The Big Picture | 2019 US Open of Cyclocross

Katie Compton only raced on Saturday in Boulder, but she made sure to leave an impression before heading off to Europe. Compton established a large gap early and didn’t relent until perhaps playing a bit conservatively on the final lap to secure a convincing win.
Sarah Sturm chases Raylyn Nuss mid-race on Saturday up the backside climb at Valmont.
Sunny Gilbert hot on the heels of Sammi Runnels.
KfC takes the win emphatically over the Clara Honsinger and Maddie Munro who battled mightily for second and third on day one. The women’s race on day one was undoubtedly the feature race of the weekend, and the athletes delivered with a spectacular display for all who were lucky enough to witness.
Tobin Ortenblad leads Gage Hecht and Lance Haidet down the Pete’s Plunge off-camber feature early on day one.
Haidet would battle with Grant Ellwood, and ultimately his own teammate, Gage Hecht for the win on day one.
Maddie Munro would come out swinging on day two, taking the lead early (shown here riding the Saturday course in reverse, up the Pete’s Plunge feature). Munro would get a significant gap early before Honsinger bridged up to her mid-race.
Honsinger would eventually make the move to catch Munro, and the duo stayed away for several laps together before the decisive move was made.
After Honsinger took the win, there was only hugs and camaraderie over a hard-fought battle with Munro on day two.
Brannan Fix leads Lance Haidet and a group of contenders chasing on day two through a short sand pit. Fix would lose pace with the group that eventually fought for the win, with Eric Brunner ultimately coming out on top.
Ross Ellwood takes the 5280 stairs en route to a top-ten finish on day two, securing some coveted UCI points with a strong performance.

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