The USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championships took place this weekend, and Fort Steilacoom Park in Lakewood, Washington provided a sublime setting for testing tech in the mud-filled subsection of competitive cycling.
Mud, sand and roots tested the riders and their kit, but in cyclo-cross terms, the weekend remained comparatively filth-free.
At a competitive setting like a National Championships, riders and their equipment were always going to be pushed to the limit, and for a particularly unfortunate individual, that very limit was exceeded with wheel- and race-buckling consequences.
One of the major themes of the weekend was custom paint, with many riders taking the spray gun to their pride-and-joy. Katie Compton's fifteen-year winning streak might've finally come to an end, but she'll always have the stars on board to remind her of her outstanding career, along with Pixie the rottweiler to keep her company.
Patrick Malach from Cyclingnews was on hand to snap some of the newest equipment being employed during the weekend, where 23-year-old Clara Honsinger took the win putting an end to Katie Compton's 15 consecutive years on the top step and 22-year-old Gage Hecht took the stars-and-stripes from Stephen Hyde.
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