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Owen wins US junior 'cross title

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Logan Owen (Redline) wins the Junior Men's 17-18 USA National Championship, his eighth consecutive title in the junior ranks

Logan Owen (Redline) wins the Junior Men's 17-18 USA National Championship, his eighth consecutive title in the junior ranks (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Juniors chasing the leaders on the pavement

Juniors chasing the leaders on the pavement (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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USA Champion Katie Comton watches the racing action from her warm-up tent

USA Champion Katie Comton watches the racing action from her warm-up tent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The media mobbed junior men's champion Logan Owen at the end of the race

The media mobbed junior men's champion Logan Owen at the end of the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Many riders appeared to be either injured or have mechanical problems after crashing on the ice at the start

Many riders appeared to be either injured or have mechanical problems after crashing on the ice at the start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Nolan McQueen (Bob’'s Red Mill) and Isaac Jonas fighting for dry footing on a descent

Nolan McQueen (Bob’'s Red Mill) and Isaac Jonas fighting for dry footing on a descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ryan Ramirez (The Pony Shop) on the long descent

Ryan Ramirez (The Pony Shop) on the long descent (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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The temperatures were dropping throughout the race

The temperatures were dropping throughout the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Garrett Gerchar (Boulder Junior Cycling)

Garrett Gerchar (Boulder Junior Cycling) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Riders descend a slick track

Riders descend a slick track (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Isaac Jonas (KCOI U20) descending in the mud

Isaac Jonas (KCOI U20) descending in the mud (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Riders begin the big descent off the ridge

Riders begin the big descent off the ridge (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Curtis White (Hot Tubes) on his last lap

Curtis White (Hot Tubes) on his last lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Peter Goguen (CF Racing p/b Portsmouth Trek) finishing up in third place

Peter Goguen (CF Racing p/b Portsmouth Trek) finishing up in third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Curtis White (Hot Tubes) takes the hole shot while carnage takes place behind the leaders

Curtis White (Hot Tubes) takes the hole shot while carnage takes place behind the leaders (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Maxx Chance (Clif Bar) on a steep muddy climb

Maxx Chance (Clif Bar) on a steep muddy climb (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Nolan Brady (Revel Consulting/RAD Racing)

Nolan Brady (Revel Consulting/RAD Racing) (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Skyler Mackey (Team Soundpony) riding a climb that many had to run

Skyler Mackey (Team Soundpony) riding a climb that many had to run (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Multiple crashes occurred as riders hit ice near the start/finish

Multiple crashes occurred as riders hit ice near the start/finish (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Junior men's front row

Junior men's front row (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Laura Keough getting ready to cheer for her brother Peter

Laura Keough getting ready to cheer for her brother Peter (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Junior men rounding a tight muddy turn

Junior men rounding a tight muddy turn (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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At times running was faster than riding today

At times running was faster than riding today (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Spencer Downing (Clif Bar) got caught up in the crash at the start

Spencer Downing (Clif Bar) got caught up in the crash at the start (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Peter Goguen (CF Racing p/b Portsmouth Trek) running the barriers in second place

Peter Goguen (CF Racing p/b Portsmouth Trek) running the barriers in second place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Curtis White (Hot Tubes) chasing Goguen in third place

Curtis White (Hot Tubes) chasing Goguen in third place (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Mud built up on the bikes even on the first lap

Mud built up on the bikes even on the first lap (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Ian McPherson (Clif Bar) running the barriers on lap one

Ian McPherson (Clif Bar) running the barriers on lap one (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Curtis White (Hot Tubes) leading Goguen on lap two up one of the climbs

Curtis White (Hot Tubes) leading Goguen on lap two up one of the climbs (Image credit: Dave McElwaine)
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Logan Owen (Redline) opened a massive lead early in the race

Logan Owen (Redline) opened a massive lead early in the race (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Logan Owen (Redline) answering questions by the media at the finish

Logan Owen (Redline) answering questions by the media at the finish (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)
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Logan Owen (Redline) running the barriers on lap one

Logan Owen (Redline) running the barriers on lap one (Image credit: Dave McElwaine/trailwatch.net)

Falling temperatures started to thicken the Wisconsin mud and freeze sections of the course before the start of the Junior 17-18 Men’s race at US Cyclo-cross Nationals. Logan Owen (Team Redline) went into today’s race with a firm plan to send the top ranked junior rider in the world, Mathieu van der Poel, a clear message that he would have a serious challenger at the upcoming world championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Owen took the lead on the first hill and didn't let up until he crossed the finish line two minutes ahead of his closest competitor.

"I went out there and made a statement to van der Poel that I'm riding strong," said Owen after the race. "I want to show him that I am going to at least stay with him at Louisville and give him a run for his money."

A pile up in the first turn of the race caused by a slippery road surface gave the front row starters an uncluttered path through the hole-shot. Several riders including Curtis White (Hot Tubes) Logan Owen, and Maxx Chance (Clif Bar) used the opportunity to grab a clean line through the first muddy sections of the course.

Owen quickly established a sizable lead with his metronome-like pace on the steep Koppen-Badger hill that heads into the top of the course. Curtis White provided a brief challenge to Owen before settling into a battle for second with Peter Goguen (C.F. Racing P/B Trek Portsmouth.) "I was trying to stay with Logan," said White. "I got the hole shot, and there was some bumping, but that's racing. Then Logan just kind of rode away."

Owen pitted several times and determined that his Redline equipped with DI2 shifting to be the right bike for the day. "The DI2 was working awesome," said Owen about his bikes ability to maneuver through the thickening mud. "That stuff works way better in the mud than mechanical shifting."

After a brief scare from Skyler Mackey (Team Soundpony), White settled into a protracted battle with Goguen, who was also riding a bike set up with DI2 shifting. "After that second pit I just put a few bike lengths into him and then just started to chip away at him bit by bit," said White who is pre-selected for Worlds in Louisville based on his current World Cup finishes. "A lot of places there is just no line, you just had to power through it, and you were just slipping and sliding."

As Owen went into the last lap he appeared to have a mechanical problem and decided to run his bike to the pit from a close-by 180-degree turn. "I was trying to get my gloves off," laughed Owen when asked about his troubles. "I just stopped in the pit and took my gloves off. They were getting too muddy."

For Owen, his 8th national championship is part of his build up to the world championships scheduled for Louisville, Kentucky on February 2nd. "I'm feeling great, I'm ready to go to Louisville," said Owen about his chances heading into Worlds. "I'm on really good form right now, and hopefully I can hold it into Worlds."

Full Results

Junior men 17-18
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Logan Owen (Team Redline)0:43:19
2Curtis White (Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team Inc.)0:01:58
3Peter Goguen (C.F. Racing)0:02:24
4David Lombardo (Verdigris-Village CX Team/Village-Verdigris Cycling)0:04:30
5Anders Nystrom (BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad))0:04:56
6Josey Weik (ISCorp Cycling/NCSF)0:05:00
7Maxx Chance (Clif Bar Development Cross Team)0:05:16
8Ian McPherson (Clif Bar Development Cross Team)0:05:40
9Nolan Brady (Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW)0:05:44
10Ian Haupt (My Wife Inc)0:06:10
11Tyler Schwartz (SDG Felt)0:06:22
12Garrett Gerchar (Boulder Junior Cycling)0:08:11
13Gunner Dygert (BISSELL-ABG-GIANT/Indianapolis Cycling Club)0:08:26
14John Francisco (Red Zone Cycling)0:08:43
15Dylan Vance (901 Racing)0:09:31
16Earl Gage (JBV Coaching)0:09:49
17Ethan Furois (Gopher Wheelmen)0:10:00
18Douglas Hall (The TEAM SoCalCross/The TEAM)0:10:41
19Nevin Whittemore (Boulder Junior Cycling)0:12:17
-1lapKeegan Sotebeer (Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co)
-1lapColin Catlin (Gopher Wheelmen)
-1lapSkyler Mackey (Team Soundpony)
-1lapNicholas Torraca (Mad Duck Racing)
-1lapStephen Bassett (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross Team/Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross)
-1lapNolan McQueen (Bob's Red Mill Cyclocross)
-1lapJonathan Anderson (Essex County Velo)
-1lapDavid Hart (County Cycles/Gopher Wheelmen)
-1lapGarrett Roth (ISCorp Cycling/NCSF)
-1lapEli Hemming (Groove Subaru-Alpha Bicycle Co)
-1lapAndrew Bailey (Dean Endurance MTB/Piney Flats Bicycles/Tri Cities Road Club)
-1lapLuke Beemer (Midwest Development Cycling Inc.)
-1lapAndris Delins (County Cycles/Gopher Wheelmen)
-1lapNolan Tankersley (MSG Cyclocross/Tri Cities Road Club)
-1lapIsaac Jonas (KCOI U20)
-2lapsDavid OBrien (Revel Consulting/Rad Racing NW)
-2lapsZachary Carlson (Matrix/RBM/Matrix Cycling Club)
-2lapsSpencer Downing (Clif Bar Development Cross Team)
-2lapsRyan Ramirez (The Pony Shop)
-2lapsRyan Munko (UPMC Cycling Performance)
-2lapsMichael Gaines (Gopher Wheelmen)
-2lapsDaniel Santos (Red Zone Cycling)
-2lapsEric Botos (BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Dev Squad))
-2lapsSam Winters (Dire Wolf Racing)
-2lapsBrian Gaines (Gopher Wheelmen)
-2lapsLane Johnson (KCOI U20)
-2lapsCameron Hooyer ()
DNFNathaniel Morse (Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team Inc.)
DNFTom Mosby (Cyclocrossracing.com)
DNFJacob Schilling (Team Mack Racing/Team Mack Racing Assoc. LTD)
DNFTaylor Squillaci (Get Out! New Mexico)

 

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