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Colorado cyclocross supermen at 2013 nationals

January 21, 2013
2013 Cyclo-cross nationals medals await their owners

2013 Cyclo-cross nationals medals await their owners

[updated 1/26/2013]

Twelve guys returned home to Colorado from Wisconsin and the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships with special baggage.

They all placed top five in their races and packed a national championship medal in their bags. With fifty-eight total medals awarded in thirteen categories, excluding collegiate divisions, 21% of all championship medals for adult men went to residents of Colorado.

Congratulations to all the guys — dads, husbands, bachelors, friends, amateur or pro — who medaled and participated in ‘cross nationals; this collection of highlights is dedicated to you.

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One of Russell Stevenson's eight bike changes at 2013 'cross nationals

One of Russell Stevenson’s eight bike changes at 2013 ‘cross nationals

Dubbed the “Boulder mafia,” a group of Boulder Cycle Sport riders including Pete Webber and Brandon Dwight supported their teammate Russell Stevenson in the pit during the men’s 35-39 masters race. The crew played a critical role; mud built up thickly on the bike frames and success required a bike switch twice a lap. Stevenson crossed the line first, bringing home a team win for Boulder Cycle Sport. Jake Wells (Stan’s NoTubes) from Avon placed third.

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Ken Benesh, last lap before arriving 4th in masters 30-34 race at 2013 'cross nationals

Ken Benesh, last lap before arriving 4th in masters 30-34 race at 2013 ‘cross nationals

From the early morning on Saturday the air temperature dropped hour by hour until it dipped to 30 degrees Fahrenheit when the men’s 30-34 masters field of thirty-six riders set off at 3 p.m. Ken Benesh of Feedback Sports, overall winner of the 2012 Boulder Cyclocross Series, edged out a rider by two seconds to claim fourth place on the podium. Brrr. But it would get colder.

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Elite men's first turn at 2013 'cross nationals, Danny Summerhill on Ryan Trebon's wheel with Brady Kappius second on the outside

Elite men’s first turn at 2013 ‘cross nationals, Danny Summerhill on Ryan Trebon’s wheel with Brady Kappius second on the outside

Brady Kappius (Clif Bar) said after the men’s elite race, “That was easily one of the best starts of my life, coming from third row to like fifth in the first corner. And over half way through the first lap when [Jeremy] Powers catches me, it’s like, I’ve never seen him in a race, so it was good and I can’t complain.” Kappius took 21st place.

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Elite men's podium at 2013 'cross nationals (l - r) Danny Summerhill 4th, Zach McDonald 2nd, Jonathan Page 1st, Jamey Driscoll 3rd, Tim Johnson 5th

Elite men’s podium at 2013 ‘cross nationals (l – r) Danny Summerhill 4th, Zach McDonald 2nd, Jonathan Page 1st, Jamey Driscoll 3rd, Tim Johnson 5th

Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) also sprinted into a stellar start in the men’s elite race. Then mechanical trouble set him back. He fought his way forward, finishing on the podium with 4th place. Summerhill won every non-UCI race he completed in 2012; at the USGPs one-half of Summerhill’s results were fourth places. After the nationals race he said, “I’d say I’m getting sick of fourth, but at least I’m on the American podium…” That fourth place at nationals, however, had a silver lining. It likely contributed to USA Cycling’s decision to award Summerhill a spot at the Cyclo-cross World Championships in February.

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Tim Allen leads a group in the elite race at 2013 'cross nationals

Tim Allen leads a group in the elite race at 2013 ‘cross nationals

Seven Colorado men finished the elite race, which represented 25% of the finishers. In addition to Summerhill and Kappius, that included Troy Wells (Clif Bar) 8th, Mitch Hoke (Clif Bar) 18th, Taylor Carrington (Turin Bikes – Carmichael Training Systems ) 22nd, Tim Allen (Feedback Sports) 25th, and Jake Wells (Stan’s NoTubes) 27th. Allen raced for nearly 67 minutes. When asked after he crossed the line how he was feeling, he said, “I can’t feel my face.” The temperature measured 15 degrees Fahrenheit.

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2013 U23 'cross nationals podium (l - r) Skyler Trujillo 4th, Andrew Dillman 2nd, Yannick Eckmann 1st, Tobin Ortenblad 3rd, Joshua Johnson 5th

2013 U23 ‘cross nationals podium (l – r) Skyler Trujillo 4th, Andrew Dillman 2nd, Yannick Eckmann 1st, Tobin Ortenblad 3rd, Joshua Johnson 5th

Born in Germany, Yannick Eckmann (California Giant Berry Farms / Specialized) gained U.S. citizenship last November, which allowed him to race U.S. ‘cross nationals for the first time this year. Even with a slower start than he wanted, Eckmann sped to the front of the U23 field during the first lap and flew past the American flag at the finish line first to become a U.S. national champion.

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Master's 40-44 2013 'cross podium (l - r) Ed Baker 4th, Mark Savery 2nd, Pete Webber 1st, Michael Yozell 3rd, Brandon Dwight 5th

Master’s 40-44 2013 ‘cross podium (l – r) Ed Baker 4th, Mark Savery 2nd, Pete Webber 1st, Michael Yozell 3rd, Brandon Dwight 5th

Talk about domination. Colorado placed seven of the top ten in the men’s masters 40-44 category, which Pete Webber of Boulder Cycle Sport and current masters 40-44 world champion won. The remaining six Colorado men placed as follows: Edward Baker (Team Kappius) 4th, Brandon Dwight (Boulder Cycle Sport) 5th,  Michael Robson (Moots) 6th, Kenny Wehn (Stan’s NoTubes) 7th, and from Boulder Cycle Sport Brian Hludzinski 8th and Matt Davies 10th.

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Boulder 2014

Coming to Valmont Bike Park. Be there.

The Bicycle Racing Association of Colorado provides a summary of all Colorado racer results on its webpage, with links to more photos and information about 2014 cyclo-cross nationals in Boulder.

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