Louisville, Ky. (June 30, 2017) – The second day of the Amateur Road National Championships presented by Papa John’s featured three amateur and junior road races at Louisville’s historic Cherokee Park. Riders in the Men’s category 1 and Men’s U23 road races completed 23 laps for a total 110 miles/177 kilometers, followed by the Men’s Junior 15-16 event at 10 laps for 48 miles/77 kilometers.
Daniel Holloway (Boulder, Colo./Texas Roadhouse Cycling Team) repeated as the Men’s Cat 1 amateur road champion by taking the line in a 20-man bunch sprint. Thomas Gibbons (Linwood, N.J./Baguet-MIBA-Indulek-Derito CT) finished second and Chris Riekert (San Jose, Calif./Team Mikes Bikes p/b Equator Coffees) was third. The threesome completed the 23 laps of the 7.9-kilometer circuit in 4:13:58.
Neilson Powless (Roseville, Calif./Axeon Hagens Berman), who won the bronze medal in the Men’s U23 individual time trial on Thursday, earned the top prize in the Men’s U23 road race. He outdueled two other riders from the 113-rider field at the line in a time of 4:20:07. Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Aevolo Cycling) andBrendan Rhim (Greenville, S.C./Holowesko l Citadel p/b Hincapie Sportswear) rolled in second and third, respectively. Powless’ teammate, Jonathan Brown(Covington, Tenn.) finished in lone fourth, 14 seconds back.
“It’s incredible. It really came down to having a super strong teammate in the break, Johnny Brown, who helped me out for the finish and the last couple of laps. His perserverence really paid off in the end,” said Powless, who also won a national title in short track at the Mountain Bike National Championships as an 18-year-old. At the Pro Road Race and Time Trial Championships in Knoxville, Tenn. June 24-25, Powless captured the bronze in the time trial and the silver in the road race.
“It feels pretty incredible to finally have the national jersey. It’s not just another second place or third place medal, which is great, but at the same time you are always standing next to the Stars-and-Stripes jersey. It’s really nice to have one.”
In the 15-16-year-old race, Eli Husted (Austin, Texas/Hot Tubes Development Cycling) broke away with Jared Scott (Boulder, Colo./Boulder Junior Cycling) from the 69-rider field with three laps to go. Husted, who won a national title as a 14-year-old last year, attacked with one kilometer to go to win the Men’s Junior 15-16 championship in 2:01:53. Scott took the silver, 12 seconds back, followed by Max Ritzow (Eugene, Ore./Washington State Bicycle Association) who took third place, 51 seconds back. On his wheel for fourth was William Walton (Allentown, Penn./Young Medalists).
Amateur Road Nationals presented by Papa John’s continue on Saturday at Cherokee Park with seven women’s and men’s junior categories. Sunday the Pro Criterium National Championships will take place in downtown Louisville with 12 criterium events. Live streaming will feature four races from 3-9 p.m. ET, including Women’s Pro 1/2/3/U23 and Men’s Pro crits.
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