The view of Adam Craig most saw.  © Joe Sales

The view of Adam Craig most saw. © Joe Sales

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BEND, ORE. – In the first-ever officially-sanctioned Singlespeed National Championships, the serious one-gear fans lined up to bring home the inaugural jerseys in the Open men’s and women’s categories. The course had been well-trampled by a full slate of Masters racers all day long before the singlespeeders took the start at 3:30 today.

Adam Craig flies to the first ever Singlespeed National Champion title. © Cyclocross Magazine

Adam Craig flies to the first ever Singlespeed National Champion title. © Cyclocross Magazine

Adam Craig Does Justice to Cut-Off Jeans
Former Olympian Adam Craig (Rabo-Giant) had by far the biggest gear of all competitors with a 42×16, and he apparently had the power to push it. He wore cut-off jeans and a skateboard-style hardshell helmet, but he wasn’t racing just for kicks. Craig and Aaron Bradford (Specialized-OnSite Ultrasound) quickly built a gap at the sharp end of the race, with JT and Louie Fountain, Jon Cariveau (Moots), Ian Crane (Hagens Berman), Brennan Wodtli and Bo Pitkin not far behind.

Craig and Bradford would remain together for the first couple of laps, before Craig’s power would slowly start to stretch out a gap. By the fourth lap, the separation had grown to 20 seconds and would continue to extend from there. Craig used his singlespeed setup for his B bike at the Rad Racing GP (which, he told CXM then, was ‘Tits’), and he told Cyclocross Magazine that he’s absolutely loved his time on the bike. “I’m gonna wager five bucks that my lap times today will be faster than [in the Elite race] on Sunday,” said Craig.

“I wanted to ride hard and have a gap in case my chain fell off or I got a flat, which totally could’ve happened,” said Craig. “There were rocks hidden at the bottom of some of those puddles.”

Craig stubbornly insisted on attempting to ride a short, punchy run-up, but never quite made it. He also showed mud on his left shoulder from a crash, but he nevertheless turned the fastest laps of the day, including an impressive 7:36 in the second-to-last go-around. He thought that the singlespeed race was ideal preparation for Sunday’s main event, teaching him where he could push hard and which lines were advantageous without risking a crash on his primary bikes.

Bradford hung tough in second before he started to fade late in the race. JT Fountain, conversely, started slow and then gradually ramped up the speed. “This is my first-ever singlespeed race. It just points out the flaws in my pedal stroke. I need to work on my power I think,” said Bradford. “It was just a matter of staying upright and smooth, trying to hit the turns without having to hit your brakes and lose speed.”

“I want to spend more time on [singlespeed] — these are fun,” said Bradford.

Fountain caught Bradford with a couple of laps left and managed to just edge him out by the finish to claim second. Bradford, for his part, will join Craig in the Elite men’s race on Sunday.

“Pretty early on, Craig and Bradford pulled away, and I got stuck in a chase group and couldn’t go with them,” said Fountain. “I got around them and started passing a couple of people. I didn’t think I’d be able to catch second, but slowly reeled him in.”

“There were more long, straight sections than last year, so you could get up to speed and just power it,” said Fountain. “Not to mention the mucky grass and mud – you had to really give it everything you had to get through it.”

Kathy Pruitt Rides Alone
After almost dying in a MTB downhill race this summer and spending days in the hospital strapped to machines with tubes coming in and out of her body, Pruitt’s returned to the top end of the sport. “It’s the most pain I’ve ever been in,” said Pruitt. “It’s made me appreciate every day, I’m just trying to live life.”

Today’s event was her fourth-ever cyclocross event, and she already has a stars and stripes jersey to her name. Pruitt gunned it and got the hole shot. The first time onto the dirt, she heard and saw a rider go over the bars, and Pruitt stomped on the gas again to create a gap.

CXM at work. © Cyclocross Magazine

CXM at work. © Cyclocross Magazine

That over-the-bars rider was Kari Studley (Redline), the early favorite, and the crash sent her bike flying and clearly shook Studley up. By the time she regrouped and got riding again, she was off the back with 15 seconds separating her from the next rider.

Going into the race, Pruitt said she had no idea that she had a chance to win. “I can’t believe I’m the first-ever singlespeed champion.”

Photo Gallery by Joe Sales

Women – Open – Single Speed
Place Points NameCity, StateTimeBibTeam
1150Kathy PruittSanta Cruz, CA0:39:32562
2135Stella CareyFelton, CA40:40:00560Velo Bella
3120Megan LawsonBozeman, MT41:03:00561
4105Julie Lewis-SrokaN Royalton, OH42:07:00564Lake Effect Cycling Team
590Evie EdwardsBaltimore, MD42:39:00555Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf
685Haley Juno-GaldesMenlo Park, CA43:26:00554Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al
780Jadine RileyKirkland, WA43:54:00563Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
875Dorothy WongAltadena, CA44:34:00556The Team /The Team Socalcross
970Kathleen McMahonSeattle, WA@1Lap558Seattle Super Squadra/Cucina Fr
1065Annette PadillaSan Diego, CA@1Lap565Celo Pacific
DNS0Tricia SandstromSeattle, WADNS557Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr
DNS0Courtney DimpelAptos, CADNS559Bike Station Aptos
DNF0Marsa DanielSeattle, WADNF552
DNF0Kari StudleyBothell, WADNF553Mafia Racing
DNF0francesca berriniPortland, ORDNF566
Men – Open – Single Speed
Place Points NameCity, StateTimeBibTeam
1150Adam CraigBend, OR0:39:20420Giant/Rabobank
2135JT FountainMoscow, ID40:10:004013Fcx/Cyclocrossracing.Com
3120Aaron BradfordSanta Cruz, CA40:42:00410Specialized/Onsite Ultrasound
4105Jon CariveauSteamboat Springs, CO41:18:00424Moots
590BRENNAN WODTLIBend, OR41:21:00415
685Cody PetersonBend, OR41:26:00437
780Louie FountainMoscow, ID41:49:004193Fcx/Cyclocrossracing.Com
875Nathanael WyattSwannanoa, NC42:03:00427Carolina Fatz Pb Santa Cruz Bic
970Scott ChapinSanta Cruz, CA42:07:00425Rocklobster!!!
1065John RollertBend, OR42:12:00475Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co
1160Bo PitkinPark City, UT42:26:00405
1255Douglas KrumpelmanHayden, ID42:29:00426Coeur D ‘Alene Velo Racers (Cda
1350Brent PrenzlowCarlsbad, CA42:37:00484Celo Pacific/B&L
1445Douglas ReidSeattle, WA42:51:00460Step Down Racing
1540Seth PatlaHillsboro, OR42:53:00477
1638Ian CraneBellingham, WA43:13:00492Lake Washington Velo
1736Brian MyersTacoma, WA43:28:00488
1834Patrick WilderPortland, OR43:39:00454
1932Luke DeMoeEugene, OR43:46:00451
2030Evan PlewsSalem, OR43:57:00496
2128Justin MorejohnDavis, CA44:05:00434Davis Bike Club
2226Matthew PronovostSteamboat Springs, CO44:21:00493Steamboat Velo P/D Moots
2324Eric ColtonLos Angeles, CA44:22:00439The Team
2422Timothy CannardLos Gatos, CA44:41:00463
2520Derek YarraSan Francisco, CA44:55:00416Murder
2619Ryan WeaverPortland, OR44:58:00441River City Bicycles
2718Michael KennedyLouisville, KY44:59:00428Fetzer
2817Timothy JonesBend, OR45:19:00438
2916Reid BeloniBoone, NC45:19:00442Carolina Bicycle Company/Subaru
3015Slate OlsonPortland, OR45:24:00418Hup United
3114Shawn O’MearaReno, NV45:28:00485
3213Derek StallingsBend, OR45:59:00483Webcyclery Racing/Bendbroadband
3312Cesar ChavezSan Jose, CA46:16:00443
3411Darron CheekBreckenridge, CO46:27:00458
3510Pat SchottKetchum, ID46:30:00402
36ExpFrederick BottgerSouth Pasadena, CA46:32:00494Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa)/P
378Ty HathawayTujunga, CA46:33:00500
387Philip SimsSanta Cruz, CA46:41:00481Santa Cruz County Cycling Club/
396David PrausePortland, OR47:07:00472
405Jared ReberBend, OR47:20:00413
414Jared RoySt Louis Park, MN47:25:00448Crossniacs
423Bryan VoytillaPortland, OR47:29:00501
432Chad CheeneyDurango, CO47:42:00502Durango Devo
440Rainier SchaeferSanfrancisco, CA47:47:00432
450Evan SarnaOakland, CA47:48:004553Rd Rail Cycling Club/Missing L
460Geoffrey AlbertAltadena, CA47:49:00478The Team /The Team Socalcross
470Brandon WagnerIndependence, OR48:03:00417
480Alan ZinnikerAliso Viejo, CA48:37:00422Ritte Van Vlaanderen/Ritte Raci
490jeff merwinBend, OR48:41:00503
500Jamaica LambieWoodland, CA48:51:00449
510Steven ChaprnkaBend, OR48:56:00479
520Patrick MorrisseyAlbuquerque, NM50:09:00452Team Cross (Tcnm)
530Kurt WolfgangPortland, OR@1Lap423
540Dylan VanWeeldenPortland, OR@1Lap468
550Kenton BergSammamish, WA@1Lap486Step Down Racing/Second Ascent
560Ian DewarSan Jose, CA@1Lap473San Jose Bicycle Club/Sjbc
570mark campbellBend, OR@1Lap412
580Kirk ReisingerSchwenksville, PA@1Lap411Club Wissahickon
590Christopher WoodruffLa Canada Flintridge, CA@1Lap440
600William YoungmanRocklin, CA@1Lap406Squadra Abruzzo
610Brian MilnickBennett, CO@1Lap444
620Paule BatesSan Francisco, CA@1Lap409Team Roaring Mouse
630James BrownOlympia, WA@1Lap491Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
640Franz MartinRedmond, WA@1Lap482Ragnarok Racing
650Joel MetzPortland, OR@1Lap446
660David ChiuBrookline, MA@1Lap447Northeast Bicycle Club (Nebc)/N
670Daniel SheerinEugene, OR@1Lap414
680paul zweigartTurner, OR@1Lap505
690Dwight WyattFairview, NC@1Lap498
700Derek LeckroneSteilacoom, WA@1Lap465
710Jeffrey NeboliniSan Francisco, CA@1Lap487
720Michael BeckLakewood, CO@1Lap435Violet Crown Sports Assoc
730Reese LindbladDes Moines, WA@1Lap474
740John CollinsGrass Valley, CA@1Lap469
750Dylan CernitzOregon City, OR@1Lap430
760R Lee WillmoreSeal Beach, CA@2Lap429Celo Pacific
DNS0Jake RosenfeldForest Grove, ORDNS497
DNS0Cliff McCannGrants Pass, ORDNS403
DNS0Von BortzBoulder, CODNS404Boulder Cycle Sport
DNS0Geoff CaseySeattle, WADNS407Stranamanti Cycling/Keller Rohr
DNS0Albert SenftAlbuquerque, NMDNS436Colavita Racing Inc./Colavita R
DNS0Sam WhitleyRenton, WADNS445Jet City Velo/Byrneinvent
DNS0Jason GoffIssaquah, WADNS450Jet City Velo
DNS0Corey GreenMason, OHDNS456Ghisallo Cycling Team Inc./Team
DNS0Graham ChristensenCoeur D Alene, IDDNS461Coeur D ‘Alene Velo Racers (Cda
DNS0Devin FlynnPortland, ORDNS466
DNS0James MedeirosBeaverton, ORDNS467
DNS0Jeff SobulOakland, CADNS471Team Oakland Cycling/Kaiser Per
DNS0Jason SagerOgden, UTDNS480Jamis Factory Team
DNS0Wayne MackeySparks, NVDNS489
DNS0Gerald ChabotBolton, VTDNS495Providence Velo Club/Providence
DNF0Craig EtheridgeSeattle, WADNF490
DNF0Ron ShevockFolsom, CADNF457Team Mad Cat
DNF0Daniel CasperNorthfield, MNDNF408Grandstay Hotels
DNF0Erik HornBozeman, MTDNF433Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Te
DNF0Paul HernandezNorth Hollywood, CADNF453
DNF0Christopher MillimanHanover, NHDNF431Hup United
DNF0Terry KeeleWest Linn, ORDNF470
DNF0David VolkertSeattle, WADNF464Team Double Check
DNF0David SarmientoBend, ORDNF499
DNF0Mike MacdonaldRancho Cordova, CADNF476Jaeger Wheelmen
DNF0Eddie WangPortland, ORDNF421
DNF0Brian KoderLacey, WADNF504Cbc Racing/Olympia Orthopaedic