Many people are not aware of the little known fact that USA riders must pay their own expenses once they are named to the Worlds' team. We are charged $1500 to participate in the race. This covers housing, food, team clothes, and mechanical support. I am sure that USA Cycling wishes they had the $$ to cover us. Those with whom i interact at USA Cycling are great folks but, regardless, the funds are just not there. Pity.
Read the cyclingnews.com story below:
Canadian cyclo-cross team to Cycling Center
The twelve members of the Canadian cyclo-cross team, who last week posted a public plea for financial assistance, have found support thanks to the Cycling Center in Belgium. The Canadian Cycling Association does not currently support the 'cross team, and riders were faced with paying for their own travel and accomodations.
The Cycling Center in Hertsberge will host the team for the weeks preceding the world cyclo cross championships in Hooglede-Gits, Belgium, which take place on 27th and 28th January.
Along with housing, the Cycling Center will provide logistical support as well as team cars, vans and support crew. The Center in Herstberge is in the heart of the Belgian cycling mecca of Flanders. Their Belgian 'home away from home' will give the team a calm and comfortable setting in which to prepare for the championships.