Hyde's Heroic Run - U.S. Cyclocross Nationals Wrap-up
After a breakthrough season and a hard-earned top U.S. ranking, Stephen Hyde delivered on the promise as the favorite. Fortunately for those spectating, his U.S. National Cyclocross Championship win Sunday was anything but easy.
The Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com rider's race included several crashes that forced him to repeatedly battle back to the front. With three laps to go, he held a formidable lead. The ultimate drama of the race came when, within 400 meters from the finish, Hyde took an innocuous-looking tumble and broke his rear derailleur hanger.
With amazing instinct and zero hesitation, Hyde picked up his bike and ran to the finish, with Jamey Driscoll (Clement) in close pursuit. Hyde crossed the line exhausted to a wild celebration from the crowd and was immediately emotional. Timing officials gave both riders the same time, with Hyde claiming his first U.S. National title.
Ellen Noble a Name for the Future
Ellen Noble, despite being one of the top ranked elite women in the world (12th), honored her age and the U23 title by defending for the third time Sunday morning. Noble would require every ounce of brake and every inch of gear to free herself from Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com's Emma White.
Noble’s Focus Mares CX also featured SRAM Force 1 HRD, Zipp 303 Firecrest Tubular Disc-brake wheels, Zipp bar, stem and seatpost.
Here is a rundown of Zipp athletes at national cyclocross championships across the world:
Australia: Chris Jongewaard (Flanders Nemisis Race Team)
Belgium: Wout van Aert (Vérandas Willems-Crelan)
USA: Stephan Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com)
Great Britain: Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team)
Luxembourg: Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans Cycling Team)
Australia: Tom Chapman
USA: Ellen Noble (Rapha Focus)
All photos by Wil Matthews