U.S. CX Nats Preview – Reno Rendezvous
American cyclocross is headed West. The USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships take place this week in Reno, Nevada. Here’s a primer on our top U.S. pros:
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Kaitie Keough (Elite Women) – Already a top performer, Kaitie took a big step this season by winning the 2017 Sho-Air US Cup-CX Overall Series. She’s achieved multiple UCI C1 victories and a World Cup podium placing. Off the course, she cares for a small flock of chickens at home in Colorado and also is a certified yoga instructor.
Stephen Hyde (Elite Men) – The defending Elite Men’s champ represented his stars and stripes jersey well, earning the overall title in the 2017 Sho-Air US Cup-CX Series. He’s also making gains in Europe, including an 11th place last month at the Namur World Cup.
Curtis White (Elite Men) – After a strong career in the U23 ranks, this busy student-athlete now is a podium threat among the Elite Men. The past two seasons Curtis also competed on the road for Rally Cycling. He is also a Classics major at Union College in New York. Teammate Emma White is his sister.
Emma White (U23 Women) – She showed her potential with a second place in last year’s U23 race. In addition to her busy CX schedule, Emma races road for Rally Cycling and is a computer science student at Union College.
Ellen Noble (Elite Women) – In her first season racing in the Elite category, Ellen quickly became a fan favorite for her determined racing and fun style. Her season highlights include a second place in November at the DVV verzekeringen Trofee Flandriencross.
Spencer Petrov (U23 Men) – This former Junior National and Pan American Champion has been a consistent performer on the U.S. circuit this season. The Cincinnati native has moved to Massachusetts to be close to his Aspire team base.
Jeremy Powers (Elite Men) – On and off the bike, Jeremy has spent a career raising the bar for U.S. cyclocross. He’s a four-time Elite Men’s national champ. He’s also the host of the popular Behind the Barriers program and is co-founder of the
JAM Fund, a development program that has put many racers into the elite ranks of cyclocross.
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Cody Kaiser (Elite Men) – Known for his superb technical skills and the #codyrodeit hashtag, Cody secured his first ever UCI win at Hurtland Cross in November 2017. As a prolific YouTube vlogger, he’s one of the most accessible pro cyclist.
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Tobin Ortenblad (Elite Men) – Tobin started his second year in the Elite ranks with a bang, taking big wins at KMC Cross, Charm City, and GP Gloucester. Look for the native Californian to be a factor as the season reaches its climax.
What They’re Riding
SRAM RED eTap HRD – The simple intuitive shifting of eTap with the benefits of the most adjustable hydraulic road disc brake platform available.
SRAM Force 1 HRD – The go-to cyclocross groupset, offering chain security, smooth shifting, a full range of gears, and the control of hydraulic disc brakes
Zipp 202 and 303 Firecrest Disc brake Tubular – the proven wheelsets for cyclocross with 77/177D hubset.
Bars, Stem, Seatpost
Zipp Service Course SL Bars, Stems, and Seatpost as well as SL Speed carbon seatpost – light weight, durable with high adjustability for cross racers to dial in their fit.
Celebrating the Next Generation
If you’re a junior racer competing in Reno, please join us for Pizza!