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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.

Haydn Hludzinski leads riders early in the race. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Haydn Hludzinski leads riders early in the race. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

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.”

Haydn Hludzinski and Vida Lopez De San Roman battled back and forth during the race. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Haydn Hludzinski and Vida Lopez De San Roman battled back and forth during the race. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

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.

Lucy Voss finished on the podium in Reno. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Lucy Voss finished on the podium in Reno. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Lopez De San Roman finished a close second in her first Cyclocross Nationals and Lucy Voss (Avout Racing) finished third.

Jorja Bond had a top five ride on Saturday. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Jorja Bond had a top five ride on Saturday. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Interviews, photos and results are below.

Post-race congrats were in order. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Post-race congrats were in order. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Charli Grosenheider leads a group of riders. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

Charli Grosenheider leads a group of riders. Junior Women, 13-14. 2018 Cyclocross National Championships. © D. Mable/ Cyclocross Magazine

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

PlaceBibLASTFirstTeamCity STTimeGap
114HLUDZINSKIHaydnBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder CO14:35
25LOPEZ DE SAN ROMAVidaCX NationSebastopol CA14:5520
39VOSSLucyAvout RacingLakewood CO15:0429
410SARKISOVAlyssaRock Creek VeloNorth Potomac MD16:101:35
56BONDJorjaRage Cycling TeamLouisville CO16:141:39
61GROSENHEIDERCharliLe Mars IA16:392:04
78POWERSRavenGS Forza CyclingEnglewood CO16:562:21
813ASPHOLMFinleyFinkraft Cyling TeamHaworth NJ17:272:52
912TUPAZShantellePleasanton CA17:302:55
1015FERGUSONJennieLe Mars IA18:103:35
113CORTOPASSIKennedyRio Linda CA18:223:47
124CHENEireTeam Velosport Junior & U23 DevDel Mar CA18:343:59
137MCKEEKaydenGrixsen Brewing p/b West End BiVancouver WA18:374:02
142O'BRIENKieu-ViSunnyvale CA20:335:58
1511BRESSLERStellaBellingham WA22:067:31

For more from Reno, see our continuing coverage of the 2018 Reno Cyclocross Nationals on our dedicated Nationals page.

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