By Ricoh Riott
ASHEVILLE, N.C.—Today Tea Wright (Boulder Junior Cycling) became a National Champion for the second time, adding to her win in her hometown Boulder in 2012. In a close race, Lizzy Gunsalus (Bay Hill Capital p/b Corner Cycles) and Lauren Zoerner (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru) joined her on the podium.
Hammering off the start line, Aubrey Drummond (OKCVC Bike Lab) led riders along the starting straight and into the first corner. Wright took over quickly and pulled the pack through the Bike Barn and up Ingles Heckle Hill, with Bridget Tooley (Matrix Cycling Club) hot on her wheel. She consolidated her lead with a gap of 5-10 seconds through the finish line as she lead the race into the second and final lap.
With half a lap to go, the battle for the lower steps raged with Lizzy Gunsalus finally passing Lauren Zoerner on the off-camber leading into the Bike Barn, securing her second place finish. Wright increased her lead over the pair to 40 seconds, rolling over the line in 19:30 to win the race. Juliann Vanderhaegen (Rad Racing NW) and Ryley Mosher (Wheelworks Racing JR) followed Zoerner under the American flag to complete the podium.
In our post-race interview, Wright revealed she has some well-known help in her training. “Pete Webber, he’s my coach and he really helps me out.” She said.
See the photo gallery below the results.
2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships Junior Women 13-14 Full Results
|1||Tea WRIGHT||Boulder Junior Cycling||19:30.|
|2||Lizzy GUNSALUS||Bay Hill Capital p/b Corner Cy||20:10.|
|3||Lauren ZOERNER||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||20:22.|
|4||Juliann VANDERHAEGEN||Rad Racing NW||20:31.|
|5||Ryley MOSHER||Wheelworks Racing JR||20:37.|
|7||Bridget TOOLEY||Matrix Cycling Club||20:58.|
|8||Faith MONTREUIL||Red Zone Cycling||21:04.|
|9||Aubrey DRUMMOND||OKCVC Bike Lab||21:13.|
|10||Ava SYKES||TWENTY16 Pro Cycling||21:40.|
|11||Zoe TA-PEREZ||The TEAM SoCalCross||21:56.|
|12||Emma OSBORNE||Team Extreme||21:59.|
|13||Meredith SIERPINA||Red Zone Cycling||21:59.|
|14||Kate SEILER||Red Zone Cycling||22:02.|
|15||Madeline MORONEY||Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV||22:29.|
|16||Skylar BOVINE||Revolting Cogs||22:42.|
|18||Cassie BOPF||Rock Creek Velo||23:14.|
|19||Emma HUMPHREYS||Rock Creek Velo||23:18.|
|20||Brianna URBAN||ABD Cycling Team||23:39.|
|24||Michaela SCHULZE||Lionhearts Junior Racing||24:17.|
|25||Elizabeth CAYENNEMCCALL||Rock Creek Velo||24:45.|
|26||Samantha WILLIAMS||Rock Creek Velo||25:10.|
|27||Hope MAHER||Team Edge||25:21.|
|28||Olivia RADEMACHER||Lionhearts Junior Racing||25:32.|
|29||Sophia WATTS||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||25:55.|
|30||Eleanor DYAS||Midwest Devo||26:54.|
|31||Carolina NAVARRO||KCOI U20||28:18.|
|33||Hannah FRANK||Rock Creek Velo||29:01.|
|34||Anna POWELL||Altius Cycling Team||30:26.|
|35||Avery MOORHEAD||Alpha Bicycle Co.- Vista Subaru||17:54.|
|37||Meriele GREEN||Lionhearts Junior Racing||21:04.|