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Team USA Recap: Courtney Earns Two Golds at MTB Pan Ams; Bucardo and Willoughby win BMX National Titles

By: Anne Stein  May 09, 2023

We recap the latest in American bike racing from the past two weeks (April 25 -May 9)


Pan Am MTB XCO Continental Championships: Congonhas, Brazil

(April 26-30)Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM MTB Race Team) scored two gold medals at the MTB Pan Ams, taking first in the Elite Women’s XCO and XCC in Brazil. She was joined on the podium both times by Kelsey Urban (Team 31), who took 2nd in XCO and 3rdin XCC.

Sofia Waite (Waite Endurance) placed 3rd in the U23 XCO race and 8th in the Elite Women’s XCC race. Austin Beard took 6th and Robbie Day placed 9th in the U23 XCO race, while Ellie Krafft placed 8th in the Women’s Junior XCO.

Cyclists earned important points in the ranking towards the Paris 2024 Olympic Games.

Complete results here


Elite BMX Racing National Championships: Tulsa, OK

(May 7) – Anthony Bucardo (Haro BMX) took the Elite Men’s crown and Alise Willoughby (Team Toyota/ GW Bicycles) won the Elite Women’s title at this year’s BMX National Championships, held at Tulsa’s Hardesty National BMX Stadium. It was Willoughby’s 11th national title.

Brayden Kempel (OX/FXR/RIDE BRAND) took the U23 Men’s championship at the line, while McKenzie Gayheart (Full Tilt/ Radio) successfully defended her U23 Women’s title. Ethan Popovich (DK Bicycles/ Duo Brand) earned the Junior Men’s title and Ava Corley(Factory Rift-Tangent) took the Junior Women’s crown.

Complete results here

Race report here


Tour de Romandie: Switzerland

(April 25-30)Matteo Jorgenson (Movistar) placed 2nd overall and first in the Youth Category at the six-day Tour de Romandie.

The 23-year-old is having his best spring ever, winning Tour of Oman in mid-February and posting top-10 placings at Paris-Nice, E3 Saxo Classic and Ronde van Vlaanderen.

Complete results here

Tour de Bretagne: France

(April 25-May 1)Luke Lamperti (Trinity Racing) placed 3rd and Colby Simmons(Jumbo-Visma Development Team) took 6th at the Tour de Bretagne. Lamperti won Stage 1 of the 7-stage race through Brittany (one stage was cancelled after a muddy crash involved nearly the entire field), and was 2nd in the Youth category. Simmons, age 19, was 5th among young riders while earning his best result in a pro race.

Complete results here

La Vuelta Femenina: Spain

(May 1-7)Chloé Dygert (Canyon/SRAM) had an impressive return to racing after a 14-month absence, battling for four top-10 placings at the Vuelta Femenina before withdrawing from the race to rest and recover. "Chloé has now raced five hard stages for her welcomed return to racing with the team,” said team director Magnus Backstedt. “Together with our coaching staff, we’ve decided that Chloé won’t take the start for stage six.”

Complete results here

Paris-Roubaix Espoirs: France

(May 7) – Colby Simmons (Jumbo-Visma Development Team) placed 9th at this year’s U23 version of Paris-Roubaix. The 164 kilometer route has cobble sectors and finishes in the velodrome but is about 90 kilometers shorter than the one-day classic version. It was his second top-10 placing in a pro race this month.

Complete results here

American Criterium Cup: Sunny King Criterium, Anniston, AL

(May 6)Cade Bickmore (Project Echelon Racing) and Lizbeth Vazquez (L39ION of Los Angeles) won the men’s and women’s elite races at Sunny King Criterium, round two of the American Criterium Cup.

This was the second stop of the 10-race series, which runs through early September. Next up: Saint Francis Tulsa Tough, in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 9.

Men, Pro/1-2: Cade Bickmore (Project Echelon Racing), Alfredo Rodriguez (Miami Nights), Tyler Magner (L39ION of Los Angeles)

Women, Pro/1-2: Lizbeth Vazquez (L39ION of Los Angeles), Kendall Ryan (L39ION of Los Angeles), Sarah Van Dam (DNA Pro Cycling)

Men’s Pro/1-2 Results here, Women’s Pro/1-2 Results here

GP Eco-Struct & Trofee Maarten Wynants: Belgium

(May 6-7) – Fresh off her Pan American Continental road race victory in Panama, Skylar Schneider had two top-10 placings at one-day UCI road races in Belgium. She placed 7th at the 138 kilometer GP Eco-Struct and the next day placed 9th at Trofee Maarten Wynants, a 116 kilometer race.

Complete results here and here

Collegiate Road National Championships: Albuquerque, NM

(May 5-7) – Collegiate cyclists representing 57 schools vied for 21 national titles at this year’s road championships held in Albuquerque. Cyclists competed in club and varsity categories in road, criterium, time trial, team time trial, individual omnium and team omnium.

Individual Omnium titles were won by Kathryn Aman, Megan Jastrab, Tayne Andrade, and Dusan Kalaba, while Colorado State University, US Air Force Academy and Colorado Mesa University won Team Omnium titles.

Complete results here

Race report here