Friday, December 11, 2009

CX Nationals Day 2

The second day of Nationals had Planet Bike riders participating in nearly every event. The morning began with the junior women and had Kaitie in the Womens 17-18 category and Sarah in the Womens 15-16. The two groups were on the course at the same time - the younger riders starting 20 seconds behind the older category. The cold conditions caused the snow covered course to be slippery in several spots and attempting to stay upright was on the minds of the riders.

Kaitie led the first half lap of her race before a crash forced her to chase after defending national champion Coryn Rivera. photo: Dave McElwaine

Another bobble by Kaitie increased the gap but she soon got in a rhythm and pulled ahead of the competition to sit comfortably in second. She rode smoothly the rest of the race and was closing down the gap to Rivera but there wasn't enough time in the 30 minute race.

Congrats to Kaitie on a strong race and a great 2nd place finish. The Team Planet Bike cheering section was out in full force including Katie Compton.

photo: Mark Legg

Sarah was racing at the same time as Kaitie and rode an incredible race as she was off the front the entire time. There was no competition as Sarah made the tough course conditions look easy and actually rode past all the 17-18 girls except for the top 3.

Congratulations to Sarah on an impressive ride and her second straight US National title.

Junior Women reports
CX Magazine

The junior men were next to take the course and Ian raced the 13-14 age category. Starting in the fourth row Ian was patient in moving up and by the end of the first lap was in the top 5. Near the end of the second lap he had moved into second place and a tactical attack at the start of the last lap put him in the lead.
photo: Lyne Lamoureux

Riding smoothly on the final lap Ian increased his lead and came across the line for the win.

Congratulations to Ian on his first national championship and a well ridden race.

Next up was Jordan Cullen in the 15-16 junior mens race. After a few slips on the course Jordan was picking off the competition and moved up to finish a strong 8th place.

Junior Men reports
CX Magazine

Following the junior races came the singlespeed race and three riders from the East Coast grassroots team represented for Planet Bike.

Curtis Boivin was 8th

Jerry Chabot 33rd

SingleSpeed reports
CX Magazine

Nice racing guys!

After a brief break for the noon hour the Planet Bike riders again stormed the course for the afternoon races. First up was the 40+ Masters women with Toni racing in the 40-44 and Diane in the 55-59 category.

In her first time competing at Nationals Toni had a solid race and finished 23rd.

Diane was out to try to win a third straight National title and her determination was evident. Taking the lead early she never looked back and steadily increased her gap.

By the end Diane crossed the line nearly 2 minutes ahead of her nearest competition.

Congrats to Diane on an impressive ride and her 3rd straight National Championship!!

The next races were two more Masters womens events with Kristin in the 30-34 and Linda in the 35-39 category. With Linda's group starting immediately behind Kristin's the course was packed with riders. Warming temperatures and plentiful sun had changed the course and the mud was starting to appear along with some still icy stretches.

Kristin had some difficulty with the slippery conditions and finished 15th.

Linda rode a strong race and had to pass by many women in the 30-34 category. She had a great showing and finished 2nd.

Masters Women reports
CX Magazine

Full day report - Podium In Sight report

Some podium shots from the successful day - all courtesy of Amy Dykema

Diane and her 3rd consecutive Nationals win

Linda on the 2nd step

Kaitie and Linda both like silver

A great showing by all Planet Bike riders on the day. A team dinner later in the evening allowed for some cleaned up photos of the champions on the day and a womens team shot.

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