Sure, there's plenty more cyclocross racing on the horizon with the 2016 Cyclocross National Championships and of course the World Championships at the end of January 2016. But the end of the calendar year has us thinking back over the last 12 months and reflecting on those moments that had the cyclocross community talking.
Here, we look back over some of 2015's main events, our favorite moments from the last year and the tech that shaped this season thus far.
2015 Nationals Still Delivered Champions and Enjoyment
It wasn’t all disappointment and resentment in Austin. There was in fact a great week of racing with many smiles, champions crowned and enjoyment shared by racers and fans alike. True to the atmosphere that cyclocross in America is known for, and Austin’s own “Keep Austin Weird” motto, there was fun and enjoyment to be had around and under the shade of Zilker Park’s Heritage Trees along with a healthy dose of hard, fast racing.
The event was still a family-friendly affair in that racers of all ages came out, raced hard and families and friends rallied around participants. Weather conditions throughout the week deteriorated with early week racing seeing pleasant temperatures and sunny skies, while later in the week cold air and rain swept the course. Still, racers and spectators were there to take it all in.
Well-known riders put on great displays of skill and racers such as Logan Owen were impressive. He extended his national championship win streak to 10 consecutive titles with his victory as a first-year-U23 racer in Austin.
The fun, party vibe cyclocross is known for to many was on display as well in Austin. Not every ride was about earning the right to be called National Champion and many took on the course simply for the experience and enjoyment of the sport.
And yet for a lucky few it was all about the front of the race. And Texas residents made good with their best riders putting on fine performances and taking home National Champion titles and podium spots.