McDonald has time to celebrate. © Janet Hill

McDonald has time to celebrate. © Janet Hill

“It’s definitely nice after the disappointment yesterday.”

We here at Cyclocross Magazine are excited to be bringing you our annual Nationals reflections and winner profiles in our upcoming Issue 12. As we have done previously, this issue will spend some time with every winner, but this year we thought we’d take it a bit further here online and extend these profiles with a pile of video interviews we’ve been holding onto and give you a chance to learn more about the Stars and Stripes winners and their moments of glory.

With that in mind, we ask you to join us as we take some off-season time to celebrate our 2010 USAC cyclocross national champions in these post-race interviews, where we get to relive the high of victory through their eyes. Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, we’ll be unveiling a new interview or two, covering everyone from the youngest grom to the most experienced Masters racer. Missed one? Check them all out on our Nationals Interview Page.

Today we bring you Collegiate D1 Champion Zach McDonald. McDonald had an epic battle the day before with U23 winner Danny Summerhill, and the loss clearly motivated his race in the Collegiate field. McDonald separated himself early with Eric Thompson, who after a brave contest with McDonald snapped his derailleur and had to watch the eventual winner ride away.