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Craig kicks off Nats with a win

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The course in Bend, Oregon before it is churned up by the racers.

The course in Bend, Oregon before it is churned up by the racers.
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Megan Lawson looking determined in third place

Megan Lawson looking determined in third place
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Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) with a solid lead

Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) with a solid lead
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Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) riding the mud

Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) riding the mud
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Haley Juno-Galdes (Alto Velo-Webcor) on the pavement with one lap to go

Haley Juno-Galdes (Alto Velo-Webcor) on the pavement with one lap to go
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Megan Lawson with one lap to go

Megan Lawson with one lap to go
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) on the steps.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) on the steps.
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Megan Lawson shouldering her bike on a steep pitch

Megan Lawson shouldering her bike on a steep pitch
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Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) on a steep run-u

Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) on a steep run-u
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Snow is giving way to mud on the Bend Course

Snow is giving way to mud on the Bend Course
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The race course in Bend shortly after the singlespeed race

The race course in Bend shortly after the singlespeed race
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Kathy Pruitt and Adam Craig take enjoying their championship rides

Kathy Pruitt and Adam Craig take enjoying their championship rides
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Stella Carey (Rock Lobster) racing as the son goes down

Stella Carey (Rock Lobster) racing as the son goes down
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Megan Lawson riding solidly in third postion

Megan Lawson riding solidly in third postion
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Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) off the front of the race

Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) off the front of the race
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Haley Juno-Galdes (Alto Velo-Webcor) coming through the start/finish on the bell lap

Haley Juno-Galdes (Alto Velo-Webcor) coming through the start/finish on the bell lap
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Stella Carey (Rock Lobster) climbing the steep steps on her way to a second place finish

Stella Carey (Rock Lobster) climbing the steep steps on her way to a second place finish
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The fly over

The fly over
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The venue is quite sloppy as the snow melts

The venue is quite sloppy as the snow melts
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Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) after the race

Kathy Pruitt (Family Cycling Center) after the race
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Riders take to the steps.

Riders take to the steps.
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Fredrick Bottger proving that singlespeeders are far more likely to have beards.

Fredrick Bottger proving that singlespeeders are far more likely to have beards.
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The spectator turn-out was good.

The spectator turn-out was good.
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Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) racing to the third step on the podium.

Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) racing to the third step on the podium.
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on Cariveau (Moots) on his last lap.

on Cariveau (Moots) on his last lap.
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Cody Peterson (Rocky Mountain) riding a long stretch of mud.

Cody Peterson (Rocky Mountain) riding a long stretch of mud.
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Riders quickly learned that any attempts to draft meant collecting mud in the face.

Riders quickly learned that any attempts to draft meant collecting mud in the face.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) was quite a sight in his cut-off denim shorts.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) was quite a sight in his cut-off denim shorts.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) rides through a crowd atop a ridge.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) rides through a crowd atop a ridge.
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Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) riding a gap in the snow.

Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) riding a gap in the snow.
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Elite Women's Racer Mo Bruno-Roy enjoying the singlespeed racing.

Elite Women's Racer Mo Bruno-Roy enjoying the singlespeed racing.
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Scott Chapin (Rocklobster) seemed to be bleeding profusely.

Scott Chapin (Rocklobster) seemed to be bleeding profusely.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) with his signature shoulder shrug at the finish.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) with his signature shoulder shrug at the finish.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) does a wheelie over the finish.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) does a wheelie over the finish.
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Decorative deep-dish wheel.

Decorative deep-dish wheel.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) started conservatively.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) started conservatively.
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Men's Singlespeed start.

Men's Singlespeed start.
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Kathy Pruitt and Adam Craig enjoying their victories.

Kathy Pruitt and Adam Craig enjoying their victories.
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JT Fountain (Cyclocrossracing.com) on the front row.

JT Fountain (Cyclocrossracing.com) on the front row.
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Single Speed men's call-up was determined by a time trial on Thursday.

Single Speed men's call-up was determined by a time trial on Thursday.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) riding the race in a BMX helmet and cut-offs.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) riding the race in a BMX helmet and cut-offs.
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Scott Chapin (Rocklobster) was grooming his mustache just before the gun went off.

Scott Chapin (Rocklobster) was grooming his mustache just before the gun went off.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) attempted to ride the first steep pitch unsuccessfully.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) attempted to ride the first steep pitch unsuccessfully.
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Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) took the lead briefly as Craig was forced off his bike.

Aaron Bradford (Specialized-On Site Ultrasound) took the lead briefly as Craig was forced off his bike.
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Louis Fountain (3FCX) racing to seventh place.

Louis Fountain (3FCX) racing to seventh place.
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Racers shoulder their bikes on one of the run-ups.

Racers shoulder their bikes on one of the run-ups.
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Dylan VanWeelden on the run-up.

Dylan VanWeelden on the run-up.
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David Chiu forced to run as some riders ahead of him dismounted.

David Chiu forced to run as some riders ahead of him dismounted.
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JT Fountain (Cyclocrossracing.com) running up the long set of steps.

JT Fountain (Cyclocrossracing.com) running up the long set of steps.
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Jon Cariveau (Moots) on the steps.

Jon Cariveau (Moots) on the steps.
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Mud was flying today.

Mud was flying today.
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Endurance racer Even Plews (Kenda) riding in the top 20.

Endurance racer Even Plews (Kenda) riding in the top 20.
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Jon Cariveau (Moots) on his way to fourth place.

Jon Cariveau (Moots) on his way to fourth place.
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Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) being chased by Aaron Bradford early in the race.

Adam Craig (Giant-Rabobank) being chased by Aaron Bradford early in the race.
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Beijing Olympics mountain bike representative Adam Craig blew away the competition in front of his hometown crowd to earn the first-ever singlespeed national title.

Third-place finisher Aaron Bradford rode out front for the first couple of laps before Craig was able to create a gap and grab his first 'cross Stars-and-Stripes jersey in style. J.T. Fountain gradually surged late in the race to earn the silver medal.

Another mountain biker, Kathy Pruitt, used her technical skills to pull away from the women’s singlespeed field following a pileup on the first lap. In only her fourth ‘cross race ever, the 2009 world championship downhill bronze medalist seemed rejuvenated in her quest for a different type of Stars-and-Stripes after suffering injury at this summer’s USA Cycling Mountain Bike National Championships.

“This is fun for me right now,” said Pruitt. “It’s a hoot - all muddy, slippery and crazy. It’s just such a fun sport." Just over a minute later Stella Carey (Felton, Calf./Velo Bella) crossed the line to earn the silver.

Results

Cat 1/2/3/4/5 Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Adam Craig (Giant/Rabobank)0:39:20
2Jt Fountain (3Fcx/Cyclocrossracing.Com)0:00:50
3Aaron Bradford (Specialized/Onsite Ultrasound)0:01:22
4Jon Cariveau (Moots)0:01:58
5Brennan Wodtli0:02:01
6Cody Peterson0:02:06
7Louie Fountain (3Fcx/Cyclocrossracing.Com)0:02:29
8Nathanael Wyatt (Carolina Fatz Pb Santa Cruz Bic)0:02:43
9Scott Chapin (Rocklobster!!!)0:02:47
10John Rollert (Webcyclery Racing/Webcyclery.Co)0:02:52
11Bo Pitkin0:03:06
12Douglas Krumpelman (Coeur D 'Alene Velo Racers (Cda)0:03:09
13Brent Prenzlow (Celo Pacific/B&L)0:03:17
14Douglas Reid (Step Down Racing)0:03:31
15Seth Patla0:03:33
16Ian Crane (Lake Washington Velo)0:03:53
17Brian Myers0:04:08
18Patrick Wilder0:04:19
19Luke Demoe0:04:26
20Evan Plews0:04:37
21Justin Morejohn (Davis Bike Club)0:04:45
22Matthew Pronovost (Steamboat Velo P/D Moots)0:05:01
23Eric Colton (The Team)0:05:02
24Timothy Cannard0:05:21
25Derek Yarra (Murder)0:05:35
26Ryan Weaver (River City Bicycles)0:05:38
27Michael Kennedy (Fetzer)0:05:39
28Timothy Jones0:05:59
29Reid Beloni (Carolina Bicycle Company/Subaru)
30Slate Olson (Hup United)0:06:04
31Shawn O'meara0:06:08
32Derek Stallings (Webcyclery Racing/Bendbroadband)0:06:39
33Cesar Chavez0:06:56
34Darron Cheek0:07:07
35Pat Schott0:07:10
36Frederick Bottger (Pasadena Athletic Assoc (Paa)/P)0:07:12
37Ty Hathaway0:07:13
38Philip Sims (Santa Cruz County Cycling Club/)0:07:21
39David Prause0:07:47
40Jared Reber0:08:00
41Jared Roy (Crossniacs)0:08:05
42Bryan Voytilla0:08:09
43Chad Cheeney (Durango Devo)0:08:22
44Rainier Schaefer0:08:27
45Evan Sarna (3Rd Rail Cycling Club/Missing L)0:08:28
46Geoffrey Albert (The Team /The Team Socalcross)0:08:29
47Brandon Wagner0:08:43
48Alan Zinniker (Ritte Van Vlaanderen/Ritte Raci)0:09:17
49Jeff Merwin0:09:21
50Jamaica Lambie0:09:31
51Steven Chaprnka0:09:36
52Patrick Morrissey (Team Cross (Tcnm))0:10:49
53 -1 lapKurt Wolfgang
54Dylan Vanweelden
55Kenton Berg (Step Down Racing/Second Ascent)
56Ian Dewar (San Jose Bicycle Club/Sjbc)
57Mark Campbell
58Kirk Reisinger (Club Wissahickon)
59Christopher Woodruff
60William Youngman (Squadra Abruzzo)
61Brian Milnick
62Paule Bates (Team Roaring Mouse)
63James Brown (Rad Racing Nw/Hagens Berman)
64Franz Martin (Ragnarok Racing)
65Joel Metz
66David Chiu (Northeast Bicycle Club (Nebc)/N)
67Daniel Sheerin
68Paul Zweigart
69Dwight Wyatt
70Derek Leckrone
71Jeffrey Nebolini
72Michael Beck (Violet Crown Sports Assoc)
73Reese Lindblad
74John Collins
75Dylan Cernitz
76 -2 lapsR Lee Willmore (Celo Pacific)
DNFCraig Etheridge
DNFRon Shevock (Team Mad Cat)
DNFDaniel Casper (Grandstay Hotels)
DNFErik Horn (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Te)
DNFPaul Hernandez
DNFChristopher Milliman (Hup United)
DNFTerry Keele
DNFDavid Volkert (Team Double Check)
DNFDavid Sarmiento
DNFMike Macdonald (Jaeger Wheelmen)
DNFEddie Wang
DNFBrian Koder (Cbc Racing/Olympia Orthopaedic)

Cat 1/2/3/4/5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kathy Pruitt0:39:32
2Stella Carey (Velo Bella)0:01:08
3Megan Lawson0:01:31
4Julie Lewis-Sroka (Lake Effect Cycling Team)0:02:35
5Evie Edwards (Spokeswomen Syndicate Inc./Perf)0:03:07
6Haley Juno-Galdes (Alto Velo Racing Club/Webcor/Al)0:03:54
7Jadine Riley (Sound Velo Cycling Club/Team Gr)0:04:22
8Dorothy Wong (The Team /The Team Socalcross)0:05:02
9 -1 lapKathleen McMahon (Seattle Super Squadra/Cucina Fr)
10Annette Padilla (Celo Pacific)
DNFMarsa Daniel
DNFKari Studley (Mafia Racing)
DNFFrancesca Berrini

 

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