The USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships return to “Madtown” in 2013, just under a month before the Cyclocross World Championships in Louisville, KY (February 1st – 3rd). Nationals take place Wednesday through Sunday, January 9th – 13th nearby at Badger Prairie State Park in Verona, WI.
The nation’s best cyclocross racers, ages 10 and up, will be there for their chance to compete. The highlight of the five days of racing, of course, will be Sunday, Jan. 13 when the best of the best show up to test their mettle. The Female Elite/Pro race is scheduled to begin at 1:00pm Sunday. The Male Elite/Pro race gets off at 2:15pm.
A glance at the course map reveals what appears to be the same course as last year. A spin around the soccer fields, then past the pit before heading way out yonder in the fields. The course will go uphill and then back downhill before reaching the long railroad tie run-up. Some more maneuvering on the hills before approaching the barriers. Riders will pass the pit again before the few tight turns around the trees and a trip through the long sandpit. One last turn in the hilly terrain before coming through to the final bend on the pavement and through the straightaway. The course measures just under two miles.
While the course appears to be the same as last year’s, it may look nothing like it did then – when early morning frosts turned the frozen course into muddy fields by the end of day. This year’s race could be colder and feature more snow than last year. Last report was of at least one foot of snow on the ground with more expected before Nationals begin. Then again, if the warmer weather and rain roll in this week as expected, the Badger Prairie State Park course could be even more of a rutted mess and mud fest than last year. Imagine that!
Leading the women’s field will be eight-time and current National Champion, Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, CO/Trek Cyclocross Collective). Local Kaitlin Antonneau (Racine, WI/Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), who won the U23 National Championship last year, will attempt to dethrone Compton. Also in the field of competitors this year is Georgia Gould (Fort Collins, CO/LUNA Pro Team), the bronze medalist for Women’s Mountain Biking at the 2012 Olympic Games.
Others challenging Compton are Crystal Anthony (Beverly, MA/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, PA/C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), Laura van Gilder (Cresco, PA/Mellow Mushroom), and Meredith Miller (Boulder, CO/California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized).
The men’s race features a deeply packed field of powerful riders. Returning this year for an attempt to reclaim his title as National Champion is Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, MA/Team Rapha-Focus), VeloNews’ 2011 North American Cyclocross Rider of the Year.
Pursuing Powers is two-time USA Cycling Cyclocross National Champion, Ryan Trebon (Bend, OR/Cannondale-Clement), who lost to Powers by 17 seconds last year. Also hoping to dethrone Powers are Timothy Johnson (Middleton, MA/Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Jonathan Page (Northfield, NH/Planet Bike), Jeremy Durrin (Amherst, MA/JAM Fund-NCC-Vittoria-Tenet Racing) and local rider Matt Shriver (Madison, WI/Trek Cyclocross Collective).
Racing will be heated at all levels at the National Championships. Saturday, especially, is looking to be an exciting day. The winners of the Male U23 and Male Juniors 17-18 each receive an automatic nomination to the American contingent contesting the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championship in Louisville.
The schedule begins Wednesday with Non-Championship racing and builds to an exciting weekend. Thursday is all Masters racing. Masters racing continues into Friday when the Junior racing begins. Female Collegiate racing takes place Saturday with the remainder of the Junior and Masters racing. Male Collegiate racing is Sunday before the Elite/Pro races begin at 1:00pm.
Watch for fellow Gearheads competing this week. Nancy Heymann, Andre Odendaal, Mike Slade, Catherine Watkins and others will be representing Higher Gear at Badger Prairie State Park. Also keep an eye out Saturday for father/son duo and former Gearheads (now east coast CX stars) Tommy Mosby (a/k/a ToMo) and John Mosby (a/k/a SloMo). We’re looking forward to seeing how a year competing on the east coast has matured these fellows.
|9:30am||CX Female Non-Championship||40 mins|
|10:30am||CX Male Non-Championship 10-29||40 mins|
|11:30am||CX Male Non-Championship 30-39||40 mins|
|1:00pm||CX Male Non-Championship 40-49||40 mins|
|2:00pm||CX Female Single Speed||40 mins|
|3:00pm||CX Male Single Speed||40 mins|
|9:30am||CX Male Master 60-64||40 mins|
|9:31am||CX Male Master 65-69||40 mins|
|9:32am||CX Male Master 70+||40 mins|
|10:30am||CX Female Master 55-59||35 mins|
|10:31am||CX Female Master 60+||35 mins|
|11:30am||CX Female Master 45-49||35 mins|
|11:31am||CX Female Master 50-54||35 mins|
|1:00pm||CX Female Master 40-44 Cat 1/2/3||40 mins|
|2:00pm||CX Male Master 55-59||40 mins|
|3:00pm||CX Male Master 50-54 Cat 1/2/3||45 mins|
|9:30am||CX Male Master 45-49 Cat 1/2/3||45 mins|
|10:30am||CX Female Junior 13-14||20 mins|
|11:15am||CX Female Junior 17-18||30 mins|
|11:16am||CX Female Junior 15-16||30 mins|
|12:00pm||CX Male Junior 10-12||20 mins|
|12:01pm||CX Female Junior 10-12||20 mins|
|12:45pm||CX Male Junior 13-14||20 mins|
|1:30pm||CX Male Junior 15-16||30 mins|
|2:15pm||CX Female Master 30-34 Cat 1/2/3||40 mins|
|3:15pm||CX Female Master 35-39 Cat 1/2/3||40 mins|
|9:30am||CX Male Master 40-44 Cat 1/2/3||45 mins|
|10:30am||CX Male Junior 17-18 Cat 1/2/3||40 mins|
|12:00pm||CX Female Collegiate Division 1||40 mins|
|12:01pm||CX Female Collegiate Division 2||40 mins|
|1:00pm||CX Males U23 19-22||50 mins|
|2:00pm||CX Male Master 35-39 Cat 1/2/3||45 mins|
|3:00pm||CX Male Master 30-34 Cat 1/2/3||45 mins|
|9:30am||CX Male Collegiate Division 2||50 mins|
|10:30am||CX Male Collegiate Division 1||50 mins|
|1:00pm||CX Female Elite/U23 17+ Pro/Cat 1/2/3||40 mins|
|2:00pm||CX Male Elite 19+ Pro/Cat 1/2||60 mins|
Wear lots of layers to protect yourself from the rain and the cold and don’t forget to pack your Higher Gear cowbell! For those who cannot make the trip three hours north, USA Cycling’s YouTube channel will be streaming Sunday’s two Elite/Pro races.