Clara Honsinger earns third elite ladies’s title at US Cyclocross Nationals

Patrick Swanson / December 09,2022
Clara Honsinger earns third elite ladies’s title at US Cyclocross Nationals

Clara Honsinger earns third elite ladies’s title at US Cyclocross Nationals

Clara Honsinger received her third elite ladies’s nationwide crown with ease on Sunday at a snowy version of the US Cyclocross Nationwide Championships. The EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB rider pulled away from her nearest opponents on the second lap and by no means regarded again.

Raylyn Nuss (Steve Tilford Basis Racing) completed a powerful experience in second place, 1:37 again. Within the chase for the ultimate medal and podium spot, Austin Killips (Good Bikes) completed third to carry off Hannah Arensman (Ignition p/b Rigd-Leitner) by simply two seconds.


It was the third consecutive elite ladies’s title for Honsinger.

“This race is truthfully one of many highest stress races of the yr for me. I hung out finding out the course. I attempted to not let all of the hype round it get to me,” Honsinger stated.

“My preparations started alongside time in the past on the highway, so getting these miles in the summertime [helped]. I’ve all the time had a goal for Nationals this weekend.”

The Good Bikes duo of Caitlin Bernstein and Killips moved to the entrance from the holeshot, aspect by aspect, to start the elite ladies’s race. Then Regina Legge (Aggressive Edge Racing) moved to the entrance for the primary few turns earlier than slipping out of her pedal and again to fifth. 

Race favorite Honsinger made her approach from eighth to fourth place on the triple part of run-ups. She tried to experience to the lead in an off-camber flip and fell into the fencing, sliding again to second place between chief Nuss and the Good Bikes duo in a detailed chase. Driving within the Pan-Am white jersey, Nuss hit the throttle within the woods to attempt to create extra separation, however didn’t shake Honsinger. 

On an open part of dust, Honsinger handed Nuss because the second lap was underway. Behind, Killips made a motorcycle change to attempt to shut down a spot of 30 seconds, her teammate Bernstein dropping a number of positions. 

Arensman, 24 years outdated, moved into fourth place whereas veteran rider Georgia Gould (Georgia Gould Teaching), 42, moved into fifth place. She final raced ‘cross nationals in 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina the place she received her fourth silver medal within the elite race.

Snow showers returned at Riverside Park on the mid-point of the competition with the freezing temperatures firming up the mud. Honsinger had established a stable lead over Nuss and targeted on a time-trial fashion experience. 

Nuss appeared to battle just a little within the rutty, mud sections within the woods as she maintained 25 seconds over Killips, who was quickly overtaken by Arensman to start out the fourth lap. Jenna Lingwood (Level S Nokian), Bernstein and Anna Megale (Comp Edge Racing) moved forward of Gould to kind a big chase group in fifth to seventh locations.

Because the snow fell more durable and started to stay on the grass, the two-time elite nationwide champion hit the throttle as she prolonged her lead on the ultimate two circuits. Many of the riders have been clocking laps at 10-plus minutes whereas Honsinger had constant laps between 9:33 to 9:55 after the opening spherical.

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Outcomes Pos.
Rider Title (Nation) Group
End result
1 Clara Honsinger (USA) EF Schooling-TIBCO-SVB 0:48:58
2 Raylyn Nuss (USA) Steve Tilford Basis 0:01:37
3 Austin Killips (USA) good bikes 0:03:26
4 Hannah Arensman (USA) Ignition p/b Rigd-Leitner 0:03:28
5 Jenna Lingwood (USA) Level S Nokian 0:03:45
6 Anna Megale (USA) Comp Edge Racing 0:03:48
7 Sunny Gilbert (USA) Blue Competitors Cycles p/b Construct 0:03:57
8 Caitlin Bernstein (USA) good bikes 0:04:03
9 Georgia Gould (USA) Georgia Gould Teaching 0:05:35
10 Emily Werner (USA) Emmys Sweets pb Kens Bike Store 0:07:07
11 Sophie Russenberger (USA) Group S&M CX 0:07:47
12 Amelia Shea (USA) Suggestions Sports activities 0:08:05
13 Crystal Anthony (USA) Georgia Gould Teaching 0:08:18
14 Jennifer Malik (USA) Smanie pb Paradise Storage 0:08:26
15 Regina Legge (USA) Aggressive Edge Racing 0:08:47
16 Meghan Owens (USA) RSCX-Home Industries 0:09:19
17 Brenna Wrye-Simpson (USA) Group S&M CX  
18 Erin Feldhausen (USA) Trek Midwest Group  
19 Ellie Mitchell (USA) Colorado Mesa College  
20 Rachel Rubino (USA) Good Bikes  
21 Katherine Rusch (USA) BikeReg-Share Espresso  
22 Danielle Energy (USA) Nook Cycle  
23 Kim Coleman (USA) Inexperienced Mountain CX  
24 Anna Dorovskikh (USA) Orion Racing p-b Borah Teamwear  
25 Zoe Clay (USA) Velocious Sport  
26 Kelly Roberson (USA) Beanie Babiezz  
27 Clementine Nixon (USA) RSCX- HOUSE INDUSTRIES  
28 Erin Gordon (USA) Uncommon Illness Biking  
29 Ivy Audrain (USA) Squid Bikes  
30 Hannah Dickson (USA)  
DNS Purshall Artison (USA) Planet Bike  
DNS Britt Mason (USA) Knobby by Nature