The 2021 US Pro Road Championships played out like a fairytale for the men’s team. They successfully leveraged their strength in numbers to control the race before sending Joey Rosskopf on a solo attack for the win. Followed closely by race MVP Kyle Murphy in third and Gavin Mannion in seventh, the result brought an end to a 15-year drought for the program.
Nationals was the first race Kyle’s family got to see in person. On Father’s Day no less. It would help Kyle reach a new level as an athlete.
Hometown boy Steve (left) and Robin, legs still probably slightly tingling from Unbound Gravel
Kyle and his son chill before the race
Joey stays loose. Smiling and he doesn’t know yet what’s down the road!
Big crowds on Gay Street
The Gay Street Bridge was built in 1897
the Felt FR frameset is designed specifically for climbing
Ben King is a former winner at Nationals
Steve was caught up early and it hampered his race. He spent a lot of time chasing after that
Kyle was a breakaway superstar, and a critical component in Joey’s win
Magnus grabs a bottle from an innocent bystander
Ripped is an understatement
The pristine Acura RDX rolls through the start gate
Go time. Joey, Lawson Craddock and Brent Bookwalter start a game of cat and mouse on the final laps
Joey focused on the winding downtown finish
Joey charges down the finshing straight with one to go
Robin all smiles on the closing laps after a day of hard work
Joey ‘s wedding ring was on his right hand, Euro style
Joey and Tom take a moment after the finish
Joey’s Wahoo post-race. For us Americans, thats roughly a max speed of 55 MPH and an average of 25 MPH. Woah.
Kyle told his wife after the race “I had big energy today”
Gavin and Joey
Ben and Joey
Joey with Lauren Hall, a former Optum cycling star
Spoils of victory
Joey zips up for the first time
Kyle had a podium buddy on Father’s Day
Joey, Brent Bookwalker, and Kyle round out the road race podium
Champagne dreams in Knoxville
Joey and his race-winning Felt AR. you heard it hear first caption readers: a hand painted red white and blue version is coming soon!!!