McCabe reclaims US Pro Criterium title

Travis McCabe (Floyd's Pro Cycling) reclaimed the title of US Pro Criterium champion, taking out a high-speed, hotly contested sprint over Eric Young (Elevate-KHS) and Miguel Bryon (Arapahoe-Hincapie).

Rally UHC had control of the front coming into the critical third-to-last turn, but McCabe dove into the turn and shot to the front then held off the chase from behind in the fast, downhill finish.

It's McCabe's second title, having won the race in 2017, he finished well down behind Ty Magner (Rally UHC) last year. This time, the roles were reversed, and despite Rally's hard work to control the race, Colin Joyce was their best finisher in fifth behind Young's lead-out man Sam Bassetti, while defending champion Magner finished a distant 21st.

"It feels awesome," McCabe said to Cyclingnews. "This really is a proud moment, it feels great. All the highs and lows of racing kind of all comes down to winning a national championship and being able to represent the USA. Being able to wear the jersey for another year is pretty fantastic."

As in the women's race, and similar to last year's championship, the race came down to positioning ahead of three back-to-back corners ahead of the downhill sprint.

"It was a sprint into that third corner, we knew that from last year," McCabe said. "I won it and had pole position coming into the last two corners. It was a really long sprint to the end, but because we started sprinting so early on, everyone was already at their limit. It was just go to your limit and hold it for as long as you can. Fortunately I was able to do that and come away with my second national title."

Without the heavy rain of 2018, the downtown Knoxville course was a touch less technical, and the speeds so high that no attack could stick for very long. Aevolo rode a particularly aggressive race, but with Rally, Floyd's and Elevate-KHS banking on a field sprint, nothing stayed away for very long.

"It was a hard race. We have some incredible talent - Eric Young, Ty Magner, Miguel Bryon - I think the four of us have been battling it out for the last three or four years. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. It was a strong field and you saw that in the way the racing was, it really aggressive the entire time until about 10 laps to go when Rally took control. It calmed down a little bit until the last lap then it was back to chaos."

Young was coming on strong ahead of the line, but was just shy of the win.

"The Elevate-KHS guys all raced really well tonight," Young said. "We gave it our best, and had good position for the final sprint with Sam Bassetti and and me. Travis McCabe made the right and gutsy decision to go from a long way out, and with the number of corners so close to the finish it was the right call. Hats off to him, two crit national championships in three years is very impressive and he’s shown that he’s one of the best bike racers America has. It’s an honor to race our National Championship every year, and it’s been super cool to be in the fight every year."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Travis McCabe (USA) Floyds Pro Cycling1:17:53
2Eric Young (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro CyclingRow 1 - Cell 2
3Miguel Bryon (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMCRow 2 - Cell 2
4Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:00:01
5Colin Joyce (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Scott McGill (USA) Gateway Harley-DavidsonRow 5 - Cell 2
7Stephen Bassett (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:00:02
8Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:03
9Brandon Feehery (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 8 - Cell 2
10Hugo Scala Jr (USA) Gateway Harley-DavidsonRow 9 - Cell 2
11Andrew Giniat (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b CannondaleRow 10 - Cell 2
12Sean Burger (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b CannondaleRow 11 - Cell 2
13Quinten Kirby (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b MaxxisRow 12 - Cell 2
14Riley Sheehan (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:04
15Kent Ross (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b MaxxisRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ryan Jastrab (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:05
17Tim Weigelt (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale0:00:06
18Jarret Oldham (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19Conor Schunk (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:00:07
20Alex Hoehn (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 19 - Cell 2
21Tyler Magner (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:08
22Andrew Shimizu (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator CoRow 21 - Cell 2
23Eric Brunner (USA) 303 Project0:00:09
24Ben Schmutte (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 23 - Cell 2
25Evan Bausbacher (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:00:10
26Brenden Hardy (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer p/b Sch0:00:11
27Evan Hartig (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Justin Oien (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:12
29Taylor Warren (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b CannondaleRow 28 - Cell 2
30Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.0:00:13
31Macen Vanallen (USA) Above and Beyond Cancer p/b Sch0:00:14
32David Greif (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:16
33Christopher Craig (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Co0:00:17
34Seth Jones (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMCRow 33 - Cell 2
35Patrick Collins (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b CannondaleRow 34 - Cell 2
36Andrew Vollmer (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 35 - Cell 2
37Gage Hecht (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 36 - Cell 2
38Justin Mcquerry (USA) Team Skyline0:00:18
39Timothy Savre (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 38 - Cell 2
40William Gleason (USA) CS Velo Racing p/b Cannondale0:00:20
41Noah Granigan (USA) Floyds Pro CyclingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Richard Arnopol (USA) Project Echelon RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Cooper Shanks (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator CoRow 42 - Cell 2
44Marco Wajda (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:00:21
45Tj Eisenhart (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:24
46George Simpson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:00:30
47Ryan Knapp (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:00:40
48Benjamin Wolfe (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:00:42
49Dennis Ramirez (USA) Gateway Harley-DavidsonRow 48 - Cell 2
50Ryan Kingsolver (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:44
51Finn Gullickson (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:48
52Kyle Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:00:51
53Maxx Chance (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:00:59
54Andrew Dahlheim (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:01:00
55Christopher Uberti (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:01:04
56Eric Hill (USA) Project Echelon Racing0:01:06
57John Murphy (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:07
58Isaac Bryant (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson0:01:08
59Ethan Overson (USA) Gateway Harley-DavidsonRow 58 - Cell 2
60Samuel Boardman (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b Maxxis0:01:18
61Kyle Swanson (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling0:01:19
62Brandon Mcnulty (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:38
63John Mccann (USA) First Internet Bank Cycling0:01:39
64Robin Carpenter (USA) Rally UHC Cycling0:01:56
65Brendan Rhim (USA) Arapahoe | Hincapie p/b BMC0:02:58
DNFGavin Mannion (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 65 - Cell 2
DNFGavin Hoover (USA) Elevate-KHS Pro CyclingRow 66 - Cell 2
DNFCade Bickmore (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 67 - Cell 2
DNFTyler Stites (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.Row 68 - Cell 2
DNFColby Lange (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b MaxxisRow 69 - Cell 2
DNFCamden Vodicka (USA) Wildlife Generation p/b MaxxisRow 70 - Cell 2
DNFChris Riekert (USA) Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator CoRow 71 - Cell 2
@1LapEmerson Oronte (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 72 - Cell 2
@1LapJohn Becker (USA) First Internet Bank CyclingRow 73 - Cell 2
@1LapEvan Huffman (USA) Rally UHC CyclingRow 74 - Cell 2
@1LapWilliam Cooper (USA) CS VeloRow 75 - Cell 2


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