The Junior Women lined up as the second UCI title race on Sunday at the 2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships.

The 17-18-year-old women (racing age) lined up in sunny, blustery, just-above-freezing conditions.

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Junior Women

After a starting straight crash and fierce sprint for the holeshot, the Junior Women chased title dreams in the second race of the day.

Crossresults race predictor favorite Chloe Fraser showed fans and her competitors why the computers picked her to win Nationals.

The Colorado-based racer escaped to an early lead, with Katherine Sarkisov, chasing.

Sarkisov had an impressive season, winning 8 of her 13 races heading into Nationals, mostly Junior races, while Fraser took a different approach, racing more Elite races and taking 5 victories in 14 attempts earlier this season.

While Fraser escaped early, Sarkisov stayed patient and took advantage of Fraser’s spill on Lap 2 to take the lead.

While Sarkisov appeared energized with clean lines ahead of her, Fraser’s race started to unravel.

One by one, Keira Bond, second to Sarkisov in Reno, and then 2016 Nationals winner Kaya Musgrave got by Fraser in the tricky conditions.

Up front, Sarkisov looked to regain the stars and stripes jersey she claimed in 2018 in the 13-14 race in Reno, and had a clean final two laps to have time to celebrate.

“I’ve been working for this for a while…it’s been a while since I’ve gotten [a title], so it feels good,” Sarkisov said after the finish.

After passing Fraser, the course conditions proved to be the biggest barrier to Sarkisov’s win. “When I pre-rode everything was rock solid, as soon as you got stuck in a rut, it’d jerk you halfway off the bike but the boy’s race softened it up, and I was really happy with that,” the new Junior champ recalled. “It thawed out a bit, and it became a lot [slicker], and so we were sliding out in the corners, but I didn’t pit.”

Thirty racers took the start, bucking the pandemic-era trend of smaller field sizes compared to 2019.

Full results below.

Featured photo: 2019 Nationals, A. Yee

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Results: Junior Women 17-18

1202Katherine SARKISOVCXHAIRS DEVO : Trek Bikes47:58:004
2209Keira BONDBoulder Junior Cycling48:49:004
3221Kaya MUSGRAVEBear National / WCX48:53:004
4204Chloe FRASERBoulder Junior Cycling49:53:004
5213Samantha SCOTTUSA Cycling Olympic Development Academy50:05:004
6203Mia Devo50:38:004
7211Elsa WESTENFELDERTeam Stampede/Five Valley Velo51:13:004
8225Bronwynn GAR-AOUYFount Cycling Guild51:28:004
9207Lydia ELBERTThe Pony Shop51:56:004
10228Ella BROWNBoulder Junior Cycling52:34:004
12226Madeline STOVERTeam S&M/Cascadia Jr Cycling54:19:004
13205Natasha VISNACKUSAC Olympic Development Academy54:25:004
14227Oona NELSONWomens Free State41:32:003
15218Carrie MASTERSLionhearts Junior Racing41:41:003
16212Samantha CLARKBe Real Sports41:49:003
17214Callah ROBINSONNW CX Project41:50:003
18224Makala JARAMILLOTeam Twenty 2443:13:003
19222Brinley SHRUMMidwest Devo43:47:003
20216Izabella SHAFFERUPMC/PRO BIKE +RUN44:11:003
21219Alexa STIERWALTAether Racing44:12:003
22280Sylvia ESPINOZABJC45:33:003
23229Emma KASZA-JAMES45:42:003
24206Molly DISHONGColumbia/Guipago Cycles45:47:003
25210Olivia SANDOVALKnobby by Nature46:09:003
26215Alison MCKEITHANBlue Ridge Cross30:45:002
27220Emma BALDINGnine13sports p/b SingletonCoaching33:32:002
28217Isabella CRESPOConnecticut Cycling Advancement Program Junior Travel Team35:25:002
29223Sarah BANKSnine13sports p/b SingletonCoaching19:521
DNF230Mia SCHUMANNBear National/WCX1

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