Sunday, January 11, 2015

U23 Cross-over: Roadies Gettin' Dirty

On the weekend of nearly virtually every national championship in cyclocross, some roadies decided to dust off the cyclocross rig and ride around some dirt, grass and tarmac for an hour. Except for some, you might need to dig a little bit deeper in the results.

Perhaps the most impressive ride of the week was by German wunderkind Silvio Herklotz, who managed to ride to 3rd in the German U23 Cyclocross Championship. This isn't exactly surprising as Herklotz is a former junior national champion and was 3rd in the U23 race in 2013. He finished 1'02" down on 2-time Felix Drumm.


It is pretty rare when a rider can take a title on the road as well as in the dirt, especially in a competitive CX country. Fabian Lienhard won the Swiss U23 Cyclocross race on the UCI grounds in Aigle ahead of Thomas Frischknecht's son, Andri. Lienhard, who races for EKZ Racing, was 12th in the U23 World RR Championship and won the Meisterschaft von Zürich.


Rabobank Development's Stan Godrie, who always splits time between the road and 'cross, won the Netherlands U23 'cross race, which to be honest didn't have a lot of competition.


Massimo Morabito won the U23 Cross a field, as far as I can see, was one. Good job buddy.

In the French U23 race, Loïc Bouchereau (Vendée U) finished 5th while in the Men's Elite race, his teammate Lilian Calmejane finished 19th. Both riders did well in the Ronde de l'Isard with Calmejane winning the epic stage 2 while Bouchereau finished in the top 20 overall and 4th in the youth classification.

Stayed tuned tomorrow for when the conclusion of Course-lined Heritage Tree-gate happens in Austin when Logan Owen goes for the U23 crown.

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