_G5Y9262.jpg Mild, sunny conditions greeted the racers on Friday morning as the junior men and women competed for eight titles. Compared the Thursday morning’s early races on frozen ground, Friday morning offered a warmer race with early morning temperatures in the high 30s. A light snow and rain from the previous night added a bit of moisture to the course, making the morning’s junior races were muddy, slippery affairs.

It’s a rare opportunity for a junior racer to come back and defend a national championship. Doing so requires early talent and maturity to grab a victory in the first of a two-year window (or second in the 10-12), and then the teenage dedication to see training through to win the next year as well. Yet three junior men and one junior woman returned to Kansas City in their same age group in attempt to defend their titles. With an extra year of growth and training, it’d be easy to expect a repeat, but new competitors arrive and old competitors mature, train, and ponder victory over the past year as well. Friday’s junior racing demonstrated this unpredictability, with upsets, repeats, crashes, mechanicals, and during-race handshakes. Full report by USA Cycling with contributions by Cyclocross Magazine:

_G5Y8549.jpg With staggered starts, all four junior women’s age divisions began their quest for a national championship on the mud-slick 1.67-mile course at Kansas City’s Tiffany Springs Park on Friday morning. The 17-18 group started out hot-and-heavy, but quickly settled down as the seven starters hit the slick technical off-road portion of the course. Moving up an age group didn’t however seem to stall multi-time national road champion and defending 15-16 national cyclo-cross champion, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Team Redline) who took the early lead and never looked back. Rivera earned her 22nd Stars-and-Stripes by only thirty-three seconds over silver medalist Anna Young (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike).

The majority of the 15-16 junior women’s group suffered a major crash in the first turn as Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team C.I.C.L.E) slipped and ultimately fell to the back of the field. The former mountain bike national champion however would not be deterred and, after a tire change, surged to take a six second victory over Clarissa Freeman (Albuquerque, N.M./ Sarah Huang (Kenosha, Wis./Hayes Disc Brakes) grabbed an impressive win in the 13-14 age division, defeating last year’s 10-12 national champ, Andrea Casebolt (Olympia, Wash./Rad Racing NW) by nearly one minute. Casebolt outsprinted Laurel Rathbun (Monument, Colo./Team 5280 Magazine) to add a silver medal to her collection. After finishing fifth last year, Mina Anderburg (Louisville, Colo./Mudskippers) was determined to bring home a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the 10-12 year-old group. The 10-year-old did not disappoint, crossing the line 48 seconds ahead of Eden Webb (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) and the other seven competitors in the youngest age category.

“It was so much fun. I didn’t want to stop,” said Anderburg, who completed another full lap following the finish.

Next up were the 15-16, 13-14 and 10-12 year-old junior men’s contests. The 15-16 race ultimately served as a precursor to the 17-18 contest with defending champion Jeff Bahnson (Newark, Del./Secret Henry’s Team-Van Dessell) and Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./Clif Bar) battling it out. After crashing in lap one, Bahnson was able to catch up to Eckmann and eventually built a 40 second gap to defend his national title from a year ago. Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash.) defended his 13-14 national championship over the nearly 30-rider field. Owen had his Ridley bikes stolen just a few weeks before nationals, and Redline stepped up to offer Owen equipment support and a chance to ride for them. Owen did not disappoint his new white knight sponsor. In the last Ian McShane (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) laid down the hammer in the 10-12 year-old race, winning by a nearly eight-minute margin. Many of the younger riders were lapped by Bahnson and other older juniors, creating confusion for racers who thought they still had another lap.

The most anticipated of the day’s events, the 17-18 junior men’s race, did not disappoint, featuring a pair of young powerhouse riders going head-to-head. Four-time 2008 USGP winner Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Classic Cycles) and the world’s sixth-ranked junior and defending champion Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./CL Noonan-KAM-Coast to Coast) started the race one and two and after 40 minutes of battling, that’s how they would end up. The pair, traded brief attacks but were generally content to just mark each other at a steady pace for the first four of the five-lap affair. Each waiting for the other to make a mistake on the slick course, they cruised the pavement stretch, confident in their gap over the others. With one to go, the two rolled slowly down the road, stretched, shook hands, and then started a final one lap race. It wasn’t until the final descent that McDonald, an expert downhill racer in his summers, was able to open up a gap with his superior descending skills. Keough did his best to stay in contact, but the pace was too much, and the defending champion crashed twice and would finish in second, 16 seconds in arrears. A hard charging Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes) took third and Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Calif. Giant Berry Farms) was fourth. Despite starting near the back of the field, hometown favorite Chris Wallace (Shawnee, Kan./KCCX-Verge) rounded out the podium in fifth. With his win McDonald locked up one of five spots on the U.S. National Team that will be heading to the Netherlands on Jan. 31 to contest the UCI Cyclo-cross Junior World Championships. With a top-five finish in a World Cup race earlier this season Keough has also punched his ticket.

“I was hoping I could take it, but the slick conditions made it a fierce fight between me and McDonald,” said Keough who has been racing the European World Cup circuit this season. “The slick corners kept messing me up. The mud is really thin and slick over here and it’s really deep and thick over there. I think this race helped me think about what I need to focus on heading into Worlds.”

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Full Results:

Junior Women 10-12
1 1633 ANDERBERG, Mina Louisville, CO Mudskippers 38:05.0
2 1637 WEBB, Eden Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 38:53.0
3 1639 WHITE, Emma Delanson, NY Capital Bicycle Racing Club/CB 39:12.0
4 1640 WELSHON, Ellie Edgewater, CO Black Sheep Junior Cycling 39:16.0
5 1644 SWARTZ, Emma Madison, WI Brazen Dropouts 39:29.0
6 1643 GATES, Victoria Fitchburg, MA NEBC\Cycle Loft\Devonshire Den 42:12.0
7 1641 ZOERNER, Ashley Highlands Ranch, CO Mudskippers 45:31.0
8 1638 HALEY, Frances-Jane Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 48:02.0
DNS 1636 TWINAM, Mia Littleton, CO Mudskippers CX Team
Junior Women 13-14
1 1291 HUANG, Sarah Kenosha, WI Hayes Disc Brakes 30:42.0
2 1294 CASEBOLT, Andrea Olympia, WA Rad Racing NW. 31:30.0
3 1293 RATHBUN, Laurel Monument, CO Team 5280 Magazine 31:34.0
4 1290 MOSSMAN, Hannah Cincinnati, OH One Call Now 31:58.0
5 1298 FOGG, Taylor Colorado Springs, CO Mudskippers 33:02.0
6 1296 SMITH, McCauley Boulder, CO Tokyo Joes 36:59.0
7 1295 WILLIAMS, Kirsten Lone Tree, CO Mudskippers 39:58.0
8 1297 MC CORMICK, Tara Long Beach, CA OUCH Pro Cycling 40:32.0
9 2224 REYNOLDS, Hannah Kansas City, KS SKC Racing + 43:51:00
DNS 1292 LIMESAND, Elle snohomish, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline
Junior Women 15-16
1 936 RYAN, Alexis Ventura, CA Team C.I.C.L.E 29:53.0
2 930 FREEMAN, Clarissa Albuquerque, NM Junior Cycling Team 29:59.0
3 932 CATTELL, Ashley Auburn, WA Bicycle Centres/Collision-1 30:42.0
4 935 WHITE, Elizabeth Bedford, NH NEBC/ Cycle Loft/ Devonshire D 31:20.0
5 931 SHIELDS, katherine salisbury, NC Carolina Masters 31:50.0
6 937 LIMESAND, Samantha Snohomish, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline 31:58.0
7 934 MORRIS, Colleen Cincinnati, OH One Call Now 32:11.0
8 933 SHIELDS, emily salisbury, NC Carolina Masters 33:04.0
9 938 REYNOLDS, Aislin Kansas City, KS SKC Racing 38:02.0
Junior Women 17-18
1 941 RIVERA, Coryn Tustin, CA Team Redline 25:57.0
2 945 YOUNG, Anna Madison, WI Planet Bike 26:30.0
3 942 ANTONNEAU, Kaitlin Racine, WI Nova/IsCorp 27:42.0
4 944 RYAN, Kendall Ventura, CA Team C.I.C.L.E 29:42.0
5 940 MORRIS, Michelle Cincinnati, OH One Call Now 30:28.0
6 943 GODBY, Madalyn Lousiville, CO Rocky Mounts 32:11.0
7 946 SCHAPKER, Emily Merriam, KS Renaissance Cycyling 36:18.0
Junior Men 10-12
1 376 MCSHANE, Ian Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 37:22.0
2 385 HECHT, Gage Parker, CO ICCC 45:15.0
3 379 HALEY, Gavin Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 46:27.0
4 386 FRANCISCO, James Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 46:32.0
5 384 HAAS, Stephen Lakewood, CO Black Sheep Cycling 46:41.0
6 395 BICKMORE, Cade Longmont, CO Flatiron Flyers 47:02.0
7 380 GEARY, Evan Seattle, WA Oh Boy Oberto!/Redline 47:02.0
8 394 GOLDBERG, Nathan Overland Park, KS GP Velotek 47:31.0
9 383 HOGAN, Ben Louisville, CO Chipotle-Titus 48:03.0
10 390 TODD, Joey Harrisonville, MO bike shack racing 48:27.0
11 381 COOPER, Drew Kellogg, IA Bikes To You 50:21.0
12 382 MADIS, Ryan Hudson, OH One Call Now 54:12.0
13 393 SWARTZ, Caleb Madison, WI unattached 57:16.0
14 388 ELLIOTT, Aaron Highlands Ranch, CO International Christian Cyclin 00:57:58:00
DNS 389 BROWN, Jonathan Covington, TN TriStar Cycling
DNF 392 KEOUGH, Ian sandwich, MA CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast
Junior Men 13-14
1 900 OWEN, Logan Bremerton, WA NA 30:18.0
2 902 MORSE, Nate Cohasset, AL C.L. Noonan/KAM/Coast to Coast 31:04.0
3 915 CULLEN, Jordan Hudson, WI Planet Bike 31:04.0
4 901 WHITE, Curtis Delanson, NY Capital Bicycle Racing Club 31:38.0
5 906 DESSAU, Michael Boulder, CO Team 5280/Slipstream 32:53.0
6 907 VINCENT, Austin simsbury, CT CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast po 32:53.0
7 916 SCHILLING, jonathon grover, MO Mesa 33:04.0
8 908 CLEVENGER, Austin Bellingham, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline 33:18.0
9 919 FRANCISCO, John Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 33:18.0
10 922 KIRSKE, JR., David Seattle, WA Rad Racing/Hagens Berman 33:36.0
11 913 GOULD, Zack Boulder, CO Clif Bar Cyclocross Developmen 34:50.0
12 923 HAUPT, Ian Whitefish Bay, WI Planet Bike 36:01.0
13 926 PARKS, Danny Dallas, TX Mirage 36:01.0
14 920 BOBERG, Nils Shoreview, MN Ridley Factory Team 36:21.0
15 911 PETERSON, Rudy Kalamazoo, MI Little Ceazars Kalamazoo bike 36:21.0
16 903 GOGUEN, peter hopedale, MA MRC 38:01.0
17 917 BREW, DANIEL Fayetteville, NC C4 Racing 43:15.0
18 924 LOMBARDO, David Crystal Lake, IL Verdigris Cycling 45:16.0
19 904 MADIS, Erick Hudson, OH One Call Now + 1 Lap Down
20 921 RENCK, Spencer Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling + 1 Lap Down
21 925 BARTA, Will Boise, ID BYRDS + 1 Lap Down
22 927 HUANG, Samuel Kenosha, WI Hayes Disc Brakes + 1 Lap Down
23 914 SIMON, Cooper Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling + 1 Lap Down
24 928 PITT, Jacob Leawood, KS Slimen Und Grossen + 1 Lap Down
25 2239 ROTH, Garrett Shorewood, WI endeavour + 1 Lap Down
26 929 BURKE, Noah Lincoln, NE Midwest Wheelmasters + 1 Lap Down
27 905 CAMPBELL, Spencer Northfield, NJ Cape Atlantic Racing/Team Beac + 1 Lap Down
28 2238 ROMISCH, Andrew Overland Park, KS GP Velotek + 1 Lap Down
DNS 909 SPINKS, Peter Layton, NJ Cycles 54/YSG Racing
DNS 910 VOLLERS, JR., Peter Woodstock, VT Start House / Vollers Law Raci
DNS 918 DOWNING, Spencer boulder, CO Flatiron Flyers
DNF 912 LOCKE, Christopher Kansas City, MO Cow Town Cycling
Junior Men 15-16
1 1650 BAHNSON, Jeff Newark, DE Secret Henry’s Team / Van Dess 25:46.0
2 1651 ECKMANN, Yannick Boulder, CO CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro 26:36.0
3 1652 SPINKS, Matthew Layton, NJ Team Metra/Wendy’s p/b Victor 28:00.0
4 1671 KESSLER, David Littleton, CO CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro 28:18.0
5 1674 GODBY, Zane Louisville, CO Clif Bar Development Team 29:18.0
6 1654 KREBSBACH, Colin Kent, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline 29:42.0
7 1673 DILLMAN, Andrew Fairdale, KY Red Zone Cycling 30:18.0
8 1661 FOX, Bjorn Stinson Beach, CA Above Category Racing 30:56.0
9 1662 LARK, Brian New Albany, IN Red Zone Cycling 30:56.0
10 1657 RENWICK, Evan Federal Way, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline 31:12.0
11 1668 OKEEFE, Sam Baltimore, MD 31:38.0
12 1677 PREBLE, Kolben Forest Grove, OR Olsens Bikes 31:38.0
13 2216 PACKARD, Ryan Arlington, MA QuadCycles 32:04.0
14 1672 HAAS, Dean lakewood, CO 5280 Magazine 32:04.0
15 1669 MONROE, Travis Coeurd’alene, ID Vertical Earth 32:24.0
16 1665 DYER, Jeremiah Valdese, NC Studio7-Cyclocross 32:30.0
17 1663 HOUSE, Aaron Great Barrington, MA Housatonic Wheel Club 32:30.0
18 1653 BENDER, Zach Glen Rock, NJ GS Park Ridge—Team Cyclespor 32:30.0
19 1667 ANDERSON, Dag Bridgewater, NJ Team Somerset 32:30.0
20 1666 STILWELL, Zach Hudson, WI vassago 33:47.0
21 1676 RATHBUN, Rhys Monument, CO Team 5280 Magazine 34:02.0
22 2219 VOLOTZKY, erik chatsworth, CA Major Motion 34:26.0
23 1658 GORRY, Cypress Payson, AZ 35:19.0
24 1656 GOGUEN, Tom hopedale, MA MRC 36:01.0
25 1659 MARTI, Nick Evergreen, CO RMCEF 37:33.0
26 1660 HALEY, Luke Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 38:30.0
27 2215 STULL, Aaron Parkville, MO Epic 38:30.0
28 2220 DOBROZSI, Samuel Loveland, OH Queen City Wheels 38:30.0
29 1664 BUSH, Daniel Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling 40:37.0
DNS 1655 BERCAW, Drew North Canton, OH One Call Now
DNS 1670 FOX, Bjorn Stinson Beach, CA CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro
DNS 1675 KRISKA, Matus Mount Airy, NC Prohealth
DNS 1678 NOLD, Vincent Louisville, KY Red Zone Cycling
DNS 1679 BERGEY, Gunnar Lederach, PA Bikesport
DNF 2218 HAULMAN, Joe Denver, CO 5280 Magazine
Junior Men 17-18
1 456 MCDONALD, Zach Bainbridge Island, WA Classic Cycles 44:30.0
2 455 KEOUGH, luke sandwich, MA CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast po 44:46.0
3 458 MANNION, gavin dedham, MA Hot Tubes Development Team 45:17.0
4 487 KAISER, Cody El Dorado Hills, CA California Giant Berry Farms/S 45:29.0
5 478 WALLACE, Chris Shawnee, KS KCCX/ Verge 45:51.0
6 461 GOGUEN, manny hopedale, MA MRC 46:27.0
7 457 EMSKY, Eric Fall City, WA Rad Racing NW / Hagens Berman 46:34.0
8 498 SWEDBERG, Benny Kent, WA Rad Racing/Hagens Berman LLC 47:22.0
9 469 COX, Cody Colorado Springs, CO CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro 47:22.0
10 474 RYAN, Morgan Ventura, CA Team C.I.C.L.E 48:01.0
11 494 DOMBROWSKI, Joseph Marshall, VA Haymarket Bicycles p/b Functio 48:13.0
12 475 TERRY, Ian Seattle, WA Rad Racing/Hagens Berman 48:25.0
13 472 BARKER, Andrew Lakewood, CO CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro 48:46.0
14 462 KEOUGH, jesse sandwich, MA CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast po 49:22.0
15 476 WATSON-NORRIS, Gabe Olympia, WA RadRacing NW/Hagans Berman LLC 50:05.0
16 480 TRUJILLO, Skyler Fort Collins, CO Black Sheep 51:01.0
17 496 HINKENS, Jack eden prairie, MN fccc 51:01.0
18 459 COTTLE, Tanner Sandy, UT Porcupine / Specialized Racing 52:28.0
19 492 BROWN, Nathan Covington, TN Hot Tubes Junior Developement 52:30.0
20 477 EDWARDS, Alex Parkville, MO Mesa Cycles Racing Team 52:37.0
21 467 HUSTON, Collin Kennebunk, ME Cl Noonan/Coast to Coast/KAM 53:17.0
22 463 PSALTIS, Kosta Olympia, WA RadRacing NW/Hagans Berman LLC 55:02.0
23 465 ARNOLD, Jacob Cary, NC Cycling Spoken Here 55:32.0
24 466 SHIPMAN, John Kansas city, MO Renaissance cycling 56:03.0
25 470 BLOCK, David PLYMOUTH, MN Ridley Factory Team + 1 Lap Down
26 493 TEMPLETON, Andrew Albuquerque, NM + 1 Lap Down
28 490 PENCE, Matt St. Charles, MO Mesa Cycles Racing Team + 1 Lap Down
29 491 FEEHERY, Brandon Homewood, IL South Chicago Wheelmen + 1 Lap Down
30 471 CUTRIGHT, Cole Kent, WA Oh Boy Oberto/Redline + 1 Lap Down
DNS 460 WIECZOREK, Tony TRENTON, MI Mesa Cycles Racing Team
DNS 464 MILLER, Ryan Corvallis, OR Fred Meyer/Lakeside
DNS 468 QUINLAN, Jordan Albuquerque, NM Nob Hill Velo
DNS 473 HILLER, Danny Boulder, CO CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cro
DNS 479 BIRMAN, Dan Beaverton, OR Beaverton Bicycle Club
DNS 481 BATTLES-WOOD, Alex Tulsa, OK Team Power Train
DNS 483 WADE, Joshua Wichita, KS Matrix/RBM
DNS 484 MCELMEEL, Sam Iowa City, IA Mercy-Specailized
DNS 485 REMO, Thomson Fond du Lac, WI Baraboo Sharks
DNS 489 GEROW, Daniel Grosse Pointe Farms, MI NA
DNS 2223 KRONENBERG, Rafael Ann Arbor, MI Cannondale Midwest
DNF 486 JAMES, Michael Delafield, WI Baraboo Sharks
DNF 488 EVANS, Justin Raeford, NC C4: Cross Creek Cycling Club
DNF 495 SILLS, Baird lewisville, NC Clemmons Bicycle Racing
DNF 497 BALSARA, Adrian Fort Smith, AR Tyson Racing