Top Young Guns In Bend
With commentary by USA Cycling's Jim Miller
Lawson Craddock (Hot Tubes) 1st, Men 17-18 Crit, RR, TT: Craddock won every race on his own--he soloed away from the field in the crit and road race. "Lawson's made a big step this year," Jim Miller said. "He was good last year, but his progression this year is big. He's going to be a great rider."
Andrew Talansky (Cal Giant-Specialized) 1st, Men U23 TT; 41st RR: Talansky closed off the first half of his breakout season with a win in the TT by 13 seconds. The newly signed Garmin recruit pointed at tired legs and a target on his back after a disappointing finish in the road race. "He's not the same rider today he was a year ago," Miller said. "There was a big switch, and it wasn't that he changed his training or his mentality or anything; it was just that kids mature at different rates."
Carter Jones (Jelly Belly-Kenda) 2nd, Men U23 TT; 48th RR: Jones was marked in the road race and had to settle for a silver medal in the time trial, fresh off of five weeks with the national team in Europe. "You can see that he has the talent and when he does get going, when he gets out of school and gets into the summer, that he's a talented rider," Miller said. "I expect that his progression will speed up when he gets out of school and is riding bikes full time."
Evelyn Stevens (HTC-Columbia) 1st, Women Elite TT; 4th, RR: Stevens was ecstatic with her TT win, but her fourth-place in the road race was a huge disappointment. She hit Abbott and Evans with everything she had in the final lap, but couldn't shake them. "Unreal. Very talented," Miller said of Stevens. "When you have a talented and intelligent woman, then you have a beast."
Alex Howes (Holowesko Partners) 2nd, Men U23 RR; 13th Crit; 11th TT: The defending road race and crit champion jumped out of the chase group on the final climb in the RR, but could only close 40 seconds on King and settled for second. "Alex is very talented," said Miller. "I think it's up to Alex to decide what he wants to be. Talent's not his problem. He's very good. He was good at 18, he was good at 19, he was good at 20, but he has to decide how good he wants to be."
Kendall Ryan (NOW-MS Society) 2nd, Women 17-18 Crit; 3rd, RR; 3rd, TT: Ryan attacked in the second lap of the crit, drawing out Rivera. The tandem rode the front the entire race and the Dana Point GP winner slotted in for second behind Rivera. "She's done some great results," said Miller. "I mean, she's winning NRC races as a junior."
Kaitlin Antonneau (Kenda) 2nd Women 17-18 RR; 5th RR; 5th TT: Antonneau, runner-up at the 2009 'cross nationals, finished five seconds behind Rivera in the road race, earning her second silver medal in as many years in the road events. "She's different in her stage of development from Coryn or Kendall or maybe Ruth (Winder)," said Miller. "She's just a small girl. When she fills out and matures, she's going to be a good rider."