Young Stars Shine at U.S. CX Nats
Berries were definitely in season at last weekend’s USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships, with riders from the California Giant Berry-Specialized collecting a rich harvest of podium spots at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder, Colo. Riders from Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com also raced to multiple podium places.
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. Both teams ride the Zipp 303 Firecrest Disc-brake wheelset and Zipp Service Course SL bars, stems and seatposts.
On Monday, many of those riders – see which 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.
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.” In fact, he’s become the latest’cross Internet sensation with his video. Curtis White of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com was fourth. Tobin Ortenblad of Cal Giant-Specialized was fifth.
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
Zipp athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Yannick Eckmann, Cody Kaiser, Tobin Ortenblad, Logan Owen, Curtis White
Elite and U23 Women
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 behind an incredible solo win by Katie Compton. But 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. She finished seventh overall.
2. Elle Anderson (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized :49
3. Meredith Miller (California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 1:19
Zipp athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Elle Anderson, Kaitlin Antonneau, Meredith Miller
As the race opened, Ryan Trebon of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com went with Jeremy Powers before the Rapha-Focus rider surged away on his own. Tebon, 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.
2. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) :43
3. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 1:36
Zipp athletes selected for U.S. World Championships Team: Tim Johnson, Ryan Trebon
The Zipp supported the Marian University Cycling Team won its third straight USA Cycling Division 1 collegiate championship in Boulder. The team’s performance included a victory in the first-ever collegiate team cyclocross rely. Also, Kaitlin Antonneau won the Division I collegiate women’s race for Marian.
Photo of Logan Owen ©WilMatthewsPhoto