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The biggest weekend in European cyclocross is here! Ellen Noble and Scott Smith will be racing at the Cyclocross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium this weekend in front of an estimated 50,000 screaming spectators. Noble will represent Team USA as the reigning U23 U.S. Cyclocross National Champion in her race on Saturday at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
Smith will also be wearing red, white and blue (although mostly red and blue) in the U23 men's race on Sunday at 6:00 a.m. ET. It will be the first time either of them have raced in the World Championships, but Noble has already earned her chops in Europe, racing in five World Cups this season including last week's mudfest in Hoogerheide, Netherlands. Smith made his Euro World Cup debut at Hoogerheide and is ready to tackle some more mud in Zolder, where the forecast is calling for rain. Bring it on.
In addition to Noble and Smith, the USA's World Team has 29 other racers including our JAM Fund co-founder and four-time U.S. Cyclocross National Champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire) and JAM alumni Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com), Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) and Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes).