Junior Men 10-14 © Cyclocross Magazine

Junior Men 10-14 © Cyclocross Magazine

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BEND, ORE. – Sam Rosenberg (Hutch’s) of Eugene, Oregon, shot off the start line of the Juniors’ 13-14 race to be the first onto the dirt ahead of a flying group of pursuers, but it wouldn’t take long for Gage Hecht (International Christian Cycling Club) and Karch Miller (Davis Bike Club) to launch off the front and lock up the first two podium steps.

A nine-person group would queue up behind to battle for third, including Gavin Haley (Red Zone), Ian McShane (Red Zone), Rosenberg, Spencer Petrov (Queen City Wheels), Ben Hogan (Justin’s-Titus), Lance Haidet and Cooper Willsey (Green Mountain Bicycle Club).

Hecht, last year’s champion in the 10-12 division, was on the front and applying the power despite being a relative youngster in this race. Miller wouldn’t give an inch and turned himself inside out to remain in contention for the win, at one point catching the course tape and snapping a wooden stake, but maintaining his speed as he rocketed back towards the front of the course, affectionately dubbed the “Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal bowl.”

Hecht carved out a small gap as he drilled it around the final lap, but a crash just before he reached the fly-over for the final time allowed Miller to take the front with little terrain left in the race. Hecht remained cool and collected, and he passed again just before the stairs.

Miller frantically chased, but by the time he remounted and headed for the final off-camber grass section before the finishing paved stretch, Hecht had a few seconds’ gap and had the win locked up.

“I expected the course to be more like last year’s, when it was frozen and rutted instead of muddy,” said Miller, who’s more accustomed to the dry conditions around Davis, California. Miller told Cyclocross Magazine that his previous best Nationals finish in four tries was a sixth place.

“It was hard, it was muddy and so slick, and [Miller] was challenging me,” said Hecht. I thought I was done [after the crash] for a second, but turns out I caught him.”

Hecht said he didn’t expect to win as a 13 year-old in the 13-14 group and was pleasantly surprised. His local race scene in Boulder, Colorado, clearly had him well prepared.

Junior Men 10-12: Jorgenson Denies Funston’s Request

With twenty-two riders lining up to race for the Junior’s 10-12 Title, it’s clear that cyclocross is a sport that’s here to stay. From the gun, Denzel Stephenson took the hole-shot with Scott Funston (Old Town Bicycle Race Team) and Matteo Jorgenson (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad) hot on his heels.

“It was really hard,” Jorgenson said. “I didn’t get the hole-shot and I was a bit edgy, but then I made an attack and got ahead and then got farther and farther. When I went over the fly-over I looked back and thought they were closing on me and I just said ‘No’ and went as hard as I could.”

The effort was enough – Jorgenson took the win with a comfortable gap over second-place Funston. Stephenson took third.

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Full Results:

Junior Men 13-14

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Gage HechtParker, CO0:18:05277074556International Christian Cycling
2135Karch MillerEl Macero, CA18:10272125271Davis Bike Club
3120Ben HoganLouisville, CO18:32270866258Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike
4105Ian McShaneLouisville, KY18:42257336272Red Zone Cycling
590Lance HaidetBend, OR18:46330472278
685Cooper WillseyHinesburg, VT18:49283705282Green Mountain Bicycle Club
780Spencer PetrovMason, OH18:53301051261Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts
875Samuel RosenbergEugene, OR18:53278565265
970Ethan ReynoldsGarden City, ID19:00280215268Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq
1065Gavin HaleyLouisville, KY19:02259719274Red Zone Cycling
1160Cameron BeardBend, OR19:02329962277
1255Ben GloverLouisville, KY19:13292770275Red Zone Cycling
1350Eric BrunnerBoulder, CO19:21298963260Boulder Junior Cycling
1445Evan GearySeattle, WA19:34251552254Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
1540Cade BickmoreLongmont, CO19:43286308252Boulder Junior Cycling
1638Massimo LarsenBend, OR20:14293969259
1736Zachary MikkelsonHoodriver, OR20:22302623264
1834Benedikt ToeldteBoise, ID20:31323822285Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq
1932Jedidiah FritzingerGeorgetown, IN20:36292244279Red Zone Cycling
2030Matthew WilkinsonSeattle, WA21:08235592273Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
2128Robert PrewittLoveland, OH21:24267669262Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts
2226Joshua AndersonTopsfield, MA21:42302632269Essex County Velo
2324Henry HayesSeattle, WA21:5328389526320/20 Fuel
2422Rubin FieldPortland, OR21:53303613283
2520Trey ThorntonSnohomish, WA22:08296922284Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
2619Jacob PayneBoise, ID22:25313392266
2718Jarrett AreggerKent, WA22:29285209281Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
2817Mike JorsSammamish, WA22:58282773276Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
2916Alec MillerNampa, ID23:09297927270Broken Spoke Cycling
3015Andrew RademacherLoveland, OH23:16267448255Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts
3114Jacob WeisgerberLoveland, OH23:30326000253Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts
3213Connor EllisonFolsomfolsom, CA23:47329264257
3312Keenan ReynoldsBend, OR24:52:00330220267
34ExpIan SteigerwaldForest Grove, OR@1Lap331824286
DNF0Robert WrightLongmont, CODNF303535280Boulder Junior Cycling

Junior Men 10-12

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Matteo JorgensonBoise, ID0:19:09266037202Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq
2135Scott FunstonBlack Diamond, WA19:55270185215Old Town Bicycle (Otb)/Old Town
3120Denzel StephensonBroomfield, CO20:13331144203
4105Cassidy BaileyLyons, CO21:01289005214
590Henry GearySeattle, WA21:15277512219Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
685Edward FritzingerGeorgetown, IN21:44292245221Red Zone Cycling
780Jackson McNearLouisville, KY21:48301315204Red Zone Cycling
875Mitchell ThorntonSnohomish, WA22:09296923205Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg
970Jett BallantyneBend, OR22:09330634216
1065Ryan MadisHudson, OH23:00284218207Project Velo Racing/One Call No
1160Brayden BuchananSeattle, WA23:48285748213Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
1255Nolan BrunnerBoulder, CO23:56318530217
1350Caleb SwartzMadison, WI24:10:00286165208Brazen Dropouts/Junior Dropouts
1445Benjamin KingAnacortes, WA25:24:00284055211Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
1540Alastair MagunMercer Island, WA27:02:00317500206Marymoor Velodrome Assoc.
1638Brian HartWashougal, WA28:22:00331696223
1736Owen SzwayaPortland, OR30:12:00330784218
1834Aidan SullivanKirkland, WA31:49:0030278022220/20 Fuel
1932Grayson SzczukowskiPortland, OR@1Lap330616210
2030Holden BergArlington, WA@1Lap330762212
DNS0Jacob LaboskySan Jose, CADNS311450209