Marathon MTB National Championships.  Cowgirls and Texas.
USA Cycling’s Marathon MTB National Championships took place in Canyon, Texas. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Scenic backdrops were a common view during the race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships.  Have van, will travel.
Have van, will travel. Racers camped out in the parking lot at the race venue in Texas. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Racers dodged cacti during the first lap of the singlespeed race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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It takes a community to make a race like this happen. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. The start of the Womens Elite race.
The start of the women’s elite race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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A section of the course took riders along a rusty red canyon wall. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. A rider drops down onto some single track.
A rider drops onto some singletrack. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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During the long hours of the marathon event, feed zone support is critical. It truly takes a team to support a rider. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. Elite Womens winner Rose Grant.
Elite women’s winner Rose Grant. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. Post race bike cleaning.
Post-race bike cleaning. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Ashley Carelock rounds a sweeping turn. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. Pre-race equipment check.
Pre-race equipment check. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. The start of the Mens Elite race.
The start of the men’s elite race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Racers were already spread out on the first lap of the elite men’s race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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The front of the men’s race saw tight competition. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. A  rider makes his way along single track.
A mud-covered rider makes his way along the race course. Photo: Dejan Smaic
Marathon MTB National Championships. Elite mens winner Russell Finsterwald.
Elite men’s winner Russell Finsterwald. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Russell Finsterwald and Hector Fernando Riveros Paez, first and fourth respectively, congratulate each other after the race. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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Third-place finisher Payson McElveen left every ounce of energy out on the challenging course. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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A post-race drink helps Hector Fernando Riveros Paez recover after finishing fourth. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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What better Mother’s Day gift could you give? Mother and daughter both made the podium. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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The elite women’s podium: 1st – Rose Grant, 2nd – Kaysee Armstrong, and 3rd – Crystal Anthony. Photo: Dejan Smaic
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The elite men’s podium: 1st – Russell Finsterwald, 2nd – Stephan Davoust, and 3rd – Payson McElveen. Photo: Dejan Smaic