Owen wins 8th consecutive title on penultimate day of CX Nats

  
  


Verona, Wis. (January 12, 2013) – The 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships continued Saturday at Badger Prairie Park. The nation’s governing body recognized the country’s best under-23 man, juniors man 17-18, collegiate women and three masters men on the penultimate day of competition. With temperatures plummeting into the teens, the muddy course hardened as the day went along. The winter conditions did not extinguish the desire of the riders in the many tightly-contested races throughout the day.

Juniors Men 17-18
Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Team Redline) captured his eighth consecutive national championship as he rode away from the

Logan Owen won his eighth consecutive national title during Saturday's racing. (Photo by Dejan Smaic)
Logan Owen won his eighth consecutive national title during Saturday's racing. (Photo by Dejan Smaic)
50-rider juniors men 17-18 field. Aside from not getting the hole shot, the race went according to plan for Owen, who currently ranks second in the UCI’s cyclo-cross world cup rankings. Owen consistently churned through the tacky mud, completing each of his first three laps in just over 10:30. With the win nearly secured, Owen took his foot off the gas and was more careful on the last of his nearly two-mile circuits, completing the fourth lap in 11:39 to register a total time of 43:19.

Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team), whose sister Emma captured a national title on Friday, won a heated battle for second place, finishing 1:58 behind Owen. Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth) placed third, 26 seconds behind White. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Verdigris-Village CX Team) finished fourth while Anders Nystrom (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad)) placed fifth.

“I just went out there to try and get the hole shot,” Owen said. “Curtis (White) had a really good start so there was a little head wind so I just hopped right in behind him and just rode away. It went just as planned other than me not winning the hole shot. I just got around him and just rode away after that and it was very smooth after that. I enjoyed it.”

U23 Men
With temperatures dropping by the minute, the U23 men toed the line for their national championship race. Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) rode onto the podium’s top step, finishing the four-lap contest in 44:42.

After the first lap, Eckmann opened a 29-second lead on Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo./Boo-Enve). During the second lap, Trujillo yielded to a hard-charging Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Bob’s Red Mill Cyclocross), but Dillman was unable to make up time on Eckmann, whose lead grew to over one minute as they turned into their third circuit. In the end, Eckmann won by 1:49, while Dillman earned the silver medal. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) overtook Trujillo on the final lap to win the bronze medal. Trujillo placed fourth, 15 seconds behind Ortenblad and 23 seconds ahead of fifth-place Joshua Johnson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Indianapolis Cycling Club).

“I looked at the course this morning and I just fell in love with it,” said Eckmann. “The mud just made it a lot more fun and tricky, that’s what I love.”

Collegiate Women

Erica Zaveta topped the Division II women's podium after a spectacular ride. (Photo by Dejan Smaic)
Erica Zaveta topped the Division II women's podium after a spectacular ride. (Photo by Dejan Smaic)
The collegiate women also waged their battle for national cyclo-cross supremacy on Saturday. In the end, Wisconsin native Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) repeated as the Division I women’s national champion while Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Brevard College) claimed the Division II women’s title, besting the 20 riders in the Division II women’s field.

The Division II women started their race one minute after the Division I women’s race was underway. It didn’t take long for Zaveta to make up the minute difference and pass 37 of the 38 riders in the Division I field. Zaveta, who trailed only Antonneau on the course, turned her second of three laps in 14:18, 20 seconds faster than any other collegiate woman completed one circuit of the course.

Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./University of North Carolina-Greensboro) placed second to Antonneau, outdueling Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College), who placed third. Only four seconds behind Sturm was her Fort Lewis College teammate, Sofia Gomez Villafane (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College). Antonneau’s Marian teammate, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Marian University), rounds out the top five.

Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology), who also passed all but one of the Division I riders, placed second, only 1:17 behind Zaveta. Birch, who was one of the recipients of a John Stenner Memorial Scholarship awarded by the USA Cycling Development Foundation, finished 52 seconds ahead of the Division II women’s bronze medalist, Rebecca Gross (Lakewood, Colo./University of Denver). Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./Mars Hill College) and Bailey Semian (Mertztown, Pa./Kutztown University of Pennsylvania) finished in fourth and fifth places, respectively.

“It feels really good,” Zaveta said. “I won mountain bike nationals a few years ago. I’ve been kind of struggling to get back, but I think I’m back. I’m really excited. When I rode the muddy course, I knew that was kind of my deal so I was really excited. When I caught some of the Fort Lewis girls I was like I must be pretty far ahead and then I heard people say go you’re second. I knew that just Kaitie was ahead so it was a pretty good feeling.”

After today's collegiate women's races, Marian University and Brevard College lead the Division I and II team omniums, respectively. Fort Lewis College trails Marian University by 11 points while Mars Hill College sits in second place, 11 points behind Brevard College. The men's races on Sunday will determine the event's team omnium winner.

Masters Men
In the most hotly-contested race of the day, Matt Shriver (Madison, Wis.) overcame a flat tire at the start of the masters men’s 30-34 race and then overtook leader Kevin Bradford-Parish (Spokane, Wash./Cyclocrossracing.com) midway through the four-lap race to claim the national title in his hometown.

“I had a flawless last lap, no mistakes,” said Shriver. “My cables were frozen and my rims were just ice. The lines (on the course) were getting better as the race went on. It wasn’t sloppy mud, it was more like thick peanut butter. It’s nice to win in Madison.”

Russell Stevenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) powered his way to his first Stars-and-Stripes jersey by winning the masters men’s 35-39 race over a huge field of 80 riders. Justin Robinson (Bonny Doon, Calif./California Giant Berry Farm-Specialized) closed the gap on Stevenson on numerous occasions but was unable to overtake him on the big climb.

“I was killing myself,” said Stevenson of his effort to stay away from Robinson. “I was absolutely going inside out on that climb and on the pavement on the back. Minimizing mistakes was the key and I only made a couple.”

A huge field of 60 riders in the masters men’s 40-44 division led off the action on Saturday morning and it was world champion Peter Webber (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) who built up a 13-second lead on the first lap of the nearly two-mile circuit and never looked back as he cruised through the four laps in 44:13. Mark Savery (Omaha, Neb./Midwest Cycling Community NE) overtook Michael Yozell (Emmaus, Pa./Kapelmuur Independent) for second place on the second lap and crossed the line 33 seconds behind Webber. Yozell held on for the bronze medal with a time of 45:19.

“I’ve been riding in mud for 15 or 20 years,” said Webber. “When I got out on the course today I was super pumped because the conditions were ideal for me. The harder the better and when I get in deep mud like this I feel like I can beat anybody.”

The event concludes on Sunday with the elite men's and women's races beginning at 1 p.m. The morning's races will feature the collegiate men's races. The Division II race begins at 9:30 a.m. and the Division I race starts at 10:30 a.m.

Live Streaming of Elite Races
Sunday's elite races will be streamed live on USA Cycling’s YouTube channel beginning at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. CST.

For complete details on this event, including a complete schedule, results, course map and a photo gallery, please visit the event web site. If you can’t make it out for the event, follow all of the action throughout the week of racing on Twitter using the hashtag #CXNats.

2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Badger Prairie Park
Verona, Wis.

FULL RESULTS

COLLEGIATE RESULTS

PHOTO GALLERY

U23 Men
1. Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) 44:42
2. Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross) +1:49
3. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) +2:11
4. Skyler Trujillo (Fort Collins, Colo./Boo-Enve) +2:26
5. Joshua Johnson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Indianapolis Cycling Club) +2:49

Juniors Men 17-18
1. Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Team Redline) 43:19
2. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team Inc.) +1:58
3. Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth) +2:24
4. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./Verdigris-Village CX Team) +4:30
5. Anders Nystrom (Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad) +4:56

Division I Women
1. Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, Wis./Marian University) 44:49
2. Kimberly Flynn (Hixson, Tenn./University of North Carolina-Greensboro) +2:28
3. Sarah Sturm (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) +3:07
4. Sofia Gomez Villafane (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) +3:11
5. Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Marian University) +4:12

Division II Women
1. Erica Zaveta (Erwinna, Pa./Brevard College) 44:57
2. Christina Birch (Somerville, Mass./Massachusetts Institute of Technology) +1:17
3. Rebecca Gross (Lakewood, Colo./University of Denver) +2:09
4. Allison Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./Mars Hill College) +6:08
5. Bailey Semian (Mertztown, Pa./Kutztown University of Pennsylvania) +6:08

Masters Men 30-34
1. Matt Shriver (Madison, Wis.) 41:12
2. Kevin Bradford-Parish (Spokane, Wash./Cyclocrossracing.com) +0:20
3. Kevin McConnell (Iowa City, Iowa/Mercy-Specialized-Iowa City Cycling Club) +0:54
4. Ken Benesh (Westminster, Colo./Feedback Sports Racing) +1:20
5. Robert Marion (Mount Airy, N.C.) +1:22

Masters Men 35-39
1. Russell Stevenson (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) 46:06
2. Justin Robinson (Bonny Doon, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) +0:17
3. Jake Wells (Avon, Colo.) +0:24
4. Alec Donahue (Easthampton, Mass./Jam Fund-Ncc-Tenet Racing) +0:47
5. Brian Wilichoski (Danvers, Mass./Cyclocrossworld) +0:49

Masters Men 40-44
1. Peter Webber (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) 44:13
2. Mark Savery (Omaha, Neb./Midwest Cycling Community NE) +0:33
3. Michael Yozell (Emmaus, Pa./Kapelmuur Independent) +1:06
4. Edward Baker (Boulder, Colo./Team Kappius) +2:01
5. Brandon Dwight (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) +2:10



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