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Jun 26, 2023

2023 USA Road National Championships

For the past two weeks our men's road racers have been participating in the USA Cycling Amateur Road National Championships (Roanoke, VA) and the USA Cycling Pro Road National Championships. Quite frankly, Virginia wasn't that kind to us. John Josulewicz (Emmaus) suffered a bad crash in the 17-18 year old road race that resulted in a broken collarbone. Crashes in that race caused Alden Weinhold (Doylestown) to have to abandon. Sam Smith (Doylestown) finished in the field in the U23 race with teammate Connor Thompson (Sinking Springs) participating as well. Connor finished in the field of the U23 Criterium the next day. Heal up John!

On Friday night Colin Fitzgerald (East Falls), and Connor Thompson (Sinking Springs) represented our team in the Elite Men's Criterium National Championship in downtown Knoxville, TN. It's arguable that criterium racing with its tight corners, high speeds, and risky conditions, is truly American bike racing. The very best American riders and teams were on the evening startline of this 80 minute race on a 1.7 km course loop. We got to see plenty of Connor and Colin on the livestream broadcast as each took turns riding solo off the front of the pack for a few laps capturing the full attention of the cameras. After an hour of racing, Colin finished 16th overall, and Connor finished in the field, in a race won by Luke Lamperti of the UCI Continental Pro Team Trinity Racing based in England. An article about the race is linked here. Coryn Labecki of the Jumbo-Vista world tour team won the women's race. Just an amazing result for Colin in particular, and so proud of both their efforts against the nation's best. On Sunday afternoon, Colin and Connor were joined by teammate Sam Smith (Doylestown) in the Elite Men's Road Race National Championship. The 115 mile race is held on a 6.8 mile loop including the brutal Sherrod Hill climb on each lap (634 yards with a gradient of 9.7-17%). Colin survived eight of the fifteen laps to secure 52nd place overall as our best finisher. World Tour rider Quinn Simmons won the race and you can read all about it here. Chloe Dygert won both the women's Individual Time Trial and Road Race

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