Magnus Sheffield (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) went wire-to-wire to win the Junior Men’s 15-16 National Championship. Nick Carter (Northstar Devo) took second and Jared Scott (Boulder Junior Cycling) third.

Weight the downhill foot, look where you want to go, dig in and don’t freak out when you start to slide. It’s common instructions for new skiers.

Magnus Sheffield (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) arrived in Reno fresh from ski camp, and applied the same logic to master the Reno Nationals’ off-camber descent and carve up his competition late in the race.

Magnus Sheffield had a plan to lead into the sand, and executed it perfectly. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Magnus Sheffield had a plan to lead into the sand, and executed it perfectly. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

When most cyclocross racers were competing in series finales, Sheffield took a break from cyclocross late in 2017 to train with his ski team and prepare for ski racing. Would he have heavy legs from all the training or be fresh for another title run?

Sheffield won the 13-14 title in Asheville, but had a disappointing race in Hartford.

Junior Men 15-16 took different approaches to the barriers. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Junior Men 15-16 took different approaches to the barriers. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazinedd

Off the line in Reno, it was clear Sheffield’s edge was sharpened at ski camp, and wasn’t at all rusty. He hoped to lead into the sand and ditch, and executed his plan to perfection.

Behind, defending champ Carter was doing his best to interfere with Sheffield’s glide to the 2018 title. Carter chased, reeled him in after one lap, but Sheffield applied the pressure entering lap two. Suddenly, Carter was looking back, focused on keeping silver over his chasers.

Nick Carter hops back on in the chase of Sheffield. Junior Men 15-16. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Nick Carter hops back on in the chase of Sheffield. Junior Men 15-16. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

“Magnus rode a perfect race,” Carter admitted after falling one place short of defending the title he won in Hartford.

Sheffield finished 29th in the same 2017 race. “My huge upset in Hartford, that was pretty hard to surpass today, but I just had to remember all the hard days of training, bundled up in the cold.”

A rare bobble by Sheffield at the barriers didn't derail his title chances. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

A rare bobble by Sheffield at the barriers didn’t derail his title chances. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Whether it’s on the snow or on the bike, Sheffield has been putting in the work to get stronger, and today in balmy, snowless Reno, it all paid off.

Magnus Sheffield won the Junior Men's 15-16 race in Reno. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Magnus Sheffield won the Junior Men’s 15-16 race in Reno. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Photo gallery below the results.

Junior Men's 15-16 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals

PlaceBibLASTFirstTeamCity STTime
1364SHEFFIELDMagnusPittsford NY29:44
2324CARTERNickNorthStar Development CyclingMinneapolis MN30:11
3367SCOTTJaredBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO30:29
4337VAN KEMPENJulesTri-Cyclists BRCChapel Hill NC30:30
5340POGGEMEYERGeorgeAvout RacingLittleton CO30:37
6370POWERSWrenGS Forza CyclingEnglewood CO30:47
7327CAMPBELLRyanClif Bar Development Cross TeamLakewood CO30:49
8319VASQUEZJonahBear Development TeamPiermont NY31:12
9309UETRECHTRyderTop ClubBend OR31:19
10341ZAKRAJSEKDylanLake Geneva Youth Camp CyclingLake Geneva WI31:23
11361STIERWALTLucasLionhearts Junior RacingMaineville OH31:32
12336NEWMANTydemanWoodland Hills CA31:42
13332STOWERSRyanBoulder CO31:49
14350JOHNSONKyleElevate PHW / Bikeworks ABQAlbuquerque NM31:54
15311THALHAMERNateSanta Rosa CA31:55
16317STROHMEYERAndrewSportif Coaching GroupMount Airy MD32:00
17369HLUDZINSKIVinBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO32:01
18314AMALONGJohn PaulConstellation CyclingChapel Hill NC32:05
19362FEUERHELMLukeCentral Junior Cycling DevoMerrill IA32:08
20325AMOSRileyDurango DevoDurango CO32:17
21373LIPINSKIJaymzAP Junior DevelopmentKingston MA32:44
22321AUGUSTTrevorPittsford NY32:52
23345PETROVNicholasLionhearts Junior RacingMason OH32:55
24378PETERSONAustin787 RacingAustin TX32:59
25376DOUGLASBenMontclair Bikery Development TeBloomfield NJ33:01
26354ELPHINGSTONELukeBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO33:16
27366SEGURAFranklinOverland Park KS33:16
28303VILLAMIZARNicolasCT Cycling Advancement ProgramGlastonbury CT33:30
29304KRAUSEElijahBend Endurance AcademyBend OR33:31
30349OUTLAWGrahamBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO33:32
31334SMITHJacobPortland OR33:32
32339MILLIKENAugustRock Creek VeloTakoma Park MD33:33
33347NELSONAndrewTeam Beyer AutoMc Lean VA33:42
34351SHUCKRAJackFFKR ARCHITECTS RACINGSalt Lake City UT33:42
35346GARAOUYColeRad Racing NWMercer Island WA33:45
36328SIPPYIvanDurango CO33:45
37313DONNAWAYSimonDurango DevoDurango CO33:47
38344DAYSamBend Endurance AcademyBend OR33:55
39305SEVERANCESpencerBoise ID33:58
40329VAN ROOYENZekeAround the Cycle / Sariol LegalPasadena CA33:59
41360SELLBrockGTG RacingShawnee Mission KS34:08
42302PALMERMaxMidwest DevoZionsville IN34:17
43316GALLEGOIvanMBW RacingMissoula MT34:19
44375WILLIAMSJamieLionhearts Junior RacingMason OH34:28
45368OLANDERJacobBend Endurance AcademyBend OR34:33
46353GIZINSKIConnorCycle USeattle WA34:50
47358BOWENGavinBend Endurance AcademyBend OR35:01
48371WYMANCodyRolling H CyclesNampa ID35:08
49307OLSENDakotaCentral Junior Cycling DevoLe Mars IA35:09
50338HARTMANLucasMelton Design Build/Cari HigginBoulder CO35:19
51330PARKERTaytonAir Assurance Devo P/b Spoke HoTulsa OK35:21
52372BASALDUAMatthewSnoqualmie WA35:35
53331KUTZLEBIanDurango CO35:35
54355JONESJacksonMeridian ID35:40
55320TUCKERTravisCX NationSebastopol CA35:40
56342HILLIGOSSAnthonyMNJRCEden Prairie MN35:59
57377DUNHAMEthanAlpha Bicycle Co.- Groove SubarParker CO36:02
58312ATKINSONDylanLos Gatos CA36:02
59315TROUTNyallBend Endurance AcademyBend OR36:16
60326ROGERSOwenGrixsen Brewing p/b West End BiPortland OR36:17
61335LOPEZ DE SAN ROMAIanSebastopol CA36:18
62352HAGEDORNCarterPortland OR36:41
63323MILLERJacobCycle USeattle WA36:41
64322HACKETTWinstonBellevue WA37:18
65333GALEOTOGiovanniReno WheelmenReno NV37:35
66357WILLIAMSIanHelena MT37:59
67301LOMASBenEndurance BoiseBoise ID38:03
68310BENNETTAlexanderBellevue WA38:04
69363BRENTLeviCentral Junior Cycling DevoLe Mars IA39:00
70356HANSONKolTruckee CA39:02
71348POSHARDJoshuaSan Rafael CA@1Lap
72343NAVARROHunterKCOI U20Shawnee KS@1Lap
73374YOUNKERRyanSeattle WA@1Lap
74308GRAYAndrewCONTENDER BICYCLESSalt Lake City UT@1Lap
75365LEUENHAGENNicholasBoise ID@1Lap
76379MCELWAINEEuanSeattle WA@1Lap
77306YOUNGJakobDavis CA@1Lap

2018 Cyclocross National Championships Photo Gallery: Junior Men 15-16

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Magnus Sheffield had a plan to lead into the sand, and executed it perfectly. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Magnus Sheffield had a plan to lead into the sand, and executed it perfectly. Junior Men 15-16. a2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

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