The start of the men’s 11-12 race. © Steve Anderson
The 11-12 year old Juniors were faced with wind, mud, and a whole lot of excited parents and relatives spread out around the course today in Valmont Bike Park, and with the girls and boys racing at the same time, separated only by a minute, racing was intense. Audience participation was at an all time high as family and friends screamed and cheered for their favorite racers.
In the boy’s race, Nick Carter (Northstar Development) took the holeshot, but Ryan Campbell (Black Sheep Junior Cycling) was hot on his heels and aiming to make contact. “I was chasing first place and made a pass on the climb. He passed me and I passed him again and opened up a bit of a gap. Then I just kept riding at a reasonable pace that kept me in the front,” he explained matter-of-factly.
In the lead group with Campbell and Carter was also Aiden Keller (Boulder Junior Cycling), Dakota Cline (Boulder Junior Cycling) and Jared Scott (also Boulder Junior Cycling).
Campbell staved off Scott for the win, and behind them was Cline. “This is amazing for me. I didn’t think I could do it,” Campbell said.
Tea Wright, the new 11-12 Women’s National Champion. © Steve Anderson
In the women’s race, Tea Wright (Boulder Junior Cycling) not only took the holeshot, she created a gap on the field before the finishing straight was even over. It was a path she would continue on for the next two laps, not only leading the women’s race, but working her way well into the top half of the boy’s race. “My coach told me to go 100% from the start.” Her coach, by the way, is the legendary Pete Webber.
Behind Wright was Team Extreme’s Emma Osborne, followed by Jamie McHenry (Evolution Devo Jr Team), Lauren Zoerner (Alpha Bicycle Co), Aynslee King (Rad Racing NW) and Taylor Johnson (Black Sheep Junior Cycling).
By the second lap, the race for second and third was cut back to McHenry and Osborne.
Wright sailed in for the win with plenty of time to celebrate. “I sort of thought I’d win. The person who got second beat me last year though, so I wasn’t sure.”
And as for having to navigate through a sea of boys who started a minute ahead, Wright was calm and collected. “I always have to do that,” she explained. “I have to at almost every race.”
Results follow gallery.
Wright and Campbell Claim Junior 11-12 Titles at the 2014 National Cyclocross Championships – Gallery by Steve Anderson
Junior Men 11-12 Results - USA Cycling National Championships of Cyclocross 2014
|1||77||CAMPBELL||Ryan||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|2||114||SCOTT||Jared||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|3||80||CLINE||Dakota||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|6||121||YACKLE||Nye||Yackle Brothers Racing|
|8||96||KELLER||Aiden||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|10||86||ELPHINGSTONE||Luke||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|12||93||HLUDZINSKI||Vin||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|13||117||STOWERS||Ryan||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|14||115||SMITH||Jacob||PDX DEVO Junior Cycling Team|
|15||94||JOHNSON||Kyle||High Desert Bicycles Team|
|17||89||GALLEGOS||Miguel||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|18||104||MITTELBERG||Joey||Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD|
|20||98||KLANJSEK||Adrian||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru|
|21||116||STEINROCK||Jonathan||Red Zone Cycling|
|22||83||COZZA||Zachary||Pro Bikes Pittsburgh Race Team|
|24||118||SWINAND||Peter||The Pony Shop|
|25||82||COTTON||Riley||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|26||79||CHARLET||Andrew||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|28||92||HEINZ||Jan||Ranchos Cycling Club|
|30||88||GALLAGHER||Simon||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|31||102||MERTES||Cooper||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|32||87||FARRELL||Beck||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|33||91||HARTMAN||Lucas||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|34||81||COOPER||Wyatt||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|35||107||OUTLAW||Graham||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|36||85||EDMUNDS||Thomas||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|37||95||JUDSON||Joshua||International Christian Cycling|
|40||112||ROBINSON||Rosby||Sport Systems Mountaintop Cycli|
Junior Women 11-12 Results - USA Cycling National Championships of Cyclocross 2014
|1||60||WRIGHT||Tea||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|2||51||MCHENRY||Jamie||Evolution Jr. Devo Team|
|4||50||MARTIN||Heidi||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|5||48||KING||Aynslee||Rad Racing NW|
|6||47||JOHNSON||Taylor||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|7||61||ZOERNER||Lauren||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru|
|8||49||LAWRENCE||Stephanie||Front Rangers Junior Cycling|
|9||53||MEYERS||Sophia||Rad Racing NW|
|11||41||ADAMIAK||Olivia||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru|
|12||58||SEILER||Kate||Red Zone Cycling|
|17||62||CORDOVA||Anna||Black Tie Sports/Spine|
|19||43||BOTHWELL||Abigail||Black Sheep Junior Cycling|
|20||59||WATTS||Sophia||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru|
|21||54||MOORHEAD||Avery||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru|
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