by Ricoh Riott
ASHEVILLE, North Carolina—In her third year racing Nationals, Kaya Musgrave (Avout Racing) won her first National Champions jersey today in Asheville. North Carolina’s Keren Bennett (Evolution Jr. Devo Team) and Boulder, Colorado’s Reagan Long joined her on the podium.
In a fast start, Bennett took the holeshot and lead the pack off the seal and into the first section of the course. Wasting no time, Musgrave attacked and gained the lead on the climb over Ingles Heckle Hill.
She held this lead over the Kask fly-over, but Bennett wasn’t giving up easily and reclaimed the head of the race before they reached that section again, and managed to hold it as the pair headed back out towards Bonk Breaker Hill.
Neither rider had a clear advantage as they duelled up the long climb and down the technical descent. With the finish line looming, a sprint broke out and Musgrave edged ahead through the final corner, holding her lead over the line to win with only one second in it.
It was a further 30 seconds before Long joined them in the finish tent, with Lilly Ferguson (Central Junior Cycling Devo) and Autumn Bartels completing the podium.
2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Junior Women 11-12 Full Results
|1||Kaya MUSGRAVE||Avout Racing||17:59.|
|2||Keren BENNETT||Evolution Jr. Devo Team||17:59.|
|3||Reagan LONG||Boulder Junior Cycling||18:55.|
|4||Lilly FERGUSON||Central Junior Cycling Devo||19:36.|
|6||Alison MCKEITHAN||Evolution Jr. Devo Team||20:19.|
|7||Katherine SARKISOV||Rock Creek Velo||20:23.|
|8||Ella BRENNEMAN||Nuts About Granola/Hoffman DieC||20:41.|
|9||Alexa STIERWALT||Lionhearts Junior Racing||20:49.|
|10||Ava LARKIN||Endorphin Fitness Juniors||22:00.|
|11||Gabriella COZZA||UPMC/ Pro Bikes||22:15.|
|12||Mallory BRYAN||TWENTY16 Ridebiker Development||22:20.|
|13||Alyssa HOUSE||Florida DEVO||22:32.|
|14||Irene BENAVIDES PEREZ||24:17.|
|16||Olivia LAWSON||Celo Pacific||24:51.|
|17||Sadie SCHEER||xXx Racing||26:36.|
|18||Abigail SMITH||Asheville Youth Cycling Club||27:18.|
|19||Liliana NAVARRO||KCOI U20||30:39.|