In part one of our look into UCI points, we covered how UCI points which lead to a nation rankings are used to create quotas for the number of riders a country can enter at the 2013 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships which will be held on February 2-3, in Louisville, Ky. The preliminary list of riders for the elite men, elite women, men under23 and men juniors races is now available (download entries list)
Once selected by their country to race at Louisville 2013, a rider is positioned in the start grid by the number of points he or she has accumulated. Simply put, the more UCI points an elite rider has, the better the start position at the world championships. For under-23 men and junior men, the World Cup points are used to place the first 16 riders in the first two rows before using the UCI rankings.
Riders are called up, one by one, to fill out the start grid which is divided into rows of eight riders. Riders picked a spot in their row as they are called up, so the first rider gets the pick of what he/she thinks is the best spot for the holeshot.
Elite riders. For both the elite men and elite women's races, riders are called up by their UCI standings. Which means that for the elite men, as expected the front row will be dominated by Belgian riders starting with the reigning World Champion Niels Albert of Belgium. Then Kevin Pauwels, Sven Nys, Belgian Champion Klaas Vantornout, Dutch Champion Lars van der Haar, French Champion Francis Mourey, Bart Aernouts and Rob Peeters. Second row would start with Czech rider Radomir Simunek and American Jeremy Powers and so on.
American champion Katie Compton, the current leader of the UCI Standings will be called first. European Champion Helen Wyman will be second, then reigning World Champion Marianne Vos, Belgian Champion Sanne Cant, Sanne Van Paassen, Katerina Nash, Swiss Champion Jasmin Achermann and French Champion Lucie Chainel-Lefevre. Czech Champion Pavla Havlikova would be the first rider to be called on the second row.
Riders with no UCI points, will be called up by nations rankings in rotation. Taking each nation in turn on the basis of the classification by nation of the concerned category from the world championships of the previous season, a place shall be allocated to the next rider in sequence. Federations which do not appear in the classification by nation specified above shall, on the basis of the same rotation system, take the last places, in an order determined by drawing lots.
Men under-23 and men juniors. The first 16 spots, across two rows, are attributed using the World Cup points. Then, the remaining riders are called up using the UCI points from the last UCI standings and finally unclassified riders follow the same rule as described for the elite riders.
The overall men under-23 winner of the World Cup, Wietse Bosmans of Belgium will be called first, followed by Belgian Wout van Aert, Dutch Corne van Kessel, Belgian Gianni Vermeesch, Dutch Mike Teunissen, Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe and Michael Vanthourenhout. American Zach McDonald should be the second to last rider called to fill up the second row, the other Americans did not finish in the top 16 of the World Cup.
The overall men juniors World Cup winner and reigning World Champion, Mathieu van der Poel of the Netherlands will be called first. Next will be his compatriot Martijn Budding and American Champion Logan Owen. Filling up the front row, should be Belgian Nicolas Cleppe and Quinten Hermans, Italian Champion Giole Bertolini, Czech rider Karel Pokorný and French Champion Clément Russo.
Final start list and order will be available next week.