Page clinches US 'cross national title
McDonald puts up a strong fight in second place
Jonathan Page (ENGVT) won an emotional victory in Verona, Wisconsin to take the 2013 Elite Men's US Cyclo-cross Championships. Page established a small lead two laps into the race over Zach McDonald (Team Rapha-Focus) and used a combination of finesse and power to win his first championship in eight years.
Without a title sponsor Page rode the current season under his own banner named after his children, 'MiloEmmaPerle.' Immediately after the finish Page called his wife and kids, who are currently en route to meet him. "They just flew from Belgium this morning and now they are in New York or New Jersey just getting on the plane," said Page at the finish line. "My wife and kids are pretty dang happy. They probably thought she was drinking too much because she was in hysterics and crying."
The day worked out perfectly for Page who excels in challenging conditions. "I was pleasantly surprised that it warmed up and it got sunny, so it got more slippery," said Page who recently bought a house in Utah to escape Belgian summers. "It was cold. My fingertips are still numb. All in all it turned out better than I expected. I was a little worried yesterday when they started taking the Bobcat to the course."
At the start Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclcocrossworld.com) grabbed the hole shot and looked to be an early contender as he led a group of riders which included Zach McDonald, Justine Lindine (Redline), Jamey Driscoll and Tim Johnson, both riding for Cannondale-Cyclcocrossworld.com.
Towards the end of the second lap Page had dialed in the course and proceeded to open up a gap on McDonald, Trebon, and Driscoll. "I felt like the guys were holding me up a bit," said Page about his acceleration. "I just punched it to see what I got, and got a gap, and then kept the power on." McDonald was the only rider able to keep Page in sight, and with McDonald in-tow, the two riders proceeded to grow their lead on the dwindling chase group.
While both men rode without hesitation through the ruts and ice Page managed to grow his gap over McDonald to 12 seconds making it almost impossible for the young rider to make contact barring a late race catastrophe. Page rode in cleanly for the win, followed by McDonald, for second.
After his U23 championship, and fourth place finish in the Elite championship at the and of the previous season, McDonald felt a rocky 2012-2013 season had been set back on course. "We've had obvious ups and downs," said McDonald. "We struggled with form in November and December for sure, but we rebounded from that, and it should, in theory, show some good form for the rest of the month."
Jamey Driscoll lived up to team manager Stu Thorne's prediction earlier in the week and used his "under-rated" handling skills to drive home for third place. "I wanted the jersey just like everyone did but, I'm still definitely happy with the way it turned out. I'll take third and hopefully get on the Worlds team with that," said Driscoll who spent the latter half of the race solo chasing McDonald. "I was alone for most of it. I felt you needed your own space to just get in the groove and make a smooth line."
Behind Driscoll the remainder of the field was not quite as lucky. Below freezing temperatures, hard-set ruts, and areas of melting mud challenged riders and their pit crews. Justin Lindine and Ryan Trebon both were hung up by icy cleats and subsequent bike issues, which knocked them out of the top five.
Fourth place finisher, Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare), was in the lead group the first lap before suffering an early mishap. "I actually flatted after the first lap," said Summerhill who is riding in his second race for UnitedHealthcare. "I figured most people would have thought I blew up but I didn't want that, so I just stayed slow and steady."
Summerhill, who led the race at one point in the first lap, steadily reeled in riders through the entire race to claw his way onto the podium.
For other riders it was just a rough day. Tim Johnson was battling for fourth until Summerhill passed him on the last lap. Fifth place was a disappointing finish for Johnson who has focused exclusively on cyclo-cross the last two seasons. "This is a big piece of the season," said Johnson "It kind of sucks that it's over already and I'm not standing on the real podium, but I will take what I can get."
Last year’s champion Jeremy Powers, who finished more than three minutes behind Page in sixth place, never contended for the lead throughout the race. "That was not really a good day at all," said Powers. "Tough conditions that did not suit me. When I got out there, I just didn't have the legs for it. It was a great week of training, and it seemed like things were going in the right direction so I don't really have any excuses. It just wasn’t a track I was going to do well on today."
It was not an easy route to the championship for Page. Page relied on his strong network of supporters including Robert Downs, founder of Planet Bike, and ENGVT President, Jerry Chabot, to help make a trip to nationals possible. "I gave up a weekend of racing, a race tomorrow in Belgium, and next weekend will be another race in the World Cup, because they financially could get me over here and take care of me. It worked out well obviously, but I couldn't do it without them. It took a lot of the weight off of myself, and my family, and gave me the opportunity to come here and do what I did."
As the only top American racing full time cyclo-cross in Europe, Page sees the US championship as a key ingredient to sponsorship success. "I had bad timing over the Christmas period, but now I'm glad I waited," said Page about his sponsorship search. "No one can ignore the National Champion. I'm happy to stay in the United States, and I'm happy to go over to Europe."
Page will spend the next several weeks stateside with his family before heading to Louisville, Kentucky for the World Cyclo-cross Championships on February 3rd.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Jonathan Page (ENGVT)||0:58:31|
|2||Zach McDonald (Team Rapha-FOCUS)||0:00:47|
|3||James Driscoll (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld/Cyclocrossworld)||0:00:59|
|4||Daniel Summerhill (UCI PCT: UnitedHealthcare)||0:01:44|
|5||Timothy Johnson (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld/Cyclocrossworld)||0:02:08|
|6||Jeremy Powers (Team Rapha-FOCUS)||0:03:09|
|7||Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/Clement)||0:03:44|
|8||Troy Wells (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||0:04:45|
|9||Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund / NCC /Tenet Racing)||0:04:56|
|10||Barry Wicks (Kona)||0:05:21|
|11||Isaac Neff (Trek Cyclocross Collective)||Row 10 - Cell 2|
|12||Brian Matter (Racers Against Childhood Cancer)||0:05:38|
|13||Justin Lindine (Redline)||0:05:41|
|14||Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix/Connecticut Yankee BC)||0:05:47|
|15||Anthony Clark (JAM Fund / NCC /Tenet Racing)||0:05:50|
|16||Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road)||0:06:14|
|17||Spencer Paxson (Kona Factory Team)||0:06:26|
|18||Mitchell Hoke (Kenda Felt)||0:06:30|
|19||Tristan Schouten (UCI CT/WPT: Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)||0:06:32|
|20||Erik Tonkin (Kona)||0:06:36|
|21||Braden Kappius (TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling)||0:07:24|
|22||Taylor Carrington (Turin Bikes - Carmichael Training Systems)||0:07:29|
|23||Eric Thompson (Plan C p/b Challenge Tires)||0:07:56|
|25||Tim Allen (Feedback Sports Racing)||0:08:23|
|26||Jared Nieters (SEAVS/Haymarket)||0:08:49|
|27||Jake Wells (Stan's NoTubes Elite)||0:09:05|
|-2laps||Allen Krughoff (Donnelly Sports)||Row 27 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Mike Sherer (UCI CT/WPT: Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)||Row 28 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Adam Myerson (UCI CT: Team SmartStop p/b Mountain Khakis)||Row 29 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Scott Chapin (Bay 101/HRS/Rock Lobster/Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross)||Row 30 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Greg Wittwer (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team/Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross)||Row 31 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||William Iaia (Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co)||Row 32 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Chris Jackson (Castex Racing powered by Felt)||Row 33 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Daniel Chabanov (Richard Sachs - RGM Watches - Radix/Connecticut Yankee BC)||Row 34 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Craig Etheridge (Donnelly Sports)||Row 35 - Cell 2|
|-2laps||Robert Marion (Carpe Diem Racing)||Row 36 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Nicholas Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross /Corner Cycle Cycling Club)||Row 37 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Trevor Koss (Magnus)||Row 38 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Corey Stelljes (Cyclocrossracing.com)||Row 39 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Brian Hludzinski (Boulder Cycle Sport)||Row 40 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Michael Robson (MOOTS)||Row 41 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Alex Work (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross)||Row 42 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Nicholas Lemke (Scalo Veloce)||Row 43 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Shadd Smith (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires)||Row 44 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Aaron Bradford (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster Cyclocross)||Row 45 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Kenny Wehn (Stan's NoTubes Elite)||Row 46 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Stephen Cummings (C3-Twenty20cycling.com/Charm City Cycling LLC)||Row 47 - Cell 2|
|-3laps||Damian Schmitt||Row 48 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Greg Krause||Row 49 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||B Jacob Sitler||Row 50 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Grant Holicky||Row 51 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Doug Schuler (Boulder Cycle Sport)||Row 52 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Brett Pirie (Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co)||Row 53 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Paul Mumford (Chicago Cuttin Crew)||Row 54 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Brennan Wodtli (All Access Racing)||Row 55 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||David (Shawn) Adams (Cycle-Smart Inc.)||Row 56 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||William Street (KUHL)||Row 57 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Ben Stalker (Fort Lewis College)||Row 58 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Matthew Allen (Behind-Bars/LGR)||Row 59 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Jason Cemanski (Cycle U / Apex Racing /Apex Racing Team)||Row 60 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Joshua Whitmore (Team Athletix Benefitting Globalbike/Globalbike Racing)||Row 61 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Aaron Bouplon (Boulder Running Company Cycling Team)||Row 62 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||David Sheek (SDG Felt)||Row 63 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Travis Braun (Magnus)||Row 64 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Sean Leader||Row 65 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Donald Snoop Jr (Essex County Velo)||Row 66 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||John Bailey (Bailey Bikes)||Row 67 - Cell 2|
|-4laps||Timothy O'Shea||Row 68 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Travis Gruchow (Magnus)||Row 69 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Josh Weis (Colavita Racing Inc.)||Row 70 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Scott Shapiro (Magnus)||Row 71 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Josh Bauer||Row 72 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Andrew Loaiza (Salvagetti/Happy Coffee Cyclocross)||Row 73 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Christopher Berge (Magnus)||Row 74 - Cell 2|
|-5laps||Buckley Birkholz (Cyclocrossracing.com)||Row 75 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Michael Yozell (Kapelmuur Independent)||Row 76 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Peter Webber (Boulder Cycle Sport)||Row 77 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Jason Wagner (Flatlandia Cycling Team)||Row 78 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Stephen Tilford (TradeWind Energy Cycling Team)||Row 79 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Chad Tieman (Team Upland Brewing)||Row 80 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Russell Stevenson (Boulder Cycle Sport)||Row 81 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Mark Savery (Midwest Cycling Community NE)||Row 82 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Jesse Rients (Trek Cyclocross Collective)||Row 83 - Cell 2|
|DNS||David Reyes (Bloomington Cycle Racing Team)||Row 84 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Eric Nelson (Mudfoot)||Row 85 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Hugh Moran (Industry Nine Cycling Team p/b ABRC/Asheville Bicycle Racing Club)||Row 86 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Sheldon Miller (Bikeman.com)||Row 87 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Jeff Kluck (SC Velo)||Row 88 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Michael Hemme (SRAM Factory)||Row 89 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Brian Heifner (Magnus)||Row 90 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Christopher Fisher (Crossniacs)||Row 91 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Craig Faulkner (Crossniacs)||Row 92 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Aaron Elwell (Twin Six)||Row 93 - Cell 2|
|DNS||William Elliston (Mid Atlantic Cycling Club)||Row 94 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Brandon Dwight (Boulder Cycle Sport)||Row 95 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Michael Crouch (Swiftwick Factory Racing p/b Cumberland Transit)||Row 96 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Eric Christ (Bicycle Heaven/Team Bicycle Heaven)||Row 97 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Ken Benesh (Feedback Sports Racing)||Row 98 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Luke Batchelor-Clark (Magnus)||Row 99 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Edward Baker (Team Kappius)||Row 100 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Edwin Bull (Van Dessel Factory Team)||Row 101 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Molly Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio)||Row 102 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Matt Shriver (Trek Cyclocross Collective)||Row 103 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Jacob Lasley (Team Soundpony)||Row 104 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Weston Schempf (Charm City Cycling LLC)||Row 105 - Cell 2|
|DNS||Christopher Jones (Team Rapha-FOCUS)||Row 106 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Samuel Weinberg||Row 107 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Spencer Powlison (Evol Elite Racing)||Row 108 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kevin Berger (Team Wheel & Sprocket)||Row 109 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Stephen Hyde (Northampton Cycling Club)||Row 110 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Kevin Bradford-Parish (Cyclocrossracing.com)||Row 111 - Cell 2|
|DNF||Christian Favata (Favata's TRT Bicycles||Row 112 - Cell 2|
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