• 2013/01/13 Logan Owen wins US junior 'cross title
    • Logan Owen wins US junior 'cross title Logan Owen wins US junior 'cross title

      Falling temperatures started to thicken the Wisconsin mud and freeze sections of the course before the start of the Juniors 17-18 Men’s race at US Cyclo-cross Nationals. Logan Owen (Team Redline) went into today’s race with a firm plan to send the top ranked junior rider in the world, Mathieu Van Der Poel, a clear message that he would have a serious challenger at the World Championships in Louisville. Owen took the lead on the first hill and didn't let up until he crossed the finish line two minutes ahead of his closest competitor.

      "I went out there and made a statement to Van Der Poel that I'm riding strong," said Owen after the race. "I want to show him that I am going to at least stay with him at Louisville and give him a run for his money."

      A pile up in the first turn of the race caused by a slippery road surface gave the front row starters and uncluttered path through the hole-shot. Several riders including Curtis White (Hot Tubes) Logan Owen, and Maxx Chance (Clif Bar) used the opportunity to grab a clean line through the first muddy sections of the course.

      Owen quickly established a sizable lead with his metronome like pace on the steep Koppen-Badger hill that heads into the top of the course. Curtis White provided a brief challenge to Owen before settling into a battle for second with Peter Goguen (C.F. Racing P/B Trek Portsmouth.) "I was trying to stay with Logan," said White. "I got the hole shot, and there was some bumping, but that's racing. Then Logan just kind of rode away."

      Owen pitted several times and determined that his Redline equipped with DI2 shifting to be the right bike for the day. "The DI2 was working awesome," said Owen about his bikes ability to maneuver through the thickening mud. "That stuff works way better in the mud than mechanical shifting."

      After a brief scare from Skyler Mackey (Team Soundpony), White settled into a protracted battle with Goguen, who was also riding a bike set up with DI2 shifting. "After that second pit I just put a few bike lengths into him and then just started to chip away at him bit by bit," said White who is preselected for Worlds in Louisville based on his current World Cup finishes. "A lot of places there is just no line, you just had to power through it, and you were just slipping and sliding."

      As Owen went into the las lap he appeared to have a mechanical problem and decided to run his bike to the pit from a close by 180-degree turn. "I was trying to get my gloves off," laughed Owen when asked about his troubles. "I just stopped in the pit and took my gloves off. They were getting too muddy."

      For Owen, his 8th National Championship is part of his build up to World Championships scheduled for Louisville, KY on February 2nd. "I'm feeling great, I'm ready to go to Louisville," said Owen about his chances heading into Worlds. "I'm on really good form right now, and hopefully I can hold it into Worlds."