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HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT (VN) — After years of second best, Curtis White is a cyclocross national champion.
The Steve Tilford Foundation rider won the 2022 US Cyclocross National Championship men’s elite race on Sunday amid progressively heavier snowfall, taking the fight to defending champion Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Build) in a close, back and forth race.
Kerry Werner (Kona Adventure Team) finished a minute back on the pair for third.
“It truly means the world,” White said of his victory. “This sport is beautiful. I’ve wanted to be a professional cyclocross racer my whole life. I’ve been chasing the stars-and-stripes jersey, but my peers didn’t make it easy on me, and I thank them for that.” How it happened
Snowfall that began to fall in earnest during the women’s elite race earlier in the afternoon had intensified into a full snowstorm the time the men took to the start line. By the end of the race, Hartford would be blanketed in white, making for deteriorating slippery and muddy conditions that kept the mechanics busy in the pits.
Recently crowned collegiate cyclocross national champion Lance Haidet (L39ION of Los Angeles) had a strong start, leading the pack out. But he lost some time in the pits and was passed by a competitive lead group that included Scott Funston (Blue Cycles p/b Build), Brunner, and White.It soon […]
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