Selection for any world championships is always a contentious issue. Riders feel they have missed out or been let down by their federations, many having met selection criteria or worse still, not known of criteria to meet, ultimately resulting in them missing out on the opportunity to compete in the most prestigious event on the annual cyclocross calendar.

In cyclocross, there is a UCI rule in place to ensure that the elite men’s field has huge strength in depth, giving the top riders from each nation a set goal to aim for. UCI Rule 9.2.045 states that each federation shall be required to include the top three riders from its country in its worlds selection, as long as they are in the top 50 in the UCI ranking published after the national championships: Read more on Velo News