Katie Compton of Trek Cyclocross Collective and Jeremy Powers of Rapha-Focus charged to solo victories aboard SRAM RED 22 in the elite women’s and elite men’s races, capping a weekend of racing at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships where SRAM athletes populated the podium steps.
In fact, SRAM athletes took at least the top three spots in Sunday’s Elite Men’s and Elite Women’s races and Saturday’s U-23 Men’s and Junior 17-18 races. These consistent results came in ever changing weather and course conditions at Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park. Melting snow during the week left a challenging course mixed with mud and dry patches with some frozen ruts. Riders also contended with strong wind gusts through much of the weekend.
Several top SRAM riders at Nationals were on a prototype drivetrain. More information on that will come Feb. 1.
And Monday many of those riders – see which riders below — received more good news when they were named to the U.S. Team to compete in the 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Hoogerheide, Netherlands, on Feb. 1-2.
Elite and U23 Women
Simply put, Compton looked as strong, and as determined, as ever. Her 10th straight national title continued an amazing string of success with five straight UCI World Cup victories and a second consecutive World Cup Series title. The elite women’s race began with a from-the-gun attack by Elle Anderson of California Giant Berry-Specialized. Anderson’s early torrid place strung out the record elite women’s field of more than 100 across the course. Anderson would hang on for second as the biggest drama of the day played out behind with the battle for third. For much of the race, Crystal Anthony of Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies rode alone with third place ahead of Meredith Miller of Cal Giant-Specialized. Miller, encouraged by the thousands of fans lining the course, kept closing in painful second by second to eventually catch, pass and outsprint Anthony for third. What’s more, Kaitlin Antonneau of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com won the U23 Women’s title Sunday a day after winning the Division 1 Collegiate women’s title as part of the SRAM-supported Marian University Cycling Team, which repeated as the D1 Team Omnium Champion.
1. Katherine Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) 42:36
2. Elle Anderson (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized :49
3. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 1:19
SRAM athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Elle Anderson, Crystal Anthony, Kaitlin Antonneau, Katie Compton, Meredith Miller
Jeremy Powers was nowhere to be found among the team tents near the course in Boulder. Instead, Powers was based off-site nearby, focusing on the task at hand – take back the title after a disappointing U.S. championship race a year ago. That determination was evident from the start, when Power’s bolted from the start line to take the hole shot. And he never looked back, leading the race from start to finish. Ryan Trebon of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com initially went with Powers before the Rapha-Focus rider surged away on his own. Trebon, though, paced himself well to finish alone in second. Tim Johnson got off to a rough start in the race when his foot was knocked out of the pedal during the start. He quickly recovered to finish in third.
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) 59:16
2. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) :43
3. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) +1:36
SRAM athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Tim Johnson, Zach McDonald (Rapha-Focus), Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon
Berries definitely were in season at this year’s Nationals. California Giant Berry-Specialized swept the podium. The winner, 18-year-old Logan Owen, confirmed his standing as one of America’s top cycling prospects. He was pushed throughout the race by defending champ, Yannick Eckmann. Cody Kaiser finished third, and also was a fan favorite with his smooth bunny hopping of the Valmont course’s “Belgian Steps.” Curtis White of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com was fourth.
1. Logan Owen (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 49:17
2. Yannick Eckmann (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) :10
3. Cody Kaiser (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 2:22
SRAM athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Yannick Eckmann, Cody Kaiser, Tobin Ortenblad, Logan Owen, Curtis White
Junior 17-18 Men
Peter Goguen of Race CF rode a strong and steady race to expand his lead each lap for the win, with his teammate Austin Vincent taking third. Maxx Chance of Clif Bar Development Cross Team was second. Race CF, based in Massachusetts, seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of exercise for people with cystic fibrosis. Two of Goguen’s brothers, who have CF, are part of the Race CF Team.
1. Peter Goguen (Race Cf-Racecf.Org) 40:13
2. Maxx Chance (Clif Bar Development Cross Team) :48
3. Austin Vincent (Race CF) :59
SRAM athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Maxx Chance, Peter Goguen, Austin Vincent (Race CF), Cooper Willsey (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)