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Team USA Recap: Lopez de San Roman Wins USA’s First Junior CX World Cup; Duffy and Kulchinsky earn Elite Esports Cycling National Titles

By: Anne Stein  January 09, 2024

We recap the latest in American bike racing from the past two weeks (December 23-January 7)


UCI CX World Cup: Round 9, Antwerp, Belgium

(December 23)David Thompson placed 8th and Henry Coote came in 10th at the Junior Men’s race at Antwerp, round 9 of CX World Cup racing. It was the third top-10 placing for junior national champion Thompson, and the second top-10 for Coote in this season’s UCI CX World Cup schedule. On the Junior Women’s side, Vida Lopez de San Roman took 9th, her third top-10 placing this season.

Complete results here

Exact Cross Loenhout - Azencross: Loenhout, Belgium

(December 29)Noah Shelton closed out 2023 with a podium spot and his best result of the season, taking 3rd in the Junior Men’s race at Loenhout. It was a hard-fought battle for the 17-year-old, who came in 10 seconds behind the winner.

Complete results here

UCI CX World Cup: Round 11, Hulst, Belgium

(December 30)Vida Lopez de San Roman wrapped up 2023 with her first UCI World Cup win, taking first in the Junior Women’s race in Hulst. Jorja Bond placed 6th, while Lidia Cusack, Alyssa White and Alyssa Sarkisov rounded out the field in 8th, 9th and 10th.

On the Junior Men’s side, Miles Mattern placed 5th and Henry Coote took 6th.

Complete results here

X20 Trofee: Baal, Belgium

(January 1)Henry Coote kicked off the new year with his first European podium, taking second in the Junior Men’s race at X20 Trofee Baal. Noah Shelton was 10th. Elite National Champion Clara Honsinger placed 5th in a hard-fought women’s elite race. With no Junior Women’s race scheduled, Vida Lopez de San Roman, age 17, raced women’s elite and placed 15th.

Complete results here

Hexia Cross: Gullegem, Belgium

(January 6) – In super-muddy conditions, Clara Honsinger placed 6th in the elite women’s race at Gullegem, her second top-10 in a week of Belgian CX racing. Noah Shelton placed 9th and Calvin Conaway 10th in the Junior Men’s race, while Rylie Cahill was 3rd in the Junior Women’s race, her best result so far this season.

Complete results here

UCI CX World Cup: Round 12, Zonhoven, Belgium

(January 7)Jorja Bond took 4th in the Junior Women’s race at Zonhoven, missing out on a podium spot by just two seconds. It was the 17-year-old’s second top-10 placing in a week.

Complete results here


2024 USA Cycling Esports National Championships: Zwift

(January 6-7) – Hundreds of cyclists battled virtually over the weekend for Esports Age Group, Collegiate, and Elite National Championship titles. The championships are part of the six-race Echelon Racing League series, which has three more races scheduled in January.

The Elite Men and Women competed in a three-race omnium-style event with a road race, time trial, and criterium. In the Men’s Elite omnium, Brian Duffy (King of Prussia, Penn.; NeXT eSports pb Enshored) came away with a commanding win for the overall by taking first in the Road Race and Time Trial and finishing second in the Criterium. Kristin Kulchinsky (Dix Hills, N.Y.; Virginia’s Blue Ridge TWENTY24) took first in the Road Race and second in the Time Trial. Despite falling behind the lead pack in the Criterium, she managed to secure a sixth position, accumulating adequate points to secure both the overall victory and the national title.

Read more about the rest of the events here.