When you have a big gap off the front at the National Championships, it probably does not take much motivation to keep pedaling hard, but when Jon Miller of California found himself in that position in the Men’s Masters 65-69 race on Wednesday, he did have someone whispering in his ear.
“The coach; he had a big stick,” Miller said about his motivation for the afternoon. “He was riding around the course and yelling at me. He saw me about ten different places.”
Miller started the race fast and quickly established a large gap back to the other riders. Behind him, Doug Long, Tom Webb, Don Bauder and Eric Perryman jockeyed for position as the primary chaser.
The biggest challenge to Miller’s supremacy on the morning was a crash on the technical off-camber during the third lap.
“I fell down once at the bottom of the downhill,” he said. “I was like, oh crap, the brake bent in and stuff, but it was okay because I had a gap. Everybody told me, ‘Calm down, you gotta get it together.’ You never know, you have to just keep pushing.”
When Miller went down, Webb almost eliminated the gap, but Miller recovered and opened up his lead again. With one to go his advantage was 30 seconds.
The last lap was smooth sailing for Miller. Minus that one crash, he had played it perfectly to win the Stars-and-Stripes. And sometimes a little extra motivation helps, even at the highest level of the sport.
Behind Miller, Webb and Bauder fought for position. Bauder almost caught Webb in the last lap, but the Reno native Webb was able to hold onto his second position. Bauder rounded out the podium in third.
Interviews and results are below.
Men Masters 55-59 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals
|1||812||CERVANTES||Emilio||Lake Forest CA||41:50|
|2||781||CASSAN||Todd||Rally Sport Cycling Team||Boulder CO||41:54||4|
|3||809||SHOGREN||Gunnar||PATHFINDER of WV Race Team||Morgantown WV||42:13||23|
|4||803||SEIB||Donald||BMB Racing||Bryant Pond ME||42:49||59|
|5||787||UNDEM||Craig||Cycle U||Seattle WA||43:03||1:13|
|7||800||FENTON||Greg||UC Cyclery/JW Floors||Ramona CA||43:42||1:52|
|8||825||TROJAN||Jay||Arc En Ciel Racing Team||Lincoln RI||43:46||1:56|
|10||796||WARREN||Mike||Velo Fratello Cycling Team||Sebastopol CA||44:23||2:33|
|11||830||MARSHALL||Tim||STONEHAUS/FACTORY TREK||Newbury Park CA||44:27||2:37|
|13||786||SMITH||Frank||Feedback Sports Racing||Nederland CO||44:45||2:55|
|14||794||LASTAYO||Paul||KUHL Cycling Team||Salt Lake City UT||44:46||2:56|
|15||788||HAMPTON||Patrick||Schnur Racing||Richmond VA||45:06||3:16|
|16||835||URBINA||Michael||Morgan Hill CA||45:42||3:52|
|18||824||RICHARDS||Doug||Blue Sky Velo||Longmont CO||46:14||4:24|
|19||802||MEIGHAN||Robert||San Jose CA||46:23||4:33|
|20||790||DAHLSTROM||Robert||Boulder Cycle Sport||Boulder CO||46:33||4:43|
|21||815||KLOTZ||Dean||Leadout Racing||Cameron Park CA||46:33||s.t.|
|22||805||MASTORAS||Mark||San Bruno CA||46:43||4:53|
|23||813||ATKINSON||Jim||Los Gatos CA||46:59||5:09|
|24||810||GERCKE||Emil||Feedback Sports Racing||Casper WY||47:07||5:17|
|25||799||HENRY||Mark||Incline Village NV||47:17||5:27|
|25||816||GUNSALUS||Mark||Corner Cycle Cycling Club||Dudley MA||47:52||6:02|
|25||776||PAPPE||James||Cannondale Capo p/b GQ-6 Mast||Bakersfield CA||48:20||6:30|
|25||789||SCARBOROUGH||Mike||Reno Wheelmen||Reno NV||38:57||@1Lap|
|25||782||TINLINE||Ross||Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles||San Carlos CA||39:16||@1Lap|
|25||807||SCHAUB||Michael||Feedback Sports Racing||Golden CO||39:32||@1Lap|
|25||797||FLICK||Jeffrey||KUHL Cycling Team||Salt Lake City UT||39:39||@1Lap|
|25||817||CARPENTER||Thomas||Team Oakland Cycling||Oakland CA||39:39||@1Lap|
|25||798||DE ANDA||Raul||West Sacramento CA||39:45||@1Lap|
|25||792||KOENIG||Mark||Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles||San Jose CA||40:27||@1Lap|
|41||818||SALVAIL||Pen Velo Racing/Summit Bicycles||Mountain View CA||40:32||@1Lap|
|42||778||HILLIGOSS||Angry Catfish||Eden Prairie MN||41:01||@1Lap|
|43||791||KANEKO||El Sobrante CA||41:19||@1Lap|
|44||831||VRIELING||Funsport Bikes Cycling Team||Modesto CA||43:02||@1Lap|
|45||785||DOMMEN||San Anselmo CA||43:12||@1Lap|
|46||833||SEIVERT||ol'Republic/SERT||Grass Valley CA||43:23||@1Lap|
|47||801||PARENTI||Orange Pedal Cycling||Reno NV||44:11||@1Lap|
|48||832||RIDGWAY||Colavita Racing Inc.||Santa Rosa CA||44:16||@1Lap|
|49||838||AFFONSO||Team Oakland Cycling||Emeryville CA||44:49||@1Lap|
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