More than 30 Chicagoland cyclists spent last weekend in Asheville, North Carolina, competing in the USA Cycling Cyclo-Cross National Championship from Jan. 5-10.
The men’s Masters and junior categories had the highest number of Illinois competitors, with 14 and 12 cyclists in each group, respectively. Danny Warner of the Verdigris-Village CX Team placed highest out of local Masters men, taking 6th in the Men Masters 55-59 group. Other area Masters men with top 20 finishes included David Reyes of the Heritage Race Club (12th, Men Masters 30-34 Cat 1/2/3), Christopher Pike of The Pony Shop (20th, Men Masters 45-49 Cat 1/2/3), John Paul McCartney of SRAM Factory (18th, Men Masters 50-54 Cat 1/2/3), David McClenahan of PYOC (10th, Men Masters 60-64), Gaylord Otte of xXx Racing (15th, Men Masters 60-64) and Albert Weigel of the Verdigris-Village CX Team (19th, Men Masters 65-69).
Graciela Val of Evanston took first in the Women Masters 75+ race on Jan. 7, defeating her lone competitor, Julie Lockhart of Dunstable, Massachusetts. Jessica Whiton of xXx Racing also competed in women’s Masters racing, taking 29th in the Women Masters 40-44 Cat 1/2/3 group.
The Pony Shop rider Aiden Letzel had the highest local Junior finish, taking 9th in the Men Junior 9-10 race. Several of Letzel’s Pony Shop teammates also competed during the weekend, including Jonathan Costin and Peter Swinand in the Men Junior 13-14 race, Henry Praznowski in the Men Junior 11-12 race and Eamon McIntyre in the Men Junior 9-10 race. Lincoln Scheer of xXx Racing, Jack Warner of the Verdigris-Village CX Team and Paul Hartner of Bonkers also competed at the Men Junior level over the weekend.
Four Junior women represented the area in Asheville, with Francesca Swinand of The Pony Shop taking third in the Women Junior 9-10 race, Sadie Scheer of xXx Racing taking 17th in the Women 11-12 race, Briana Urban of the ABD Cycling Team finishing 20th in the Women Junior 13-14 race and Ella Neurohr of the Chicago Cuttin Crew taking 15th in the Women Junior 15-16 event. Amelia Van Maldegiam of the Spin Doctor Cyclewerks CX Team competed in both the Women Industry and Women U23 17-22 Cat 1/2/3 races, finishing in 15th and 29th, respectively.
Local elite riders at Nationals included Danielle Arman of Tenspeed Hero, who finished 29th, and Brandon Feehery of Crank Radlers, who finished in 51st.
You can find complete coverage from Cylco-Cross Nationals online.