Evan Huffman won the Men's U23 time trial national championship.
Photo by Jonathan Devich
The elite women's time trial consisted of 40 of the country's best
women time trialists competing on a 30-kilometer course, headed by 2012
Olympians Amber Neben (Lake Forest, Calif./Specialized-lululemon) and Evelyn Stevens
(Dennis, Mass./Specialized-lululemon). The two London-bound athletes
did not disappoint as the teammates took the top two spots of the
podium, finishing 1.2 seconds apart. Neben used finishing second to
Stevens in last year's contest as motivation in 2012 as she recorded a
39:27.375. Stevens finished with a 39:28.583, 18 seconds faster than
bronze medalist, Alison Powers (Pinecliffe, Colo./NOW and Novartis for MS), who registered a time of 39:46.498. Carmen Small (Durango, Colo./Team Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) and Alison Tetrick (Mill Valley, Calif./Exergy Twenty12) rounded the podium with times of 40:51.088 and 41:00.186, respectively.
"It was exciting to win today," Neben said. "I've been second too many
times. It feels really good to win. I didn't know what to expect. I was
able to have a really good ride today. Winning the national title just
means so much. I cannot tell you how excited I am."
Larry Warbasse (Traverse City, Mich./BMC-Hincapie Sportswear
Development Team) was the 10th rider out of the start house in the men's
U23 race. He scorched the 30-kilometer course with a time of 37:17.97,
putting him in the hot seat. After two-thirds of the 60-rider field had
completed their race, Eamon Lucas (Fremont,
Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) replaced Warbasse in
the hotseat with a mark of 37:27.148. Lucas' time stood until the
fourth-to-last rider, the 2011 silver medalist Lawson Craddock
(Austin, Texas/Bontrager Livestrong Team), finished with a seemingly
unbeatable time of 36:57.66. The second-to-last rider of the category, Evan Huffman
(Elk Grove, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) bested
Craddock's time by 17 seconds, posting a 36:40.735 to win the second
national championship of his cycling career. The 2011 national champion,
Nathan Brown (Covington, Tenn./Bontrager Livestrong Team), slid into third place, recording a time of 37:15.002.
Juniors Men 17-18
The day's first time trialists were the juniors men 17-18, starting at 8
a.m. ET. The early start time did not daunt the competitors as 100 of
the country's best 17-18 time trial competitors toed the line in a
30-kilometer competition for the national championship. In the end, the
riders from Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development posted three of the
top five results, including the winner Gregory Daniel (Englewood, Colo.), who finished with a time of 37.45.758. Just over one minute behind him, in second place was T.J. Eisenhart (Levi, Utah/Velosport Racing), who finished in 38:45.606. The bronze medalist, with a time of 38:58.854, was Cameron Rex (Shawnee, Kan./Gateway Harley-Davidson). Daniel's teammates occupied the final two spots as Michael Dessau (Boulder, Colo.) and Jordan Cullen (Hudson, Wisc.) posted 39:00.463 and 39:08.222, respectively.
"This feels great," Daniel said. "I've been chasing this title for a
few years now. I got third two years ago and second last year, so it's
finally great to win the national title for the first time in the time
Julian Kyer (Boulder, Colo./Juwi Solar Cycling) bested a field
of 57 elite men competitors by recording a 36:36.7 in the 30-kilometer
time trial to collect the gold medal. The 2011 silver medalist in this
contest, Timothy Mitchell (Ashland, Mass./CCB Racing),
who had the luxury of being the last competitor in the start house,
finished second, 15 seconds behind Kyer, with a time of 36:51.233. Brant Speed (Austin, Texas/787 Racing) finished third with a time of 37:24.204 while James Peterman (Boulder, Colo./Sonic Boom Racing). The winner of the elite men's criterium in 2011, David Wenger (Austin, Texas/Bicycle Sport Shop p/b Integrity-Super Squadra), rounded out the podium in fifth place with a time of 37:37.611.
In an 11-woman field, Kaitlin Antonneau
(Racine, Wisc./Exergy Twenty12) rode away with the U23 women's time
trial, winning by 42 seconds. Antonneau traversed the 30-kilometer
course in 42:26.346 while her closest competitor, Jessica Prinner (South Elgin, Ill./ABD Cycling Club), finished in 43:08.816. Finishing 44 seconds behind Prinner was Maura Kinsella (St. Louis, Mo./Vanderkitten-Focus) with a time of 43:52.558 to secure the bronze medal. Ashley James (Dousman, Wisc./NOW and Novartis for MS) posted a time of 43:59.679 to finish fourth while Danielle Haulman (Davis, Calif./TIBCO to the Top) finished fifth registering a time of 45:18.062.
Juniors Women 17-18
Addyson Albershardt (Matthews, N.C./NOW and Novartis for MS)
torched the 23-starter field of juniors women 17-18, winning by almost
50 seconds. Albershardt completed her 19-kilometer ride in 28:28.621.
The silver medalist, Grace Alexander (Boise,
Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad)), completed the course
in 29:17.942, 16 seconds faster than the bronze medalist Kayla Sterling (Allen, Texas/Exergy Twenty12). Alexis Ryan (Ventura, Calif./Team TIBCO II) posted a time of 30:12.446 to finish fourth while Erin Donohue
(Norwich, Vt./Killington Mountain School Cycling Team-Woodstock Bicycle
Club) was only two seconds behind her with a time of 30:14.752.
Juniors Men 15-16
juniors men 15-16 19-kilometer time trial was dominated by
Slipstream-Craddock Junior Development as that team bested a field of 83
starters to earn the gold, silver and bronze medals. Zeke Mostov (San Francisco, Calif.) took the top prize with a time of 25:54.316, 19 seconds faster than silver-medalist Jake Silverberg (Pembroke Pines, Fla.). The bronze medalist, Adrien Costa (Los Altos, Calif.), finished six seconds behind Silverberg with a mark of 26:19.682, narrowly edging fourth-place William Barta
(Boise, Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad)), who posted a
mark of 26:19.714. Rounding out the podium, in fifth place was the
winner of the juniors men 13-14 time trial in 2011, Jack Maddux (Fresno, Calif./Team Specialized Racing Juniors), who registered a 26:51.481.
Juniors Women 15-16
Claire vanEkdom (Chevy Chase, Md./JET Cycling) built on
Wednesday's road race win by winning Thursday's time trial by a
significant margin. VanEkdom completed her 19-kilometer contest in
30:01.054 was 55 seconds faster than her closest competitor, Zoe Reeves (Grand Rapids, Mich./Einstein Racing). Reeves' mark of 30:56.387 was four seconds faster than the bronze medalist Zoe Mullins (Altamonte Springs, Fla./Colavita Racing Inc.). Rounding out the podium were Kirsten Williams (Lone Tree, Colo./Natural Grocers Cycling Team) and Hannah Swan (Alpine, Calif./Strive Racing) with times of 31:04.465 and 31:19.081, respectively.
Juniors Men 13-14
Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./International Christian Cycling
Club) added a second gold medal from his haul from this event after
winning the juniors men 13-14 time trial with a time of 13:23.14. The
second-place rider, Sean McElroy (Palmdale, Calif./Team
Specialized Racing Juniors) was 29 seconds behind him, finishing his
19-kilometer contest in 13:52.12. The bronze medalist, Christopher Blevins
(Durango, Colo./Durango Devo) posted a time less than a half-second
higher than McElroy's, finishing in 13:52.57 while the fourth-place
finisher Bo Knickman (Newbury Park, Calif./Breakaway from Cancer Masters) posted a time of 13:56.27. Ian Clarke (Killington, Vt./Killington Mountain School) finished his race against the clock in 14:03.67 to finish fifth.
Juniors Women 13-14
Gina Johnson (Park Ridge, Ill./Village-Verdigris Cycling) was
28 seconds faster than the closest competitor in the juniors women's
13-14 10-kilometer time trial. Hannah Green (Boise,
Idaho/BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad)) rode away with the
silver medal with a 15:50.76 mark, five seconds faster than the bronze
medalist Julyn Aguila (El Paso, Texas/Major Motion Cycling Club). Hannah Arensman (Rutherford College, N.C./DIY Junior Development Team p/b ABRC) finished fourth with a time of 16:27.240 and Ann Weigel (Clermont, Fla./Orlando Road Club Inc.) rounded out the podium with a time of 16:29.040.
Juniors Men 10-12
The juniors men 10-12 competition saw another repeat performance as Adam Croft
(Toano, Va./Slipstream-Craddock Juniors Development), who won
Wednesday's road race, topped the podium with a time of 16:25.66. Davis Branyon
(Gainesville, Ga./Frazier Cycling Juniors) finished the 10-kilometer
contest in second place with a time of 16:53.69, about four seconds
faster than the bronze medalist, Ben Clark (Portland, Ore./Beaverton Bicycle Club). Colton Villa (Johns Creek, Ga.) and Sean Quinn (Sherman Oaks, Calif./CPT) rounded out the podium with times of 17:09.83 and 17:17.284, respectively.
Juniors Women 10-12
The riders from the BYRDS (Boise Young Rider Development Squad) posted
the best two finishes in the juniors women 10-12 group. The winner of
Wednesday's road race, Megan Doherty (Boise, Idaho), struck gold after traveling 10 kilometers in 15:38.908 while Abigail Youngwerth
(Boise, Idaho), who finished third on Wednesday, climbed one step
higher on the podium, placing second in Thursday's time trial with a
time of 17:29.072. Isabella Brookshire (Hendersonville,
N.C./DIY Juniors Development Team p/b ABRC) barely missed the silver
medal, but earned the bronze with a time of 17:29.632. The 2012 road
race silver medalist, Katie Clouse (Park City, Utah/Cole Sport), placed fourth in the time trial while Lauren Garriques (Lake Forest, Ill.) rounded out the podium with a time of 17:41.776.