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US Cyclo-cross Championships - CN
Providence, RI, USA, December 15-17, 2006
Race 6 - December 16: Elite Junior Men
Summerhill defends national title
By Steve Medcroft in Providence
Danny Summerhill (TIAA-CREF/Clif Bar) successfully defended his Elite Junior national championship jersey Saturday morning in Providence, Rhode Island. After a strong first lap in the California Giant Berry Farms USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, only Ethan Gilmour (Coyote Hill) was able to hold on to Summerhill's wheel. But the Boulder, Colorado junior was able to drop even Gilmour and won the race after leading pole to pole.
In fact, the only threat to a Summerhill win was the rider's own mental slip in the early going. "I had a pretty good bobble going in that first lap," he said at the finish. Unable to clip out of a pedal while dismounting for the first barrier, the rider went down. Summerhill says the bobble unnerved him, reminding him of a late-race collision in the 2005 race with now U23 rider Bjorn Selander (Alan Factory Team) that decided the final outcome.
So focused on gaining and holding the lead in the race, Summerhill says he wasn't even aware of which rider was holding his wheel. "I couldn't tell you (how I got away), I just remember looking back and he wasn't there anymore."
Gilmour managed to hold a gap of his own to third place; this time over Summerhill teammate Taylor Phinney (son of Tour de France stage winner and US Cycling Hall of Famer Davis Phinney) and a hard-chasing Nick Bax (Hot Tubes).
With the win, Summerhill earned a free ticket to Worlds as a member of the US National team and says he feels on form. "We'll just go over there and hope for the best," he added. "A top ten would be pretty cool. A podium would be awesome. It's Europe though; it should be fun no matter what happens.
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Elite Junior Men 1 Danny Summerhill (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 40.32 2 Ethan Gilmour (K2 Bike - Okemo - Coyote Hill) 0.32 3 Taylor Phinney (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 0.46 4 Nick Bax (Hot Tubes) 1.07 5 Nicholas Keough (CL Noonan/ Coast to Coast/ KAM) 1.17 6 Jerome Townsend (ALAN) 1.24 7 Oscar Clark (Landrover/Seimens Home Appliances/FFCC) 1.26 8 Carson Miller (Fred Meyer/Lakeside) 1.26 9 Clayton Omer (Papa Johns Racing Team) 1.28 10 Eric Thompson (nature valley penn cycle) 1.41 11 Andrew Llewellyn (Papa John's Racing) 1.52 12 Steve Fisher (Rad Racing NW) 2.21 13 Jim Lennon (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 2.45 14 Jimmy Macdonald (ALAN Factory Team) 3.16 15 Sean Worsech (Rad Racing NW) 3.23 16 Didier Jourdain (Celo Pacific/Black Mtn. Bikes) 3.50 17 Greg Carpenter (DEVO/NSO) 4.01 18 Chris Peterson (Devo) 4.08 19 Brad Perley (Trek/Cape-Able Bikes) 4.26 20 Patrick Bradley (Team Beacon) 4.36 21 Zach Adams (FORT Factory Team) 4.50 22 Marcel Delisser (Fred Meyer/Lakeside) 5.22 23 Connor Sallee (Pawling Cycle and Sport) 5.24 24 Allen Morris (Queen City Wheels) 5.51 25 Josh Lahmann (Queen City Wheels) 5.53 26 Erik Kristiansen (Skylands Cycle) 6.02 27 Rob Bush (Texas Roadhouse) 6.50 28 Chris Hurst (Skinny's/RRB Cycles) 6.57 29 Dan Fishkin (TEAM HARBORSIDE CYCLE) 7.27 30 Bill Michielsen (Rad Racing NW) 8.12 31 Steve Simonds (Gorham Bike/Giant Bicycles) 32 Ian Crane (Rad Racing NW) One lap down 33 Jeremy Ferguson (Alan Factory Team) 34 Aj Bontorno 35 Ian Harris (CRCA Junior Development) 36 Ambrose Dobrozsi (Queen City Wheels) DQ Nicholas Reinert (Team FUJI / Salamander Racing) DQ Graham Lang (Pawling Cycle and Sport)