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Saturday’s third race, Junior Men 11 – 12, saw Henry Rapinz of Boulder Junior Cycling jump clear before the first climb of the race, leading through the stairs, ditch and sand. Miles Mattern, of New York, powered back to challenge Rapinz, leading into the final climb up the steep hill on the east side of the course. Rapinz would not give up easily.

“I practiced my starts a lot this year,” said Rapinz. “I got maybe a two second gap (at the start) then he (Mattern) caught up with me and passed me.”

Barrier hopping was in order for Ryan Drummond. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Barrier hopping was in order for Ryan Drummond. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © A. Yee / Cyclocross Magazine

Mattern took the lead through the first half of the course on the second lap, and held it to the bottom of the climb, crowded with cheering spectators.

“There’s this little muddy section before the off camber and heading into that, Henry (Rapinz) passed me on the inside,” said Mattern, “so then we were together riding into the hill. Then Henry cut into the inside of the off-camber and I slid out of it, so he got a gap there.”

Henry Rapinz had success on the hill. Junior Men 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Henry Rapinz had success on the hill. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Rapinz went with that gap and tried to hold it to the line.

“I saw that at the first lap I got a pretty good gap after the hills,” said Rapinz. “So I just went all out on the hill and saw that I got a really big gap, so I sprinted all the way to the line.”

Rapinz took the lead on the crowded hill and would not relinquish it, crossing the line first, securing his first stars and stripes jersey. Mattern would hold on to second though a driving Calvin Conaway (Midwest Devo) was coming up from behind, finishing in third only five seconds later. Of his win, Rapinz called on both strength and skills.

Miles Mattern finished second. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Miles Mattern finished second. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

“I play soccer, so that helped a lot with the running,” said Rapinz. “I use to race downhill and did an enduro program that focuses on downhill, so I prepped off that and managed to do pretty good on that!”

Photos, interviews and results are below.

a young rider shoulders his bike. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

A young rider shoulders his bike. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

The Junior run-up was steep. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

The Junior run-up was steep. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

William Palmer was sporting the latest fashion for his race. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

William Palmer was sporting the latest fashion for his race. Junior Men 11-12. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Junior Men's 11-12 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals

PlaceBibLASTFirstTeamCity STTimeGap
183RAPINZHenryBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO15:47
285MATTERNMilesPark Ave Bike ShopRochester NY15:5912
364CONAWAYCalvinMidwest DevoZionsville IN16:0417
457DRUMMONDRyanSoundpony Triad BankTulsa OK16:2336
586FRAZIERGeorgeLouisville KY16:3548
653SABOLNathanRad Racing NWEdmonds WA16:511:04
782STRAITZaneBend Endurance AcademyBend OR17:011:14
876HAUCKGraysonT Town EliteAllentown PA17:081:21
972ENGELOtisLong Tail CreativeKutztown PA17:08s.t.
1070ELLISLiamKCOI U20Pleasanton KS17:121:25
1154CLARKAdenBoulder Junior CyclingLouisville CO17:231:36
1262DEBOOMEliBoulder Junior CyclingLyons CO17:271:40
1367BAILEYChaseBoulder Junior CyclingLyons CO17:28s.t.
1468BALIKAJettLittleton CO17:361:49
1559SMITHZacharyPortland OR17:391:52
1663MALINBodhiRage Factory racingLouisville CO18:132:26
1765BROWNKalenBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO18:152:28
1852STRINGHAMJack BarrettRad Racing NWSeattle WA18:232:36
1966SHELTONNoahMill Valley CA18:282:41
2069MORGENSONTylerCycle USeattle WA18:322:45
2177SPRANGERJoeRad Racing NWSammamish WA19:333:46
2258TUCKERGalenCX NationSebastopol CA19:463:59
2378ELPHINGSTONEJackBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO20:314:44
2480EDWARDSIanAvout RacingCentennial CO20:354:48
2571NAVARROMauryKCOI U20Shawnee Mission KS20:565:09
2681TOMKINSMacOrinda CA21:025:15
2784PETERSONTristanEndurance BoiseBoise ID21:165:29
2851PALMERWilliamMidwest DevoZionsville IN21:215:34
2974ANDERSONLukeReno NV21:395:52
3075UUSITALOAydenSan Jose CA22:326:45
3187KEEFECullenMountain View CA22:336:46
3279PALMERJackMidwest DevoZionsville IN22:366:49
3356BOTTOwenBaltimore Youth CyclingTowson MD22:386:51
3460WESCOTTCameronBend Endurance AcademyBend OR23:427:55
3561DEL PINOPeterFayetteville NY25:009:13
3655BYRNEThomasByrne Racing LLCBoonton Township NJ26:4811:01

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