In close cyclocross races, the smallest things can make a big difference. Line choices, moments of hesitation and more can provide the opportunity needed for a competitor to capitalize.
On Saturday in the Junior Women’s 11-12 race, Haydn Hludzinski (Boulder Junior Cycling) got such an opportunity. The course in Reno has long since dried out after early week rains, and the technical off-camber is becoming slick and dusty.
After one lap, Vida Lopez De San Roman got off the front with Hludzinski and the two battled wheel-to-wheel. They were still together halfway through the last lap with only the technical climb and descent to go. It was there, the race changed.
“[Vida] fell on the S-turn, and I got by her there, and then I just went for it,” said Hludzinski. After the late-race shakeup, Hludzinski successfully navigated through Jurassic Park and emerged onto the finishing straight as a National Champion.
Her late-race move finished an entire contest where Lopez De San Roman and her got to engage in high-level race strategy. “I had to think where I should pass her and then she would pass me back,” she said. “Then I’d be like, oh no, I’m going to try to sit on her for this much and then try to pass her.”
Hludzinski was helped by her bike handling skills. Saturday’s win was her third cyclocross national championship, and she has also won two mountain bike national championships. The section was tailor-made for a late-race move. “I love technical riding, it’s really fun,” she said.
Lopez De San Roman finished a close second in her first Cyclocross Nationals and Lucy Voss (Avout Racing) finished third.
Interviews, photos and results are below.
Junior Women's 11-12 Results: 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals
|1||14||HLUDZINSKI||Haydn||Boulder Junior Cycling||Boulder CO||14:35|
|2||5||LOPEZ DE SAN ROMA||Vida||CX Nation||Sebastopol CA||14:55||20|
|3||9||VOSS||Lucy||Avout Racing||Lakewood CO||15:04||29|
|4||10||SARKISOV||Alyssa||Rock Creek Velo||North Potomac MD||16:10||1:35|
|5||6||BOND||Jorja||Rage Cycling Team||Louisville CO||16:14||1:39|
|6||1||GROSENHEIDER||Charli||Le Mars IA||16:39||2:04|
|7||8||POWERS||Raven||GS Forza Cycling||Englewood CO||16:56||2:21|
|8||13||ASPHOLM||Finley||Finkraft Cyling Team||Haworth NJ||17:27||2:52|
|10||15||FERGUSON||Jennie||Le Mars IA||18:10||3:35|
|11||3||CORTOPASSI||Kennedy||Rio Linda CA||18:22||3:47|
|12||4||CHEN||Eire||Team Velosport Junior & U23 Dev||Del Mar CA||18:34||3:59|
|13||7||MCKEE||Kayden||Grixsen Brewing p/b West End Bi||Vancouver WA||18:37||4:02|
For more from Reno, see our continuing coverage of the 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals on our dedicated Nationals page.
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