Page, Compton win elite 'cross crowns
Jonathan Page rode to a third consecurtive title
Page, who pulled away from the field in the first lap, used his strong legs to master the wind and the mud this afternoon. Early in the race, Ryan Trebon (Corvallis, Ore.), teammate Barry Wicks (Corvallis, Ore.), Todd Wells (Durango, Colo.), Marc Gullickson (Boulder, Colo.), and Mark McCormack (Foxboro, Mass.) were among the elite group of chasers. Trebon became the man to make the race interesting as he broke away from the other chasers and went in pursuit of the defending champion. After a few laps of hard chasing, Trebon was able to catch the leader. “It took me a while to find my rythm,” he told announcers later. “On this course, you’re on the gas the whole time. There’s no recovery.”
With two laps to go, Page attacked and opened up another gap on the tall racer from Oregon. This time, he stayed away until he rode away with the victory. Trebon improved upon his 2003 bronze medal performance by finishing in second, while Todd Wells took bronze and Barry Wicks secured fourth. In what would be his final race before retirement, Marc Gullickson claimed the final spot on the podium.
Katie Compton bested the favorites for the victory
2004 Olympian Mary McConneloug (Chilmark, Mass.) set the early pace and broke away with Compton, Hall, and Knapp. The leader fell behind in the second lap however as Compton picked up her pace and went off the front. Hall and Knapp chased hard for the remaining laps but failed to make any significant gains on the leader.
Compton, who rode tandem with Karissa Whitsell to a bronze medal in the Paralympics, was excited with her victory saying, “This was just a good day. Good legs. Good race.” Riding solo on such a windy day makes it difficult to stay away but Compton was powerful. “I tried to keep the pressure on,” she explained. “I could hear Ann coming. I heard the people cheering for her.”
“It was a surprise,” Gina Hall commented after her silver medal finish. “It’s really good to see another really strong rider. It’s good for the sport.” Knapp claimed the bronze medal while McConneloug and yesterday’s new Master’s National Champion Sarah Kerlin secured fourth and fifth respectively.
Gina Hall and Ann Knapp chased hard, but never caught Compton
Today’s events marked the end of the 2004 U.S. National Cyclo-Cross Championships. Photos of all the action will be available here.
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