Eric Brunner Pro Bike Check Nationals CX close up If you haven’t watched the men’s elite US cyclocross national championship in Louisville, do yourself a favor and check it out now — we’ll wait. Full contact racing and a fight for every feature, that’s what national championship racing is all about. There were crashes, mechanicals, sharp elbows, and lots of power. Ultimately, on-lookers were treated to an amazingly inspiring ride by the Pan-American champ (now current US National champ) Eric Brunner (WTB/Pivot Endurance). All Photos J. Villella/BikeRumor.com We caught up with Eric and his team before the race and discussed his Pivot Vault, tire selection, and the changing course conditions.
When the lights turned green, the men’s elite race riders charged the slight uphill start straight. Andrew Strohmeyer (CXD Trek Bikes) took the hole shot and quickly distanced himself from the field, with Brunner’s teammate Scott Funston (WTB/Pivot Endurance) quickly on his wheel. After the first lap, the duo was quickly joined by defending champion Curtis White (Steve Tilford Foundation) and former national champion Eric Brunner.
The select group traded blows at the front while pushing for position into features. On lap three, Brunner and Strohmeyer connect after the barriers. What looked like a small bump turned into something more, sending his Di2 derailleur into crash mode and sticking him in high gear on a muddy, challenging course. The same thing would happen a few minutes later, causing Brunner to dismount and troubleshoot the bike far from pit […]