Moving USA cyclo-cross nationals hits young racers hardest

At 10:30 on Sunday morning, the pack of junior boys 15-16 years old took off from the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championship start line, but rather than head out onto the Zilker Park course and battle in the mud for the stars and stripes jersey, they rode, looking bewildered, disappointed and confused, to their team camps to pack up their bikes and clear out of the park under the orders of Austin city park officials. USA Cycling was able to negotiate a rescheduled race for Monday rather than a total cancellation, but the costs of the change will be borne the hardest by the junior and under-23 riders.

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Laura Weislo
Managing Editor

Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.