Junior 9-10 Race getting off in rainy weather. © Cyclocross Magazine

Junior 9-10 Race getting off in rainy weather. © Cyclocross Magazine

Austin, TX- The Boulder Junior Cycling Team knows how to deal with horrible conditions, and proved it today as the sky opened up and covered the course in a greasy layer of mud. The 9-10 year olds, Junior Men and Women, both lined up at the start, preparing themselves for the hardest course conditions of the week.

Wesley Haggstrom (Evolution Jr. Devo), riding on riser bars, blasted off the starting grid, taking the holeshot and leaving riders behind. A half-minute later, Kaya Musgrave (Zen Planner Cycling Team) lead the holeshot by inches as she surged on the pavement.

A half-lap later, in the off-camber sections that challenged masters racers earlier in the week, kids were slipping and sliding around, with most riders electing to run, but a courageous few dedicated to the bike.

Even boys 9 or 10 years old can look pro on dismounts. © Cyclocross Magazine

Even boys 9 or 10 years old can look pro on dismounts. © Cyclocross Magazine

It was in this stretch where Carden King (Boulder Junior Cycling Team) stayed on his bike and impressively powered up the punchy climbs to take the lead. He would continue on for the next half of the lap, creating space between him and his teammates to take a great win. (See Carden King’s winning mystery bike he built up with some “service hours” chore-earned funds.)

Carden King, winner of the Junior Men's 9-10 race. © Cyclocross Magazine

Carden King, winner of the Junior Men’s 9-10 race. © Cyclocross Magazine

In the women’s race, last year’s winner Alison McKeithan (Evolution Jr. Devo) and Haydn Hludzinski (Boulder Junior Cycling Team) worked their way to the front, and even picked off many of the boys on the two laps of the race. Hludzinski, choosing a different route than her male teammate King, decided to run the muddiest sections of the course, and was able to run away with the race for a win.

CXM's Andrew Reimann Junior 9-10 women's winner, Hludzinski. © Cyclocross Magazine

CXM’s Andrew Reimann Junior 9-10 women’s winner, Hludzinski. © Cyclocross Magazine

When asked about her favorite part of the course, she answered: “The uphill muddy sections.” She had some advice for climbing the hills, too: “Stay in your seat, stay back, and keep pedaling.”

Francesca Swinand The Pony Shop negotiating the Texas limestone. © Brian Nelson

Francesca Swinand The Pony Shop negotiating the Texas limestone. © Brian Nelson

Not every racer had an easy time on the course, and the first limestone stairs proved particularly challenging:

See a full slideshow here of these two young racers, Gretchen Wayman and Mckenna Wilkins, as they doggedly tackle the tough course.

See all of Cyclocross Magazine’s 2015 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships videos (raw and edited) here.

2015 Junior Men 9-10 Cyclocross National Champion Carden King Interview:

Junior 9-10 Men and Women – 2015 Cyclocross National Championships Photo Gallery:

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2015 National Championships, Junior Men 9-10

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamLicenseCity STTimeGap
139KINGCardenBoulder Junior Cycling418483Boulder CO20:35
244RAPINZHenryBoulder Junior Cycling448772Boulder CO21:2954
351THOMPSONDavidCT Cycling Advancement Program416861New Canaan CT22:081:33
440KNIGHTClaytonCycle Youth404099Ocala FL23:483:13
536HAGGSTROMWesleyEvolution Jr. Devo Team365567Clemmons NC24:063:31
645SIEGELSTONENoahBoulder Junior Cycling414217Boulder CO24:083:33
749SPRANGERJoeRad Racing NW391758Seattle WA25:284:53
852WHITEMagnusBoulder Junior Cycling448579Boulder CO25:284:53
946SMITHZacharyPDX DEVO Junior Cycling Team458219Portland OR26:476:12
1031CUSACKNathanRock Creek Velo442919Chevy Chase MD26:516:16
1127BAILEYChaseBoulder Junior Cycling422959Lyons CO29:328:57
1253WILKYGrantROL Wheels424027Round Rock TX30:4110:06
1334DRUMMONDRyanOklahoma City Velo Club448616Oklahoma City OK31:1310:38
1447SMITHFinnKCOI U20454150Overland Park KS31:3911:04
1548SPENDEWilliamTread Head Cycling454684Walworth WI32:4312:08
1643PAYNEGabrielCyclocross Project 2015422404Austin TX33:0212:27
1742MOROZOWICHEvanDurango Wheel Club455340Durango CO34:4614:11
1826ANDERSONAndrew CBicycle Sport Shop Club423393Austin TX36:0015:25
1929BOULTONUlyssesCyclocross Project 2015456552Austin TX37:0816:33
2038ICEGrahamRed Zone Cycling457129Louisville KY38:2517:50
2150STEWARDNehemiahOklahoma City Velo Club455499Edmond OK@1Lap
2232DEATHNoah433713Houston TX@1Lap
2330CHASELogan425557College Station TX@1Lap
2433DOWELukeCyclocross Project 2015387188Austin TX@1Lap
2554GOLDREYERElijahBoneshaker Project395175Lakeway TX@1Lap
DNS28BENZHenryCyclocross Project 2015386114Austin TX
DNS35DRUMMONDWillDe Pijp Racing367341Springdale AR

2015 National Championships, Junior Women 9-10

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamLicenseCity STTimeGap
13HLUDZINSKIHaydnBoulder Junior Cycling415301Boulder CO25:58
24MCKEITHANAlisonEvolution Jr. Devo Team393598Raleigh NC26:3941
35MUSGRAVEKayaZen Planner Cycling Team391117Littleton CO28:062:08
48SWINANDFrancescaThe Pony Shop392300Evanston IL35:389:40
51COZZAGabriellaUPMC/ Pro Bikes438021Presto PA@1Lap
62COZZASiennaUPMC/ Pro Bikes458271Presto PA@1Lap
77ROBINSONSkylarGet Out! New Mexico413801Albuquerque NM@1Lap
86RIEFEMalenaThe Pony Shop428455Glencoe IL@1Lap
910WAYMANGretchen459131Austin TX@1Lap
1011WILKINSMckennaBicycle World of Houston458950Katy TX@1Lap
DNS9TATEKariBicycle Sport Shop Cyclocross T392170Midland TX