Twenty-three national titles awarded on day 2 of MTB Nationals


The ageless Fred Schmid (Bear Mountain Wolfpack), from Waco, Texas, captured yet another USA Cycling National Championship, today’s being the 80-84 Master Men’s class
The ageless Fred Schmid (Bear Mountain Wolfpack), from Waco, Texas, captured yet another USA Cycling National Championship, today’s being the 80-84 Master Men’s class
Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (July 14, 2016) – The 2016 Volkswagen USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships continued on Mammoth Mountain Thursday with 23 national championship cross country races, as well as dual slalom qualifying and the category 2/3 downhill contests.


The first wave of cross-country racing featured category 1/2 women contesting three laps of the 5.44 mile amateur course.
Julie Young (Auburn, Calif./Bike Like A Girl) was the first national champion to cross the finish line on Thursday in the women’s single speed category. Finishing three laps of the 5.44 mile amateur course in a time of 1:29:54, Young smoked the competition with her nearest threat, Kelly Lajuan (Phoenix, Ariz./Exhale Bikes), coming into the start/finish 25 minutes later for the silver medal. Rebecca Bubp (Charlotte, NC/J.A. King Racing) collected the bronze medal.

Amy Chandos (Flagstaff, Ariz./Northern Arizona University) was the next woman to ride her way into a Stars-and-Stripes jersey when she put forth a dominating effort in the 25-29 age group to finish the three laps in 1:27:28.

“It was a pretty quick start,” Chandos explained afterwards. “We came out of the gate, hit the first climb and that made a little bit of selection. Then going up onto the second turn, it was really loose and had a lot of cinders on it. That definitely solidified a little bit of the selection. I was able to just push through that and keep going. “

Chandos took the gold medal ahead of silver and bronze medalists Liza Hartlaub (Berkeley, Calif.) and Katie Araujo (San Marcos, Calif./Velo Hangar).
Heidi Volpe
Heidi Volpe
Five more national champions were crowned as well in the first wave, including Megan Bradley (Lake Arrowhead, Calif./University of California) in the 19-24 group, Jessica Mazaitis (Reno, Nev) in the 30-34 group, Lauren Mulwitz (Marina del Rey, Calif./Sisterhood of Cycling) in the 35-39 category, Genevieve Evans (Carnelian Bay, Calif./Northstar California) in the 40-44 age group, and Heidi Volpe (Topanga, Calif.) in the 45-49 category.

It was hot and dry when the second cross-country wave went off at noon. Nine national titles were won, including the one earned by Fred Schmid (Waco, Texas/Bear Mountain Wolfpack). Clearly the crowd favorite in this wave, Schmid lined up with the men 70+ but was racing for the title in the 80+ category.

“I thought it was difficult. The altitude made it hard,” the national champ said about the the central California course.  Places I thought I should be able to do bigger gears, I just had to get back in the baby ring and kind of creep up. But I didn’t crash and that was good.”

In addition to Schmid, new national champions included Laura Trace (Portland, Ore./Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood) in the women’s 50-55, Kelly Crawford (Ogden, Utah/Bountiful Bicycle Racing) in the women’s 55-59, Lesley Jensen (Benicia, Calif./Revolution Racing Team LLC) in the women’s 60-64, Cindi Toepel (Littleton, Colo.) in the women’s 65-69, Zan Treasure (Ogden, Utah/Bountiful Bicycle Racing) in the men’s 55-59, Frank Winters (Susanville, Nev./Reno Wheelmen) in the men’s 60-64, Allan Marvin (Denver, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Co.-Visit Subaru) in the men’s 65-69, and James Wagner (Auburn, Wash./Bike Masters) in the men’s 70-74.
All of the national champions from day 2.
All of the national champions from day 2.
The third wave of cross country races went off at 3:00 and Carl Decker (Bend, Ore.) rode his way into a Star-and-Stripes jersey when he won the men’s single speed competition. Also completing four laps of the course for a national title was Evander Hughes (Temecula, Calif.) in the men’s 19-24 race. Brian Scarbrough (Lakeside, Calif./Stonehaus/Factory Trek) won the men’s 25-29 race while Christopher Stuart (Park City, Utah) took the gold medal in the 30-34 group. Cody Peterson (Bend, Ore.) was the fastest among the men 35-39 and Justin Thomas (Reno, Nev./Reno Wheelmen) was the fastest of the 40-44 competitors. In the 45-49 contest, Mike Donahue (Los Gatos, Calif.) won while John Sawasky (Flagstaff, Ariz.) collected the national title in the 45-49 group and Victor Sheldon (Vista, Calif.) was named national champion in the 50-54 category.


Ten categories also raced in the non-championship category 2/3 downhill contests on Thursday with the men’s 15-18 group being the most competitive. Dillon Flinders posted an impressive 5:04.392 over the 1.84 mile course. His nearest threat, Keanu Smith finished less than a second behind him for the silver medal while Andrew Doud collected the bronze. Nine other categories raced the cat 2/3 downhill and you can find those results here.


Mountain Bike Nationals continues on Friday with the junior, U23, and pro cross country, dual slalom finals in several categories including pro, and downhill seeding.

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On Saturday, there will be a LIVE STREAM of the pro men’s and women’s short track races. The coverage will air on USA Cycling’s YouTube page. More info on the live stream is available here.

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