The Women Singlespeed was the seventh title race, but perhaps the most colorful race on Saturday at the 2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships.

The race was the first race of the day to go beyond two laps due to the weather-delayed and shortened schedule.

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Women Singlespeed

2019 Cyclocross Nationals singlespeed champ Sarah Sturm won the last two singlespeed titles with wins in 2019 in Lakewood and in 2018 in Louisville.

In 2021 in Illinois, Sturm showed she meant business despite her colorful kit, sprinting away from a starting straight crash behind her, and taking a commanding first-lap lead.

Sunny Gilbert woke up this morning excited about the muddy conditions. The runner kept her cool, and ran her way back into contention on Lap Two, and passed Sturm before the second time down the pavement.

Sturm had one last push left in her, and closed back in, reducing a 20-second gap down to 13 seconds, but Gilbert, switching between her all-new 2021 Blue Norcross (see Eric Brunner’s Norcross here) and Van Dessel Full Tilt Boogie cyclocross bikes, held off the defending champ.

Gilbert had an added challenge out on the course as she not only had to battle Sturm and a tough course but a falling Golden Bikini that hindered her running and remounts.

Melissa Barker, who won the Masters 45-49 race earlier in the week, finished third.

Full results below.

Featured photo: 2021 Trek CX Cup, D. Mable.

2021 USA Cyclocross National Championships Results Singlespeed Women

1706Sunny GILBERTBlue Competition Cycles p/b Build34:50:003
2702Sarah STURMSpecialized/Rapha/Sram35:03:003
3708Melissa BARKERFeedback Sports Racing37:29:003
4703Ivy AUDRAINHand Up X The Black Bibs X Squid Bikes39:18:003
5719Emily SCHALDACHBitchNGrit: Firefly, TenSpeed Hero39:30:003
6704Molly CLARK-OIENParallel 44 Racing p/b Sanford POWER40:19:003
7715Jennifer NOWLINThe Fix Studio27:22:002
8720Hannah DILLARDRock Lobster28:47:002
9717Victoria CANETeam Clark Logic29:21:002
10716Kristie ARENDSonic Boom Racing30:43:002
11722Tracy BERMANAnn Arbor Velo Club31:59:002
12713Courtney TANNERUnion P/b ten speed hero32:35:002
13721Kari HUTSONDirty Kitten Racing33:07:002
14718Mason HOPKINSWarren Wilson College33:28:002
15725Katie BRINKERHOFF40:35:002
16723Jessica ALEXANDERWYN Racing p/b Specialized42:02:002
17724Marlena BLONSKY32:10:001
DNF707Evie EDWARDSInga Thompson Foundation/Save Womens Sport0
DNS705Jessica CUTLERHodala!0
DNS710Tracy YATESFeedback Sports Racing0
DNS711Molly LOHRYUniversity of Pennsylvania0
DNS712Sarah GINSBACHSquare1 Cycling0
DNS714Heidi GUROVSquare1 Cycling0

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