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, junior 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.
Junior Men 17-18. Logan Owen (Team Redline) captured his eighth consecutive national championship as he rode away from the 50-rider junior 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 (/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 (C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth) placed third, 26 seconds behind White. David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village CX Team) finished fourth while Anders Nystrom (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 (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 (Boo-Enve). During the second lap, Trujillo yielded to a hard-charging Andrew Dillman (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 (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 (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.”
Live Streaming of Elite Races. Sunday's elite women and elite men's races will be streamed live on USA Cycling’s YouTube channel beginning at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. CST.
Top 5 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
Top 5 Junior 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