Last weekend me and my brother and father traveled to Trenton New Jersey. It was the third USGP race we went to that year but this one was gonna be really muddy. We decided not to go to the course on friday to look at it because it was a little drizzling and it was really windy, so we went to our host house right away. The next morning when we got to our race you could see already that it was really muddy which I was excited about. Me and my brother looked at the course how and where we should ride it. We looked at it 2 or 3 times then we gave our bikes to the mechanics to clean them and that we could go warm up. We went on the road to warm up. We were pushing each other to go harder at the warm up so that we would get a good start. When it was time to line up we went down to the starting area. I was able to start in the first row because I picked a good number. When the gun went off then i was shooting out of my starting position and just sprinted as hard as I could. I got the hole shot plus I had a little gap to the other people into the dirt section. When I got onto the mud I gave them some more meters. I kept on hammering the hole time. I switcher my bikes like every half lap because it was so muddy and the bike would get heavier if you wouldn't change. One time when I cam in the pit my dad was holding a green, whitish bike, then I looked down at my bike and first said to myself that the bike my dad is holding isn't my bike. So I yelled at him that it isn't my bike in german. So at the time I got to him he hadn't switched it yet, s just threw my bike down and waited till he got my bike. It didn't take to long but the Jeffery Bahnson who was in second was closing down a lot, but when I got my bike I took of again and opened the gap up again. So I crossed the finish line in first place.1.Yannick Eckmann (Clif Bar Development Cross Team) 2.Jeffrey Bahnson (Thule / Van Dessel)3.Cody Kaiser (California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) 4.Skyler Trujillo (Niner) 5.Robin Eckmann (Clif Bar Development Cross Team) 6.Matthew Spinks (Team Metra / Wendy’S P/B Cycles 54) 7.Jesse Keough (Clnoonan/Kam/Coast To Coast) 8.Gunnar Bergey (C3- Athletes Seving Athletes) 9.Joshua Lehmann (Sunapee/S&W/Continental Paving Racing Team) 10.Andrew Bennett (Team Redline) 11.David Kessler (Clif Bar Development Team) 12.Jeremiah Dyer (Hudz-Subaru Jr-Development Cx) 13.Jacob Arnold (Pioneer Racing)14.Chris Wallace (Kccx/Navigators Insurance/Verge) 15.Stuart Wight (Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) 16.Kolben Preble (Hammer Velo)17.Cam Mancuso (Death Row Velo) The second day was just an awesome day as the first. I started in the second row and i didn't get off the start as good as I did the day before. I was like in 8th or so. Then when we started going into the dirt I was starting to pass a lot of people. Then when I got to the front i just kept on hammering and nobody could hold my will at the beginning. jeffery Bahnson caught me again and then I just attacked again and got a gap again. The next lap again he was on my wheel again and then i just attack one more time and i was gone for the rest of the race. The race wasn't as muddy as before, it was just harder mud, so some section by running was faster. So i crossed the finish line in first with a nice gap to second.Also this time nothing went wrong in the pit either which was good but it wasn't as much switching bikes because the mud was drying out. 1.Yannic[Photo]k Eckmann (Clif Bar Development Cross Team)2.Jeffrey Bahnson (Thule / Van Dessel) 3.Stuart Wight (Hot Tubes Development Cycling Team) 4.Robin Eckmann (Clif Bar Development Cross Team) 5.Chris Wallace (KCCX/Navigators Insurance/Verge) 6.Cody Kaiser (California Giant Strawberries/Specialize) 7.Skyler Trujillo (NINER) 8.Matthew Spinks (Team Metra / Wendy’s p/b Cycles 54) 9.Jesse Keough (CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast) 10.Andrew Bennett (Team Redline) 11.Joshua Lehmann (Sunapee/S&W/Continental Paving Racing Team) 12.Kolben Preble (hammer velo) 13.Gunnar Bergey (C3- Athletes Seving Athletes) 14.Jeremiah Dyer (HUDZ-Subaru Jr-Development CX) 15.Benjamin Wolfe (Mystic Velo Juniors) 16.Paul Lynch (CL Noonan/Coast to Coast/KAM)
I want to say a thank you to my Dad and to TJ who helped me out in the pit. I couldn't have done it with out them.