Katie Clouse (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), after taking the Collegiate title earlier in the week, added to her victory tally in the U23 Women's race at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Wheaton, Illinois.
Clouse passed early attacker Lauren Zoerner (Alpha Bicycle Co) on the first lap and never looked back, opening up more time every lap to take her third straight national title in cyclo-cross.
The 2019 U23 champion and 2018 junior champion topped Maddie Munro (Trek Factory Racing) and teammate Lizzy Gunsalas, with Zoerner battling to fourth.
It was Clouse's 34th national title across three different disciplines, from 'cross, road and mountain bike.
"I think today was pretty special because I know how strong Maddie is," Clouse said. "She's so strong, so I knew it was going to be a hard race. She's one of my top competitors and one of my good friends so it was a good day."
Clouse returned from a three-week European campaign that included a top-10 at the World Cup in Besançon in the elite field and will return for another stint over the Christmas holiday.
"I think it was good, our last couple of races were super muddy - I know the US races have been super fast and dry so it was good to get some muddy races in before today. I'm glad it was muddy, it made for a good race, it made it more technical."
|Pos.||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Katie Clouse (USA) Cannondale Cyclocross World||0:47:29|
|2||Madigan Munro (USA) Trek Factory Racing||0:01:09|
|3||Lizzy Gunsalus (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com||0:03:04|
|4||Lauren Zoerner (USA) Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Silverthorne||0:04:34|
|5||Cassidy Hickey (USA)||0:05:13|
|6||Natalie Quinn (USA) Fort Lewis College||0:05:27|
|7||Ellie Mitchell (USA) NWCX Project||0:07:07|
|8||Ruth Holcomb (USA) Fort Lewis College||0:07:11|
|9||Bridget Tooley (USA) Easton-Liv|
|10||Hannah Dickson (USA) Sycamore Cycles|
|11||Madelyn Roberson (USA) Fort Lewis College|
|12||Skylar Bovine (USA) Cxhairs Devo : Trek Bikes|
|13||Ella Dishong (USA) Columbia/Guipago Cycles|
|14||Sabrina Hayes (USA) Fort Lewis College|
|15||Abigail Yates (USA) Bike Mart / Liv|
|16||Tessa Greep (USA) Lindsey Wilson College|
|17||Madeline Smith (USA) Green Line Velo Driven by Zipcar|
|18||Jordan Gwyen Austin (USA) XXX Racing - Athletico|
|19||Mia Scarlato (USA) Marian University|
|20||Kathryn McDicken (USA)|
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Deputy Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks.
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