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Katie Clouse secures U23 women's title at US cyclo-cross championships

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USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals

(Image credit: Wil Matthews)
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USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals

(Image credit: Wil Matthews)

Katie Clouse (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) won the under-23 women’s race at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Championships at Lakewood, Washington, on Sunday. Clouse finished more than two minutes ahead of runner-up Hannah Arensman (JA King Cyclocross) and Shannon Mallory (NWCX Project).

"I had a few [mistakes], but I wanted to ride a consistent race and do the best that I could," Clouse said in a post-race interview. "It's been 31 [national title victories] but I've trained the most than I ever have in the last two years.

"I got really fortunate this year to get on this team [Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld]. It's a well-respected program and I'm really excited about it. It's been a season of growing and I'm excited about what's to come."

Clouse built a lead straight off the start line and throughout the opening lap showing that her strength and technical skills on the challenging course were far superior to those of her rivals.

Her lead grew to over a minute over a chasing Arensman with two laps to go, while riders Mallory, Katja Freeburn (Linear Sport-Trek), Turner Ramsay (Alpha Bicycle Co-Groove Suba), Ellie Mitchell (NWCX Project), Tristen Musselman (Fort Lewis), Alijah Beatty (Marian University), Aliza Tobias (Brevard College) and Anna Savage (NCC/Jam) trailed separately behind inside the top 10.

Clouse still looked strong on the run-up located near the start of the circuit on the last lap. She pushed her gap out to over two minutes as she orbited the circuit on her way to victory.

Clouse will compete at a series of World Cups, several UCI-sanctioned events, and participate in a training camp in Europe ahead of the World Championships.

"This was a really good week of training. The world cups are not going to be easy. I got to race collegiate, and this week, it was a good week. I'm really excited."

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Katie Clouse (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) 0:42:12
2Hannah Arensman (JA King Cyclocross) 0:02:30
3Shannon Mallory (NWCX Project) 0:04:06
4Katja Freeburn (Linear Sport RT/Trek) 0:04:55
5Turner Ramsay (Alpha Bicycle Co - Groove Suba) 0:07:06
6Ellie Mitchell (NWCX Project) 0:08:15
7Tristen Musselman (Fort Lewis College) 0:08:53
8Alijah Beatty (Marian Univerity Cycling) 0:10:15
@1LapAnna Savage (NCC/JAM)
@1LapAliza Tobias (Brevard College)
@1LapElizabeth Huuki (Army West Point Cycling)
@1LapAshley Zoerner (Blue Factory Stages)
@1LapHannah Dickson (Sycamore Cycles)
@1LapHayden Gizinski (NWCX Project)
@2LapLauren Ziehnert (TCNF LEGAL Racing Team)
DNSMason Hopkins (Warren Wilson College)

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