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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) has rightfully earned the reputation as one of the toughest cyclocross racers out there. This season, however, dealt Hyde a number of setbacks that not even he was sure he could bounce back from.

First, Hyde broke his sternum in a crash at World Cup Waterloo. After a month-long recovery, he was seemingly back to form at the Pan-American Championships when he slipped and crashed hard into the unforgiving stone stairs.

As he headed to Louisville to defend his two straight national championships, Hyde faced a tough challenge from the unforgiving course and a host of riders looking to knock him from his perch atop U.S. cyclocross.

In what proved to be a masterful performance, Hyde outlasted his teammate Curtis White at Louisville Nationals to take home his third straight national championship and put his name alongside an impressive list of athletes who have won U.S. Nationals at least three times.

Hyde won his third-straight National Championship in a tough battle against Curtis White. Elite Men. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships, Louisville, KY. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde won his third-straight National Championship in a tough battle against Curtis White. Elite Men. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships, Louisville, KY. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

As he has since signing with the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld team in 2015, Hyde rode a Cannondale SuperX to the win in Lousiville.

Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

We take a closer look at Hyde's SuperX for our latest Nationals bike profile.

Stephen Hyde's Louisville Nationals Cannondale SuperX

Cannondale SuperXes did a lot of heavy lifting at Louisville Nationals, with Alex Morton riding his to a win in the Junior Men 17-18 race and Spencer Petrov getting a U23 Men's win as well. An older-generation SuperX also helped local George Frazier to a Junior Men 11-12 victory.

Morton and Petrov each rode bikes with the team's 2018 green paint scheme, but as two-time National Champion, Hyde's had a more custom look.

Last year, Hyde had one special bike to pay homage to his 2017 title in Hartford.

Stephen Hyde's 2018 Cyclocross National Championship-winning Cannondale SuperX fresh off his win in Reno. © Cyclocross Magazine

Stephen Hyde's 2018 Cyclocross National Championship-winning Cannondale SuperX fresh off his win in Reno. © Cyclocross Magazine

This year, why do one when you can have three? Earlier this year, we chatted with Hyde about his three bikes—one red, one white, one blue—and the stories behind the emblems on each. You can read about them in our three-in-one bike profile from earlier this season.

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Thanks to the thick mud at Joe Creason Park, Elite riders pitted every half lap, putting two bikes into heavy rotation for each. Hyde opted for his red frame with the raccoon logo and white frame with a throwback Dig-magazine-inspired emblem that pays homage to his two U.S. Nationals and Pan-American Championship titles.

Hyde used the red frame in addition to the white frame he finished the race on. Elite Men. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships, Louisville, KY. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde used the red frame in addition to the white frame he finished the race on. Elite Men. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships, Louisville, KY. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde finished the race on his white frame. We grabbed it right after the race to take a closer look at his winning bike in its natural, muddy habitat.

The Cannondale SuperX features a carbon frame with the company's slack OutFront geometry, and it is fully modern with 12mm thru-axles and flat mount disc brakes. As we saw this summer at the Dirty Kanza 200, the frame is also right at home on rough gravel roads.

The SuperX has a full carbon frame and fork. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

The SuperX has a full carbon frame and fork. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

The most unique aspect of Hyde's winning bike is the paint scheme and personalized emblem. His white frame has a sprocket design inspired by the British BMX magazine Dig. Hyde got his start in cycling via BMX while growing up in the Florida panhandle, and the emblem combines his formative background with his professional cyclocross accomplishments—two U.S. National Championships, two Pan-American Championships.

Hyde's second emblem pays homage to Hyde's BMX past and cyclocross present. Stephen Hyde's 2018/19 Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Bikes. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's second emblem pays homage to Hyde's BMX past and cyclocross present. Stephen Hyde's 2018/19 Cannondale SuperX Cyclocross Bikes. © Z. Schuster / Cyclocross Magazine

SRAM is a longtime sponsor of the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld team, and Hyde races on the Force 1 mechanical groupset. Hyde and his team have used the 1x mechanical setup for years now, and it remains to be seen if the team will adopt the new SRAM Red eTap 1x drivetrain Hyde's mentor Jeremy Powers rode this year.

His setup included a 44t X-Sync chain ring mounted to a SRAM Red DZero BB30 crankset with built-in Quarq power meter. Hyde ran a 42t at World Cup Waterloo, so it is a bit interesting he used a 44t chain ring with all the climbing at Joe Creason Park. Katie Clouse, for example, opted for a smaller front chain ring and bigger cassette to adjust for the healthy amount of elevation change.

Hyde runs a SRAM Force 1 drivetrain. He had a 44t X-Sync chain ring mounted to a Red DZero crankset at Nationals. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde runs a SRAM Force 1 drivetrain. He had a 44t X-Sync chain ring mounted to a Red DZero crankset at Nationals. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

His rear derailleur was Force 1 and for the second-straight Nationals, his hanger stayed intact.

Hyde's derailleur hanger survived intact. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde's derailleur hanger survived intact. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

The Force 1 drivetrain was complemented by Force 1 HRD hydraulic disc calipers paired with a SRAM Force Shift/Brake Control lever on the right and Force 1 ErgoDynamic Brake Lever on the left.

Hyde runs a mechanical SRAM Force 1 groupset with the Force HRD Shift/Brake Control on the right. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde ran a mechanical SRAM Force 1 groupset with the Force HRD Shift/Brake Control on the right. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Zipp is also a team sponsor, and so Hyde ran 45mm-deep Firecrest 303 carbon tubulars. As far as we could tell, his tubular rims also escaped unscathed this year. Hyde ran Terreno Wet tubulars from team tire sponsor Vittoria.

Hyde ran the Terreno Wet from tire sponsor Vittoria at Nationals. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde ran the Terreno Wet from tire sponsor Vittoria at Nationals. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Zipp also provided Hyde's Service Course SL handlebar and stem and Service Course SL (20) 20mm-setback seatpost. His saddle was a Fabric Scoop, and this season, Hyde ran Shimano XTR M9000 SPD pedals.

Hyde ran Shimano XTR M9000 SPD pedals this season. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde ran Shimano XTR M9000 SPD pedals this season. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Soon after his Louisville win, Hyde took his bikes to Europe for World Cup Namur and a number of other races during Kerstperiode. His customized bikes will continue to get good use as he targets Bongense Worlds and an improvement on his 15th-place finish at the 2018 Valkenburg World Championships.

For more on Hyde's Nationals-winning bike, see the photo gallery and specs below.

See our bike profile archive for our growing collection of notable Nationals bikes.

Photo Gallery: Stephen Hyde's Louisville Nationals Cannondale SuperX

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Hyde's predominantly white frame mixed red and blue in for a National-Champion-worthy colorway. Stephen Hyde's title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

Hyde’s predominantly white frame mixed red and blue in for a National-Champion-worthy colorway. Stephen Hyde’s title-winning Cannondale. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships V2. Louisville, KY. © Cyclocross Magazine

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