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Osborne and White Dominate Junior Women 17-18 and 15-16: 2012 National Cyclocross Championship – UPDATED: Osborne, White & Arensman Video Interviews, Photo Gallery, Report and Results
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.
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. However, the race wasn’t strictly about White, and not far behind her, Tiziana DeHorney (Get Out! New Mexico) was also slicing between racers in the field that started ahead of them. About a minute back from White, DeHorney managed to maintain her position throughout the race. In the three lap race, the positions of the top five were determined early and stayed the same throughout the race, with White and DeHorney leading. They were followed by Laurel Rathbun (JET Cycling), Andrea Casebolt (Revel Consulting-Rad Racing NW) and Victoria Gates (JAM Fund).
White sped into the finish smiling, her victory all but assured from the first minutes of the race. Stay tuned for an interview with, as one announcer declared, “the girl who could be the next Katie Compton.”