, PA)

Elite Women

Elle Anderson ( – Alpha Motorhomes; Oakland, CA)
Katie Compton* (KFC Racing p/b Trek/Panache; Colorado Springs, CO)
Rebecca Fahringer (Stan’s No Tubes/Maxxis; Concord, NH)
Kaitin Keough* (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld; Colorado Springs, CO)
Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic; Bellingham, WA)
Ellen Noble* (Aspire Racing; Kennebunkport, ME)

Under-23 Men

Eric Brunner (EVOL DevoElite Racing; Boulder, CO)
Maxx Chance (EVOL DevoElite Racing; Boulder, CO)
Grant Ellwood (Boulder Cycle Sport; Boulder, CO)
Gage Hecht* (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru; Parker, CO)
Spencer Petrov (ASPIRE Racing; Mason, OH)
Denzel Stephenson (EVOL DevoElite Racing; Boulder, CO)

Under-23 Women

Hannah Arensman (J.A. King p/b BR’C; Rutherford College, NC)
Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle Co.-Groove Subaru; Park City, UT)
Clara Honsinger (Washington State Bicycle Association, Portland, OR)
Laurel Rathbun (Donnelly Cycling; Monument, CO)
Emma Swartz (Trek Cyclocross Collective; Madison, WI)
Emma White* (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld; Delanson, NY)

Junior Men

Scott Funston* (Rad Racing NW; Maple Valley, WA)
Benjamin Gomez Villafane* (Top Club; Scotts Valley, CA)
Lane Maher (Hot Tubes Development Cycling; Harwinton, CT)
Alex Morton* (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld; Saint Clair, MI)
Sam Noel (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld; Shelburne, VT)
Calder Wood* (Rad Racing NW; Anacortes, WA)

Automatic qualifiers are noted with an asterisk (*)

For more information on the event, read our guide to the CX Worlds here


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Team News: Gossinki and Bombtrack Announce New Partnership

We’ve got another exciting press release for you today! – We’ve heard news of multiple female racers going it alone in cross’, and as Tarteletto-Isore announce they have gained a new UCI Road Contract, Gossinki (Gosse van der Meer) announces he will be going solo, leaving the team and riding for new setup Bombtrack Bicycle Co p/b Hunt Bike Wheels.

Gossinki - Bombtrack Bicycle Co.  (powered by Hunt Wheels)”
It’s fair to say the new kit looks great on Gossinki!

Here’s what the team management had to say:

With immediate effect Bombtrack Bicycle Co. will enter the UCI cyclocross circuit with the signing of Dutch rider Gosse van der Meer. The German based bicycle brand will sign the young rider as its first entry into the pro cyclocross circuit. Van de Meer has been racing for Tarteletto-Isorex and will now switch to Team Bombtrack Bicycle Co.(powered by Hunt Wheels)” from January, 1st 2018.

“We have been looking for the perfect match of a rider to represent our brand on the Pro CX circuit for some time. We’ve been in contact with Gosse since meeting him at the 2016 Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championchips and are very excited to work with someone who has both the speed to race at DVV, the World Cup series and Superprestige races, while keeping the attitude to still race at the more funky races like SSCXEC and other more unique events more traditionally aligned with our brand” – Manuel Schuerholz, Bombtrack.

Bombtrack will be entering its fifth year of production in 2018. The brand has previous centred itself around road, cyclocross, gravel, bikepacking and trackbike segments. The signing of Van de Meer will represent a shift for the brand into the professional performance segment.

Van der Meer, born in 1995 in the coastal province of Friesland, Netherlands has won over 30 local and international montain bike and cyclocross races. However he has concentrated to the winter discipline in recent time racing competitively for the last four years in the U23 division on the UCI CX circuit. Now at 22 years of age, van der Meer has moved to Elite division for the current racing season and recorded increasingly solid results.

“I’m excited to lift my riding to the next level with my new partnership with Bombtrack. We’ve been friends for some time now, and I’m happy to be supported by such a great brand with the next step in my career” – Gosse van der Meer

Remaining races of 2017/2018 season include the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee , the Superprestige series, the remaining World Cup races and the World Championships hosted in Valkenburg, Netherlands among other Category 1 and Category 2 races. In addition to the standard elite CX circuit races, van der Meer will also appear at races more fitting to Bombtrack’s typical mould, with appearances at Singlespeed Cyclocross European Championships in Koksijde, Belgium in March, the “Urban Cyclocross” in Zurich, Switzerland beginning of April – such as the “Canyon Rad Cross” late April.

Gosse van der Meer’s journey with Bombtrack can be followed on:

Good Luck Gosse!

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Video: Mathieu Van der Poel playing on his new Canyon

Mathieu Van der Poel got his 2018 campaign off to a successful start, winning the DVV Trophy round in Baal on his first official outing on his new Canyon Inflite CF SLX .

Of course this wasn’t really the first time Van der Poel had ridden the bike – footage has emerged of him training in the sand of Calpe, bedding in the new bikes!

Watch below Mathieu run you through his new build (in Dutch!) and catch a glimpse of some of his impressive skills in training in the sand!