Osborne in control with 400 meters to go. © Cyclocross Magazine

Osborne in control with 400 meters to go. © Cyclocross Magazine

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BEND, ORE. – In what might end up being the most hotly contested race of the day, Sarah Huang (Planet Bike) and Corrie Osborne (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.) battled so hard for the title of 15-16 National Champion that they caught and passed 17-18 winner Alexis Ryan (The TEAM SoCalCross), even though they started a minute behind the older category.

Ryan had already established a commanding lead over her closest competitors – second place finisher Kaitlyn Lawrence (Charm City Cycling LLC) and third place Emily Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling Team) – when a charging Huang came by her.

“It was hard,” said Ryan. “I rode really hard on the first lap, because on the back on the off-camber, I knew I had to be on the front, so I just killed the first lap. And then I started fading. But then Sarah and Corrie passed me and I was like: Oh shit! They’re making me look bad!” Regardless, Ryan stayed close to the younger riders and soloed to victory.

Emily Shields’ sister Katherine, who also rides for Carolina Masters, rode in for fourth in the 17-18 Juniors’ race, just ahead of Emily Curley, who battled her way onto the final podium step after taking fourth last year in the 15-16 division. If the last name sounds familiar, Emily is the daughter of multi-time champ Paul Curley, and that connection was apparent as Emily has adopted her father’s easily-identified white disc cover on her rear wheel.

Huang had been soloing for most of the 15-16 race, picking off members of the category she’ll be in next year, but began to fade slightly. The loss of momentum allowed Osborne, who had been coming in behind Huang in their Wisconsin competitions all season long, to take advantage of her own increasingly strong effort to overtake the lead. Though they’ve been close all season, this was the first race that Osborne, who’s being trained by Katie Compton, came in ahead of her rival.

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Full Results:

Women 15-16

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Corrie OsborneMequon, WI0:28:56298510102Nova Cycle Sports Foundation In
2135Sarah HuangKenosha, WI29:15:00225258101Planet Bike
3120Andrea CaseboltOlympia, WA31:37:00256332108Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
4105Laurel RathbunMonument, CO31:45:00201838107
590Bailey SemianMertztown, PA33:19:00281672110Chester County Cycling Foundati
685Hannah MossmanCincinnati, OH34:06:00260364106Project Velo Racing
780Anna MiltonNorthborough, MA36:20:00302207103
875Madeleine MyallLafayette, CA36:46:00285956105California Giant Cycling
970Sharon HartWashougal, WA38:16:00331692109
1065Marisa ReidPortland, OR@1Lap303605104

Women 17-18

Place Points NameCity, StateTimeLicenseBibTeam
1150Alexis RyanVentura, CA0:30:11205156158The Team /The Team Socalcross
2135Emily ShieldsSalisbury, NC30:37:00220875161Carolina Masters /Carolina Mast
3120Kaitlyn LawrenceEmmaus, PA30:52:00232118163Charm City Cycling Llc
4105Katherine ShieldsSalisbury, NC31:13:00220876160Carolina Masters /Carolina Mast
590Emily CurleyTaunton, MA31:38:00254284159Blue Steel Cyclery
685Clarissa FreemanAlbuquerque, NM33:11:00254762154
780Catherine MaierYakima, WA33:19:00210229156Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman
875Claire DeVoePortland, OR33:29:00331122155Multnomah Athletic Club
970Annika JohannesenBend, OR34:35:00330212152
1065Allison RossAnchorage, AK35:12:00330518164
1160Sierra ReidPortland, OR39:53:00220306162
1255Kara DoescherCorvallis, OR40:03:00330674157
1350Hannah HartWashougal, WA@1Lap331672165
DNS0Grace AlexanderBoise, IDDNS251513153Byrds