US Cyclocross Championships - CN
Providence, RI, USA, December 9-11, 2005
Results & report
Race 9 - December 10: Elite Junior Men
Complete live report
Commentary by Steve Medcroft
Good morning world. Our live coverage
of the Liberty Mutual U.S. Cyclocross National Championships will get started
shortly. We'll begin with the Elite men's U23 race which has been moved from
noon to 1pm Eastern Standard U.S. time. The fifty-minute U23 race will be followed
at 2pm by the forty-minute Junior men ELite (17-18 years old) and then at 3pm
with the sixty-minute Elite men's race.
Course and weather conditions
are dramatically different than the end-of-the-world snowstorm that caused promoters
to postpone the last two races of the day (see Saturday's news item). Those
postponed races were run this morning, causing the schedule changes and adjustments
that delayed the U23 race.
Today, the skies are clear and the temperature
is two degrees above freezing so the hard-packed snow that covered the course
yesterday and froze overnight has been cut to apple sauce and kicked out of
the rider's lanes so we're now seeing finisher's in the morning's races splattered
in mud and desperate for dry clothing.
A handful of championship jerseys
have already been handed out this weekend. Here's a summary:
40-44, Audrey Huffman (Mad River Riders)
Women 45-49, Patti Kaufmann (Team
Women 50-54, Tove Shere (team Ochsner)
Women 55+, Betty
Jordan (Velo Bella)
Men 35-39, Shannon Skerritt (VANILLA BICYCLES)
Men 40-44, Dale Knapp (Kona)
Men 45-49, Steve Tilford (Verge/Shimano)
The awards for this morning's juniors, collegiate and Men 30-34 are happening
in the next thirty minutes. We'll ring you those national champions shortly.
While the U23 men warm up on the sloppy
course, here are the national champions from this morning's races:
Men, Brent Bookwalter
Women, Melodie Metzger
Fort Lewis College
10-12, Logan Owen
15-16, Alex Coelho
13-14, Kaitlin Antonneua
15-16, Smantha Schneider
17-18, Arielle Filiberti
U23, Clara Beard
Maureen Bruno-Roy (Independent Fabrications)
35-39, Marianne Stover (Independent
Men 30-34, Justin Robinson (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized)
14:10 EST 4minutes/36minutes to go
men junior riders (17-18) are now on the course. Two riders, Bjorn Selander
(Alan Factory) and Danny Summerhill TIAA-CREF), the two riders who traded the
lead in the USGP series all season, are away.
14:13 EST 10minutes/30minutes to go
and Summehill are sticking together thorugh the second lap. The Elite junior
race is only forty minutes long and the pair have the kind of gap over the chase
group (greater than thirty seconds at this point) that they may be deciding
the race between them.
Bjorn is not the first Selander cyclocross
racer; his father, swedish-born Dag Selander competed on the international circuit
before moving to the states. The elder Selander now competes in the master's
14:20 EST 16minutes/24minutes to go
and Summerhill are working smoothly together off the front of the junior race.
Forty-seven seconds behind, TIAA-CREF rider Alex Howes is chasing. Ethan Gilmor
(Coyote Hill/K2Bike) is next. The riders are on their second to last lap.
The promoters would like you to know
that starting at about 2:30pm, they will e live streaming the PA announcers
audio through www.crossnationals.com so you can open up a second browser window
and try to follow along through the Elite Men's race if you'd like.
14:28 EST 30minutes/10minutes to go
and Summerhill are sticking together as they pass the start/finish line for
the start of the final lap.
14:28 EST 32minutes/8minutes to go
to e experiencing a mechanical defect and Summerhill has taken off. Selander
is a half lap from a pit and is struggling to maintain.
14:31 EST 34minutes/6minutes to go
The PA announcers
are saying that Summerhill and Selander's bike came together on the race and
Selander got the shorter end of the stick with the mechanical. In a show of
sportsmanship, Summerhill paused and waited for Selander to recover before pressing
on. With Selander beginning to flounder, there's may be a spot on the podium
for racers who were previously racing only for sixth.
The crowds have grown around the start/finish
line in acticipation of the Elite Men's race, coming up in just half an hour.
Summerhill is alone and the junior race is his if he just stays within himself
for the final half lap. Alex Howes is now second on the course. A small group
is fighting for third. Bjorn Selander, who was surely a favorite to win the
race, has fallen victim to the cycling Gods and is gone from the head of the
14:37 EST 40minutes/0minutes to go
With two hands
to the sky and a broad smile, Summerhill takes the win.
Bjorn Selander suddenly appeared behind
second-placed Alex Howes after running half a lap to the pits for a bike change.
Howes just hed him off for second. Selander takes third.
At the finish, Summerhill spoke about
the incident on the course that left Selander with a mechanical problem and
left him alone in the lead. "I think (Selander's) back wheel caught mine and
it kind of sucked. I didn't know whether to go but I didn't have much of a choice."
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