The revelation of the day was the performance of the top two 15-16 women, who after starting approximately one minute after the 17-18 women in a combined race, eventually passed the entire field of older competitors. Reigning national champion Sarah Huang (Planet Bike) went off hard from the gun, but was chased down by Corrie Osborne (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.). Osborne held off Huang to cross the line ahead of both sets of fields and earn the Stars-and-Stripes jersey.
“Amazing.” replied a smiling Osborne minutes after winning her first ever National title. She finished fourth last year. “It’s been great riding with Sarah, she’s just amazing and racing with her is awesome.”
Huang had a faster start and quickly made her way to the 17/18 field all the way up to Alexis Ryan while Osborne dieseled her way up.
“I’m better at long distances, Sarah is really the fast effort person, which is why the course is more suited to her because we’re only going 30 minutes. The longer the race, the better I do in it and I usually have the same pace throughout it. Sarah started fast and started slowing down at the end of the second lap and I was going the same speed the whole race so I managed to catch her again. ” Osborne explained.
Osborne caught up to Huang and Ryan “on the road going up to the off-camber in the back, and then just drafter her through it.” Then both Huang and Osborne passed Ryan. “We passed her on the off camber because she took the worst line, she went way up it instead of going straight through it and then we passed her and we just held the lead.”
A bit later Osborne made her move to take the front which she held until the finish. “I was riding Sarah’s wheel and then I passed her on the runup and then I just didn’t let go of the lead.”
Alexis Ryan (The Team Socalcross) took home her third national championship after dominating the 17-18 women’s race. “I knew if I went fast enough I could hopefully drop everyone, so that’s what I did,” explained Ryan, whose sister Kendall is also a multi-time national champ.
Earlier in the day, Emma White (Capital Bicycle Racing Club-NYCROSS.com) captured the junior women’s 13-14 crown. Following that race, Ashley Zoerner (International Christian Cycling Club) nipped Veda Gerasimek (Project Velo Racing-One Call Now) at the line to claim the 10-12 race.
Top 5 Junior Women 10-12
1. Ashley Zoerner (Highlandsranch, Colo./ International Christian Cycling) 0:18:24
2. Veda Gerasimek (Transfer, Pa./ Project Velo Racing/One Call No) 0:18:24
3. Frances Haley (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) 0:20:11
4. Cate McShane (Louisville, Ky./Red Zone Cycling) 0:20:44
5. Anya Malarski (St. Paul, Minn./Minnesota Junior Cycling) 0:20:45
Top 5 Junior Women 13-14
1. Emma White (Delanson, N.Y./Capital Bicycle Racing Club) 0:15:56
2. Mina Anderberg (Louisville, Colo./Flatiron Flyers Junior Cycling) 0:16:42
3. Emma Swartz (Madison, Wisc./PlanetBike) 0:16:59
4. Tiziana DeHorney (Albuquerque, N.M./Active Knowledge) 0:17:03
5. Ksenia Lepikhina (Boulder, Colo.) 0:17:43
Top 5 Junior Women 15-16
1. Corrie Osborne (Mequon, Wisc./Nova Cycle Sport) 0:28:56
2. Sarah Huang (Kenosha, Wisc./Planet Bike) 0:29:15
3. Andrea Casebolt (Olympia, Wash./Rad Racing NW-Hagens Berman) 0:31:37
4. Laurel Rathbun (Monument, Colo.) 0:31:45
5. Bailey Semian (Mertztown, Pa./Chester County Cycling Foundation) 0:33:19
Top 5 Junior Women 17-18
1. Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./The Team-SoCalCross) 0:30:11
2. Emily Shields (Salisbury, N.C./Carolina Masters) 0:30:37
3. Kaitlyn Lawrence (Emmaus, Pa./Charm City Cycling) 0:30:52
4. Katherine Shields (Salisbury, N.C./Carolina Masters) 0:31:13
5. Emily Curley (Taunton, Mass./Blue Steel Cyclery) 0:31:38
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