Devon Haskell Shoulders her Bike. © Janet Hill

Devon Haskell had a battle for most of the race. © Janet Hill

“This win was definitely the sweetest – I had to work hardest for it..”

We here at Cyclocross Magazine are excited to be bringing you our annual Nationals reflections and winner profiles in our upcoming Issue 12. As we have done previously, this issue will spend some time with every winner, but this year we thought we’d take it a bit further here online and extend these profiles with a pile of video interviews we’ve been holding onto and give you a chance to learn more about the Stars and Stripes winners and their moments of glory.

With that in mind, we ask you to join us as we take some off-season time to celebrate our 2010 USAC cyclocross national champions in these post-race interviews, where we get to relive the high of victory through their eyes. Every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, we’ll be unveiling a new interview or two, covering everyone from the youngest grom to the most experienced Masters racer. Missed one? Check them all out in our Nationals Interview Page.

Today we bring you Devon Haskell (Bike Station Aptos), who in the  Masters Women’s 30-34 race had an exciting tit-for-tat with Amanda Carey (Kenda). From the gun the two quickly separated, along with Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), from the rest of the group, making it clear that the rest of the racers were battling for fourth. Carey’s pro mountain biking skills were apparent as she gained ground in the technical sections, but Haskell’s power continued to neutralize Carey on the boggy straights, and a gap on the run-up with two to go gave her the final advantage.