Jan 8, 2017 – The 2017 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships crowned six champions on the final day of racing in Hartford on Sunday. Six days of competition featured 34 national championship contests, with over 1500 individual registered riders representing 46 states.
Temperatures hovered in the low 20s most of the day to cover the Connecticut River in sheets of ice, but the sun created changing course conditions throughout the day after six inches of snow on Saturday.
Battling across the frozen tundra of Riverside Park, 12-time elite women’s cyclocross champ Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./KFC Racing pb Trek / Panache) took control of the women’s elite race after the first lap and solidified her reign as national champion with a 13th crown. She finished the six-lap contest in 49:25.
“It feels great to win a 13th. Every one of them is stressful and special in itself,” said Compton, who finished the 2016-17 Pro CX season atop the individual women’s standings. “The course, every day, has been changing. It was a really fun, technical, challenging course. The event was great. Everything came together.”
It was a tight duel for the next two podium steps between Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport / YogaGlo) and Katie Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), who finished second and third, respectively.
In the waning Hartford sunshine of the afternoon, the men’s elite field slashed through the changing conditions of mud and snow on the course. New Englander Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, Mass/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) earned his first national championship in 1:05:03 with aggressive riding to hold off a charging Jamie Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Clement Pro Team) by two seconds.
“I am so excited. This was such a hard course,” stated an exuberant Hyde after the nine-lap battle. “I even had a crash on the last lap. I had a front flat tubular on that last half-lap too. I knew I was strong coming in to it. A course like this really limits how much you can pedal here, so it really brought out the best in all these guys, and some of the best bike handling I have ever seen.”
Earlier in the day, Denzel Stephenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) redeemed a silver medal finish from a year ago to take the crown this year in the junior men’s 17-18 competition. The 18-year-old from Colorado overcame a damaged crank and used a second bicycle in a back-and-forth battle with Lane Maher (Harwinton, Conn./Hands On Cycling) to win in a time of 39:45.
“I wanted to ride my own race and not look back, and it almost went that way,” said Stephenson, who won the 13-14s at the 2013 Cyclocross Nationals. “A crank fell off (today). I had to run from the top of Bonk Breaker HIll, coast down the hill, then run to the second pit. That cost me a lot of time. I just rode my best from there. And Lane had a mistake too, so it came back together. I really wanted to win it this year. I am really happy it worked out.”
Scoring her third consecutive Stars-and-Stripes jersey was Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Aspire Racing), passing silver medalist Emma White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) on the second of four laps. Noble ate up bits of real estate on the course, finishing 30 seconds ahead of White in 35:13.
“I am super, super excited to be able to race my last season as a U23 and take the win. It always means a lot. To be able to do three in a row means so much, because it’s really a testament to consistency and that is something I strive for every race, every season. The course is amazing. They had a really great design to begin with, and the weather made it even better.”
The battle for the men’s U23 national title was taken by Lance Haidet (San Luis Obispo, Calif./unattached) for his first CX championship. Only eight seconds separated the 20-year-old from his 52:58 winning time and a pack of three challengers.
The reigning junior 15-16 champion from Minnesota, Nick Carter (Minneapolis, Minn./NorthStar Development Cycling), took the junior men’s 15-16 national title in 31:53. Katie Clouse (LIttleton, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) defended her junior women’s 15-16 title, winning for a second year in 28:02.
In the final junior event of the six-day competition, local 10-year-old Cade Fravel (Redding, Conn./CT Cycling Advancement Program) took home the win in 13:52 in the Under 11 non-championship event.
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1. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./KFC Racing pb Trek / Panache) – 49:25
2. Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport / YogaGlo) – 49:53
3. Katie Antonneau (Racine, Wisc./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) – 50:05
4. Elle Anderson (Oakland, Calif./Elle Anderson Racing) – 51:11
5. Courtenay McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./American Classic) – 51:36
1. Stephen Hyde (Easthampton, Mass./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) – 1:05:03
2. Jamie Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Clement Pro Team) – 1:05:05
3. Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Penn./Kona Endurance Team) – 1:05:34
4. Jack Kisseberth (Easthampton, Mass./JAM Fund / NCC) – 1:05:59
5. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz Factory Racing) – 1:06:07
Junior Men 17-18
1. Denzel Stephenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) – 39:45
2. Lane Maher (Harwinton, Conn./Hands On Cycling) – 40:05
3. Ross Ellwood (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) – 40:47
4. Caleb Swartz (Madison, Wisc./Trek Cyclocross Collective) – 40:49
5. Calder Wood (Anacortes, Wash./Rad Racing NW) – 41:13
Junior Women 17-18
1. Ashley Zoerner (Highland, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Do.-Vista Subaru) – 39:43
2. Anya Malarski (St. Paul, Minn./Jet Cycling) – 41:02
3. Kennedy Adams (Stow, Ohio/Womens CX Project) – 43:06
4. Ellie Mitchell (Anchorage, Alaska/Northwest Womens Cyclocross Pro) – 43:57
5. Abigail Youngwerth (Boise, Idaho/Tenspeed Hero) – 44:08
Women U23 17-22
1. Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Aspire Racing) – 35:13
2. Emma White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) – 35:43
3. Hannah Finchamp (Kennewick, Wash./Clif Pro Team) – 39:01
4. Hannah Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./J.A.King pb BR’C) – 39:10
5. Emma Swartz (Madison, Wisc./Trek Cyclocross Collective) – 39:34
Men U23 17-22
1. Lance Haidet (San Luis Obispo, Calif./unattached) – 52:58
2. Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) – 53:04
3. Maxx Chance (Boulder, Colo./EVOL DevoElite Racing) – 53:06
4. Brannan Fix (Fort Collins, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Vista Subaru) – 53:06
5. W. Grant Ellwood (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport / YogaGlo) – 53:25