The Junior Men took to the line as the first UCI title race on Sunday at the 2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships.
The 17-18-year-old men (racing age) lined up in sunny, frozen conditions.
Perfect Day for Cyclocross #ItsBeenAWeek #CXNats the course has froze, thawed, rained on, aired out, and ridden in. It’s perfect. #Chicago @DiscoverDuPage @CantignyPark have done well. Nice work, @usacycling! pic.twitter.com/CsBRaZHU0D
— Kenny Labbé (@kenny_labbe) December 12, 2021
2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Junior Men
Magnus White took the holeshot with AJ August slotting in behind.
Race predictor favorite Jack Spranger and Frank O’Reilly Jr were determined to make it a four-man race, and through much of the first lap, it looked wide-open.
August got past White, and led the four down the finishing straight to complete Lap One in just over nine minutes.
Behind the four, Ian Brown and predicted third-place Dan English were battling for the wide-angle podium.
Two on Lap Two
August took control on lap two, gapping Spranger and O’Reilly, with White doing his best to hold on.
Spranger looked like he was paying for his lap-one effort to get to the front, while August sprinted out of corners, looking for fractions of seconds in each turn.
August hit two laps to go with a four-second advantage over White, and title dreams intact.
A Flat Fourth
August, riding a Challenge Dune tubular in the slowly-thawing conditions, stretched out his lead to 15 seconds by lap four, but then disaster struck.
The racer suffered a front flat, and had to run the turns and climbs as White closed in.
Unfortunately, August was nowhere close to the pits, and while running a climb, White pedaled by.
August lost 44 seconds on the last lap to White, and while it was enough to secure second, it was not enough to reclaim the lead after emerging from the pits.
Spranger faded to fourth, while O’Reilly climbed to third. Ben Stokes completed the wide-angle podium in fifth.
Full results below.
2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Results: Junior Men 17-18
|1||209||Magnus WHITE||boulder junior cycling||36:25:00||4|
|2||205||Andrew AUGUST||Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld||37:01:00||4|
|3||204||Frank OREILLY||FinKraft Cycling Team||37:10:00||4|
|4||202||Jack SPRANGER||Bear National / WCX||37:21:00||4|
|5||208||Ben STOKES||CCAP TTEndurance Junior Team||37:34:00||4|
|6||210||Daniel ENGLISH||Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster p/b Joseph Kochlacs Wood Products||37:41:00||4|
|7||220||Ian BROWN||USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy||37:46:00||4|
|8||237||Adam MOTE||Golden Leaf Avout||38:05:00||4|
|9||215||Vaughn VEENENDAAL||Boulder Junior Cycling||38:19:00||4|
|10||222||Tanner WESCOTT||ANTHM Collective||38:43:00||4|
|11||228||Johnny STANZIONE||Boulder Junior Cycling||39:02:00||4|
|12||236||Adrian MAGUN||Apex Racing||39:06:00||4|
|13||234||Leif BRYAN||Boulder Junior Cycling||39:56:00||4|
|14||211||Carden KING||USA Cycling Olympic Development Academy||40:23:00||4|
|15||214||Elias SAIGH||Adapt cycling||40:23:00||4|
|16||206||Beckett TOOLEY||Latinis Bicycle Repair||40:37:00||4|
|17||221||Dylan SCHROEDER||ASU Junior Development||40:38:00||4|
|19||245||Gavin LOPEZ||Avout Racing||40:59:00||4|
|20||241||Jake JOHANSEN||Cascadia Junior Cycling||41:02:00||4|
|21||218||Ryan AVERY||AP Junior Development p/b Corner Cycle||41:03:00||4|
|22||216||Evan COLEMAN||Baltimore Youth Cycling||41:04:00||4|
|23||243||Michael WATKINS||Boulder Junior Cycling||41:28:00||4|
|24||213||Asa CHILD||Velo Childeric||41:33:00||4|
|25||246||Nicholas BONI||Boulder Junior Cycling||42:17:00||4|
|27||239||Caiden HARTRICH||Cascadia Junior Cycling||42:30:00||4|
|28||223||William MYERS||First Flight Devo||42:30:00||4|
|29||224||Henry PRAZNOWSKI||The Pony Shop||42:34:00||4|
|30||260||Graydon ABEL||Boulder Junior Cycling||42:35:00||4|
|31||240||Nathan VAHLBERG||Rock Lobster||42:35:00||4|
|32||217||Gus WALKER||Industry Nine||42:57:00||4|
|34||238||Aidan KANE||SACX Junior Devo||43:34:00||4|
|35||259||Haru WATTS||NJCX Project||43:47:00||4|
|36||249||Ben BOROFF||BYRDS Cycling||44:02:00||4|
|37||231||Sam ELLIOTT||ASU Junior Devo||44:40:00||4|
|39||227||Jacob GILSON||AP Junior Development p/b Corner Cycle||45:01:00||4|
|40||273||Evan NOWLIN||The Fix Studio||45:04:00||4|
|41||226||Nathan ZOLLMAN||NorthStar Development Cycling||45:20:00||4|
|42||255||Gavin ABEL||Boulder Junior Cycling||45:26:00||4|
|46||251||Dylan JAY||NJCX Project||46:05:00||4|
|47||258||Beck TORO-GORDON||NJCX Project||46:54:00||4|
|48||254||David DECKER||xXx Racing||46:58:00||4|
|49||233||Carmine MILLER||A-Team Devo||47:06:00||4|
|52||253||Owen BALLARD||Killington Mountain School||47:59:00||4|
|53||266||Blake DAWSON||Fort-Wayne outfitters||48:56:00||4|
|54||232||Broden KELLY||nine13sports p/b SingletonCoaching||49:24:00||4|
|55||256||Alex ST ANDRE||TT Endurance Junior Devo||36:50:00||3|
|57||230||Nathan CUSACK||CXHAIRS DEVO : TREK BIKES||40:38:00||3|
|58||263||Everett LAUER||NorthStar Development Cycling||24:57:00||2|
|59||250||Connor POLENSKE||Adapt Cycling||24:58:00||2|
|60||274||Henry KAESER||Broadmark/Mt Si Racing||24:58:00||2|
|61||272||Brooks BURNETTE||Tippecanoe Mountain Bike Association #teamTMBA||25:11:00||2|
|62||262||Kyle MCCORD||Team Dayton||25:35:00||2|
|64||252||Zach GOODRICH||K & G Bike Center||25:48:00||2|
|65||248||Jura GERLACH||Bicycle Doctor||25:49:00||2|
|66||261||Lexton ROCKWELL||Team Guaranteed Rate Cycling||26:22:00||2|
|67||271||Juan Manco ALDANA||XXX Racing-Athletico||27:11:00||2|
|68||225||Artem SHMIDT||Hot Tubes Cycling||15:34||1|
|DNF||265||Michael DOBRONYI||Alpha Bicycle Company Groove Silverthorne||2|
|DNF||203||Marcis SHELTON||Bear National / WCX||0|
|DNS||207||Gus BRATETIC||Be Real Sports||0|
|DNS||267||Miles DE SOUSA||Onto Racing P/b Hincapie cycling||0|
|DNS||270||Jonathan MEYER||BUILD Cycling Academy||0|
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