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Young juniors get the spotlight

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The start of the junior women 11-12 race.

The start of the junior women 11-12 race. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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And they're off.

And they're off. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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The junior men 10 and under roll off.

The junior men 10 and under roll off. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Junior women 10 and under start off up a big hill.

Junior women 10 and under start off up a big hill. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Kaylee Blevins (Durango Devo) is the new Junior women's 13-14 champion.

Kaylee Blevins (Durango Devo) is the new Junior women's 13-14 champion. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Lilly Frasier is the new Junior women's 10

Lilly Frasier is the new Junior women's 10 (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)
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Spence Peterson (Above Category Racing) is the new Junior men's 13-14 champion.

Spence Peterson (Above Category Racing) is the new Junior men's 13-14 champion. (Image credit: Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor)

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.


Junior men 13-14
1Spence Peterson (Above Category Racing)1:17:08
2Jansen Lindner (Cycle Youth Devo / Kenda)0:02:43
3Hayes Ward (Onion River Sports)0:02:52
4Keegan Swirbul (Basalt Bike and Ski)0:05:34
5Stephan Davoust (Durango Devo)0:07:37
6Levi Kurlander (Durango Devo)0:07:56
7Joe Christiansen0:07:59
8Luke Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:08:19
9Zachary Carlson0:10:09
10Jack Keane (Above Category Racing)0:11:49
11Austin Clevenger (Rad Racing NW / Hagens Berman)0:12:29
12Zachary Edwards (Team Waste Management)0:12:33
13W. Grant Ellwood0:12:47
14Kenny Polley (Landis / Trek)0:12:53
15Austin Joyner (Giordana / Clif Bar Cycling Team)0:13:41
16Jacob Ehlinger (CycleSports / Fast Forward Junior Devo T)0:16:05
17Damian Castillo (Austin PARD)0:18:55
18Max Neuman0:19:50
19Skyler Taylor (Above Category Racing)0:20:32
20Austin Vincent (CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast)0:21:48
21Mason Shea (Austin PARD)0:22:10
22Alexander Scott (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:25:52
23Evan Carlin (Boulder Junior Cycling)0:28:49
24Ryan Westermann (Spin Cycle Racing)0:29:18
25Alexander Willie (SMBA)0:30:36
26Kyle Bloesser (Front Rangers)0:31:12
27Evan Williams0:40:05
28Anders Nystrom0:50:24
29Nicholas Roberson (Bicycles Inc)1:02:56
DNSTorin McDonald (Boulder Junior Cycling)
DNFMatthew Dutczak (South Chicago Wheelman)
DNFMichael Dessau (Team 5280 / Slipstream)
DNFHunter Reehoorn (Front Rangers Cycling Club-Colo Spgs)
DNFCully Brown (Durango DEVO)
DNFRiley Wanzek
DNFZack Gould (Vic's Espresso Cycling Team)
DNFJordan Watkins (EXPO Racing)
DNFWilliam Wodrich (Sunnyside Sports)
DNFMontana Johnson (Cycletherapy)

Junior women 13-14
1Kaylee blevins (Durango Devo)0:50:28
2Myia Wood0:03:12
3Taylor Fogg (Front Rangers - Col Spgs)0:10:13
4Rachael Jensen0:13:06
5Jenny Lewis (Cyclesports Fast Forward Racing)0:16:39
6Rachel Harris0:19:53
7Ursula Jaimes (Austin PARD)0:24:18
8McCauley Smith (Boulder Jr Cycling)0:27:05
9Sarah Oswald0:33:08
10Kendra Wiebers (Adrenaline Race Team)0:38:13

Junior men 11-12
1Trevor Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:46:48
2Christopher Blevins0:01:03
3Ben Hogan (Boulder Junior Cycling)0:09:38
4Troy Sladeck (Santa Cruz Bicycles)0:05:39
5Evan Williams (Bear Valley Bikes)0:07:53
6Quintin Cook (Vail Mtn Bike Camps)0:08:58
7A.J. Marino0:09:44
8Alexander Ward (Austin PARD)0:10:28
9Ivo Erben0:13:50
10Keenan DesPlanques0:14:02
11Henry Harris0:15:21
12Jacob Grant (Camacho Racers)0:15:45
13Brandon McNulty0:16:07
14Bo Franklin (Team F.I.Taos)0:19:09
15Keirnan Green (Austin Parks and Recreation)0:20:22
16Blake Milner (Reno Wheelmen)0:23:18
17Matthew Underhill0:23:45
18Aidan Scott (Hill County Bicycle Works)0:23:48
19Christopher Oswald0:31:20
20Hayden Price (Austin PARD)0:37:43
21Bowen Novaez (teamhammerheadbicycles)1:35:10
DNFJoey Cote (Bicycles Inc.)

Junior women 11-12
1Ksenia Lepikhina0:45:03
2Hailey Swirbul0:02:40
3Nadina Junuzovic (Austin PARD)0:04:08
4Eden Webb0:07:11
5casey carter1:09:49

Junior men 10 & under
1Nathan Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:41:15
2Cole Avery0:00:16
3Ross Ellwood0:00:35
4Ekrem Ayhan (PCSST Mountain Lions)0:00:55
5Matteo Jorgenson (BYRDS)0:01:23
6Mitchell Baldwin (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:01:48
7Colton Sacket (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:02:10
8Luke Fleming (Solar Eclipse)0:06:23
9David Polley (Landis / Trek)0:07:22
10Parker Given (Hill Country Bicycleworks)0:07:56
11Cassidy Bailey (SMBA)0:09:56
12Chase Willie0:10:38
13Jag Barton0:14:14
14Niklas Schelling (SMBA)0:15:09
15William Roberson (Bike Barn Texas)0:15:30
16William Oswald0:17:54
17Max Underhill0:22:20
18Trent MacDonald0:26:11
19James MacDonald0:28:40
20Mitchell Dutczak (South Chicago Wheelman)0:32:42
21Matthew Oswald0:36:55
DNFDavid Harris
DNFAndrew Comer

Junior women 10 & under
1Lillian Frasier (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:55:04
2Courtney Comer (ACQUA AL 2/San Diego Bicycle Club)0:20:27
3Mary Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)0:22:37
4Katherine Roberson (Bike Barn Texas)0:23:01
5Cheyenne Comer0:37:44
DNFBriana Roberson
DNFClaire Allen (Hill Country Bicycle Works)


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Sue George is an editor at Cyclingnews.  She coordinates all of the site's mountain bike race coverage and assists with the road, 'cross and track coverage.

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