Colorado Springs, Co. (January 6, 2002) – USA Cycling announced Fridayit’s fullteam of athlete nominations to represent the U.S. at the 2003 WorldCyclo-cross Championships, Feb. 1-2 in Monopoli, Italy. Twelve discretionarynominations join the group of automatic athlete nominations announced Dec.18, 2002.The 20 athletes nominated earned their berths on the World Championshipsteam based on results at the Shimano-USCF U.S. Cyclo-cross NationalChampionships in Napa, Calif. (Dec. 14-15, 2002), their rankings on the USACycling cyclo-cross points list, and results in recent UCI international anddomestic races. The team is headlined by newly-crowned national cyclo-crosschampions Ann Grande (Des Moines, Washington), Jonathan Page (Northfield,N.H. – who rode to a top-10 finish against a strong international field in aUCI international cyclo-cross race Friday in Holland), Adam Craig (Corinth,Maine) and Jesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass.).”The group of American athletes that USA Cycling has assembled to compete atthe 2003 World Cyclo-cross Championships is one of the strongest ever,” saidSteve Johnson, COO & Director of Athletics for USA Cycling. “The teamrepresents a great balance of experienced riders and young, fresh athleteswho are getting their first taste of international competition. Exposingyoung riders to a strong international field is a key component ofdeveloping a strong, American cyclo-cross program.”The following athletes will represent the U.S. at the 2003 World Cyclo-crossChampionships:Elite WomenAnn Grande (Des Moines, Wash.)Carmen D’Aluisio (Watsonville, Calif.)Rachel Lloyd (San Anselmo, Calif.)Gina Hall (Richmond, Calif.)Christine Vardaros (Sunnyvale, Calif.)Elite MenJonathan Page (Northfield, N.H.)Marc Gullickson (Boulder, Colo.)Andy Jacques-Maynes (Berkeley, Calif.)Johannes Huseby (Medford, Mass.)Jackson Steward (Los Gatos, Calif.)Junior MenJesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass.)Konrad Lebas (Ansonia, Conn.)Zak Grabowski (Lafayette, Colo.)David Fleischauer (Olympia, Wash.)Steve Cozza (Petaluma, Calif.)Espoir MenAdam Craig (Corinth, Maine)Josh Anthony (Beverly, Mass.)Barry Wicks (Portland, Ore.)Ryan Trebon (Ft. Bragg, N.C.)Alan Obye (Mendon, Vt.).Competition at the 2003 World Cyclo-cross Championships commences on Feb. 1with the junior and espoir men’s races. The elite men and women will competeon Feb. 2.