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On Thursday, Jake Wells turned in a dominant performance to win the Masters 40-44 race in solo fashion. He returned to the course at Rancho San Rafael Park in Reno on Saturday and swapped his geared bike for a shot at the singlespeed championship.

The task would not be an easy one. The singlespeed race is popular with riders who can best be described as “fast,” and the field featured a number of riders who had already had success in Reno. Wells’ task was cut out for him.

The singlespeed race featured a number of high-flyers. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

The singlespeed race featured a number of high-flyers. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

With the course dried out and the sun shining, the track was tailor-made for a fast start in the singlespeed race. A number of the heavy hitters got to the front and kept the pace high in an effort to separate out the field. After one lap, Max Judelson and Wells were off the front, while a number of other riders gave chase.

The 150+ rider singlespeed field heads out onto the course. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

The 150+ rider singlespeed field heads out onto the course. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

During the first half of the second lap, Wells got a gap on Judelson. During the second half of the second lap, Stephan Davoust, who finished second in Wednesday’s Collegiate Varsity race, moved up to join Judelson. The stage was set; Wells leading and Davoust and Judelson trying to chase him down.

Wells said the chase was tough because the riders had different strengths. “There definitely were some spots where those guys were closing it down, and there were places where I could extend the lead. Luckily the place where I was extending the lead was right before the finish. I seemed to be getting a little bit of time on the off-camber section.”

Max Judelson was one of the strong riders in the field. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Max Judelson was one of the strong riders in the field. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

From there, the gap between Wells and his chasers stayed between five and ten seconds. Using his 42t front, 18t rear gear combination, Wells was able to ride the steep hill, while Judelson and Davoust were forced to dismount at least once. Still, with one to go, Wells’ advantage was only a few seconds.

“Coming through there with one to go, I got a time check of three seconds, so I was panicked there for a minute,” Wells said about the close race.

Jake Wells needed an extra kick in the last lap to get his win. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Jake Wells needed an extra kick in the last lap to get his win. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Wells was able to find an extra kick in the last lap and hold off Davoust and Judelson to take his second title of the week.

After Davoust caught up with Judelson, he picked up time and eventually moved into a solo second. He would finish the race there for his second second of the week.

Photos, interviews and results are below.

A rider rips through the sand. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

A rider rips through the sand. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Send it. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Send it. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Kevin Bradord finishes up. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Kevin Bradord finishes up. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Chad Cheeney hopped up the stairs. Men's Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Chad Cheeney hopped up the stairs. Men’s Singlespeed. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Men's Singlespeed Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals

PlBibLASTFirstTeamCity STGap
1690WELLSJakeBicycle Racing Association of CAvon CO
2678DAVOUSTStephanDurango CO10
3670JUDELSONMaxBerkeley CA21
4747MELOTTBrandonBike Lab Racing TeamWarr Acres OK1:05
5635CHAPINScottSanta Cruz Factory RacingSanta Cruz CA1:07
6730DAYKevinTeam Endurance 360Farmington UT1:19
7642THOMASJustinReno WheelmenReno NV1:54
8717GRITTERSBrandonSouthern California Nevada CyclDana Point CA1:57
9735FOSSELLEricCOS RacingColorado Springs CO2:13
10634POWLISONSpencerTeam Small BatchBoulder CO2:27
11618ROBINSONJustinSanta Cruz Factory RacingBonny Doon CA2:46
12683MYERSONAdamCycle-SmartDorchester MA3:00
13716BILLINGSBrettGroove Subaru Excel SportsColorado Springs CO3:32
14626RINNRyanSan Francisco CA3:37
15686MYRAHDonaldNorthern California/Nevada CyclSan Jose CA@1Lap
16734PREBLEKolbyDurango CO@1Lap
17710MORGANJustinTop ClubPortola Valley CA@1Lap
18636WHITNEYJoshSalt Lake City UT@1Lap
19653STUCKIDylanDurango CO@1Lap
20609BOURCIERPaulEugene OR@1Lap
21754BRADFORDAaronAuburn WA@1Lap
22704DIREENJoshGroove Subaru Excel SportsDenver CO@1Lap
23615MCNICHOLASDylanPOLARTECStratham NH@1Lap
24675SPENCERKazzleOakland CA@1Lap
25661HARTMANJasonGroove Subaru Excel SportsCentennial CO@1Lap
26646AUGUSTAndrewPark Ave Bike ShopPittsford NY@1Lap
27637LEHMANBrendanSanta Cruz CA@1Lap
28724VICKERYSamDurango CO@1Lap
29739OLSENDanielSeattle WA@1Lap
30633WALKERJasonEast Wenatchee WA@1Lap
31658NELSONBradCoupeville WA@1Lap
32625DICKENSONOmarSonic Boom Racing TeamGolden CO@1Lap
33647MILLSFredPoint S racingPortland OR@1Lap
34679WOODJimHiFi Sound Cycling ComponetsHood River OR@1Lap
35703SEIBDonaldBMB RacingBryant Pond ME@1Lap
36729WEISSTimberReno NV@1Lap
37643BOYCEWesleyCycle City RacingPapillion NE@1Lap
38623MCKENZIEKellKing KogOakland CA@1Lap
39614BENDERZachCycle-SmartWaldwick NJ@1Lap
40752STOWEIanSanta Cruz CA@1Lap
41746WORKAlexSanta Cruz CA@1Lap
42656HUIZENGAJacobChicago Cuttin CrewChicago IL@1Lap
43651SHEEKDavidSouthern California Nevada CyclLaguna Hills CA@1Lap
44713TURNERDavidMurrieta CA@1Lap
45742STRAINLucasPortland OR@1Lap
46641ELLISChrisBellingham WA@1Lap
47681BOSCHAdrianMedford OR@1Lap
48606CARAMADRERichardKUHL Cycling TeamSalt Lake City UT@1Lap
49664BIBKORyanMorgan Hill CA@1Lap
50726TORRESDouglasHigh Desert Bicycles TeamAlbuquerque NM@1Lap
51627MACHADOMichaelSalinas CA@1Lap
52707SCOTTMatthewBoise ID@1Lap
53655SAVIERSMichaelTeam Oregon p/b Laurelwood BrVancouver WA@1Lap
54631BURNETTIanFort Lewis CollegeDurango CO@1Lap
55711MOODYMichaelJacksonville OR@1Lap
56741GRAVERDougSnohomish WA@1Lap
57671CORTOPASSIDanielTeam City SacramentoRio Linda CA@1Lap
58736DODGEBenSunPower RacingSan Jose CA@1Lap
59624GARTHGregLos Angeles CA@1Lap
60727CHEENEYChadDurango DevoDurango CO@1Lap
61608BARCHECKAaronBoulder CO@1Lap
62677YOUNGBradNo. 22 CX TEAMPorter Corners NY@1Lap
63697CLAASSENClintonNorthern California/Nevada CyclEl Dorado Hills CA@1Lap
64621BROWNMichaelBend OR@1Lap
65725SELLStaceyFamily Cycling CenterPrunedale CA@1Lap
66676FOLLMUTHGarrettRebel West CXSanta Monica CA@1Lap
67694RAPINZPaulBoulder CO@1Lap
68732HOWLANDMarkFamily Cycling CenterSanta Cruz CA@1Lap
69695LEIZINGERMattAll-City X Fulton RacingRichfield MN@1Lap
70666SEYMOURChristopherNorthern California/Nevada CyclFelton CA@1Lap
71680HOLICKYGrantEVOL DevoElite RacingBoulder CO@1Lap
72743YOUNGMANWilliamRevs Road Race p/b Kinetic CyclRocklin CA@1Lap
73702BRYERRegisBrevard NC@1Lap
74603BROWNArielBoulder CO@1Lap
75684GENTESJimNorthern California/Nevada CyclSoquel CA@1Lap
76718IRREBARIACliffHollister CA@1Lap
77738MORITZThomasTeam Tom's Bicycles p/b TopecaTulsa OK@1Lap
78604GIZINSKIConnorCycle USeattle WA@1Lap
79605FOXMatthewBend Endurance AcademyBend OR@1Lap
80628ZLATNIKPeteFolsom BikeSacramento CA@1Lap
81750BASSZachSan Francisco CA@1Lap
82667LOPEZPeterDenver CO@1Lap
83630GRILLNathanLas Vegas NV@1Lap
84705TAYLORKyleSanta Cruz CA@1Lap
85756YEEAndrewMountain View CA@1Lap
86757BAILEYDavidLyons CO@1Lap
87620HAMMONDKentPAA CyclingLos Angeles CA@1Lap
88657HINTZJustinSacramento CA@1Lap
89629CHAPPELLCarterPasadena CA@1Lap
90654LANHAMKennethTeam Small BatchDenver CO@1Lap
91611HENRYMarkIncline Village NV@1Lap
92622LIEURANCEThomFeedback Sports RacingArvada CO@2Laps
93632NISHIMURADouglasEllisville MO@2Laps
94719PODCZERVINSKIAlanFeedback Sports RacingBroomfield CO@2Laps
95601ANSELMOClayTrout Creek MT@2Laps
96682MILLERJacobCycle USeattle WA@2Laps
97706CLAYJonathanDavis CA@2Laps
98709BURNHAMBrodyDMOS Racing TeamAltoona IA@2Laps
99638WENKERRyanFolsom CA@2Laps
100733DEBOOMToddLyons CO@2Laps
101700STEWARTMarcReno NV@2Laps
102674SCHMIDTMANNMaxRage Cycling TeamNederland CO@2Laps
103755ECKERTRikReno WheelmenReno NV@2Laps
104723STERNBERGVictorTeam Las Vegas CycleryBoulder City NV@2Laps
105616ADAMSEvanSan Francisco CA@3Laps
106669BALAMCarlosOakland CA@3Laps
107640FERRARIOBrianSan Jose CA@3Laps
108712SPORTSMANScottTeam Roaring MouseOakland CA@3Laps
109758ANDERSONJeffSan Ramon CA@3Laps
110701LEEDanielVelo Fratello Cycling TeamPetaluma CA@3Laps
111698WATSONKeithLouisville CO@3Laps
112660MALINSeanRage Cycling TeamBoulder CO@4Laps
113745SHOEMAKERFrankLeadoutracing.com CAOrangevale CA@4Laps
114648HEYERLeighTeam Velosport / Rock n Road CyRancho Santa Margarita@4Laps
115753DUNCANMarkTEAM LAS VEGAS CYCLERYLas Vegas NV@4Laps
116699LOGANBenjaminBishop CA@4Laps
117639CHRISTOPHERDrewDenver CO@4Laps
118610YATESRobMatrix/RBMRowlett TX@4Laps
119687LEWISCharlesTeam BikeneticSan Francisco CA@4Laps
120617NELSONEricJAKROOOakland CA@4Laps
121612GIZINSKIGregSeattle WA@4Laps
122731ORTENBLADRickSanta Cruz CA@4Laps
123613TIETZWilliamHelena MT@5Laps
124715ROWTONLucasDurango CO@5Laps
125737WILLMORER LeeCelo PacificSeal Beach CA@5Laps
DNF714HARPERDanSaugerties NY
DNF728DELINKSChandlerCannondale CyclocrossworldIpswich MA
DNF689INGRAMCallumReno NV
DNF691WILLIAMSStevenRecycled Cycles RacingSeattle WA
DNF665SEITZWilliamMission Devo Cycling/NGCA p/b TBirmingham AL
DNF668HLUDZINSKIBrianBoulder Cycle SportBoulder CO
DNF688LIVINGSTONScottHorst Engineering Cycling TeamBolton CT
DNF662SHANKSDaimeonBoulder CO
DNF720SOVEREIGNDanSacramento CA
DQ659REIFBrandonSan Francisco CA

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