by Josh Liberles
The US Road National Championships wrapped up on Sunday and, not surprisingly, some of the top cyclocrossers continued to be at the sharp end of many of the races. (See our coverage of the first half of Road Nats here.)
Friday saw the marquee criterium races, with Logan Owen (Lake Washington Velo) just missing the extended, mountain bike-style podium with a strong sixth place finish in the Men 15-16. Zack Gould (Clif Bar Development) was 23rd in the same race.
Owen continued his impressive Road Nationals run with a second place in Saturday’s road race. Nate Morse (Corner Cycle Cycling Club) was 20th.
In the 17-18 Junior Men’s criterium race, J Fette (Lake Washington Velo-Hagens Berman) rocketed onto the podium in third place, but couldn’t challenge G Lawson Craddock’s impressive trifecta as the Hot Tubes rider won the TT, road race and criterium events. Benjamin Swedberg (Rad Racing NW) was fifth, while SoCal ’crosser Colt Peterson snagged seventh place, Jesse Keough (yup, another one representing Corner Cycle) 30th and Euro Cross camper David Kessler was 36th.
In the road race, Fette was 10th, Peterson 11th, Keough 15th, Swedberg 17th and Kessler 25th.
It probably won’t come as a surprise to learn that Coryn Rivera (Peanut Butter & Co. TWENTY12) continued her winning ways, setting a record for national championships in the process. Rivera added to her 17-18 Junior Women’s TT title with wins in the criterium and road race. Kaitlin Antonneau (Team Kenda) claimed second in the road race, fifth in the criterium.
Cyclocrossers were all over the front of the U23 criterium, with Luke Keough (BikeReg.com) taking fourth, Gavin Mannion (Trek Livestrong U23) sixth, Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Transitions) seventh, Jerome Townsend (BikeReg.com) ninth, and Alex Howes (Garmin-Transitions) 11th! Keough apparently likes going around in circles – after his U23 criterium, which lasted 1:17, he jumped into the 1:43 Elite race later in the day and took 18th in that event.
Benjamin King (Trek-Livestrong) prevented Howes from repeating as U23 road race champion, but the Garmin-Transitions rider was able to claim second in the day. Mannion was sixth, Joseph Dombrowski (Haymarket Bicycles) 23rd and Summerhill 27th.
Meredith Miller (Team TIBCO) had a strong showing in the Elite Women’s crit to claim seventh place, while u23 national champ Ashley James (Team Kenda) and Div2 Collegiate national champ Arielle Filiberti (Specialized Designs for Women) took 24th and 26th, respectively.
James also would take 15th in the road race, with Alice Pennington (Veloforma) in 23rd and defending champion Meredith Miller in 25th.
There were fewer cyclo-crossovers in the Elite Men’s event, but Russell Stevenson (Seattle Super Squadra) completed a long day with an impressive kick to claim second place and the field sprint, with Michael Olheiser’s solo breakaway giving him the victory.
Did we miss any significant cyclocross racers with impressive rides in Bend? I’m sure we did, so let us know in the comments below!
See the full results for all USA Cycling Road National Championships here.