Zach “The Kid” McDonald double podiums at USGP New Belgium Cup in Fort Collins, CO
The Rapha-Focus Cyclocross Team kept their podium streak alive over the weekend at the New Belgium USGP of Cyclocross in Fort Collins, CO. This time it was “The Kid,” Zach McDonald leading the way. The former national champion demonstrated why he is considered to be one of the USA’s riders for the future, battling from a third row starting position to finish inside the top 10 both days. McDonald took top U23 honors for the weekend and has taken over the U23 USGP series lead from Luke Keough (Champion System).
The first year event was well attended with an estimated 5,000 fans on hand each day to witness the best cross racers in the country showcasing their handling skills on the muddy and greasy course. McDonald, who is an accomplished downhiller, set out on day one with the goal of winning the coveted SRAM Most Aggressive rider award saying, “I wonder if I can get the award for riding fast, but could I get it for being super aggressive toward other riders? That would be rad.” True to his pre-race prediction, the 19-year old moved from a 18th place start to finish 6th on the day and won the SRAM award.
Day two saw the course dry out slightly and the Rapha-Focus duo flipflop results, with Jones finishing 7th and McDonald riding in for 9th and 1st place U23. Reigning National Champion Tim Johnson (Cannondale/ Cyclocrossworld.com) won the elite mens race.
After spending the past five weekends on the road, Team Rapha-Focus will take this next weekend off to rest and prepare for the final lead up to the National Championships in Bend, OR. The Team will be in action over the Thanksgiving holiday at the three day Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, IA.