Steamboat Springs cyclocross star Jon Cariveau struggled through his sport’s fall season thanks to an October injury.
He bounced back in a huge way last weekend at the USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships in Bend, Ore.
He finished fourth in the men’s singlespeed cyclocross race and was third in the men’s 40 to 45 masters division.
“I’m super thrilled with the result,” Cariveau said.
Weather made every aspect of the event difficult. Melting snow and persistent rain turned the course into a muddy mess even before hundreds of racers tore through it.
More snow, rain and temperatures that hovered about freezing made race day just as bad.
Cariveau earned his first medal of the weekend in the singlespeed race where he battled 115 racers for his first nationals podium.
Then in the masters 40 to 44 race, he and a Colorado pair managed to ditch the field. Peter Webber, of Boulder, broke free at the end to win, and Brandon Dwight, also of Boulder, surged in the final stretch to beat Cariveau by a second.
“My best result before that was eighth place in 2007, so this is something I’ve really been trying for,” Cariveau said. “It was a great way to end the season.”