After a breakthrough season and a hard-earned top U.S. ranking, Stephen Hyde delivered on the promise as the favorite. Fortunately for those spectating, his U.S. National Cyclocross Championship win Sunday was anything but easy. The Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com rider's race included several crashes that forced him to repeatedly battle back to the front. With three laps to go, he held a formidable lead. The ultimate drama of the race came when, within 400 meters from the finish, Hyde took an innocuous-looking tumble and broke his rear derailleur hanger. With amazing instinct and zero hesitation, Hyde picked up his bike and ran to the finish, with Jamey Driscoll (Clement) in close pursuit. Hyde crossed the line exhausted to a wild celebration from the crowd and was immediately emotional. Timing officials gave both riders the same time, with Hyde claiming his first U.S. National title.
Stephen’s Cannondale SuperX featured SRAM Force 1 HRD, Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular DB wheels, Zipp Service Course bar, stem and seatpost.
Ellen Noble, despite being one of the top ranked elite women in the world (12th), honored her age and the U23 title by defending for the third time Sunday morning. Noble would require every ounce of brake and every inch of gear to free herself from Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com's Emma White. She rode an unheard of pressure in her tires, 12.5 psi (something we do not endorse or recommend) to get as much grip on the snowy, icy, mushy championship course. Noble and her mechanic Brandon Davis had complete confidence in the FMB tire and Zipp rim combination. "That's the lowest pressure I've ever run," she said. Noble secured her third (and final) consecutive U23 National title in front of a raucous crowd who seemed fully appreciate her win.
Noble’s Focus Mares CX also featured SRAM Force 1 HRD, Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular DB wheels, Zipp Service Course bar, stem and seatpost.