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Ryan captures Junior 17-18 US Cyclo-cross title

Alexis Ryan (Team Socalcross) took the hole shot and never looked back securing a solo victory at the women’s Junior 17-18 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships held on Friday in Bend, Oregon. Emily Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling Team) and Kaitlyn Lawrence (Charm City Cycling Ltd) round out the podium in second and third place respectively.

"I started off and there was no one around me," Ryan said. "I usually start fast and then everyone passes me. It feels so good to win. You really crave a win like this after a while, thank God I got it."

The Junior 17-18 women completed three laps of a challenging circuit held in the Old Mill District. A day and half worth of rain pooled on the course causing sections of deep water and an overall sloppy and muddy cyclo-cross experience.

"I usually have a really fast start and I knew I had to get in the front early or else I would fumble behind people," Ryan said. "I just charged it and looked back and only Kaitlyn was there. I just kept going, stumbled a bit but got back around. I’m good at fast starts, that’s my thing."

Ryan noted that muddy races are not typically her forte being from the fair weather climate of Southern California.

"It is so nice and warm where I race," Ryan said. "I actually like racing in the mud, it’s probably my favorite because we don’t get mud in Southern California. But, the cold really just killed me. I practically had to walk up the stair because I couldn’t feel my feet. It was so hard. The grass was muddy and thick."

Still, she proved to be the strongest and technically flawless rider in her category opening up and maintaining a 30-second margin ahead of her nearest competitor Emily Shields.

"I just tried to kill the first lap but started fading at the end," Ryan said. "When the two younger riders caught me I was like, 'oh s--t they are making me look bad."

The race of the day came from the duo Corrie Osborne (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.) who won the women’s Junior 15-16 category and second placed competitor Sarah Huang (Planet Bike).

"I race Sarah every week and we are both from Wisconsin," Osborne said. "I started off the season pretty bad and wasn’t able to keep up with her but in the end I started to be able to keep up with her. I thought, I mine as well go and try to win. I put everything into the race."

The younger category started the race roughly 30 seconds after the Junior 17-18 year olds. Both Huang and Osborne blasted over the circuit’s gruelingly steep pitches and caught and passed all of the older riders, including race winner Ryan.

"I felt good on the stairs and the hills," Osborne said. "Sarah doesn’t like hills too much. But she was awesome in the mud."

The course incorporated three steep hills, a set of stairs and a fly over. The ground was slick with sections of ice and mud that made negotiating the tight corners and off camber sections a difficult task.

Having caught all of the riders in the older category, Osborne raced for the Junior 15-16 win with clear shot at the finish line.

"When you’re in first and you see no one else on the course it’s kind of scary, "Osborne said. "I went to nationals last year and got fourth. It’s been great riding with Sarah because she is just amazing. Racing with her is so awesome."

Junior Women 10-12
1Ashley Zoerner (International Christian Cycling Club)0:18:24
2Veda Gerasimek (Project Velo Racing/One Call Now)
3Frances Haley (Red Zone Cycling)0:01:47
4Cate McShane (Red Zone Cycling)0:02:20
5Anya Malarski (Minnesota Junior Cycling Inc.)0:02:21
6Haley Wilson0:04:47
7Isabella Myrah0:09:32
8Alyssa Hoyt0:09:44
9Clarisa Ortega (Celo Pacific)0:10:20
10Vianne HibnerHereford0:11:45
DNSEris Albert Minckler (Celo Pacific)
DNFCayla Crockell
DNFMadeleine Green (Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts)

Junior Women 13-14
1Emma White (Capital Bicycle Racing Club)0:15:56
2Mina Anderberg (Flatiron Flyers Junior Cycling)0:00:46
3Emma Swartz (Planet Bike)0:01:03
4Tiziana DeHorney (Active Knowledge)0:01:07
5Ksenia Lepikhina0:01:47
6Eden Webb (Red Zone Cycling)0:02:03
7Victoria Gates (Northeast Bicycle Club)0:02:12
8Emily Falk (Red Zone Cycling)0:03:02
9Katherine Santos (Red Zone Cycling)0:03:31
10Rachel Dobrozsi (Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts)0:03:48
11Avery Morin (Team Mad Cat)0:04:05
12Mackenzie Green (Queen City Wheels/Lionhearts)0:04:22
13olivia barrell (Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman)0:04:39
14Susannah Hart0:04:48

Women - Open - Junior - 15-16
1Corrie Osborne (Nova Cycle Sports Foundation Inc.)0:28:56
2Sarah Huang (Planet Bike)0:00:19
3Andrea Casebolt (Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman)0:02:41
4Laurel Rathbun0:02:49
5Bailey Semian (Chester County Cycling Foundation/Team Alliance Environmental)0:04:23
6Hannah Mossman (Project Velo Racing)0:05:10
7Anna Milton0:07:24
8Madeleine Myall (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized)0:07:50
9Sharon Hart0:09:20
10Marisa Reid-1lap

Women - Open - Junior - 17-18
1Alexis Ryan (The Team Socalcross)0:30:11
2Emily Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling Team)0:00:26
3Kaitlyn Lawrence (Charm City Cycling Llc)0:00:41
4Katherine Shields (Carolina Masters Cycling Team)0:01:02
5Emily Curley (Blue Steel Cyclery)0:01:27
6Clarissa Freeman0:03:00
7Catherine Maier (Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman)0:03:08
8Claire DeVoe (Multnomah Athletic Club)0:03:18
9Annika Johannesen0:04:24
10Allison Ross0:05:01
11Sierra Reid0:09:42
12Kara Doescher0:09:52
13Hannah Hart-1lap
DNSGrace Alexander (BYRDS)


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Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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