USAC CX National Championships
The off-camber sections were challenging even before the majority of the rain fell. Photo: @pinnedgrit/Jake Orness
USAC CX National Championships
Brandon Dwight congratulated Adam Meyerson for his win in the masters race. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Grant Holicky, after his masters race. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Brinley Shrum was one one of thirty riders fielded by the Midwest Devo team, helping bring the total registration across all juniors age categories at this National Championships to approximately 380 riders. Photo: @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Gage Hecht spent time on the trainer with Alpha Bicycles teammates Katie Clouse and Brannan Fix. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The rolling hills in Joe Creason Park in Louisville provided ample elevation change and spectator opportunities. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Muddy conditions made clean-up after every course inspection a major project for bikes and riders alike. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Early in the weekend the mud was still wet enough to cover but not collect on bikes. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
Course conditions, following three days of rain.
Course conditions were pure mud, following three days of rain. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
With almost 190 riders starting the singlespeed race, many riders were unable to complete a lap within 80% of the leader’s time, even on the first lap. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Jake Wells successfully defended his singlespeed national championship and also his masters championship as well. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Colonel Sanders hit the ground in the singlespeed race. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The future is bright. The 11-12-year-old junior boys charged down the start straight. @pinnedgrit/Jake Orness
USAC CX National Championships
Alex Morton made his way around a tangled Magnus Sheffield early the in junior championship race. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The pit awaited the influx of Sunday’s mechanics and racers. While the damage to the park looks extreme, a Louisville Parks and Recreation official said “We don’t have any trouble growing grass in Kentucky.” @pinnedgrit/Jake Orness
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Alex Morton won the first championship race Sunday in the 17-18 juniors event. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Nick Carter ascended the climb toward the mansion at Joe Creason Park in Louisville. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
UCI Pan-Am champion Clara Honsinger led the women’s U23 race from wire to wire. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Eric Brunner was followed closely by Cooper Wilsey and Spencer Petrov as the U23 field hit the mud. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Past U23 champion Lance Haidet was only able to finish fifth on Sunday. The early races on Sunday experienced the most sloppy course conditions. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Eric Brunner looked for chasers in the U23 race. @pinnedgrit/Jake Orness
USAC CX National Championships
Spencer Petrov’s emotions took over following his championship win, redemption for his last race at the Louisville venue. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Elite women left the line. The start of the races was signaled by a light rather than a whistle or gun. @pinnedgrit/Jake Orness
USAC CX National Championships
Ellen Noble had a bike length or more over the rest of the field when the elite women hit the dirt for the first time. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The flag of New England made an appearance in Louisville. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Courtenay McFadden at the start. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
A mechanic held a clean bike for Gage Hecht. With muddy conditions that required riders to run through the pit, riders shouldered bikes out rather than roll or ride. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Bugle renditions of the National Anthem and My Old Kentucky Home preceded the elite races. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Sunny Gilbert secured her first nationals podium Sunday on a course that favored runners. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Katie Compton made her pass to take over the lead from Ellen Noble on the first lap in one of the most technical sections of the course. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Sammi Runnels earned a front-row start following a strong season in the U.S. and Asia, but wasn’t able to hold off a determined Kaitie Keough. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Ellen Noble’s efforts to keep Katie Compton close were made tougher with nearly unmanageable course conditions. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Drivetrains collected grass after elite riders were provided a new, unridden course section meant to allow riders to stay on their bikes after the previous races made the long uphill unridable. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Jeremy Powers and his former protege Anthony Clark talked at staging. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Gage Hecht chose to race the elite men’s field rather than the U23 event. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Expectations were high for Curtis White after an breakthrough season. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Curtis White led the elite men’s field into the dirt after the start. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Jeremy Powers was the only rider hopping the barriers, a difficult task with a mud-laden bike and course. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Stephen Hyde chased Curtis White on the first lap. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Kerry Werner on first lap. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Jeremy Powers had an off-balance moment as he passed Kerry Werner on the main downhill. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Stephen Hyde won his third consecutive national championship, finally finishing almost a half-minute ahead of Curtis White. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The elite women’s podium had a new face with Sonny Gilbert making her first Nationals appearance, joining Katie Compton and Ellen Noble. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
Curtis White realized he hasn’t yet crossed the finish line as he’s congratulated by Stephen Hyde. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews
USAC CX National Championships
The elite men’s podium of Stephen Hyde, Curtis White, and Gage Hecht. @PinnedGrit/Wil Matthews