Rally Cycling stamped their authority on this year’s American National Championships last night in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee. In the Elite men’s race, Ty Magner and Eric Young dominated the final sprint by finishing 1-2 while Minnesota’s own Kelly Catlin earned silver in the Elite women’s race. Emma White earned her second Under 23 National Championship of the weekend by finishing fourth.
The men’s race ran for 90 minutes and featured six corners, two bridge crossings, a three-block climb, and a short downhill sprint from the final corner. Ty Magner, who has been knocking on the door for years came through to earn his first stars and stripes jersey.
“It feels freaking awesome,” said Magner. “I’ve been second, third, fourth… I finally did it!”
The team clearly came with a gameplan and every rider was committed to delivering Magner to his first National Criterium Championship.
“Having guys like Brad Huff and Eric Young who have won the race before took the pressure off of me. You have a plan to win the race but you know if you mess up or have a bad day the guys will have your back.
“We had our climbers Emerson and Kyle controlling the race and to have climbers on the team committed to that cause that’s just too cool.”
The women raced on the same course but under perilous conditions. Rain began to fall as the riders were called to the line and nearly every corner on the course had painted crosswalks or laid brick which made for a slippery affair.
The team’s plan was to make the race as hard as possible for sprint favorite and now four-time U23 National Champion Emma White and one of those instigators was two-time Olympic silver medalist Kelly Catlin.
“My role was to make the race as hard as possible and then help Emma White for the finish,” said Catlin. “But I followed an attack in the last two laps and it made it to the line. It was a really hard race with attacks and the rain added a bit of chaos.”
“It’s a big honor to earn silver here at US Pro and a great thing for the team,” she added. “Racing with the girls was amazing. We were all watching each other, the communication was perfect, we were all working together and we executed the best we possibly could.”
In the chasing peloton behind the winning breakaway, Emma White won the field sprint for fourth and in doing so earned her second U23 National Championship of the weekend.
The Canadian National Road Race Championships is today in Saguenay, Quebec. The women are on course right now and the men finish this afternoon. Stay tuned.
American Men’s Elite Criterium National Championship Results
1 Tyler Magner (USA) Rally Cycling 1:27:44
2 Eric Young (USA) Rally Cycling
3 Samuel Bassetti (USA) Elevate-Khs Pro Cycling
4 Michael Hernandez (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc. 0:00:01
5 Noah Granigan (USA) Ccb Foundation – Sicleri
6 Kent Ross (USA) Hedrick Racing
7 Eric Brunner (USA) 303 Project 0:00:02
8 Quinten Kirby (USA) Marc Pro Cycling Team
9 Lance Haidet (USA) Aevolo Cycling Inc.
10 Scott Mcgill (USA) Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek De
American Women’s Elite Criterium National Championship Results
1 Leigh Ann Ganzar (USA) Wolfpack P/B Hyperthreads 1:14:22
2 Kelly Catlin (USA) Rally Cycling
3 Jennifer Luebke (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint 0:00:02
4 Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling 0:00:03
5 Coryn Rivera (USA) Team Sunweb 0:00:04
6 Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
7 Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp Pro Cycling
8 Kendall Ryan (USA) Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank 0:00:05
9 Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) Colavita|Bialetti Racing 0:00:06
10 Lily Williams (USA) Hagens Berman-Supermint
American Women’s U23 Criterium National Championship Results
1 Emma White (USA) Rally Cycling
2 Skylar Schneider (USA) Boels Dolmans Cycling Team
3 Shayna Powless (USA) Twenty20 P/B Sho-Air