By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
The hours leading up to Thursday’s national espoir time trial championship were not the most settling for Michael Creed. First, the 20-year-old Prime Alliance rider was awaken at 3 a.m. but what he called “a guy going crazy” at the liquor store nearby his room at the Comfort Inn in Gainesville, Florida. Later that morning, Creed stood by while team manager Kirk Willett had to smash a window on the team’s van after the keys got locked inside.
“It wasn’t the best way to start the day,” Creed admitted.
But none of that seemed to matter a few hours later when Creed out-dueled teammate Danny Pate to capture the time trial title on a pencil-straight, two-lane road 20 minutes east of Gainesville. Creed finished the 40-kilometer race in 51:45, 16 seconds quicker than Pate.
“I think Danny probably had a bad day and I had a good day,” Creed said. “When I came through the halfway point and the P.A. guy said we were tied that gave me some motivation.”
Indeed, the pair posted identical marks of 25:59 after 20km, but Creed was able to pull away during the last half of the race.
“This isn’t my favorite kind of course,” said Pate of a track that saw riders go out and back twice on the mostly flat, tree-lined country road. “I’d have liked to see a few more hills.”
Mercury’s Jon Retseck, Calvin Allan (Boise Stars), and Michael Norton (Somerset Wheelman) completed the podium places.
The national championship was Creed’s first as an espoir (19-23), and 18th overall.
“I’ve got this running contest going with [teammate] Ryan Miller and I’ve almost got him,” Creed explained. “He’s got 19, so I’m just one back now.”
The first day of the championships also included time trail racing in four junior age-group categories for both boys and girls. In the women’s 17-18, 20km race, CRBC’s Magen Long nipped Sarah Hammer (Zero Wait) by 19 seconds. Sarah Uhl, who won a gold medal at last week’s junior track world championships in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, was fourth.
Other winners on the girls side included Jessie Karriker (Asheville Bicycle Racing Club) in the 10-12s; Kimberly Geist (East Coast Velo-Cycledrome) in the 13-14s; and Larssyn Staley (Saturn Development) in the 15-16s.
Over in the boy’s field Mercury’s Blake Caldwell took a narrow victory over teammate Tyler Farrar. The Boulder, Colorado, resident finished the 20km race in 26:12, just seven seconds ahead of Farrar.
Other boys winners included Ricardo Cruz (Valley Cycling-Sparkletts) in the 10-12s; Chris Stockburger (Merlin-JDCT) in the 13-14s; and Zak Grabowski (Red Rocks Velo) in the 15-16s.
Weather for most of the day was unseasonably mild, as overcast skies kept usually balmy temperatures in check. But by mid-afternoon the northern edge of Tropical Storm Barry had reached the Gainesville area, bringing with it strong winds and torrential rains. That made for some tough riding in both the boys and girls 13-14 races, which were the last of the day. But despite the wet weather all the races were completed as scheduled.
Racing continues Friday with the espoir road race at 9 a.m. in nearby Flemington. At the championship’s outset, riders were slated to do 18 laps on the 10.2-kilometer circuit, but on Thursday there was talk of shortening the race. The juniors have the day off before tackling their road races on Saturday. Racing concludes Sunday with criteriums for all nine categories.
Check back to VeloNews.com all weekend for reports, results and photos.
USCF JUNIOR/ESPOIR NATIONAL ROAD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Gainesville, FL. August 2-5.; Time trial; Espoir men; 1. Michael Creed, Prime Alliance, 40km in 51:45; 2. Danny Pate, Prime Alliance, at :16; 3. Jon Retseck, Mercury, at 1:09; 4. Calvin Allan, Boise Stars, at 1:30; 5. Michael Norton, Somerset Wheelman, at 1:58; 6. Mark Fitzgerald, Swamis Cycling, at 2:01; 7. Michael Luther, Ready Pac-Knapp’s Team Racing, at 2:02; 8. Brad Buccambuso, Jelly Belly, at 2:19; 9. Justin Gilmore, Zaxby’s, at 2:34; 10. Ryan Miller, Prime Alliance, at 2:47; Women 15-16; 1. Larssyn Staley, Saturn Development, 20km in 31:43; 2. Meredith Gilliland, Lakewood Racing, at 1:33; 3. Laura Danley, Lakewood Racing, at 2:06; 4. Carla Wollum, Red Rocks Velo, at 2:09; 5. Sarah Levy, Front Rangers Cycling Club, at 2:57; 6. Ashlee Armstrong, Future Champion Cycling Club, at 4:00; 7. Jenni Snavely, Hinkley Springs-IBRS, at 4:41; 8. Sierra Siebenlist, DMOS-Des Moines Cycling Club, at 7:13; Men 15-16; 1. Zak Grabowski, Red Rocks Velo, 20km in 26:22; 2. Jesse Anthony, Saturn Development, at 1:06; 3. Thomas Fischer, Landis-Trek-Volkswagen, at 1:18; 4. Joe Schiro, Jamis-Access Healthcare, at 1:34; 5. Keith Norris, Jamis-Access Healthcare, at 1:52; 6. Steven Cozza, Swift-DeFeet, at 2:24; 7. David Nelson, Landis-Trek-Volkswagen, at 2:28; 8. Alan Eriksson, Stanislaus County Bike Club, at 2:30; 9. Tucker Brown, Tri-State Velo, at 2:35; 10. Troy Dunton, United Youth Sports, at 2:44; Women 17-18; 1. Magen Long, CRBC, 20km in 30:14; 2. Sarah Hammer, Zero Wait, at :19; 3. Lauren Franges, Tri-State Velo, at :24; 4. Sarah Uhl, Trek, at :24; 5. Micki Buckley, Credit Suisse First Boston, at :42; 6. Odessa Osorio, Trek, at 1:14; 7. Clara Beard, Smart Cycling, at 2:26; 8. Laura Hanlon, Fuji, at 2:49; 9. Kristin Siebenlist, DMOS-Des Moines Cycling Club, at 3:02; 10. Abby Chryst, East Coast Velo-Cycledrome, at 4:23; Men 17-18; 1. Blake Caldwell, Mercury, 20km in 26:12; 2. Tyler Farrar, Mercury, at :07; 3. Bobby Lea, Fuji Racing T.E.A.M., at :09; 4. Sterling Magnell, Saturn Development, at :35; 5. Agnetti Sheldrake, Mercury, at :55; 6. Guillaume Nelessen, CRC of A-Kopp’s, at 1:05; 7. Nathan Page, Rhodes, at 1:23; 8. Darby Thomas, NECSA, at 1:26; 9. Kyle Wagner, Saturn Development, at 1:32; 10. Mike House, Go Mart, at 1:35; Women 10-12; 1. Jessie Karriker, Asheville Bicycle Racing Club, 10km in 17:17; 2. Danielle Haulman, Lakewood Racing, at 1:28; 3. Lauren Shirock, East Coast Velo, at 1:33; 4. Samantha Schneider, Coyote, at 1:41; Men 10-12; 1. Ricardo Cruz, Valley Cycling-Sparkletts, 10km in 15:26; 2. Nikolai Figueroa, Orlando Road Club, at :33; 3. Alex Coelho, Fort Collins Cycling and Racing Club, at :41; 4. Fletcher Farrar, Gregg’s Cycle, at 2:00; 5. Michael Beard, Ann Arbor Velo Club, at 2:03; 6. Noah Buckley, Gregg’s-Trek-Volkswagen, at 2:26; 7. Karl Sachs, Unattached, at 3:09; 8. Kyle Foley, Laurel, at 3:38; 9. Jeremy Shirock, East Coast Velo, at 4:02; 10. Jeremy Smith, Pista Elite, at 5:35; Women 13-14; 1. Kimberly Geist, East Coast Velo-Cycledrome, 10km in 15:00; 2. Natalie Klemko, Coyote, at :24; 3. Shannon Koch, Exide Junior Team, at :26; 4. Lauren Trull, JRVS-HDK, at :30; 5. Kristi Henne, Mercy Cycling, at 1:09; 6. Jeanne Eriksson, Stanislaus County Bike Club, at 1:15; 7. Christine Levy, Front Rangers Cycling Club, at 1:40; 8. Caitlin Gibbs, Beaverton Bicycle Club, at 1:49; 9. Nicole Matthews, Pen Velo, at 2:26; 10. Katie Neill, American Classic, at 3:32; Men 13-14; 1. Chris Stockburger, Merlin JDCT, 10km in 13:34; 2. Tejay Van Garderen, Strong racing, at :01; 3. Ulric De Young, Team Wisconsin, at :32; 4. Lane Rogers, Southern Elite, at :39; 5. Spencer Beamer, Southern Cycling Operations, at :40; 6. Chris Ruhl, East Coast Velo, at :41; 7. Taylor Lane, Zia Velo, at :48; 8. Neil Neumann, Midwest Rolling Thunder, at 1:02; 9. Adam Switters, Sacremento Golden Wheelman, at 1:02; 10. Kirk Carlsen, B.O.B., 1:12