The Big Picture: 2017 U.S. Cyclocross Nationals (Elite Women)

[Editor’s Note: Ethan Glading and Bruce Buckley were in Hartford, Connecticut, last week to capture the U.S. Cyclocross Championships for cxhairs.com. In this The Big Picture, the two photographers have joined forces to bring you the best images from the women’s elite races. On Instagram, please follow Bruce at @bruce_buckley and Ethan at @thepenultimatestage.]

Maxxis-Shimano mechanic, Chris Kreidl, wipes condensation off the inside of the team tent as Crystal Anthony warms up. The pro riders had no trouble staying warm before and after the races. Most of the team tents were warm enough that only a t-shirt was needed. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
Courtenay McFadden gets ready to warm up in the Women’s CX Project tent. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
The Elite Women head down the starting straight toward the hole shot. © 2017 Bruce Buckley Photography
Elle Anderson takes the low line. Elle Anderson opted for the low line on Bonk Breaker Hill which put her in the lead briefly. After the first lap, most riders took the high line unless they were in danger of being held up in traffic. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
Katie Compton and Elle Anderson descend toward the start/finish on the “pro-only” section . After passing Compton the first time up Bonk Breaker Hill, Compton caught and passed Anderson. The two then rode together for a while before Compton pulled away. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Amanda Miller. Miller had a great ride, ending up in second place. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Katie Compton didn’t necessarily need a perfect ride to win this race, but she nearly turned one in anyway. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Rebecca Fahringer looking less than 100% comfortable on the slick path at the top of Bonk Breaker Hill. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
Elle Anderson showing signs of her crash. After riding the lead laps with Compton, Anderson finished the race just off the podium in 4th place. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Sunny Gilbert capped off a strong season with a solid 9th place finish. Gilbert raced in Belgium during the Kerstperiode, tuning up her form for Hartford. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
Courtenay McFadden shoulders her bike across the top of Bonk Breaker Hill. McFadden ended up in 5th place. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Texas rider Samantha Runnels crests the drop-in over the wall along the river. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)
Bronze medalist, Kaitlin Antonneau drops into the “dip” along the river bank. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Katie Compton crosses the line for her 13th straight national title. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
Elle Anderson showing signs of her crash. After riding the lead laps with Compton, Anderson finished the race just off the podium in 4th place. (© 2017 Bruce Buckley)
New England native Crystal Anthony went with the old plastic-bags-in-the-shoes trick to stay warm. (© 2017 Ethan Glading)

 

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