U.S. Cyclocross National Champion Ellen Noble and Scott Smith both accomplished some firsts during their trip to the Cyclocross World Championships in Heusden-Zolder, Belgium on January 30 and 31. Noble raced in the inaugural women's U23 World Championships-- an event created this year separate from the elite women's race. That allowed 40 more women to compete at World Championships than in previous years, according to UCI officials.
Scott Smith competed in his first-ever World Championships after having a strong cross season and finishing 4th at Nationals in Asheville, North Carolina, three weeks ago. That helped him qualify for Zolder. Both JAM/NCC/Vittoria elite team riders raced for Team USA at Worlds with 28 other cyclists from the United States. Noble's 6th place finish in the women's U23 was the top placed finish of all the Americans.
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