I’m not usually one for preview stories, but I have to say Tom Held’s Active Pursuit blog post today should be required reading for anyone planning on heading out to Badger Prairie Park in Verona for the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships. The racing starts today with some non-championship racing early and the men’s and women’s national single speed championship this afternoon.
I will be out there covering the racing tomorrow through the pro men’s and women’s races on Sunday. Watch this blog for some photos and a bit of color from each day. This year I asked some professional photographer friends to contribute to a pool of photos in the hopes that we might put out a book about the national championships. Stay tuned for more information on that after we take a look at our work.
In the mean time, be sure to read the Active Pursuit to get a better idea of what to expect this year. Tom highlights our local racers who have done well in the past and are sure to be at the front of the pack this year too. And be sure to holler over the din of the cow bells if you see me in Verona.
Antonneau, local hosts chase repeat success in USA Cyclo-cross Championships
Posted by Tom Held
Cowbells, mud, sleet, sweat, bicycle shanties, beer and lactic acid – all the elements that make cyclo-cross the best party on knobby tires – will fill Badger Prairie Park over the next five days.
Verona, the Madison Area Sports Commission and Team Sport Inc. hosts the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross national championships, bringing the country’s best pro and amateur riders to Wisconsin for a second year.
Racine native Kaitlin Antonneau will be racing for a similar repeat, riding to defend her titles in the women’s collegiate Div. 1 and U23 races, and to return to the podium in the women’s elite category. Antonneau, a junior at Marian University in Indianapolis, Ind., finished secondin the pro race last year, behind her mentor and eight-time national champion, Katie Compton.
Read the rest of Tom Held’s story on The Active Pursuit here.