The U23 Men took to a softening, slippery, muddy Cantigny Park course as the fourth UCI race at Sunday’s 2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships.

While early racers took to the course on file and mix treads, mud tires were a required ingredient by the time the U23 men hit the course.

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships U23 Men

Scott Funston, fresh off his Pan Ams win last weekend, took to the muddy course with the confidence from a championship win. If Funston could be the best on a continent, surely he could be the best in the country?

Funston finished third in 2019, and with Eric Brunner and Caleb Swartz moving into the Elite category, Funston was the favorite on paper.

Andrew Strohmeyer, the 2019 Nationals Junior 17-18 winner, exploded off the start, determined to show he was racing for the win in his first U23 Nationals attempt.

Funston remained calm. “My plan was to be second or third on the first lap, which I was after the sand and was stoked,” Funston explained.

Strohmeyer then bobbled after the stairs, slowing and then riding into the course tape, giving Funston a chance to claim the lead.

The Pan Am champ seized his chance and didn’t look back. The former BMXer hopped the barriers, cleaned the climbs was off to a commanding lead.

Meanwhile, Strohmeyer made a series of mistakes in his chase for the win and saw his chance at victory slip down the Cantigny off-cambers.

Back and Forth for Silver

While Funston turned his gap into a chasm, the race for the other medals was on. As Strohmeyer faltered, Daxton Mock and Sam Noel made their way past the 2019 Junior Champ.

Daxton was methodical in getting on and off his bike, while Strohmeyer, determined to ride most sections, lost time. It looked like Noel and Strohmeyer would battle for bronze.

But Strohmeyer wasn’t done, and finally had a clean final lap. He clawed back Mock, who after relinquishing his second place, hit a course pole and went over the bars.

Mock collected himself for third, with Noel in fourth and Jules van Kempen finishing in fifth.

Funston is no stranger to Nationals. We first saw Pacific Northwest-based rider take silver in 2010 in Bend, Oregon.

Full results below.

Featured photo: 2018 Nationals

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Results: U23 Men

1102Scott FUNSTONBlue Competition Cycles p/b Build54:15:00
2103Andrew STROHMEYERCX Hairs Devo : Trek Bikes56:28:00
3106Daxton MOCKTrek Cyclocross Collective56:58:00
4104Sam NOELCompetitive Edge Racing57:39:00
5105Jules VAN KEMPENAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru58:29:00
6111Dillon MCNEILLTrek Cyclocross Collective58:31:00
7108Sam BROWNAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Silverthorne58:32:00
8130Ian MCDONALDKCCX Elite Cyclocross Team58:38:00
9107Tommy SERVETASCompetitive Edge Racing58:52:00
10124Dylan ZAKRAJSEKKCCX Elite Cyclocross Team59:06:00
11123Ivan SIPPYTeam Segment 2859:50:00
12132Peter SWINANDThe Pony Shop p/b KPMG59:55:00
13129Lucas STIERWALTAether Racing1:00:06
14110Vin HLUDZINSKIBoulder Junior Cycling1:00:18
15131Nick CARTERNorthStar Development1:00:43
16109Kyle JOHNSON1:01:08
17135Luke FEUERHELMKCCX Elite Cyclocross Team1:02:00
18125Cobe FREEBURNFort Lewis College1:02:16
19146Oliver BOYDColorado Mesa University1:02:30
20142Nathan KNOWLESASU Devo ProCx1:02:41
21128Ian LOPEZ DE SAN ROMANBear National / WCX1:02:44
22133Tydeman NEWMANCannondale/Team Dream1:02:47
23166Isaac BRYANTMilligan University1:03:21
24149John Paul AMALONGUSAC ODA1:03:35
25126George PIEPGRASFort Lewis College1:04:28
26148Nicholas TABARESASU Devo Pro CX1:04:59
27139Henry DANILUKAction Wheels1:05:14
28112Brody MCDONALDMilligan University1:05:57
29141Ryder UETRECHTASU Development ProCX1:05:57
30150Dakota OLSENMove Up1:06:20
31152Joshua FITZGERALDLindenwood University1:06:34
32153Jacob OLANDERUSA Cycling Olympic Development Academy1:07:16
33163Henry MCALVANAHTrek Cyclocross Colletive53:30:00
34145Patrick FRANKJAM / NCC39:44:00
35143Seamus OCONNOR-WALKERUniversity of Iowa39:55:00
36140Malaki CALDWELLLWC Cycling/ Phat Tire Bike Shop40:22:00
37144Luke ELPHINGSTONE40:54:00
38137Brandon GOODWINAether Racing41:43:00
39156Elijah JOHNSONMilligan University41:55:00
40151Aiden MAPELCompetitive Edge Racing41:55:00
41136Alex GREENFort Lewis College42:04:00
42162Luke REILLYOklahoma Flyers42:11:00
43147Luke ARENSAdapt Cycling42:17:00
44160Tayton PARKEROklahoma Flyers42:18:00
45167William SEITZVelocious Sport44:31:00
46155Henry LORDKelly Benefit Strategies Elite Devo28:59:00
47165Owen ROGERSDark Horse Racing p/b TCNF Legal29:01:00
48154Orion CHILDVelo Childeric29:10:00
49159Spencer WEISGRAMArmy West Point Cycling29:33:00
50158Max CHILSENThe Pony Shop30:17:00
51161Eddie STILLMANLindenwood University30:53:00
52164Jacob ARRIGONIPlus one cycling36:18:00
53168Jacob KUPERLindsey Wilson College17:51
DNS122Calder WOODRouleur Elite Team
DNS127Patrick BALL
DNS134Ivan GALLEGOMissoula Bicycle Works - Team Stampede

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