By Nigel Wynn
British Cycling has named the 14 riders that will represent Great Britain at the 2014 cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, over February 1-2.
Newly-re-crowned British cyclo-cross national champion Helen Wyman, Nikki Harris, Gabriella Durrin and Hannah Payton make up the extremely strong elite women's line-up which has every chance of scoring a medal, if not the rainbow jersey.
World Cup regular and British national champion Ian Field is joined by David Fletcher in the men's elite race, with Jack Clarkson, Steven James, Adam Martin and Ben Sumner riding in the under-23 men's race.
"We're heading out to Hoogerheide with a squad of riders, the majority of whom have raced cyclo-cross internationally this season - in the younger categories," said Great Britain team manager Phil Dixon.
"This is something we have introduced this year for the Great Britain Cyclo-Cross Development Programme, and it will be interesting to see how this sets them up at the worlds.
"We have some real experience in the riders selected for the elite races, and the elite women remain at the top of the world ranking for the second year running.
"In particular Helen Wyman is coming into form after her early season win in the European season.
"Overall, I believe we have some exciting prospects for this year's world championships and the team are looking forward to racing at the event."
British junior national champion Thomas Craig - son of veteran off-roader Nick Craig - takes part in the junior men's event with Sean Dunlea, Dylan Keerfoot-Robson and Jack Ravenscroft.
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