I’m really thankful I got the chance to attend the entire span of the US Cyclocross National Championships. I had a blast racing, spectating, heckling, cheering, obnoxiously ringing cowbells, talking to racers, meeting pros, and shooting photos throughout the elongated weekend. Sharing these photos with y’all has been truly joyful. Thanks everyone who was a part of my week in Austin!
And for the few that may still be wondering how I did in my 2 races on the first day, it didn’t go as well as I hoped! In the first race (10-29 non-champ), my chain fell off during the first bottleneck. I was running my bike through the bottleneck, remounted, and found it was off. By the time I got it back on, I think I was dead last, or close to it, as everyone had gone through. I got lapped (and pulled) with 2 laps remaining, and got 55th out of 72, so not bad considering what happened! I definitely failed to hydrate well enough and get electrolytes in between races, as the Industry race started 1.5 hrs after I finished the first race. I was starting to cramp pretty badly in my quads and left calf 2-3 laps in. Lapped and pulled with 1 lap left, and most importantly, didn’t get last (42/46)!
Andrew Reimann of CXMagazine.com interviewing Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), after winning Women’s 17-18 Championship.
Women hugged a lot more than men.
Hugs all around!
“Oh shoot, I just remembered I won’t have a shower before the plane ride!” Oregon Junior cyclists!
KFC: Katie Fn Compton (Trek Factory Racing) warming up on the rollers!!!!! 11 consecutive US National Championships!!!
Jeremy Powers’ (Rapha-Focus) Stars & Stripes bike.
Keeping Austin Weird.
JPow profile before heading out for pre-ride.
JPow seems excited. He has very nice teeth.
This is what the butt of a 3x US Men’s National Cyclocross Champion looks like. #goals
Cody “The Kid” Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) warming up at the stripped down Specialized trailer tent.
KFC after a steep, punchy runup.
Getting ready to remount in a moment.
KFC FTW! Was anyone really surprised?
Rachel Lloyd (California Giant Cycling) took 3rd in the Women’s Elite race.
Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) came in 2nd in the Women’s Elite. At age 23, she’ll be part of the squad representing the US in the Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic!
Katie has struggled with her asthma at World Cup races this season, but not today!
Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) is all smiles, winning the Women’s U23 division.
Someone give Daniel (www.manualforspeed.com) a Manual for Smiles! (Nice to meet you dude)
Hugs for everyone!
It’s not a good fight without a little blood.
KFC’s support, aka Mr. Katie Compton (I think).
Jeremy Powers dismounts American-style.
Jonathan Page (XcelLED/Fuji) chases Powers. He came in 2nd.
JPow dropping the hammer.
Using the course to his advantage.
Page seemed very disappointed with 2nd. If it wasn’t for an early flat out of the pits, it would’ve been a battle royale between these two.
I’d be smiling if I won the National Championship too!
I can’t believe I got this close without an official media credential vest.
Here’s the last gallery of immediate post-race portraits I shot. Included are racers from every race on
Sunday Monday: Men’s Junior divisions (15-16, 17-18), Women’s Junior divisions (15-16, 17-18), Men’s & Women’s U23, and Men’s & Women’s Elite races!
I truly enjoyed grabbing these portraits. Approaching each racer, even having a little small talk with a few, really made the event a bit more personal. The faces you see are the future of American CX racing, how cool is that? Again, if you know someone in these photos, please share with them!
One more gallery from Monday to be posted tomorrow.
Tallon Pemberton (787 Racing). This local Austinite rocks! He came out to play at Crash Nationals 2 the evening before!
Turner Ramsay! Pulled for the Women’s Jr 15-16 win.
Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Women’s Jr 17-18 National Champion!
Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized). IG: @thekidkaiser #coderodeit
Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC). Women’s U23 National Champion, 6th overall in Women’s Elite/U23/Pro123, 7th in Women’s Collegiate Div 1 (UMass Amherst). @ellenlikesbikes
Britlee Bowman (House Industries-Richard Sachs).
Georgia Gould (LUNA Chix Pro Team)! 4th in Women’s Elite. One of the top women’s MTB XC racers in the world!!
Friday hosted what I consider the “Young Masters” races, which consisted of 5-year age group races from 30-49 (Thursday, which I wasn’t in town for, was the “Old Masters” races, from 50-80+. Yes, there were 3 men racing in the 80+ category!). I didn’t make it out to Zilker in time for the Women’s races as I didn’t really know anyone in those. Enjoy!
Rapha pop up shop.
Waiting for call-ups.
Off camber goodness.
SORRY HERITAGE TREE
SORRY HERITAGE TREE
Bike Barn! Sorry Heritage tree.
Who doesn’t take free money?1
“Mickey will take it!”
’til the next day.
“Hey, photographers need their photographs taken too, right?!”
Inspired by Manual For Speed, this was just one of several ideas which I wish I had thought of earlier in the week, but was nonetheless happy with what I got. During the final delayed day of racing at the USAC Cyclocross National Championships, I literally ran around Zilker Park hunting down all the photographers I could find wearing the bright yellow USAC photographer credential vests.
We “Like” and share so many pictures these days, and we see shots of athletes doing cool things all the time…but rarely do we ever get to see the eyes and faces behind the thousand(s) dollar pieces of glass capturing these moments. This is for all the photographers out there to say “thanks for what you’re doing!”
Extra kudos to Andrew Yee (Photographer #40), founder of Cyclocross Magazine below for snapping a pic of me in return! And #34 said it best when he said “Now the real challenge will be to find out where everyone is posting their photos.”
If you see yourself below, take it and use it for personal (non-profit) use. Then shoot me an e-mail at kuotient[at]gmail just to let me know who you are! Thanks.
This week was a perfect example of Texas weather in a nutshell: beautiful sunny skies in the 60s on Tuesday, with a dry hardpack course on Wednesday, to near freezing temperatures with rain over the weekend. With all the rain, the course conditions took a turn for the worst. In other words, we had quintessential cyclocross conditions (mud on mud on mud) on Saturday, with more rain expected Sunday morning (in fact it’s pouring outside in North Austin as I type) — just in time for the Elite racers to show off their mud-slinging skills in the afternoon!
While I was course marshaling for a bit yesterday, I watched the kids and collegiate women race in muddy splendor. It was then I realized these faces would make for great portraits! Unfortunately, I only thought of this after all the ladies had raced (sorry ladies!). I’m quite bummed I didn’t think of it earlier, because I love to show and promote the women’s side of cycling! Many of those girls racing yesterday could’ve easily kicked my butt in a race.
Anyway, without further ado, here are some of the faces of cyclocross, with all their mud, sweat, tears, blood…and snot! Click any photo to enlarge.
(If you see yourself in one of these photos and want a full-res copy, email me at kuotient[at]gmail. Also if you see someone you know in here, please share with them!)
The “Muddy Buddies”