USAC 2012 National Cyclo-cross Championships
Badger Park, Verona, Wisconsin
US ‘cross racers decided the national Championships for the Elite Women and Men and U23 Women today, just outside Madison, Wisconsin. The day started out colder than previous days this week but the heavily muddy conditions, evident at Friday’s racing, stayed away. Sunny skies and steadier temperatures were unable to keep the course constant for the afternoon races, however, as a surface thaw did leave muddier conditions than the start of each race.
For the Elite Women, Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant Off Road Team) raced out to a good lead upon reaching the first hill on the first lap…racing up that hill Compton looked strong and would never relinquish the advantage. She went on to dominate the race for her eighth National Championship. Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) come in second and with it won the crown for U23 Women. Third place went to Nicole Duke (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) with Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant Cycling) earning a fourth-place finish and Southern California’s Coryn Rivera (Exergy Twenty12) taking the final podium spot. The top NorCal racer in the field was Ellen Sherrill (Bike Station Aptos) with a top-fifty finish to go along with her seventh place in Master Women 30-34.
For Elite Men, the race was undecided until the penultimate lap but even then uncertainty from mechanical failure or other mishap was the ever-present. A lead group formed early with Ryan Trebon (LTS/Felt) the main protagonist. Other’s in amongst the leaders were Tim Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Jonathan Page (Planet Bike), Chris Jones (Team Rapha-Focus), James Driscoll (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Dylan McNicholas (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), and Jeremy Powers (Team Rapha-Focus).
The leaders dropped Driscoll first and then Jones broke his chain. In an amazing testament to his weekend’s racing, Zach McDonald bridged back late to join the leaders. In the second-to-last lap, Powers made his move to gap Trebon by the bell and then go on for the win, his first National Championship. Trebon came in second, 17 seconds off the pace, with Page earning the bronze medal. McDonald pulled his trademark wheelie crossing the finish line in fourth. Tim Johnson then took the final podium position in fifth.
Chris Jones was the highest placed NorCal racer in sixth. Cody Kaiser (California Giant Cycling) earned a top-twenty finish in fourteenth. Other NorCal competitors pulled from the race were: Justin Robinson (California Giant Cycling), 31st; recently crowned Singlespeed Champion Aaron Bradford (Bay 101/HRS/Rocklobster), 45th; Abe Rotstein (Team Bicycle Trip/Symantec), 49th; and Scott Chapin (Bay 101/HRS/Rocklobster), 58th.
Full event, race reports, and results available at Cyclocross Magazine.
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