National Cross Championships Preview


The course at Badger Prairie Park provides cinematic spectating even Spielberg could appreciate. This photo from the races last year.

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.

Madison speedster Monique Karlan sports pony tails and mud splatters at last year's nationals.

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

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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.




About Dave Schlabowske, Deputy Director

Dave was the first full-time staff member hired to open the Bike Fed's Milwaukee office 15 years ago. A former professional photographer and life-long Milwaukee resident, Dave likes wool, long rides, sour beer, and a good polar vortex once in a while.

5 thoughts on “National Cross Championships Preview

  1. Oh man, with the warm-up and rain on the way, that will be a sloppy course! I predict more running than biking. Should be awesome to watch.


    • Great pics Eric! Thanks for sharing them. The images should look a lot different this year with the snow and rain.

  2. Thanks for the kind words, Dave. I encourage folks to head to Verona this weekend and check out the CX Nats. The competition is exciting, the spectacle is amazing. We are fortunate to have this type of event in our state two years in a row. Cycling in Wisconsin benefits when we show up big for a national audience.

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