Honsinger takes it easy on the way to first US elite cyclo-cross title

Clara Honsinger on the run up
Clara Honsinger on the run up at US cyclo-cross natioonals (Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX) saved it all for Sunday, when the 22-year-old from Portland, Oregon, climbed to the top of the elite women’s US cyclo-cross championship and toppled Katie Compton from her 15-year dominance in the start-and-stripes jersey.

Honsinger, who is a student at Oregon State University, spent more time studying for finals last week than she did prepping for her championship race, and it paid off with fresh legs and a fresh attitude that seized the day. 

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Growing up in Missoula, Montana, Pat competed in his first bike race in 1985 at Flathead Lake. He studied English and journalism at the University of Oregon and has covered North American cycling extensively since 2009, as well as racing and teams in Europe and South America. Pat currently lives in the US outside of Portland, Oregon, with his imaginary dog Rusty.