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Preview: Worlds looms large as Compton, Powers return to Wisconsin to defend titles

Junior men 17-18

2012 podium: 1. Logan Owen 2. Tobin Ortenblad 3. Richard Cypress Gorry
One name, that of seven-time national champion Logan Owen, is atop the men’s junior field. Owen has won every cyclocross national championship he has entered. And while Curtis White (Hot Tubes) has emerged as another legitimate threat for the U.S. in Europe this season, Owen has been better than ever, winning at Namur, Belgium, and sweeping all four USGP races he started.

Beyond Owen and White, a cadre of riders will try to make their mark in the worlds selection. Maxx Chance and Spencer Downing (Clif Bar Development), Nathaniel Morse (Hot Tubes) and Peter Goguen (CF-Trek) are among the young men angling for a worlds berth in Madison. While the top step on the podium is Owen’s to lose, the junior men’s tilt should see some of the most wide-open and surprising racing of the week.