McDonald Chases Back To 12th At U23 Cross Worlds

While three riders at the front of the race were locked in a battle for the rainbow stripes, American Zach McDonald was also in a battle, one against time. After a bad start, McDonald put in an amazing surge to move up from the mid 30s in the field to ultimately cross the line in 12th place at the U23 Cyclocross World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium on Saturday afternoon.

Van der Haar Repeats As U23 Cross World Champion

The Belgian media was impatiently waiting for one man at the post-race press conference for the u23 Men’s Cyclocross World Championships in Koksijde, Belgium. And it wasn’t the World Champion Lars van der Haar of the Netherlands that they were waiting for. That man was second place Wietse Bosmans who let the opportunity of a lifetime crumble away on the final lap when he didn’t attack when his rival bobbled on a sandy climb.

Dillman Top American Junior At Cross Worlds

For the second year in a row, Drew Dillman was the top American Men Junior rider at the Cyclocross World Championships on Saturday. On the sandy and very tough course at Koksijde, Belgium, Dillman finished 14th besting his result of 21st last year. Both he and USA Jr Cross Champion Logan Owen rode together for most of the race until Dillman was able to pull away on a downhill sandy section on the final lap.

Friday Cross Worlds Notes

Cliché as it may be, Friday definitely felt like the calm before the storm, even more so with the sun shining on the Cyclocross Worlds Course in Koksijde, Belgium. The final day of open pre-ride before the racing starts on Saturday offered up time for the racers to try out their tire pressure and their legs in the sand, and for the fans to enjoy watching the training for free before the madness starts. And madness it is going to be, all tickets have been pre-sold for Sunday, which means over 40,000 fans, mostly Belgians, will be massed in the venue with easy access to multiple beer tents. Madness.

Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) pre-riding the Koksijde Worlds Course on Wednesday morning

Powers – “it’s a bit of a crapshoot”

There’s one more race on the schedule to close out USA Cyclocross National Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) most successful season ever, and it’s the big one, the World Championships this weekend on the tough sandy course in Koksijde. The race is held on the same course where he finished 31st at last November’s World Cup.

Powers Is The US National Champion

Finally Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) won the USA Cyclocross National Championships in Madison today. He came into the pavement surrounded by a wall of sound from the crowd and raised in arm in victory. Finally, after years of coming close but never getting the Stars and Stripes – until now. The emotions came pouring out,…

Compton Wins Her Eighth National Championship

The outcome was never really in doubt at the Elite/u23 women’s race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships earlier today. Katie Compton (Rabobank-Giant) powered away on the first lap and rode smoothly to claim her eighth national championship in a row.  The big story of the day was the great ride put in by her…

Werner, Bahnson Wins Collegiate Titles

The Collegiate Men’s fields – both D1 and D2 – were greeted with icy ruts for their national championship races  Sunday morning. After days of warmer than expected temperatures, it finally froze overnight and the sun was just starting to thaw out some spots. Many in the field had already raced in the U23 contest…

McDonald Crushes U23 Cross Nationals

There are no other words to describe what Zach McDonald (Rapha Focus) did at the USA Cyclocross National Championships on Saturday. He dropped everyone early on in the race, pushed the pace for the next four laps to cross the finish line with over two minutes on second place. What was going through his mind…

Owen wins 7th Junior Title

Logan Owen (Team Redline) made it seven junior national titles in a row when he dominated the Men Junior 17/18 race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships on Thursday. “It was great, I felt smooth on the course, I was making sure to pit every lap and get a clean bike so nothing broke down.…

Dwight Leads 1-2 Punch In Masters 40-44

Brandon Dwight led a Boulder Cycle Sports 1-2 punch in the Masters Men 40-44 race at the USA Cyclocross National Championships on Saturday in Madison, Wisconsin. Though most of the talk in the weeks prior to the race was on the expected showdown between the Dwight, his teammate and defending champion Pete Webber and first…