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Up next: Cyclocross National Championships in Bend, OR

After a fantastic past few weekends, Chris and Zach are ready for the National Championships in Bend, OR. Zach is racing first, on Saturday at 1pm PT (4pm ET, on cyclingdirt.org) in the Men’s U23 competition and again Sunday at 9am PT (12n ET, on cyclingdirt.org) in the D1 collegiate race. Chris lines up in the front row on Sunday at 2:30pm PT (5:30pm ET, on cyclingdirt.org) in the Elite Men’s Championship event.

But our season isn’t over after Nationals, Zach is headed to Europe for the last 2 weeks of December as part of the 8th Euro Cross Camp, a program that gives promising young riders in the US a chance to experience European cyclocross at it’s highest level.

Photo: Lyne Lamoureux

Throwback Thursday

We dug deep in the archives and found it, just in time for the Cyclocross National Championships; photo evidence from one of the first cyclocross races Chris ever participated in, showing fine form with the seldom-used (for good reason) technique of the “Surf Board Carry” over the barriers. In his first ever weekend of cyclocross, Chris showed his potential and finished 44th on Saturday and 30th on Sunday in the elite races in Gloucester, MA (Ryan Trebon won both days on the North Shore that year). Chris has come a long way in the past four years and (as of the latest UCI rankings) is rolling into Nationals 25th in the world, and 6th in the United States; meaning a front row start at Nationals. Zach currently sits 81st in the world, and 20th in the United States.

Speaking of Zach and throwbacks, check out what cyclingdirt.org deemed the Best Lap of 2009 Cyclocross Championships. Look for a rematch of the collegiate race on Sunday morning, with live coverage from cyclingdirt.org!

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Source: UCI World Rankings

Photo Contest, Week #7, You Pick The Winner

The photo contest is back this week! Sorry about last week, we had some computer issues that prevented it from happening; this week’s contest includes some submissions from the previous week’s Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, Iowa as well as photos from this past weekend’s action at the USGP Stanley Portland Cup in Portland, Oregon. Opine on your favorite photo in the comments section at the Rapha Blog by Thursday, and we’ll announce a winner on Friday.

At The Races: USGP Stanley Portland Cup w/ David Chiu

The boys were on a tear this weekend in Portland, OR with several podium appearances, David Chiu was there capturing the vibe.
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USGP Stanley Portland Cup

Chris and Zach continue their podium ways this weekend in Portland, OR as the boys put in their final preparations towards the National Championships next weekend in Bend, OR. Chris and Zach got in the large front group early in the race, with Ryan Trebon and Jeremy Powers. Eventually Chris, Ryan, and Jeremy set off on their own after a 3rd lap attack by Chris which saw him solo and off the front for a lap. Trebon would eventually succumb to a mechanical as Powers laid down the gas leaving Chris solo in second. National Champion, Tim Johnson, had a slow start on the day and a late surge of speed and caught Chris. Chris was able to gap Johnson in the Motocross rhythm section and drive home a second place finish, Chris’ highest placing ever in a UCI C1 race.

Back in the remnants of the chase group, Zach rode hard and dropped the other U23 contenders and fought it out with Powers’ and Johnson’s teammate Jamey Driscoll, beating him at the line for a 6th place finish, and first U23 finisher over U23 National Champion Danny Sumerhill. Chris was also awarded SRAM’s Most Aggressive Rider award

Day 2 of the USGP started similarly, but a dryer and faster course, saw a larger front group form. Chris and Zach were there, but weren’t as lucky when the gaps started to form. Chris rode much of the race solo chasing the front group of five, which saw Powers and Johnson battling for the USGP overall. Chris rolled in alone for a 6th place finish and Zach was pipped at the line by Danny Sumerhill, who took both the last spot in the top 10 and the top spot on the U23 podium.

Chris and Zach both are rolling on some good momentum coming into the National Championships next weekend at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, OR. Hope to see you there!

Photos: David Chiu

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