The Big Picture | CXNATS Juniors

Saturday was the big day for the (non UCI) juniors at CX Nationals 18.2 in Louisville with six races on the schedule: Men and women in age categories 11-12, 13-14, and 15-16. These riders faced the worst course conditions of the week thus far, with very wet slippery mud all over the course that was getting deeper and deeper, and a steady rain throughout the day that created large puddles obscuring many of the ruts that had begun to form.

The following is a selection of photos from Saturday at CX Nationals. Presented with limited caption interruption.

Liam Ellison has an umbrella held for him at the start.
M13-14. Liam Ellison has an umbrella held for him at the start.
Andrew August rides past Pit 1 on the first lap.
M13-14. Andrew August rides past Pit 1 on the first lap during the hardest downpour of the day.
Jacob Gilson, Henry Praznowski, and Charlie Luniewski about to take the plunge down the first big descent.
M13-14. (L to R) Jacob Gilson, Henry Praznowski, and Charlie Luniewski about to take the plunge down the first big descent.
Lauren Weigel remounts after the planks.
W13-14. Lauren Weigel remounts after the planks.
Dahlia Kissel and Alexa Stierwalt make their way around the final turn into Pit 2.
W13-14. Dahlia Kissel and Alexa Stierwalt make their way around the final turn into Pit 2.
Ella Brenneman hugs her coach, Crystal Anthony, at the finish.
W13-14. Race winner Ella Brenneman hugs her coach, Crystal Anthony, at the finish.
Vida Lopez de San Roman after the finish.
W13-14. Silver medalist Vida Lopez de San Roman after the finish.
Jack Elphingstone hops the planks.
M11-12. Jack Elphingstone hops the planks.
A Midwest Devo rider and his mechanic.
M11-12. A Midwest Devo rider and his mechanic.
Race winner George Frazier after the finish.
M11-12. Race winner George Frazier after the finish.
A rider and his soigneur.
M11-12. A rider and his soigneur.
Lidia Cusack and Eire Chen tackle the slippery descent.
W11-12. Lidia Cusack and Eire Chen tackle the slippery descent.
Somebody's ankles.
W11-12. Somebody’s ankles.
Alyssa Sarkisov after the finish.
W11-12. Alyssa Sarkisov after the finish.
Peter Swinand exits the sand pit.
M15-16. Peter Swinand exits the sand pit.
Somebody with a bunch of mud on his number and Michael Watkins.
M15-16. Somebody with a bunch of mud on his number and Michael Watkins.
Trey Trefry splashes through the planks.
M15-16. Trey Trefry splashes through the planks.
Mud.
M15-16. Mud.
Alexander Beck, Nicholas Villamizar, and Graham Buccheri after the finish.
M15-16. (L to R) Alexander Beck, Nicholas Villamizar, and Graham Buccheri after the finish.
Lizzy Gunsalus (L) and Cassidy Hickey make their way up the big climb to Pit 2 shadowed by Lauren Zoerner.
W15-16. Lizzy Gunsalus (L) and Cassidy Hickey make their way up the big climb to Pit 2 shadowed by Lauren Zoerner.
Olivia Rademacher at the base of the big climb up to Pit 2.
W15-16. Olivia Rademacher at the base of the big climb up to Pit 2.
Silver medalist Cassidy Hickey, after the race.
W15-16. Silver medalist Cassidy Hickey, after the race.
Bronze medalist Kaia Schmid, after the race.
W15-16. Bronze medalist Kaia Schmid, after the race.
Race winner Lauren Zoerner is interviewed at the finish.
W15-16. Race winner Lauren Zoerner is interviewed at the finish.

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