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VERONA, WISCONSIN—Logan Owen (Redline) won easily today in Badger Prairie Park for his seventh consecutive Junior National Championship. That win puts his streak on even footing with Katie Compton, who races tomorrow. “I want her to win,” an ebullient Owen said at the finish line, “but now I kinda want her to lose, too.” Other than his very first try in 2004, when he finished second in what was his very first ’cross race, Owen hasn’t been anywhere but on the top step at Nationals, and he said he was “pretty confident” going into the race today. Owen will return to Nationals next year for a shot at an unprecedented sweep of all the Junior categories: 10-12 through 17-18.
Owen’s victory was never in doubt, as the Redline rider (and Issue 13 cover guy) attacked after going through the holeshot in fifth. His acceleration was obviously faster than any other competitor, and he established a gap no one could cross. Drew Dillman (Red Zone Cycling), in his last race as a Junior, posed the biggest threat to Owen but never factored after crashing near the pits. “I never felt good…I went down a few times,” a muted Dillman said at the finish after taking fourth place. Dillman, a high school senior, is hoping to attend either Marian University or Lees-McRae College, both cycling powerhouses.Behind the, battle for second shaped up to be a tight battle between Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete), who we profiled at EuroCross Camp, and Tobin Ortenblad (Cal Giant), once the two passed a discouraged Dillman. Gorry attacked the final climb, passing Ortenblad, but entering into the final pavement finish, the bigger Cal Giant rider sprinted past for the silver.
Owen will head back to Europe to prepare for the World Championships at the end of January. Dillman will be there too, but this time as Owen’s teammate on the US squad.
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Logan Owen Interview:
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|1||Logan OWEN||Bremerton, WA||93||Team Redline|
|2||Tobin ORTENBLAD||Santacruz, CA||88||California Giant Cycling/California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized|
|3||Richard Cypress GORRY||Payson, AZ||70||Whole Athlete/Whole Athlete-Specialized|
|4||Andrew DILLMAN||Fairdale, KY||59||Red Zone Cycling|
|5||Curtis WHITE||Delanson, NY||94||Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team Inc.|
|6||Zane GODBY||Louisville, CO||67||Clif Bar Development Cross Team|
|7||Nathaniel MORSE||Cohasset, MA||66||Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld|
|8||Jordan CULLEN||Hudson, WI||64||Clif Bar Development Cross Team|
|9||Stephen BASSETT||Knoxville, TN||91||OCD Cycling/Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross|
|10||Samuel O'KEEFE||Baltimore, MD||81||Charm City Cycling LLC|
|11||Luke HALEY||Louisville, KY||54||Red Zone Cycling|
|12||Lionel ROCHELEAU||Waukesha, WI||73||Racers Against Childhood Caner|
|13||Spencer DOWNING||Boulder, CO||76||Clif Bar Development Cross Team|
|14||Chase DICKENS||Mount Airy, NC||82|
|15||Ansel DICKEY||Truro, MA||79||Woodstock Bicycle Club/Killington Mountain School Cycling Team|
|16||Dag ANDERSON||Bridgewater, NJ||57||Mid-Atlantic Cycling Club|
|17||Ian MCPHERSON||Boulder, CO||71||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|18||Nathan LABECKI||Milwaukee, WI||84||ISCorp Cycling Team|
|19||Zack GOULD||Boulder, CO||68||Clif Bar Development Cross Team|
|20||Colin DUNLAP||Bend, OR||98||Bend Endurance Academy|
|21||Zachary BENDER||Glen Rock, NJ||95||Mid-Atlantic Cycling Club/Specialized - Rising STARS p/b Bicycling|
|22||Samuel DOBROZSI||Loveland, OH||77||Queen City Wheels|
|23||Nolan TANKERSLEY||Erwin, TN||62||Tri Cities Road Club|
|24||Nick DIETRICH||Prospect, KY||53||Red Zone Cycling|
|25||Kyle MILLER||Harleysville, PA||74||Team CF/Team CF-Elite|
|26||Christopher OSBORNE||Mequon, WI||63||ISCorp Cycling Team|
|27||Andris DELINS||Minneapolis, MN||56||Gopher Wheelmen|
|28||Joshua KEENER||Albuquerque, NM||87||Get Out! New Mexico|
|29||Nolan MCQUEEN||Louisville, KY||86||Red Zone Cycling|
|30||Andrew BAILEY||Piney Flats, TN||97||Tri Cities Road Club/MSG Cyclocross|
|31||Earl GAGE||Albuquerque, NM||65||Goathead Jr. Devo|
|32||Daniel SANTOS||Louisville, KY||51||Red Zone Cycling|
|33||John MOSBY||Gurnee, IL||61||Higher Gear- Gear Head Cyclocross Team|
|34||Maxwell ACKERMANN||Whitefish Bay, WI||55||ISCorp Cycling Team|
|35||Brendan RHIM||Norwich, VT||90||Woodstock Bicycle Club/Killington Mountain School Cycling Team|
|36||Ezra WARDPACKARD||Lake Geneva, WI||85|
|37||Colin CATLIN||Arden Hills, MN||72||Gopher Wheelmen|
|38||Bill MULLIGAN||Lake Mills, WI||89||Great Dane Velo Club (GDVC)|
|39||David HART||Stanthonyvillage, MN||60||Gopher Wheelmen/County Cycles|
|40||Perry LEYSENS||Johnston, IA||58||Racers Against Childhood Caner/Team Geargrinder|
|41||Noah STAMSTA||Waunakee, WI||69||Brazen Dropouts|
|42||Reece OLESON||Jordan, MN||96||Angry Catfish|
|43||Matt SCHAUPP||Watsonville, CA||92|
|DNF||Tom GOGUEN||Hopedale, MA||52||Team CF|
|DNF||Casey WILLIAMS||Big Bear City, CA||83||Whole Athlete/Whole Athlete-Specialized|
|DNF||Kellen MULFORD||Grayslake, IL||78||Higher Gear- Gear Head Cyclocross Team|
|DNF||Matthew KOSLOSKE||Grafton, WI||80||ISCorp Cycling Team|
The Hype: In the Junior men 17-18 year old race, Logan Owen (Redline), fresh from his trip to Europe with the Euro Cross Camp, will be the rider to beat. Not only has he won the National Championships an impressive six times, but this season he also sealed the overall title for the Exergy US Gran Prix of Cyclocross for Elite Juniors. Hoping to steel Owen’s glory are Drew Dillman (Bob’s Red Mill), and Zane Godby (Clif Bar Development Team), who took second and third overall in the USGP series. As the highest finishing rider from 2010’s 17-18 nationals, in which he took third, Dillman stands as Owen’s main rival – the pair also recently placed fifth and sixth, with Owen ahead, at World Cup Heusden-Zolder Juniors race. Will Dillman’s extra year in the 17-18 category be enough to stop Owen’s streak?
Also looking to make the podium are Cypress Gorry (Whole Athlete-Specialized) and Sam O’Keefe (Charm City), who last year placed fourth and sixth, respectively. Zack Gould (Clif Bar Development Team), Nate Morse (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), and Curtis White (Hot Tubes) all made last year’s top five in the 15-16 category, and will be hoping to make fireworks in their freshman attempt.
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