Easthampton’s rider, Stephen Hyde successfully surpassed Jeremy Powers who took silver to win his second, straight national championship title.
He was able to successfully dethrone the three-time, last year champion. chasing Powers down on yesterday’s race at Rancho San Rafel Regional Park, Reno, Nevada.
Hyde crossed the finish line in only 59 minutes and 9 seconds, 13 seconds ahead of Powers for the big title.
“We’ve been competing since the beginning, he’s been a really big mentor to me. It’s great to see him on form like that. If I were to fight anybody for the win, it’s going to be him,” Hyde said during an interview with USA Cycling after the race.
“ It seemed like this Nationals was either gonna go down in flames for me or I was gonna have to muster every bit of strength and determination to make it happen,” Hyde posted in an Instagram post. “Well, I had to squeeze every bit out.”
On the other hand, Westhampton’s rider Jack Kisseberth, who performs for JAM Fund, Powers’ development team, was able to find his way into the best, top-10 group finishing in 1:00:32. The other Westhampton guy, Scott Smith who races for JAM Fund, was able to take 16th.
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