By Jason Sumner, VeloNews Associate Editor
On another hot, muggy day in central Florida, eight more stars-and-stripes jerseys — plus a little cash — were handed out at the USCF Espoir/Junior National Road Cycling Championships.
Most of the cash — $150 of $500 — went to Nathan Rogut (Plano Cycling), who was the winner of the non-national championship espoir criterium. Rogut was part of a four-rider break that escaped during the early going of the 44-lap race around a pancake-flat, 1.5-mile course at the Gainesville Raceway. That group, which also included Friday’s espoir road race national champion Mike Friedman (Mike Frasse’s Sports Resort), Jason Klikna (Sierra Nevada-Bicycles Plus), and Ryan Trebon (K2-D.O. Inc.), managed to lap all but three riders in the small field.
Rogut, a track rider by trade, had little trouble taking the bunch sprint. Friedman came across next, followed by Klikna, then Trebon. Connor Hurley, who was a member of a three-rider chase that avoided being lapped, took the sprint for fifth.
Most of the top espoir riders left after Friday’s road race since there was no jersey at stake on Sunday.
Among the junior ranks, Josh Kerkhof and Sarah Hammer took home the titles in the 17-18-year-old division. Kerkhof (Exide Junior Team) was a part of a nine-ride break that formed with 16 laps left in the 34-lap race, which also included three Saturn Development riders. After several attacks failed during the ensuing laps, Kerkhof made the jump on the last lap as the breakaway group came through the tight, hairpin turn on the course’s backside. At the same time Saturn rider Sterling Magnell went down in a crash, blowing any chance of using team tactics.
In the women’s 17-18s, Hammer (Zero Wait) and Magen Long (CRBC) broke away from the field during the sixth of 14 laps, then were joined by two more riders, Laura Hanlon (Team Fuji) and Sara McLarty (Orlando Road Club), on the ninth lap. That group stayed away until the end, where Hammer used the sprinting skills that scored her a silver medal in the individual pursuit at last week’s junior track world’s to get a win in Gainesville.
Other winners on the final day of the four-day championships were Zak Grabowski (Red Rocks Velo) in the boys 15-16s; Chris Stockburger (Merlin-JDCT) in the boys 13-14s; Ricardo Cruz (Valley Cycling-Spakletts) in the boys 10-12s; Cassandra Osorio-McKenna (NECSA), in the girls 15-16s; Kimberly Geist (East Coast Velo-Cycledrome) in the girls 13-14s; and Samantha Schneider (Coyote) in the girls 10-12s.
USCF JUNIOR/ESPOIR NATIONAL ROAD CYCLING CHAMPIONSHIPS, Gainesville, FL. August 2-5.; Criterium; Girls 10-12; 1. Samantha Schneider, Coyote, 15km in 26:11; 2. Lauren Shirock, East Coast Velo, s.t.; 3. Danielle Haulman, Lakewood Racing Club, at :03; 4. Jessie Karriker, Asheville Bicycle Racing Club, at :17; Girls 13-14; 1. Kimberly Geist, Easy Coast Velo-Cycledrome, 21km in 38:04; 2. Jeanne Eriksson, Stanislaus County Bike Club, s.t.; 3. Lauren Trull, JRVS-HDK, s.t.; 4. Cindy Lakatosh, Future Champions Cycling Club, s.t.; 5. Natalie Klemko, Coyote, s.t.; 6. Shannon Koch, Exide Junior Team, s.t.; 7. Christine Detris, East Coast Velo, s.t.; 8. Caitlin Gibbs, Beaverton Bicycle Club, s.t.; 9. Katie Neill, American Classic, s.t.; 10. Christine Levy, Front Rangers Cycling Club, s.t.;Girls 15-16; 1. Cassandra Osorio-McKenna, NECSA, 21km in 32:52; 2. Larssyn Staley, Saturn Development, s.t.; 3. Rachel Herring, East Coast Velo, at :25; 4. Ashlee Armstrong, Future Champions Cycling Club, at :28; 5. Sarah Levy, Front Rangers Cycling Club, s.t.; 6. Carla Wollum, Red Rocks Velo, s.t.; 7. Jenni Snavely, Hinkley Springs-IRBS, at 2:04; 8. Sierra Siebenlist, DMOS-Des Moines Cycle Club, s.t.; Girls 17-18; 1. Sarah Hammer, Zero Wait, 21km in 29:44; 2. Magen Long, CRBC, s.t.; 3. Sara McLarty, Orlando Road Club, s.t.; 4. Micki Buckley, Credit Suisse First Boston, s.t.; 5. Clara Beard, Smart Cycling, s.t.; 6. Odessa Osorio-McKenna, Trek-CYBC, s.t.; 7. Laura Hanlon, Team Fuji, s.t.; 8. Jody Sutton, Redding Velo-Ritchey, at 2:20.; 9. Kristin Siebenlist, DMOS-Des Moines Cycle Club, s.t.; 10. Molly Cobb, Team Bike Pedlar, s.t.; Boys 10-12;1. Ricardo Cruz, Valley Cycling-Sparkletts, 15km in 39:36; 2. 2. Nikolai Figueroa, Orlando Road Club, s.t.; 3. Alex Coelho, Fort Collins Cycling and Racing Club, at :04; 4. Alex Garcia, Lipovitan B-3-Wings, s.t.; 5. Noah Buckley, Gregg’s-Trek-Volkswagen, s.t.; 6. Michael Beard, Ann Arbor Velo, s.t.; 7. Jeremy Shirock, East Coast Velo, s.t.; 8. Karl Sachs, Unattached, s.t.; 9. Fletcher Farrar, Gregg’s Cycles, s.t.; 10. Kyle Foley, Laurel, at :54; Boys 13-14; 1. Chris Stockburger, Merlin-JDCT, 21km in 29:16; 2. Spencer Beamer, Southern Cycling Operations, s.t.; 3. Kirk Carlsen, B.O.B., s.t.; 4. Neil Neumann, Midwest Rolling Thunder, s.t.; 5. Chase Renick, Major Motion, s.t.; 6. Svetlin Radev, Hinkley Springs, s.t.; 7. Chris Ruhl, East Coast Velo, s.t.; 8. Adam Switters, Sacramento Golden Wheelman, s.t.; 9. Blake McMahon, Power Train, s.t.; 10. A.J. Sikes, American Classic, s.t.; Boys 15-16; 1. Zak Grabowski, Red Rocks Velo, 25.5km in 32:46; 2. Keith Norris, Jamis-Access Healthcare, at :10; 3. Jasen Harmon, Zero Wait, at :19; 4. David Nelson, Landis-Trek-Volkswagen, s.t.; 5. Tommy Petramalo, Pazzo Velo, s.t.; 6. Jesse Anthony, Saturn Development, s.t.; 7. Alan Eriksson, Stanislaus County Bike Club, s.t.; 8. Kareem Harris, ECV, s.t.; 9. Duke Schimmer, Swift, s.t.; 10. Carlos Pinate, Tarheel Cyclists Inc., s.t.; Boys 17-18; 1. Josh Kerkhof, Exide Junior Team, 51km in 1:08:08; 2. Tyler Farrar, Mercury, s.t.; 3. Saul Raisin, Saturn Development, s.t.; 4. Nieko Biskner, Saturn Development, s.t.; 5. Aaron Musicant, Echelon Santa Barbara, s.t.; 6. Rigo Meza, Zero Wait, s.t.; 7. Mike House, Go Mart, s.t.; 8. Andrew Manart, Merlin-JDCT, s.t.; 9. Bobby Lea, Fuji Racing T.E.A.M., :49; 10. Erik Wright, Exide Junior Team, s.t.; Espoir; 1. Nathan Rogut, Plano Cycling, 66km in 1:28:53; 2. Mike Friedman, Mike Frasse’s Sports Resort, s.t.; 3. Jason Klikna, Sierra Nevada-Bicycles Plus, s.t.; 4. Ryan Trebon, K2-D.O. Inc., s.t.; 5. Conor Hurley, Trek-Volkswagen-Goodales, at 1:02; 6. Ryan McKinney, William & Mary Cycling, s.t.; 7. Ryan Yee, Lipovtan, s.t.; 8. Jason Fernschuss, Webcor-Alto Velo, at 1:39; 9. Jason Schneider, Ready Pac-Knapp’s Team Racing, s.t.; 10. Tim Henry, Zaxby’s, at 1:59