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BEND, ORE. – Sam Rosenberg (Hutch’s) of Eugene, Oregon, shot off the start line of the Juniors’ 13-14 race to be the first onto the dirt ahead of a flying group of pursuers, but it wouldn’t take long for Gage Hecht (International Christian Cycling Club) and Karch Miller (Davis Bike Club) to launch off the front and lock up the first two podium steps.
A nine-person group would queue up behind to battle for third, including Gavin Haley (Red Zone), Ian McShane (Red Zone), Rosenberg, Spencer Petrov (Queen City Wheels), Ben Hogan (Justin’s-Titus), Lance Haidet and Cooper Willsey (Green Mountain Bicycle Club).
Hecht, last year’s champion in the 10-12 division, was on the front and applying the power despite being a relative youngster in this race. Miller wouldn’t give an inch and turned himself inside out to remain in contention for the win, at one point catching the course tape and snapping a wooden stake, but maintaining his speed as he rocketed back towards the front of the course, affectionately dubbed the “Bob’s Red Mill oatmeal bowl.”
Hecht carved out a small gap as he drilled it around the final lap, but a crash just before he reached the fly-over for the final time allowed Miller to take the front with little terrain left in the race. Hecht remained cool and collected, and he passed again just before the stairs.
Miller frantically chased, but by the time he remounted and headed for the final off-camber grass section before the finishing paved stretch, Hecht had a few seconds’ gap and had the win locked up.
“I expected the course to be more like last year’s, when it was frozen and rutted instead of muddy,” said Miller, who’s more accustomed to the dry conditions around Davis, California. Miller told Cyclocross Magazine that his previous best Nationals finish in four tries was a sixth place.
“It was hard, it was muddy and so slick, and [Miller] was challenging me,” said Hecht. I thought I was done [after the crash] for a second, but it turns out I caught him.”
Hecht said he didn’t expect to win as a 13-year-old in the 13-14 group and was pleasantly surprised. His local race scene in Boulder, Colorado, clearly had him well prepared.
Junior Men 10-12: Jorgenson Denies Funston’s Request
With twenty-two riders lining up to race for the Junior’s 10-12 Title, it’s clear that cyclocross is a sport that’s here to stay. From the gun, Denzel Stephenson took the hole-shot with Scott Funston (Old Town Bicycle Race Team) and Matteo Jorgenson (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad) hot on his heels.
“It was really hard,” Jorgenson said. “I didn’t get the hole-shot and I was a bit edgy, but then I made an attack and got ahead and then got farther and farther. When I went over the fly-over I looked back and thought they were closing on me and I just said ‘No’ and went as hard as I could.”
The effort was enough – Jorgenson took the win with a comfortable gap over second-place Funston. Stephenson took third.
Photos by CXM:
Junior Men 13-14
|1||150||Gage Hecht||Parker, CO||0:18:05||277074||556||International Christian Cycling|
|2||135||Karch Miller||El Macero, CA||18:10||272125||271||Davis Bike Club|
|3||120||Ben Hogan||Louisville, CO||18:32||270866||258||Justin’S / Titus Mountain Bike|
|4||105||Ian McShane||Louisville, KY||18:42||257336||272||Red Zone Cycling|
|5||90||Lance Haidet||Bend, OR||18:46||330472||278|
|6||85||Cooper Willsey||Hinesburg, VT||18:49||283705||282||Green Mountain Bicycle Club|
|7||80||Spencer Petrov||Mason, OH||18:53||301051||261||Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts|
|8||75||Samuel Rosenberg||Eugene, OR||18:53||278565||265|
|9||70||Ethan Reynolds||Garden City, ID||19:00||280215||268||Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq|
|10||65||Gavin Haley||Louisville, KY||19:02||259719||274||Red Zone Cycling|
|11||60||Cameron Beard||Bend, OR||19:02||329962||277|
|12||55||Ben Glover||Louisville, KY||19:13||292770||275||Red Zone Cycling|
|13||50||Eric Brunner||Boulder, CO||19:21||298963||260||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|14||45||Evan Geary||Seattle, WA||19:34||251552||254||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|15||40||Cade Bickmore||Longmont, CO||19:43||286308||252||Boulder Junior Cycling|
|16||38||Massimo Larsen||Bend, OR||20:14||293969||259|
|17||36||Zachary Mikkelson||Hoodriver, OR||20:22||302623||264|
|18||34||Benedikt Toeldte||Boise, ID||20:31||323822||285||Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq|
|19||32||Jedidiah Fritzinger||Georgetown, IN||20:36||292244||279||Red Zone Cycling|
|20||30||Matthew Wilkinson||Seattle, WA||21:08||235592||273||Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman|
|21||28||Robert Prewitt||Loveland, OH||21:24||267669||262||Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts|
|22||26||Joshua Anderson||Topsfield, MA||21:42||302632||269||Essex County Velo|
|23||24||Henry Hayes||Seattle, WA||21:53||283895||263||20/20 Fuel|
|24||22||Rubin Field||Portland, OR||21:53||303613||283|
|25||20||Trey Thornton||Snohomish, WA||22:08||296922||284||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|26||19||Jacob Payne||Boise, ID||22:25||313392||266|
|27||18||Jarrett Aregger||Kent, WA||22:29||285209||281||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|28||17||Mike Jors||Sammamish, WA||22:58||282773||276||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|29||16||Alec Miller||Nampa, ID||23:09||297927||270||Broken Spoke Cycling|
|30||15||Andrew Rademacher||Loveland, OH||23:16||267448||255||Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts|
|31||14||Jacob Weisgerber||Loveland, OH||23:30||326000||253||Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts|
|32||13||Connor Ellison||Folsomfolsom, CA||23:47||329264||257|
|33||12||Keenan Reynolds||Bend, OR||24:52:00||330220||267|
|34||Exp||Ian Steigerwald||Forest Grove, OR||@1Lap||331824||286|
|DNF||0||Robert Wright||Longmont, CO||DNF||303535||280||Boulder Junior Cycling|
Junior Men 10-12
|1||150||Matteo Jorgenson||Boise, ID||0:19:09||266037||202||Byrds (Boise Young Rider Dev Sq|
|2||135||Scott Funston||Black Diamond, WA||19:55||270185||215||Old Town Bicycle (Otb)/Old Town|
|3||120||Denzel Stephenson||Broomfield, CO||20:13||331144||203|
|4||105||Cassidy Bailey||Lyons, CO||21:01||289005||214|
|5||90||Henry Geary||Seattle, WA||21:15||277512||219||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|6||85||Edward Fritzinger||Georgetown, IN||21:44||292245||221||Red Zone Cycling|
|7||80||Jackson McNear||Louisville, KY||21:48||301315||204||Red Zone Cycling|
|8||75||Mitchell Thornton||Snohomish, WA||22:09||296923||205||Northwest Velo/First Rate Mortg|
|9||70||Jett Ballantyne||Bend, OR||22:09||330634||216|
|10||65||Ryan Madis||Hudson, OH||23:00||284218||207||Project Velo Racing/One Call No|
|11||60||Brayden Buchanan||Seattle, WA||23:48||285748||213||Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman|
|12||55||Nolan Brunner||Boulder, CO||23:56||318530||217|
|13||50||Caleb Swartz||Madison, WI||24:10:00||286165||208||Brazen Dropouts/Junior Dropouts|
|14||45||Benjamin King||Anacortes, WA||25:24:00||284055||211||Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman|
|15||40||Alastair Magun||Mercer Island, WA||27:02:00||317500||206||Marymoor Velodrome Assoc.|
|16||38||Brian Hart||Washougal, WA||28:22:00||331696||223|
|17||36||Owen Szwaya||Portland, OR||30:12:00||330784||218|
|18||34||Aidan Sullivan||Kirkland, WA||31:49:00||302780||222||20/20 Fuel|
|19||32||Grayson Szczukowski||Portland, OR||@1Lap||330616||210|
|20||30||Holden Berg||Arlington, WA||@1Lap||330762||212|
|DNS||0||Jacob Labosky||San Jose, CA||DNS||311450||209|