Trebon and Compton win elite titles on final day of USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Kansas City And MUCH MORE


Kansas City, Missouri (December 14, 2008)-The final day of the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships was highlighted by the powerful performance put on by Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Kona) on his way to the elite men’s national title. There were no surprises in the elite women’s race as Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Spike) rode to her fifth consecutive cyclo-cross national championship despite a talented field. A pair of North Carolina schools will take collegiate cyclo-cross team titles back to the Southeast, Lees-McRae College in division I and Appalachian State in division II.

After an unfortunate crash removed him from last year’s race, Trebon seemed determined to wear the Stars-and-Stripes in 2008. The elite men’s contest was a heavyweight fight from the gun with most all of the big names positioning themselves in the front of the 94-rider field. Multiple leaders tried to take control in the early going, including Olympic mountain biker Todd Wells (Durango, Colo./GT) and three-time national cyclo-cross champion Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike). It wasn’t until about halfway through the eight-lap, 60-minute contest however that Trebon was able to push the front of the bike race and separate himself from youngsters Jamey Driscoll (Jericho, Vt./FiordiFrutta) and Jesse Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Jamis).

Seemingly in control after that, Trebon went on to ride alone to a nearly one-minute victory and earn the elite title for the second time in his career. Last year’s collegiate national champion, Driscoll won his bout with the surging Page to take the silver. The twenty-three-year-old Anthony crossed the line in fourth while last year’s champion Tim Johnson (Boston, Mass./ out sprinted Wells for the final podium spot.

“It was a hard win,” said Trebon. “Jamey rode so hard today. I just tried to keep it going up the hill. I think Page was a little slow to react so that gave me an opportunity. I was cracking pretty good on that last lap though. I didn’t believe I had the win until about the last 45 seconds.”

After winning one UCI World Cup event and finishing second in another in the month of November, Compton seemed poised to win her fifth straight elite women’s cyclo-cross national title and she did not disappoint. Although Rebecca Wellons (Woburn, Mass./Ridley), the winner of this year’s Verge Mid-Atlantic ‘Cross Series, grabbed the holeshot, it didn’t take long for Compton to move to the front of the 81-rider field. In hot pursuit however was Olympic mountain biker Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, Colo./Luna) and the U.S.G.P. series’ third-place finisher Rachel Lloyd (Fairfax, Calif./Giant Berry Farms). The three rode a steady pace throughout the remainder of the contest, leaving the excitement to the trio of Amy Dombrowski (Boulder, Colo./Velo Bella-Kona), Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./C3-Sollay) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing-Seven Cycles) who were in a fierce fight for the remaining podium spots. Ultimately veteran road rider Van Gilder won the sprint over yesterday’s U23 champion, Dombrowski, and the 30-34 master women’s winner, Bruno-Roy.

“Every championship feels good,” stated Compton. “Today was hard with that climb and I was happy to have a clean race. Georgia and Rachel are riding really well and the competition here continues to grow. We are definitely moving up and will give the Europeans a run for their money.”

Compton, who had already locked up an automatic nomination to the World Championship squad with her World Cup finishes, looks to be heading to the Netherlands to contest the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships on Feb. 1. Trebon also locked up a nomination with his win as did yesterday’s U23 champion Nick Weighall (Millcreek, Wash./Rad Racing), junior national champion Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Classic Cycles) and junior Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./CL Noonan-KAM-Coast to Coast) by virtue of a top-five World Cup finish earlier this year. The remainder of the nominations, totaling five spots each for elite men, elite women, U23 men and junior men, will be announced later this week.

In the day’s earlier competition, the USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclo-cross team and individual titles were decided in both DI and DII. With a tie amongst the top two schools in DI, Fort Lewis College and Lees-McRae College, the team title came down to the highest placing of the day by an individual rider from that institution. That meant Carla Swart’s (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae) gold-medal performance in the women’s race broke the tie and handed the Bobcats the win over their Colorado rivals. Swart, now a collegiate national champion in all four disciplines, was closely shadowed by last year’s second-place-finisher Amanda Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./Colorado State University). Ultimately Miller had to settle for another silver, finishing in front of Lindsey Wilson’s Ashley James (Delafield, Wis.) who grabbed the bronze. Fort Lewis’ top finisher, Teal Stetson Lea (Durango, Colo.) was fourth.

The DI men’s race saw Will Dugan (Burlington, Mass./University of Vermont) surge from the back row to pull in his first Stars-and-Stripes. Dugan was able to hold off the reigning collegiate cross country mountain bike national champion, Benjamin Sonntag (Durango, Colo./Fort Lewis College) and his partner in an early race break, Eric Thompson (Shoreview, Minn./Lees-McRae College) to win the national title. The DI team podium wrapped up with Lindsey Wilson College in third, Colorado State University in fourth and Indiana’s Marian College in fifth.

In Division II, Appalachian State, with a balanced attack from both men and women, was able to take home the team title by just ten points over the United States Military Academy. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology finished third while Western Washington University was fourth.

USA Cycling Mountain Bike Development Team member and former collegiate mountain bike national champion Colin Cares (Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado College) took home the DII men’s title over Mesa State’s Kevin Mullervy (Littleton, Colo.) and Steve Fisher of Western Washington University (Bellingham, Wash.). Former collegiate road champ Devon Haskell (Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago) earned the DII women’s title in commanding fashion while MIT’s Katherine Harris (Somerville, Mass.) grabbed the silver.

In the non-national championship single-speed race, James Lalonde (Madison, Wis./Ellis Cycles) rode to the win over a mixed field of more than 50 riders.

2008 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Kansas City, Missouri
December 11-14

Day Four National Champions:

Elite Men: Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Kona)

Elite Women: Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Spike)
Collegiate Men Division I: Will Dugan (Burlington, Mass./University of Vermont)

Collegiate Women Division I: Carla Swart (Banner Elk, N.C./Lees-McRae College)

Collegiate Men Division II: Colin Cares (Colorado Springs, Colo./Colorado College)

Collegiate Women Division II: Devon Haskell (Chicago, Ill./University of Chicago)

Singlespeed winner: James Lalonde (Madison, Wis./Ellis Cycles)


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U23 and master men’s crowns awarded at USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships

Kansas City, Missouri (December 13, 2008)- Six more national titles were awarded on the third day of competition at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. After Nick Weighall (Millcreek, Wash./Rad Racing) secured his nomination to the U23 world championship squad, high winds dried out the climbing course at Tiffany Springs Park, making for some fast and furious masters racing.

With one of the most powerful young cyclo-cross fields ever assembled, the U23 men’s race featured some heavy weights squaring off in a contest showcasing the future of American cyclo-cross racing. Soon after Nicholas Keough (Sandwich, Mass./Jittery Joe’s-Sonic Cyclo-cross) grabbed the front of the 53-rider field out of the gate, a group of three joined him to lead the race through the first pair of laps. Weighall, Keough, Alex Howes (Boulder, Colo./Clif Bar) and Will Dugan (Burlington, Vt./RGM Watches), who blew up from the fourth row, set the pace until Weighall broke the group apart with about three laps to go.

“I heard the guys bobbling a bit on the climb and at the top so I just tried to take off,” explained Weighall.

With former junior world championship silver medalist Danny Summerhill (Englewood, Colo.) and his Clif Bar teammate Howe in hot pursuit, Keough was able to track down Weighall with two laps remaining. Shortly before the final bell Weighall, who won the 2008 U.S.G.P. series overall U23 title, made his break. He was able to stretch his lead to nearly 10 seconds before Keough poured it on. The 19-year-old Keough however couldn’t close the gap on the pre-race favorite and Weighall brought home his first national title. With too much time to make up, Summerhill and Howe grabbed third and fourth, more than a minute later, while last year’s champion Bjorn Selander (Hudson, Wis./Ridley Factory Team) finished in fifth. With his win in the U23 men’s race, Weighall secured his nomination to the five-man squad USA Cycling will send to the Netherlands to contest the UCI U23 Junior World Championships in late January.

“He’s a really good sprinter, so I didn’t want it to come down to that,” said Weighall of Keough. “I didn’t want Summerhill back up at us either.”

The early morning U23 women’s race was all Amy Dombrowski (Boulder, Colo./Velo Bella-Kona) as the former ski racer completed back-to-back-to-back U23 national titles on the bike. Dombrowski went hard out of the gate and never looked back, lapping much of the field and winning the gold by nearly five minutes over her closest competition. Lees-McRae College’s Ally Stacher (Banner Elk, N.C.) finished second while 18-year-old Ashley James (Delafield, Wis./IScorp) grabbed the bronze.

“I treated it like every other race, going out hard and trying to maintain as you never know what can happen,” said Dombrowski. “It was definitely a goal to defend the title, but tomorrow’s elite race is where the real challenge will be.”

The master men’s 30-34 contest was also dominated by a solo rider. Multi-time collegiate national champion, Andy Jacques-Maynes (Watson, Calif./Specialized-Giant Berry Farms) easily defended his national championship riding comfortably out front and taking the Stars-and-Stripes by just under one minute. The real battle was between Weston Schempf (Sinking Spring, Pa./ and Ali Goulet (Salt Lake City, Utah/Ridley) who fought it out throughout the entire 45 minute race, before Goulet was able to win the sprint to the finish and take silver. After Sam Kreig (Pocatello, Idaho/Kreigcycling-Sienna-ICE) crossed the line in fourth, Justin Robinson (Santa Cruz, Calif./Giant Berry Farms) won a mass sprint to take the final podium spot.

After winning last year’s event on a last minute bobble by the leader, Brandon Dwight (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport) was out to prove he deserved the Stars-and-Stripes and he did just that. Amongst one of the largest fields of the year and probably the fastest race of the day, the men’s 35-39 contest played out much like a dirt criterium. A trio including Dwight, Matthew Kraus (Pleasantville, N.Y./RGM Watches) and Eric Sheagley (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Veloce-Felt) broke free in the early going with a chase group quickly forming. Nearly halfway through the race things began to break apart up front with Dwight turning on the gas and bringing home the national title.

“Last year it was so snowy that it was a little bit of luck and a little bit of skill, but this year it was whoever gets up that hill the fastest,” said Dwight.

After starting in the back half of the nearly 100-rider field Roger Aspholm (Haworth, N.J./Westwood Velo) fought his way to the front to win the 40-44 men’s national title. Aspholm dueled with former master time trial world champion, Richard Feldman (Ketchum, Idaho/Durance Cycleworks) for the majority of the race which proved to be one of the most exciting of the day. After pushing the pace, Feldman fell to the silver spot and Michael Wissink (Walled, Mich./Specialized) surged to grab the bronze.

Mark Kutney (Charlottesville, Va./Van Dessel Factory Team)  and Henry Kramer (Menlo Park, Calif./Giant Berry Farms) made things interesting, attacking and even taking early leads in the men’s 50-54 competition. Ultimately however hall of famer Ned Overend (Durango, Colo.) took control and brought home yet another national title.

The 2008 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships will conclude with Sunday afternoon’s featured events as the elite men and women will vie for a spot on the world championship team. The collegiate men and women will also square off after the single-speed race begins the early morning action

2008 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Kansas City, Missouri
December 11-14

Saturday’s National Champions:

U23 Women: Amy Dombroski (Boulder, Colo./Velo Bella-Kona)

U23 Men: Nick Weighall (Millcreek, Wash./Rad Racing)

Master Men 30-34: Andy Jacques-Maynes (Capitola, Calif./Specialized-Giant Berry  Farms)

Master Men 35-39: Brandon Dwight (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Cycle Sport)

Master Men 40-44: Roger Aspholm (Haworth, N.J./Westwood Velo)

Master Men 50-54: Ned Overend (Durango, Colo.)


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Sixteen wins Stars-and-Stripes on day two of Cyclo-cross Nationals in Kansas City


Kansas City, Missouri (Dec. 12, 2008) – Friday’s racing at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships crowned 16 national champions in both junior and master categories and locked up a spot on the U.S. World Championship squad for one junior rider. Cyclists from as young as nine to 67 years of age contested the muddy course at Kansas City’s Tiffany Springs Park on the second day of competition at the 2008 national championships.

Friday’s morning action featured junior racing before the afternoon gave way to master women’s categories. The fast and exciting master men 45-49 contest capped off the day in what is often referred to as competitive cycling’s fastest-growing discipline.

The most anticipated of the day’s events, the 17-18 junior men’s race, did not disappoint, featuring a pair of young powerhouse riders going head-to-head. Four-time 2008 USGP winner Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Classic Cycles) and the world’s sixth-ranked junior rider Luke Keough (Sandwich, Mass./CL Noonan-KAM-Coast to Coast) started the race one and two and after 40 minutes of battling, that’s how they would end up. The pair, essentially shadow boxing, rode on each other’s wheel throughout the first four of the five-lap affair. Each waiting for the other to make a mistake on the slick course, it wasn’t until the final lap that McDonald was able to open up a gap as Keough went down heading into the pits. A hard charging Gavin Mannion (Dedham, Mass./Hot Tubes) took third and Cody Kaiser (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Calif. Giant Berry Farms) was fourth. Despite starting near the back of the field, hometown favorite Chris Wallace (Shawnee, Kan./KCCX-Verge) rounded out the podium in fifth. With his win McDonald locked up one of five spots on the U.S. National Team that will be heading to the Netherlands on Jan. 31 to contest the UCI Cyclo-cross Junior World Championships. With a top-five finish in a World Cup race earlier this season Keough has also punched his ticket.

“I was hoping I could take it, but the slick conditions made it a fierce fight between me and McDonald,” said Keough who has been racing the European World Cup circuit this season. “The slick corners kept messing me up. The mud is really thin and slick over here and it’s really deep and thick over there. I think this race helped me think about what I need to focus on heading into Worlds.”

With staggered starts, all four junior women’s age divisions began their quest for a national championship on the mud-slick 1.67-mile course at Kansas City’s Tiffany Springs Park on Friday morning. The 17-18 group started out hot-and-heavy, but quickly settled down as the seven starters hit the slick technical off-road portion of the course. Moving up an age group didn’t however seem to stall multi-time national road champion and defending 15-16 national cyclo-cross champion, Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Team Redline) who took the early lead and never looked back. Rivera earned her 22nd Stars-and-Stripes by only thirty-three seconds over silver medalist Anna Young (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike).

The majority of the 15-16 junior women’s group suffered a major crash in the first turn as Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team C.I.C.L.E) slipped and ultimately fell to the back of the field. The former mountain bike national champion however would not be deterred and, after a tire change, surged to take a six second victory over Clarissa Freeman (Albuquerque, N.M./ Sarah Huang (Kenosha, Wis./Hayes Disc Brakes) grabbed an impressive win in the 13-14 age division, defeating last year’s 10-12 national champ, Andrea Casebolt (Olympia, Wash./Rad Racing NW) by nearly one minute. Casebolt outsprinted Laurel Rathburn (Monument, Colo./Team 5280 Magazine) to add a silver medal to her collection. After finishing fifth last year, Mina Anderburg (Louisville, Colo./Mudskippers) was determined to bring home a Stars-and-Stripes jersey in the 10-12 year-old group. The 10-year-old did not disappoint, crossing the line 48 seconds ahead of Eden Webb (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) and the other seven competitors in the youngest age category.

“It was so much fun. I didn’t want to stop,” said Anderburg, who completed another full lap following the finish.

Next up were the 15-16, 13-14 and 10-12 year-old junior men’s contests. The 15-16 race ultimately served as a precursor to the 17-18 contest with rivals Jeff Bahnson (Newark, Del./Secret Henry’s Team-Van Dessell) and Yannick Eckmann (Boulder, Colo./Clif Bar) battling it out. After crashing in lap one, Bahnson was able to catch up to Eckmann and eventually built a 40 second gap to defend his national title from a year ago. Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash.) defended his 13-14 national championship over the nearly 30-rider field. Ian McShane (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) laid down the hammer in the 10-12 year-old race, winning by a nearly eight-minute margin.

Many of the same women who will line up for Sunday’s elite race also contested today’s 30-34 master women’s contest. With the course drying out from the overnight rains, the 30-rider field quickly spread out and Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing-Seven Cycles) rode steadily to her second national title. The race remained relatively quiet with few, if any changes amongst the top five. Emily Van Meter (Portland, Ore./River City Bicycle Team), Anna Milkowski (New Haven, Ct./Velo Bella-Kona), Josie Jacques-Maynes (Watsonville, Calif./Specialized-KMC) and Kristin Wentworth (Madison, Wis./Planet Bike), all expected to be factors in Sunday’s contest, were able to get a good feel of the course in route to collecting their medals

“The pressure for me to win this race is a little higher, so I was a bit nervous,” said Bruno-Roy. “The course is really hilly and you feel it on the first lap. I actually started to feel better as I got warmed up.”

Run simultaneously, the 35-39 women’s contest played out in much the same fashion with Sarah Curlin (Capitola, Calif./HRS Rock Lobster) out front the majority of the race. Lisa Strong (Arvada, Colo./Tough Girl-Scott) poured it on in the final minutes to snag the silver by just seconds over bronze medalist Sally Annis (Nashua, N.H./NEBC-CycleLoft/Devonshire Dent).

Nearly 70 master women aged 40 to 60+ took off in a staggered start to compete for six national titles amongst those age groups. Wendy Williams (Portland, Ore./River City Bicycles) posted the best time of the group at 37:05 on her way to a national championship in the 40-44 division. In the 45-59 category Kris Walker (Pocatello, Idaho/ upset hometown favorite and defending national champion Catherine Walberg (Topeka, Kan./KCCX-Verge) who, like many riders, battled some mechanical difficulties in the mud.

“I felt a bit of building pressure racing in my hometown,” said Walberg. “No one likes to lose their jersey, but she truly won it today. Kris was the most powerful rider on this course and with the hill it is a powerful course.”

Kathy Sarvary (Lunenburg, Mass./Mid-State Cycling Club) pulled in the 50-54 national title while Diane Ostenso (Cottage Grove, Wis./Planet Bike) defended her Stars-and-Stripes in the 55-59 race. Martha Iverson (Durango, Colo./Durango Wheel Club) earned the 60-64 championship, while 66-year-old Julie Lockhart (Dunstable, Mass./NEBC-CycleLoft-Devonshire) added to her extensive Stars-and-Stripes collection.

As expected, the final race of the day saw Steve Tilford (Topeka, Kan./HRRC-Trek Stores) win another national championship in the 45-49 men’s race, but this time not without challenge. After starting somewhere in the third row, Oxnard, California’s Mark Noble (Time Factory Team) made his way to the front of the field and began gunning for Tilford. With a captivated crowd cheering him on Oxnard closed the gap to within about 20 seconds with two laps to go before Tilford held steady to win another national title. Kevin Hines (East Warhem, Mass./Corner Cycle) grabbed the bronze before an exciting sprint to the finish decided the remainder of the podium.

The USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships will continue Saturday, with the U23 men and women and master men’s categories from ages 30 to 54 competing for six national titles.

2008 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships
Kansas City, Missouri
December 11-14

Friday’s National Champions:

Women 10-12: Mina Anderburg (Louisville, Colo./Mudskippers)

Women 13-14: Sarah Huang (Kenosha, Wis./Hayes Disc Brakes)

Women 15-16: Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team C.I.C.L.E)

Women 17-18: Coryn Rivera (Tustin, Calif./Team Redline)

Men 10-12: Ian McShane (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling)

Men 13-14: Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash.)

Men 15-16: Jeff Bahnson (Newark, Del./Secret Henry’s Team-Van Dessell)

Men 17-18: Zach McDonald (Bainbridge Island, Wash./Classic Cycles)

Master Women 30-34: Maureen Bruno-Roy (Arlington, Mass./MM Racing-Seven Cycles)

Master Women 35-39: Sarah Kerlin (Capitola, Calif./HRS Rock Lobster)

Master Women 40-44: Wendy Williams (Portland, Ore./River City Bicycles)

Master Women 50-54: Kathy Sarvary (Lunenburg, Mass./Mid-State Cycling Club)

Master Women 55-59: Diane Ostenso (Cottage Grove, Wis./Planet Bike)

Master Women 60-64: Martha Iverson (Durango, Colo./Durango Wheel Club)

Master Women 65+: Julie Lockhart (Dunstable, Mass./NEBC-CycleLoft-Devonshire)
Master Men 45-49: Steve Tilford (Topeka, Kan.HRRC-Trek Stores)


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source: Smith, Andrea

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