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Corrie Osborne takes the 17-18 junior women's title, after winning 15-16 last year. 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Tim Westmore

Corrie Osborne takes the 17-18 junior women’s title, after winning 15-16 last year. 2012 Cyclocross National Championships. © Tim Westmore

by Chris Bagg and Molly Hurford

VERONA, WISCONSIN—

2012 Junior Women 17-18 Cyclocross National Championship

Corrie Osborne (ISCorp Cycling Team) rode away from Allison Arensman (Fiets Maan Racing), her closest competitor, to take her third National Championship here in Madison today. Coming off two wins at the 15-16 age group in 2009 and 2010, Osborne gave up a year to her rival but not much else on her way to a 30-second victory. Arensman challenged Osborne by riding up to her wheel at the close of the first lap, but the more experienced ISCorp rider “wasn’t going to work for her,” and waited for Arensman to make a mistake. Osborne attacked later that lap, and Arensman went down in one of the slick corners, letting Osborne ride safely away.

At the finish, Arensman was upbeat, happy to finish so high in only her second season of racing cyclocross. New to road racing, too (she completed her first road season just last year), the senior in high school is contemplating attending the collegiate cycling powerhouse Lees-McRae. Osborne, only a high school junior this year, is confident that cycling will figure in her college plans, but as of yet hasn’t made any concrete decisions.

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2012 Junior Women 15-16 Cyclocross National Championship


Emma White dominates the 15-16 Junior Women's field despite some early tumbles. © Cyclocross Magazine

Emma White dominates the 15-16 Junior women’s field despite some early tumbles. © Cyclocross Magazine

A dominant performance by now two-time national champion Emma White (nycross.com) left most of the 15-16 field in the dust even on the first lap. With a race strategy centered around her ability to start well, White snagged the holeshot early on and continued to build her lead, weaving around the 15-16 women. Continue reading on Page 2 of our 2012 Junior Women 15-16 Cyclocross National Championship report.