Portland race fans got an early Christmas present when local pro Sue Butler made the list of USA Cycling's choices for the United States National Team at the 2009 Cyclocross World Championships.
Five riders were named to each of the elite women’s, U23 men’s and junior men’s squads based on competitive performances over the course of the last year. The elite men’s nominations will be announced Jan. 14 following the next round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Belgium.
Butler (pictured), who rides for Monavie-Cannondale.com, earned one of the three discretionary nominations to the five-member elite women’s team. She will be joined by Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Spike), Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna), Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, Calif./California Giant-Specialized) and Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./C3-Sollay).
The World Championships will take place in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, Jan. 31-Feb. 1.
Nick Weighall (Millcreek, Wash.)
Nicholas Keough (Sandwich, Mass.)
Daniel Summerhill (Englewood, Colo.)
Bjorn Selander (Hudson, Wis.)
Will Dugan (Burlington, Vt.)
Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass.)
Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash.)
Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass.)
Eric Emsky (Fall City, Wash.)
Chris Wallace (Shawnee, Kan.)