Travis Tucker, Ian and Vida Lopez de San Roman all worked hard this cyclocross season to train to compete with the best in America in Lakewood, WA at CX Nationals on December 14-15, 2019.
In Northern California the CX racing season was mostly dry and even hot this year, making training for the cold mud more of mental game. Fortunately, the district finals, CX Nation Cup in Sonoma, CA on December 1st offered a perfect taste of wet, chilly muddy conditions to prep these athletes for Nationals. All 3 racers chose to race the A fields at the district finals to challenge themselves to the toughest local competition. Proceeds from the CX Nation Cup was generously donated to support these three traveling to Washington.
Travis and Ian both raced early Sunday morning at 8 am in a thick fog among 68 of the fastest 17-18 year old men, finishing 40th and 45th respectively. While not the results they had hoped for it was a great experience with fun, tough muddy conditions unlike anything they had dealt with all season. Instead of barriers, the course offered steep slick run-ups and descents putting their hard work running at CX practice and MTB descending skills to the test.
Vida had a 1st place call up in a field of 26 young women in the 13-14 category on Saturday at 10:30am. Due to the average lap times and technical descent, the course was shortened for this race, leaving just one major run-up and descent per lap. It was quite incredible to be able to watch the entirety of these races on live stream. Vida rode a very strong race securing the 1st position on the first run up and dominating to take the win earning her the 13-14 junior women's National CX Champion title.