It was a successful weekend across the board for the CLIF BAR Development Cyclo-Cross Team at last weekend's US National Championships, in Kansas City, KS.
Brady Kappius took home the Stars 'n Stripes as the Division II Collegiate National Champion - he rode an incredible race, was in 2nd for several laps, ended up 4th overall in a 3-up sprint, and was the first Division II rider across the line.
In the Junior 13-14 race, Zack Gould finished a tough, icy early morning race in 15th.
In the Junior 15-16 race, the brothers Eckmann took home 4th (Robin) and 6th (Yannick), while California kid Bjorn Fox ended his first ride on snow in 15th place.
In the Junior 17-18 race, Andrew Barker dealt with several crashes and a flat tire, and survived a tough day for 22nd, while Ethan Bell raced his first 17-18 event and finished 30th.
The Under-23 race was one of the marquee events of the weekend, and unfortunately a dropped chain early in lap one on some icy ruts kept Danny Summerhill from battling it out with his usual peers, Jamey Driscoll and Bjorn Selander. Those two raced off the front, and Danny went back and forth with Nick Wieghall. Despite a few spills and a flat tire, Danny won the sprint for 3rd. Brady Kappius got a great start, and rode a strong, smooth race to finish 10th place.
Congrats to CLIF BAR Development program alums on a great weekend:
- team co-founder and racer for TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR, Brandon Dwight, scored a victory in the Masters 35+ age group.
- two year team member Troy Wells (who won the U23 National title with the team) notched the best result of his career, finishing 5th in the Elite Mens race.