Walt Axthelm on the run-up ©Tim Westmore

Walt Axthelm on the run-up ©Tim Westmore

“I was going good…until I blew my seat off!”

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 Masters Men 75+ Champion Walt Axthelm. Axthelm repeated as the 75+ champion, and he doesn’t look likely to be quitting any time soon. He lined up and raced with the 70+ group, and would have been on the podium in that group as well. In fact he was off the front until a botched remount resulted in his saddle separating from the rails. Half a lap later he made a visit to the pits and continued his title-winning ride.