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Hyde wins US cyclo-cross championship

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Stephen Hyde wins the 2018 US cyclo-cross championship

Stephen Hyde wins the 2018 US cyclo-cross championship
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) leading Powers with less than two laps remaining

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) leading Powers with less than two laps remaining
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) riding in a group of six early in the contest

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) riding in a group of six early in the contest
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A select group of five led by Ortenblad tackle one of the steeper climbs

A select group of five led by Ortenblad tackle one of the steeper climbs
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Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund/NCC) riding with the leaders during the initial lap

Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund/NCC) riding with the leaders during the initial lap
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Kerry Werner (Kona) on the front row with his "good luck" necklace

Kerry Werner (Kona) on the front row with his "good luck" necklace
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) would be racing to keep his USA jersey

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) would be racing to keep his USA jersey
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Curtis White (Cannondale) and Kerry Werner (Kona) led the charge at the start

Curtis White (Cannondale) and Kerry Werner (Kona) led the charge at the start
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) led into the big hill on lap one

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) led into the big hill on lap one
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) trying unsuccessfully to distance himself from Powers with two laps remaining

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) trying unsuccessfully to distance himself from Powers with two laps remaining
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Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz) leading down a sketchy descent early in the race

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz) leading down a sketchy descent early in the race
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Troy Wells (Clif Bar) railed the descents due to his mountain biking skills

Troy Wells (Clif Bar) railed the descents due to his mountain biking skills
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) takes his second consecutive national championship

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) takes his second consecutive national championship
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Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) riding his trainer in his 2017 kit

Stephen Hyde (Cannondale) riding his trainer in his 2017 kit
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) led out Hyde with one lap to go

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) led out Hyde with one lap to go
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Stephen Hyde wins the 2018 US cyclo-cross championship

Stephen Hyde wins the 2018 US cyclo-cross championship
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Stephen Hyde (Canndondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) successfully defended his US cyclo-cross title Sunday in Reno, Nevada, winning a two-up duel over the final laps with four-time champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championships. Kerry Werner (Kona) was third.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label Racing) took the hole shot in the elite men's race at the head of a large group that included Werner, Powers and Hyde in tow.

Powers went to the front of the pack early in the lap, stringing out the bunch behind as a lead group of seven started to form. Powers led up the run-up on the first lap, dismounting to trek up the soft soil on the hill.

In the lead group were Powers, Ortenblad, Werner, Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund / NCC), Hyde, Curtis White (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Cody Kaiser, who eventually lost contact with a bobble on the barriers.

"I knew it was going to come pretty quickly," Hyde said of the lead group's formation. "I had watched the other races, and the gaps were starting to form in the fast races. These were all the players that I thought were going to be there. So really it was a game of patience from there. I really didn’t make any big accelerations or big moves. I was happy to sit on the back of the group and let these guys push wind."

Powers continued in the lead on the second lap, pouring on the pressure in the lead group of six. Powers’ pressure started to stretch the lead group, but the group of six started the third lap together.

With Powers continuing to apply the pressure, the leaders opened up their gap over the chase, which Kaiser lead nearly a quarter minute behind. White flatted out of the lead group during lap three, leaving Powers, Werner, Ortenblad, Hyde and Kisseberth up front.

The lead quintet took started the fourth lap (five to go) with more than 20 seconds over a small chase group that included Kaiser, white and Allen Krughoff. Jonathan Page (Assos-Shimano), riding his final US championship, lingered just behind.

Powers put in another burst, appearing to put Werner in trouble as he yo-yoed in and out of the group, which was stretching near to the breaking point under Powers’ pressure. Ortenblad followed Powers, with Hyde looking comfortable in third and Kisseberth next.

Bad luck struck Kisseberth, however, as he flatted and dropped from the group, leaving Powers, Ortenblad and Hyde up front. Werner struggled to recapture the wheels, but the pace up front was too much.

Powers accelerated again, forcing Hyde to jump past Ortenblad. The defending champion then accelerated past a gassed Powers to establish a solo lead. But Powers chased hard, dropping Ortenblad and eventually getting back on terms with Hyde with three laps to go.

"When I saw Tobin start to kind of wave around, I was like, ‘OK, he can’t close the gap.’ So I attacked the both of them," Hyde said. 

"We dropped Tobin and I knew that was the nail in the coffin there," he said. "It was up in the air if could drop Jeremy, and he came back. Super strong – super, super strong. It was a really big battle on that last lap."

Hyde continued on the front of the lead duo, with Powers chasing a bike length or two behind and Ortenblad continuing to fade, trailing by more than 30 seconds with two laps remaining.

Powers accelerated past Hyde on a slight uphill, forcing the defending champion back into the second position.

Powers led through the start/finish and immediately accelerated, but Hyde matched the effort. Hyde attacked next and opened a small gap, but Powers came though the sand section in contact with the defending champion. Powers went back to the front to try and control the race.

Hyde retook the lead on a fast downhill section just before the run-up, where he opened up a small gap. Powers was unable to respond as Hyde continued to open the margin.

"Both of us knew it was going to be who did this run-up on the last lap," Hyde said. "He passed me really hard, and I passed him in that last one, and we were able to make it out of the big chicane without crashing and I got the gap."

After the race, Hyde admitted he was hungry not to be a one-off champion, and he was also excited about keeping his current race wardrobe intact.

"This year it’s big. I’m coming in with the stars-and-stripes already. I spent a long couple of hours this morning staring at my kits and thinking, ‘Man, I don’t want to have to repack all my bags,'" he joked. 

"It was really, really important to me, but it was also terrifying," Hyde said. "I knew I was in good shape. I had a little injury coming in a couple weeks ago. I was off the bike for a week, but you know, I’m really fresh from it. I just stayed really positive, and I was hungry. I was very, very hungry for a second time. I did not want to be a one-time winner."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Stephen Hyde (USA) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld0:59:09
2Jeremy Powers (USA) Aspire Racing0:00:13
3Kerry Werner (USA) Kona0:01:15
4Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing0:01:19
5Curtis White (USA) Cannondate pb Cyclocrossworld.c0:01:20
6Jack Kisseberth (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:01:23
7Tristan Cowie (USA) Triple Oaks Racing0:01:49
8Allen Krughoff (USA)0:02:02
9Jonathan Page (USA) ASSOS/Shimano0:02:05
10Travis Livermon (USA) Maxxis/Shimano0:02:17
11Cody Kaiser (USA)0:02:32
12Justin Lindine (USA) Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads0:02:45
13James Driscoll (USA)0:03:03
14Troy Wells (USA) TEAM CLIF BAR Cycling0:03:11
15Stephan Davoust (USA)0:03:22
16Scott Smith (USA) JAM Fund / NCC0:03:28
17Anthony Clark (USA)0:03:37
18Bjorn Selander (USA) Bora Teamwear/Bigham Bilt0:04:02
19Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA)0:04:39
20Allan Schroeder (USA)0:04:59
21Ian Mcpherson (USA) Evil Racing0:05:21
22Sean Babcock (USA) Team S&M0:05:22
@1LapDavid Greif (USA) Velo Reno P/B Western Lithium
@2LapsAlex Wild (USA) Specialized Factory Racing
@2LapsJosh Direen (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports
@2LapsCody Cupp (USA)
@2LapsMax Judelson (USA)
@2LapsTyler Cloutier (USA) Renewed Cyclocross
@2LapsBrendan Lehman (USA) Rock Lobster
@2LapsZachary Curtis (USA) BMB Racing
@3LapsJules Goguely (USA) NBX Bikes
@3LapsRhys Louis (USA) The Velo Ambassador
@3LapsLucas Rowton (USA) Montrose Bike Shop
@3LapsMichael Landry (USA) CT Cycling Advancement Program
@3LapsRobert Cummings (USA) Dialed Cycling Team
@3LapsAj Snovel (USA) Jakroo-HiFi pb Felt Bicycles
DNFJosh Kelley (USA)
DNSSkyler Mackey (USA) Transitions LIfeCare p/b InSync
DNSAndrew Loaiza (USA) Cyclepatch PDX
DNSErik Tonkin (USA) Team S&M CX

 

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