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Nick Weighall (Rad Racing) won a hard-fought battle with Nick Keough (Jittery Joe’s-Sonic) on Saturday to claim the men’s under-23 title at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships at Tiffany Springs Park in Kansas City, Missouri.
Danny Summerhill (Clif Bar) took third.
Keough shot off the line first ahead of Weighall, who then took the lead with Bjorn Selander (Riley Factory Team) and Summerhill in pursuit in gray, windy conditions on a comparatively dry, tacky course.
With four laps to go, Weighall was clinging to a slender lead, just a handful of seconds, as Keough hit the pits. But Keough fought his way back up to the leader and once again took the front.
With two to go Keough and Weighall held a half-minute on Summerhill, with Alex Howes (Clif Bar) and Adam McGrath (Van Dessel) in fourth and fifth.
Going into the final lap Weighall built a slender lead over his erstwhile running mate, as behind Selander began a late charge, shooting past McGrath and setting his sights on Howes.
Weighall worked hard to pad his lead, but Keough gave no quarter, fighting back up to within seconds of the leader — only to see Weighall hit the gas again.
And that’s the way it stayed to the finish, with Weighal collecting the stars and stripes.
USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships
1. Nicholas Weighall, Rad Racing Northwest, in 48:12.0
2. Nicholas Keough, Jittery Joes-Sonic, in 48:20.0
3. Daniel Summerhill, Team Clif Bar, in 49:37.0
4. Alex Howes, Clif Bar Development, in 49:46.0
5. Bjorn Selander, Ridley Factory Team, in 49:52.0
6. Adam McGrath, Maxxis-Litespeed, in 50:09.0
7. William Dugan, RGM Watches-Richard Sachs 50:15.0
8. Eric Thompson, Lees-McRae College, in 51:15.0
9. Mitchell Hoke, Clif Bar Development, in 51:15.0
10. Steve Fisher, Western Washington University, in 51:53.0
11. Colin Cares, Clif Bar Development, in 51:53.0
12. Kevin Mullervy, Clif Bar Development, in 52:11.0
13. Dave Hackworthy, Ridley Factory Team, in 52:21.0
14. Braden Kappius, Team Clif Bar, in 52:31.0
15. Gian Dalle Angelini, Redline, in 52:39.0
16. Nathan Bannerman, Bicycle Centres-Collision 1, in 52:39.0
17. Jeremy Ferguson, California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized, in 52:54.0
18. Joseph Schmalz, HRRC Trek Stores, in 53:14.0
19. Clayton Omer, Calistoga Racing Team, in 53:28.0
20. Mitchell Peterson, University of Utah, in 53:28.0
21. Conor Mullervy, Clif Bar Development, in 53:28.0
22. Kip Spaude, IS Corp., in 53:51.0
23. Pat Lemieux, Texas Roadhouse, in 54:27.0
24. Oscar Clark, Georgia State University, in 54:37.0
25. Christopher Dale, Raleigh All Stars-Lees-McRae College, in 54:43.0
26. Andrew Llewellyn, Calistoga Racing Team, in 55:02.0
27. Jack Hinkens, FCCC, in 55:02.0
28. Zach Adams, Slippery Rock University, in 55:53.0
29. Matthew Brandt, Mesa Cycles, in 57:05.0
30. Joshua Berry, Team Bode, in 57:27.0
31. Brent Steinberg, Mesa State College, 1 lap down
32. Logan VonBokel, Mesa Cycles Racing Team, 1 lap down
33. Bradford Perley, Lees-McRae College, 1 lap down
34. Chance Noble, California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized, 1 lap down
35. Gregory Vigneaux, Gear Works-Spin Arts, 1 lap down
36. Christopher Bogedin, Lees-McRae College, 2 laps down
37. Zachary Edwards, DRT Racing, 2 laps down
38. Jake Davidson, Dickinsen College, 2 laps down
39. Alex grman, The Hub Cycling Team, 2 laps down
40. Bryen Graver, Oboy Oberto-Redline, 2 laps down
41. Austin Roberts, CRRC, 2 laps down
42. Peter Krause, Cycle City Racing, 2 laps down
43. Will Curry, Brick Oven-CB Builders, 3 laps down
44. Martin Lang, Mesa Cycles Racing Team, 3 laps down
45. Erik Wilburn, USMA Cycling, 3 laps down
DNF Jerome Townsend, Fitness Together-IF,
DNF Matthew Rotroff, North Carolina State University
DNF Adam Lang, Mesa Cycles
DNF Alex Ryan, Kobold Watch Company-Cannondale
DNF Greg Payne, GP Velotek
DNF John-Paul Russo, Colavita
DNF Benjamin Fishman, University of Northern Colorado
DNF Andrew Slater, University of Kansas
DNF Michael Koballa, Appalachian State
DNF Morgan Whiterabbit, Augsburg College
DNF Patrick Bradley, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
DNF Andy Glaser, Rutgers University-New Brunswick