On Friday afternoon, the younger juniors got their chance in the spotlight with cross country races held for riders 14 and under. They competed over varying distances and loops, depending on age and gender.
Spence Peterson (Above Category Racing) of Mill Valley, California, won the junior men's 13-14 race ahead of Jansen Lindner (Cycle Youth Devo / Kenda) and Hayes Ward (Onion River Sports).
"It was rough - fast at the beginning and then slow up top. It was dusty and rocky, too," said Peterson, who had plenty of time to practice riding the course. "I've been on the course since Tuesday night. I also took the chairlift up and rode down the descent to get a better feel for it."
Peterson took over the lead on the singletrack portion of the climb on the first lap. "Second place was just 10 seconds behind me at the top of the climb on the first lap, but I guess I was faster on the descent." Peterson held onto his lead, riding strongly to a win.
In the junior women's 13-14 race, Kaylee Blevins (Durango Devo) won ahead of Myia Wood and Taylor Fogg (Front Rangers).
"I was at the front from the start," said Blevins. "It was hard. I felt bad at the beginning on the uphill, but then once it started levelling out, I found my groove and started going."
Trevor Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works) led the junior men 11-12 into the finish for a win.
"Coming down Patriot (the descent - ed.), it was really dusty," said Baldwin. "I was fourth at the start and didn't know what I was going to do, but then I caught my competition up high in the singletrack." Baldwin finished second at nationals in Mount Snow two years ago, but this was his first win at a national championship.
Christopher Blevins finished second behind Baldwin, and Ben Hogan (Boulder Junior Cycling) was third.
Younger brother Nathan Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works) won the junior men's 10 & under race ahead of Cole Avery and Ross Ellwood.
Ksenia Lepikhina was crowned national champion in the junior women's 11-12 race while Haily Swirbul was second, and Nadina Junuzovic (Austin PARD) finished third.
Among the youngest women aged 10 & under, Lillian Frasier (Hill Country Bicycle Works) was the fastest for the win.
"It was really hard starting in the middle of that hill," said Frasier. "I had a really good race and passed people."
Courtney Comer (Acqua AL 2 / San Diego Bicycle Club) finished second behind Frasier. Mary Allen, also riding for Hill Country Bicycle Works, was third.
|1||Spence Peterson (Above Category Racing)||1:17:08|
|2||Jansen Lindner (Cycle Youth Devo / Kenda)||0:02:43|
|3||Hayes Ward (Onion River Sports)||0:02:52|
|4||Keegan Swirbul (Basalt Bike and Ski)||0:05:34|
|5||Stephan Davoust (Durango Devo)||0:07:37|
|6||Levi Kurlander (Durango Devo)||0:07:56|
|8||Luke Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:08:19|
|10||Jack Keane (Above Category Racing)||0:11:49|
|11||Austin Clevenger (Rad Racing NW / Hagens Berman)||0:12:29|
|12||Zachary Edwards (Team Waste Management)||0:12:33|
|13||W. Grant Ellwood||0:12:47|
|14||Kenny Polley (Landis / Trek)||0:12:53|
|15||Austin Joyner (Giordana / Clif Bar Cycling Team)||0:13:41|
|16||Jacob Ehlinger (CycleSports / Fast Forward Junior Devo T)||0:16:05|
|17||Damian Castillo (Austin PARD)||0:18:55|
|19||Skyler Taylor (Above Category Racing)||0:20:32|
|20||Austin Vincent (CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast)||0:21:48|
|21||Mason Shea (Austin PARD)||0:22:10|
|22||Alexander Scott (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:25:52|
|23||Evan Carlin (Boulder Junior Cycling)||0:28:49|
|24||Ryan Westermann (Spin Cycle Racing)||0:29:18|
|25||Alexander Willie (SMBA)||0:30:36|
|26||Kyle Bloesser (Front Rangers)||0:31:12|
|29||Nicholas Roberson (Bicycles Inc)||1:02:56|
|DNS||Torin McDonald (Boulder Junior Cycling)|
|DNF||Matthew Dutczak (South Chicago Wheelman)|
|DNF||Michael Dessau (Team 5280 / Slipstream)|
|DNF||Hunter Reehoorn (Front Rangers Cycling Club-Colo Spgs)|
|DNF||Cully Brown (Durango DEVO)|
|DNF||Zack Gould (Vic's Espresso Cycling Team)|
|DNF||Jordan Watkins (EXPO Racing)|
|DNF||William Wodrich (Sunnyside Sports)|
|DNF||Montana Johnson (Cycletherapy)|
|1||Kaylee blevins (Durango Devo)||0:50:28|
|3||Taylor Fogg (Front Rangers - Col Spgs)||0:10:13|
|5||Jenny Lewis (Cyclesports Fast Forward Racing)||0:16:39|
|7||Ursula Jaimes (Austin PARD)||0:24:18|
|8||McCauley Smith (Boulder Jr Cycling)||0:27:05|
|10||Kendra Wiebers (Adrenaline Race Team)||0:38:13|
|1||Trevor Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:46:48|
|3||Ben Hogan (Boulder Junior Cycling)||0:09:38|
|4||Troy Sladeck (Santa Cruz Bicycles)||0:05:39|
|5||Evan Williams (Bear Valley Bikes)||0:07:53|
|6||Quintin Cook (Vail Mtn Bike Camps)||0:08:58|
|8||Alexander Ward (Austin PARD)||0:10:28|
|12||Jacob Grant (Camacho Racers)||0:15:45|
|14||Bo Franklin (Team F.I.Taos)||0:19:09|
|15||Keirnan Green (Austin Parks and Recreation)||0:20:22|
|16||Blake Milner (Reno Wheelmen)||0:23:18|
|18||Aidan Scott (Hill County Bicycle Works)||0:23:48|
|20||Hayden Price (Austin PARD)||0:37:43|
|21||Bowen Novaez (teamhammerheadbicycles)||1:35:10|
|DNF||Joey Cote (Bicycles Inc.)|
|3||Nadina Junuzovic (Austin PARD)||0:04:08|
|1||Nathan Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:41:15|
|4||Ekrem Ayhan (PCSST Mountain Lions)||0:00:55|
|5||Matteo Jorgenson (BYRDS)||0:01:23|
|6||Mitchell Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:01:48|
|7||Colton Sacket (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:02:10|
|8||Luke Fleming (Solar Eclipse)||0:06:23|
|9||David Polley (Landis / Trek)||0:07:22|
|10||Parker Given (Hill Country Bicycleworks)||0:07:56|
|11||Cassidy Bailey (SMBA)||0:09:56|
|14||Niklas Schelling (SMBA)||0:15:09|
|15||William Roberson (Bike Barn Texas)||0:15:30|
|20||Mitchell Dutczak (South Chicago Wheelman)||0:32:42|
|1||Lillian Frasier (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:55:04|
|2||Courtney Comer (ACQUA AL 2/San Diego Bicycle Club)||0:20:27|
|3||Mary Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)||0:22:37|
|4||Katherine Roberson (Bike Barn Texas)||0:23:01|
|DNF||Claire Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)|
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