Wells brothers and Compton take home top U.S. titles

The major U.S. titles (elite men and women, U23 men) were claimed by the Wells brothers, Todd and...

The major U.S. titles (elite men and women, U23 men) were claimed by the Wells brothers, Todd and Troy, and Katie Compton as the national cyclo-cross championships finished in Providence, R.I. on Sunday.

It was the second national elite men's title for 29 year-old Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai/Durango, Colo.), who won in 2001. Todd beat Ryan Trebon (Kona-Les Gets/Corvallis, Ore.) and three-time defending champion Jonathan Page (Liberty Mutual/Northfield, N.H.). Earlier on Saturday, 21 year-old Troy Wells (TIAA-CREF/Durango, Colo.) narrowly edged six-time national champion Jesse Anthony (Clif Bar/Beverly, Mass.) in the U23 race.

On Sunday, Katie Compton (Redline/Colorado Springs, Colo.) successfully defended her elite women's national title from a year ago with a win ahead of Ann Knapp (Kona/Des Moines, Wash.) and Saturday's women's 30-34 master winner Maureen Bruno Roy (Independent Fabrications/Arlington, Mass.). In 2004, Compton surprised many by winning the elite women's crown in Portland, Ore. This time a marked woman, she earned another stars and stripes jersey at the expense of a solid field of 62 riders.

Winners round up

Day 1
Men 35-39: Shannon Skerritt (Vanilla Bicycles/Portland, Ore.)
Men 40-44: Dale Knapp (Kona/Des Moines, Iowa)
Men 45-49: Steve Tilford (Verge/Shimano/Topeka, Kan.)
Women 40-44: Audrey Huffman (Mad River Riders/Waitsfield, Vt.)
Women 45-49: Patti Kaufmann (Team Wisconsin/Milwaukee, Wis.)
Women 50-54: Tove Shere (Team Ochsner/Sante Fe, N.M.)
Women 55-59: Betty Jordan (Velo Bella/Walnut Creek, Calif.)

Day 2

Elite Men: Todd Wells
U23 Men: Troy Wells
U23 Women: Clara Beard
Junior Men 17-18: Daniel Summerhill
Junior Women 17-18: Arielle Filiberti
Collegiate Men: Brent Bookwalter
Collegiate Women: Melodie Metzger
Junior Men 10-12: Logan Owen
Junior Men 13-14: Benny Swedberg
Junior Men 15-16: Alex Coelho
Junior Women 10-12: Elizabeth White
Junior Women 13-14: Kaitlin Antonneau
Junior Women 15-16: Samantha Schneider
Master Women 30-34: Maureen Bruno Roy
Master Men 30-34: Justin Robinson

Day 3
Elite Women - Katie Compton (Redline/Colorado Springs, Colo.)
Men 50-54 - Paul Curley (Gearworks/Taunton, Pa.)
Men 55-59 - Dan Norton (Redline/Norton, Wash.)
Men 60+ - John Elgart (Webcor/Sacramento, Calif.)
B Women - Rhonda Morin (Portland Velo/Canaan, Maine)
Under 35 B - Men Brad Cole (Team X/Overland Park, Kan.)
35 + B - Men Keith Gauvin (Benidorm/Unionville, Conn.)
Pro/Elite Liberty Cup - Todd Wells (GT Hyundai/Durango, Colo.)

For full coverage and hundreds of mud and snow encrusted pics, please see our U.S. national's results section and photo gallery.

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