Nikos Hessert qualified for the world championship team by winning the men's 17-18 points race at the Juniors Track National Championships on June 27. (photo by Brian Hodes)
Colorado Springs, Colo. (July 7, 2014) — USA Cycling on Monday announced the 12 athletes scheduled to represent the United States at the 2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships in Seoul, Korea, from Aug. 8-12.
Dominic Suozzi (San Pedro, Calif./Team Winded Development) was an automatic selection to compete in the match sprint, 1km time trial, keirin and team sprint after winning gold in all four events in Carson. He will be joined in the individual events by Thorsten Askervold (Lake Stevens, Wash./HSP) in the scratch race and omnium, Nikkos Hessert (Evanston, Ill./xXx Racing) in the points race, and Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, Calif./SKLZ-Swami's Development Elite Team) in the individual pursuit.
In the team events, Suozzi will join forces with Edward Horvet (West Hills, Calif./LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) and James Mellen (Schnecksville, Pa./Sprinter's Edge Track Development Team) in the team sprint after the trio teamed up to win the 17-18 division at the juniors nationals last month. The men's team pursuit squad, also winners in Carson, will be comprised of Hessert, Weston Flickinger (Akron, Ohio/Summit Freewheelers), Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, Calif.) and Matthew Valencia (Los Altos, Calif./NCCF-Team Specialized Juniors).
Danielle Mullis and Julia Sante will join forces for Team USA in the women's team sprint. (photo by Brian Hodes)
The talented women's squad will consist of national champions Julia Sante (Queensbury, N.Y./Farm Team Cycling), Kirsten Williams (Lonetree, Colo./TWENTY16 Junior Development Team) and Danielle Mullis (Rochester, Mich./West Michigan Coast Riders). Sante will race the match sprint, 500m time trial and keirin. Williams will contest the individual pursuit and omnium, while Mullis will take to the track in the scratch race and points race. Sante and Mullis will also race together in the women's team sprint event.
"These junior athletes have shown they are the best in the nation, and now we look forward to seeing how we stack up against the best in the world,” USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics Jim Miller said. “The experience they will gain from competing at a world championship in a foreign country will be invaluable in their development."
2014 UCI Juniors Track World Championships
August 8-12, 2014
Men Thorsten Askervold (Lake Stevens, Wash./HSP) - scratch race, omnium Weston Flickinger (Akron, Ohio/Summit Freewheelers) - team pursuit Nikkos Hessert (Evanston, Ill./xXx Racing) - points race, team pursuit Gavin Hoover (Manhattan Beach, Calif./SKLZ-Swami's Development Elite Team) - individual pursuit Edward Horvet (West Hills, Calif./LUX-Specialized by Cynergy) - team sprint James Mellen (Schnecksville, Pa./Sprinter's Edge Track Development Team) - team sprint Chazmichael Morales (El Segundo, Calif.) - team pursuit Dominic Suozzi (San Pedro, Calif./Team Winded Development) - match sprint, 1km time trial, keirin, team sprint