Howes wins U23 race

Alex Howes earned his stars and stripes jersey the hard way today, taking out the four-rider sprint after spending a hot day off the front of the field in Bend, Oregon. The Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin rider won the U23 national title race ahead of Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management) and Ben King (Trek-Livestrong), with teammate Peter Salon finishing in fourth.

"I knew from racing the Cascade Classic last week that I had really good legs and that I would be one of the better guys out there," said Howes. "To be honest though, I woke up this morning on the wrong side of the bed, I felt like I was a little sick or something. But, I knew if things went well that I could make something happen - they did go well so I made it happen!"

The four riders were all that was left of an original break of 12 riders that split from the field on the first of what was supposed to be a seven-lap race. Race officials cut the race one lap short - to six laps - due to the increasing temperatures by mid-afternoon, which rose to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Stewart was the first to make his move at the base of the steep ascent, five kilometres from the finish line. King countered the attack and set off a game of cat-and-mouse that included both Howes and Salon, separating the riders over the crest of the climb. They regrouped on the descent to the finish where Howes won the sprint for the championship.

"Howes was the best guy up in the break and he was very strong," said King. "Congratulations to him because he rode a good race, he played his cards right and he earned it."

The odds were good that the tough Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin team would defend its US U23 national road championship crown after an impressive performance at last week's Cascade Cycling Classic. The young squad took on the American professional teams where it captured three jerseys and several podium places.

The squad fielded seven at the U23 national championships that includes defending champion, Kirk Carlsen, Howes, Salon, Peter Stetina, Caleb Fairly, Taylor Sheldon and Dan Summerhill.

"We all knew coming into the race that we had a strong team," said Howes. "We all agreed that any one of us could win and that we didn't have a favourite on the team. We wanted to race our bikes and have one of us come out on top. It's helpful being on a team like that to take the pressure away."

Heat makes challenging course even tougher

The heat beat down on the some 50 young riders as they lined up at noon to complete seven laps of a 27km circuit. An early breakaway set off the front of the peloton on the first lap and to everyone's surprise, it was the winning move.

The early move included 12 riders; Howes, Stewart, King and Salon along with Peter Stetina (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin), Guy East and Bjorn Selander (Trek-Livestrong), Emerson Oronte (IF-Lionettes), Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen) and Jacob Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies), among others.

The championships are held on the same course as the Cascade Cycling Classic stage six finale - however, it includes an additional two laps. Several of the breakaway riders competed on the circuit with the professional field just two day's prior to their title event. Howes remembered the course well having placed third on the podium behind his teammate Taylor Sheldon.

The course included two decisive climbs, the first a gradual incline through the feed zone and the second, a steep pitch that was immediately followed by a fast descent to the finish line. Attacks over the circuit caused separations amongst the breakaway riders until there were only four left to battle for the stars and stripes jersey.

"I think it was the situation that was best for the break where Trek-Livestrong and Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin had a tactical advantage so both of us were willing to work," said King. It gained about three minutes, before a chase started. They ended up pulling the rest of the field by the end. There were two of the biggest teams in the race and the smaller teams were also represented so no one could put an organized chase together fast enough."

A chase group did form behind the large split that included last year's champion Kirk Carlsen and Danny Summerhill (Felt-Holowesko Partners-Garmin) along with other heavy hitters Tejay Van Garderen (Rabobank) and Chris Barton (BMC), who successfully bridged across to the break but not before King put in an attack on the last lap. King's attack on the last lap pulled Stewart, Howes and Salon out of the group and into the winning selection.

"There were a few of the Garmin riders bridging up to the field on the last lap and so that team wasn't willing to work in the break any more," King recalled. "I put in a teasing attack and all of a sudden there were two Garmins with me and Scott bridged up later, we rolled it to the finish line."

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U23 men - 162km
1Alex Howes (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)4:00:42
2Scott Stewart (Team Waste Management)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Ben King (Trek-Livestrong)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Peter Salon (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)0:00:26
5Peter Stetina (Garmin/Felt/USA National)0:02:18
6Guy East (Trek-Livestrong)Row 5 - Cell 2
7Kirk Carlsen (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)0:04:14
8Bjorn Selander (Trek-Livestrong)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Emerson Oronte (If/lionettes)0:04:52
10Andrew Dahlheim (Metro Volkswagen)0:06:21
11Jacob Keough (Kelly Benefit Strategies)0:10:47
12Julian Kyer (Trek-Livestrong)Row 11 - Cell 2
13Nick Bax (Hot Tubes)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Alister Ratcliff ( 13 - Cell 2
15Daniel Summerhill (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)0:14:21
16Carter Jones (Team Waste Management)0:15:34
17Oscar Clark (Jittery Joe's U-25 P/b Kudzu.c)Row 16 - Cell 2
18Toby Marzot (Fiordifrutta)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Colton Jarisch (Velossimo Racing Team)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Nick Housley (Myogenesis P/b United Healthca)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Joshua Berry (Team Bode)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Marcel Delisser (Hammer/cmg Racing Team)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Kevin Mullervy (Rmcef/westdide Cycling)Row 22 - Cell 2
24Austin Allison (Dogfish Racing)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Julian Martinez (California Giant Berry Farms/s)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Dylan Jones (Bode)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Conor Mullervy (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)Row 26 - Cell 2
28Dustin Eskelson (Canyon Bicycles Elite Team)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Joseph Binder (Cal Poly Wheelmen)Row 28 - Cell 2
30Evan Huffman (HDR P/b Lombardi Sports)Row 29 - Cell 2
31Joey Rosskopf (Jittery Joe's U-25 P/b Kudzu.c)Row 30 - Cell 2
32Gabe Varela (Vertical Earth)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Andrew Bosco (SC Velo)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Eric Fischer (Unattached)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Evan Bowman (Team Waste Management)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Josh Yeaton (Unattached)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Shane Braley (Unattatched)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Steven Gordon (DLP Racing)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Kip Spaude (Nova/iscorp)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Alex Blease (Chico Corsa)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Chris Stastny (Davis Bike Club)Row 40 - Cell 2
42Colin Jaskiewicz (Ccb Racing)Row 41 - Cell 2
43Andrew Christian (Bolt Brothers Cycles Racing)Row 42 - Cell 2
44Michael Jasinski (Chico Corsa)Row 43 - Cell 2
DNFZack Allison (Rocky Mountain Bicycles Elite)Row 44 - Cell 2
DNFAndy Baker (Time Factory Development Team)Row 45 - Cell 2
DNFLevi Baker (Tyson Racing)Row 46 - Cell 2
DNFChris Barton (BMC/USA National)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFKolt Bates (Mercy)Row 48 - Cell 2
DNFKolt Bates (Mercy Elite Cycling Team)Row 49 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Baumann (Trek-Livestrong U23)Row 50 - Cell 2
DNFSpencer Beamer (Hot Tubes)Row 51 - Cell 2
DNFEric Bennett (Now-ms/ Usa National)Row 52 - Cell 2
DNFLucas Binder (Cal Cycling)Row 53 - Cell 2
DNFBenjamin Bradshaw (Team Waste Management)Row 54 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Brandt (HDR P/b Lombardi Sports)Row 55 - Cell 2
DNFThomas Brown (Jittery Joe's U-25 P/b Kudzu.c)Row 56 - Cell 2
DNFTravis Burandt (Woodlands Cycling Club)Row 57 - Cell 2
DNFRobert Bush (Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team)Row 58 - Cell 2
DNFNathanael Christensen (Delta Velo)Row 59 - Cell 2
DNFMitch Comardo (Bike Barn)Row 60 - Cell 2
DNFJohn Crow (North Carolina State University)Row 61 - Cell 2
DNFAlfredo Cruz (Rock Racing)Row 62 - Cell 2
DNFWill Dugan (CCB Racing)Row 63 - Cell 2
DNFCaleb Fairly (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)Row 64 - Cell 2
DNFJeb Falgout (Precision Bikes Racing)Row 65 - Cell 2
DNFCorey Farrell (Unattached)Row 66 - Cell 2
DNFDanny Finneran (Rock Racing)Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFJwinn Freeman (Les Amis)Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFNick Frey (Hart)Row 69 - Cell 2
DNFSpencer Gaddy (Uptown Cycles Racing)Row 70 - Cell 2
DNFColin Gibson (Hagens Berman Llp)Row 71 - Cell 2
DNFAlberto Gonzales (Bike Religion)Row 72 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Gonzales (Metro Volkswagen Cycling Team)Row 73 - Cell 2
DNFCheyne Hoag (Unattached)Row 74 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Hong (Unattached)Row 75 - Cell 2
DNFMatthew Howe (Inland Construction)Row 76 - Cell 2
DNFAlex Jarman (Unattached)Row 77 - Cell 2
DNFTrevor Johnson (Cycling Center/jbca)Row 78 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Keough ( / Cannondale)Row 79 - Cell 2
DNFShane Kline (Kelly Benefits Stragety)Row 80 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Lelong (Team Oregon)Row 81 - Cell 2
DNFJoe Lewis (Synergy)Row 82 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Llewellyn (Texas Roadhouse Cycling)Row 83 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Loader (Bpg/montano Velo)Row 84 - Cell 2
DNFAlder Martz (DLP Racing)Row 85 - Cell 2
DNFTravis Mccabe (Waste Management)Row 86 - Cell 2
DNFWill Mcginnis ( 87 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Midlarsky (Unattached)Row 88 - Cell 2
DNFCarson Miller (Landrover)Row 89 - Cell 2
DNFChristopher Monteleone (USA Cycling National Developme)Row 90 - Cell 2
DNFShannon Morgan (Clean Currents P/b Don Beyer V)Row 91 - Cell 2
DNFTucker Olander (Team Einstein's Racing)Row 92 - Cell 2
DNFMitchell Peterson (University Of Utah)Row 93 - Cell 2
DNFChase Pinkham (Canyon Bicycles Draper)Row 94 - Cell 2
DNFAnthony Purnel (Unattached)Row 95 - Cell 2
DNFBrian Rach (Iscorp Nova Cycle Sports Found)Row 96 - Cell 2
DNFThacker Reeves (Matrix/rbm)Row 97 - Cell 2
DNFConnor Sallee (Williams Cycling)Row 98 - Cell 2
DNFWalker Savidge (Felt/Holowesko Partners/Garmin)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFEric Schildge (Fiordifrutta)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFJoseph Schmalz (Mercy Elite Cycling Team)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFCory Scott (Endorphin Fitness)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Shelden (Vmg/felt)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFJackie Simes (Time Pro Cycling)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFErik Slack (Team 105 - Cell 2
DNFKevin Soller (Team Waste Management)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFBobby Sweeting (Unattached)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Switters (California Giant Berry Farms/s)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Talansky (Amore-Vita/velo Vie P/b Lifeti)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFDavid Talbott (Unattached)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFMckenzie Thramer (Unattached)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFJonathan Tower (Performance Driven)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFJerome Townsend (Fitness Together/if Pb Lionett)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFBrandon Trafton (Central Valley Cycling)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFTejay Van Garderen (Rabobank)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFLawrence Warbasse (Team Waste Management)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFJustin Williams (Rock Racing)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNSTaylor Phinney (Trek-Livestrong)Row 118 - Cell 2
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Junior women 17-18 - 84km
1Coryn Rivera (Proman Hit Squad)2:40:18
2Jessica Prinner (ABD Cycling Team)0:00:57
3Jacqueline Kurth (Team Kenda Tire)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Kendall Ryan (VRC Now)0:01:05
5Kaitlin Antonneau (Nova/iscorp)0:01:22
6Maura Kinsella (Unattached)0:01:42
7Cinthia Lehner (Hincapie Development Team)0:01:47
8Mikayla Lyman (Kristin Armstrong Cycling Academy)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Megan Baab (Unattached)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Jessica Yeaton (Unattached)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Bridgette Mclean (Hincapie/Gary Fisher P/b Barkl)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Zoe Reker (Unattached)0:05:06
13Rose Mauney (Fulton Flyers Women)0:06:25
14Catherine Probst (Young Medalists Cycling Club)0:10:32
DNFIvie Crawford (Southern California Velo)Row 14 - Cell 2
DNFMichelle Morris (One Call Now)Row 15 - Cell 2
DNFChristina Norwich (Oh Boy Oberto/Redline)Row 16 - Cell 2
DNSAnna Young (Team Lip Smacker)Row 17 - Cell 2

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