2013 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships
Jonathan Page takes his fourth National Championship title, his last being from 2004. In challenging, cleat-freezing conditions, Page seized control of the race and remained largely error-free to win over an impressive U23 in Zach McDonald. To learn more about the American who spends most of his time living and racing in Belgium, be sure to check out Issue 23 of Cyclocross Magazine for our full feature on him.
“Hello?” said Jonathan Page into his cell phone, as a crowd of photographers, security, fans and competitors swirled around him, cheering, clapping his back, searching for his hand. It was less then twenty seconds since he had crossed the finish line at the 2013 National Cyclocross Championships, and there was only one person who mattered. She was, unfortunately, stuck at the Newark airport.
“…I won. Yep. I won.” The laconic Page couldn’t help but let a rare smile cross his face as his wife responded to his first national title in eight years, and he turned to the cameras with his New England drawl. ”She’s pretty excited for me.”
Katie Compton took her ninth win on the freezing course in Madison, uncontested. Behind her, Jade Wilcoxson shocked the crowd by taking the silver medal in one of the only races she did all season long.
VERONA, WISCONSIN— As the women lined up today to contest the 2013 national title, slow to remove their outer layers in the frigid 19 degree temperatures, worry lines crossing the face of many who were uncertain about the frozen ruts, the sections of ice, the mud solidified into softball-size rocks, Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) calmly waited in line for the restroom, hugging racers and wishing them good luck. She’s been here before, after all, and though the big question remained how the conditions would affect the race, halfway through the lap there was little doubt of the outcome: Katie [Middle initial ‘F’] was again crowned queen of American cyclocross. A surprise second came from Jade Wilcoxson (Optum Pro Cycling), with Nicole Duke taking third just behind. Georgia Gould (Luna) and Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld) rounded out the podium.