Austin, TX- The whole of the United States was well represented at the 11-12 Junior Women Race. Riders from big local Texas teams, including Mellow Johnny’s Cyclocross Team, and Team Super Awesome attempted to get their presence felt. Riders hailed from Oklahoma, North Carolina, the Northwest, Colorado, three states of the Midwest, and the East Coast. It was truly a coast-to-coast battle at a young age.
Sofia Gibiete of Littleton, CO took the holeshot in the 11-12 race, making her mark on the pavement in the two lap race, but it was Lizzy Gunsalus of Dudley, MA who controlled the race once it hit the mud.
The off-camber hills and run-ups proved little challenge to Gunsalus, who found lines to ride everywhere while the field behind her struggled to stay on their feet while they ran. When asked how she was able to handle the rough conditions, she answered: “It helps when you live in New England!”
“Cyclocross is a lot different than mountain biking or other biking,” she said when asked to describe the sport, “A lot of getting off your bike.” She certainly didn’t have to get off her bike much today, though. And that bike? It was a borrowed bike. Gunsalus’ father promised her a new ride if she won the title.
Second place finisher Lauren Zoerner (Alpha Bicycle Co. Vista Subaru) was gracious in her second place. “I really wanted to get first, but I got second, which was till better than I’ve ever done before.”
Junior Women 11-12 – 2015 Cyclocross National Championships Photo Gallery:
2015 National Championships, Junior Women 11-12
|2||91||ZOERNER||Lauren||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||362527||Highlands Ranch CO||22:43||1:13|
|4||84||METTLER||Jennifer||NorthStar Development||388904||Chanhassen MN||24:07||2:37|
|6||76||BENNETT||Keren||Evolution Jr. Devo Team||413796||Lenoir NC||26:21||4:51|
|7||88||ROSSER||Annalise||Rad Racing NW||392573||Olympia WA||26:32||5:02|
|8||89||SCHAFER||Katherine||Verdigris-Village CX Team||378878||Barrington IL||27:29||5:59|
|9||82||LONG||Reagan||Cincinnati Cyclocross||449190||Cincinnati OH||28:17||6:47|
|10||87||RADEMACHER||Olivia||Lionhearts Junior Racing||367604||Loveland OH||28:21||6:51|
|11||85||PETERSON||Erika||NorthStar Development||418958||Minneapolis MN||31:52||10:22|
|12||93||TUPPER||Vallen||400842||San Antonio TX||@1Lap|
|13||78||CLINE||Kaya||Boulder Junior Cycling||388725||Boulder CO||@1Lap|
|14||86||PIZZO||Piper||Bicycle Sport Shop Cyclocross T||386320||Austin TX||@1Lap|
|17||81||HOUSTON||Miriam||Team Super Awesome||416577||Austin TX||@1Lap|
|DNS||77||BLACK||Ellie||Mellow Johnny's Cycling Team||237331||Austin TX|