When a foot of snow landed on the Valmont Bike Park a week ago, many packed their mud tires, expecting a sloppy, wet mess of a course.

Peter Goguen (Race CF) got his two bikes ready with the new Challenge Tires Chicane file tread. Goguen was all-in for maximum speed, and used it to his advantage, quickly taking the holeshot over Maxx Chance (Clif Bar), and hit the 5280 staircase with a four second gap over Chance that would only increase with each pedal stroke and step.

The first lap descent of the Junior Men. © Matthew Lasala

The first lap descent of the Junior Men. © Matthew Lasala

Chance, a local boy who rides Valmont regularly, checked out the park three years ago on his road bike, and decided the lower stairs were totally rideable. So from the very first lap, like Cody Kaiser did yesterday, he hopped up the stairs without a single pedal stroke, wowing the crowd.

Behind, Lance Haidet (Bear Development Team) took up the chase, with Goguen’s teammate, Austin Vincent hanging on.

Boulder local Maxx Chance had the biggest number of fans on the course. © Cyclocross Magazine

Boulder local Maxx Chance had the biggest number of fans on the course. © Cyclocross Magazine

“Peter, my teammate, drilled it and started pulling away from the gun,” Vincent said. It wasn’t a team plan, as former Junior National Champion Vincent was motivated to go for the win as well, but to the observer, it looked like perfect teamwork as Vincent then moved into third, dragging five others around the course, including Kurtis Barth (Boulder Cycle Sport), Cooper Willsey and Haidet. “I wasn’t feeling the best today…so I had to think about not going too hard in altitude because if you go too far into the red, you might not be able to come out.”

Up front, Goguen poured it on, quickly extending the gap over Chance and the rest of the group. Soon, he had time to smile and look around, despite turning out lap times that rivaled U23 National Champion Logan Owen.

Peter Goguen had time to look around, smile and celebrate. © Matthew Lasala

Peter Goguen had time to look around, smile and celebrate. © Matthew Lasala

“This definitely went as planned,” Goguen revealed to Cyclocross Magazine.  “I just rode it one section at a time and tried to be smooth.”  Once Goguen got the gap, and saw with two to go his lead was insurmountable barring disaster, Goguen took it all in. “I started to smile. There were people everywhere cheering me on, and that just really kept me going.”

Meanwhile, Chance kept hopping the stairs, and looked to be pulling away from the rest of the chasers. “It was hard…Peter drilled it at the front, I hung on for as long as I could, but he got a gap,” he said. “I just tried to keep it consistent and I’m really happy with second place.”

PJ Renquin hops the Belgian stairs, as did Maxx Chance. © Matthew Lasala

PJ Renquin hops the Belgian stairs, as did Maxx Chance. © Matthew Lasala

When asked about the stairs and whether Cody Kaiser inspired him, Chance said, “I ride here all the time…I was riding the steps and I felt really smooth on the course.” He didn’t think it was necessarily faster, but knew the crowd would love it, and they did.

With Goguen and Chance on their own, Vincent dropped his companions and set off to seize his own medal at the 2014 National Championships, gaining back time on Chance. But it was too late.

“I went with all of their moves, and when I felt like I could go, I went and I was able to get third,” Vincent said. “I was closing on Maxx but he definitely had me by a good 15 seconds.”

The course has dried out completely, with no snow in sight. “The course conditions have changed so much in the past few days,” said Vincent. “I was hoping for it to be muddier than it was. But it’s a great course and I had a blast racing it.”

We’re sure that some Elite Men and Women will be happy with the conditions, while defending champion Jonathan Page told Cyclocross Magazine he was hoping for really sloppy conditions.

Results following gallery.

Goguen Solos to Junior 17-18 Win at the 2014 National Cyclocross Championships – Gallery by Matt Lasala

17-18 Junior Men Full Results 2014 US Cyclocross Nationals

259CHANCEMaxxClif Bar Development Cross Team
467REYNOLDSEthanHot Tubes Development Cycling T
572ELLWOODW GrantBoulder Junior Cycling
663HAIDETLanceBear Development Team
865BRADYNolanRad Racing NW
968GERCHARGarrettClif Bar Development Cross Team
1074FIXBrannanCiclismo Youth Foundation
1166MCSHANEIanSophisticated Living / Bob's Re
1271HALEYGavinRed Zone Cycling Elite
1370COLTONJavierBend Endurance Academy
1480MEADVANCORTJonahKMS Cycling-Killington Mountain
1585WHITTEMORENevinBoulder Junior Cycling
1662EARLLiamBYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq
1779DUNNLiamClif Bar Development Cross Team
1858WEIKJoseyRed Zone Cycling
19102BECKNERlandenRad Racing NW
2087MCKNIGHTStuartBoulder Junior Cycling
2184BROWNETannerGS CycleLife Development Cyclin
2290DUNNCormacClif Bar Development Cross Team
2376KEOUGHIanCorner Cycle Cycling Club
2557NYSTROMAndersBYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq
2682RICEByronClemmons Bicycle Racing
2783BROWNJonathanHot Tubes Development Cycling T
2864ANDERSONJonathanEssex County Velo
2998HOGANBenBoulder Junior Cycling
3197SANDUSKYRobMatrix Cycling Club
3275BARTHKurtisBoulder Cycle Sport/BJC
33115ROSENBERGSamuelHutch's - Specialized - Sl
34109WILSONIanBend Endurance Academy
35108HUSBANDChristianMonster Media Racing Team
38114CARTERGIBBJacobBoulder Junior Cycling
3977KEYChrisBoulder Junior Cycling
40104ECKLESBaileyThe TEAM
4292SQUILLACITaylorGet Out! New Mexico
4378FRITZINGERJedidiahPeloton Sports Group
4491OBRIENDavidRad Racing NW
45100FURNESSSamuelFeedback Sports Racing
46111PURCHASEJeremyNatural Grocers Cycling Team
47101HASZBenjaminTulsa Wheelmen
48105WOYAstonCiclismo Youth Foundation
49103WOYZacharyCiclismo Youth Foundation
5299GAINESBrianNorthStar Development
54107REINKINGwilliamBend Endurance Academy
5596SCHILLINGJacobTeam Mack Racing Assoc. LTD
DNF86VORWERKNicholasTeam Novo Nordisk
DNF81TANKERSLEYConnorScenic City Velo
DNS106VON BOECKTrevorFront Rangers Junior Cycling
DNS112REYNOLDSKeenanBend Endurance Academy


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