Cariveau shines in Oregon at cyclocross championship

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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.”

Comments

dave fisher 3 years, 8 months ago

this is a "bike town USA" story that deserves a lot more coverage- a local rider goes to the National Championships and takes on the best masters in the U.S.- and lands a podium spot after an epic battle in the mud. it might not seem like much on the surface, in a town full of professional "rock star" athletes. but keep in mind that Jon works a full 40 per week and is a full time parent as well. he's on the line every wednesday all summer long at the Steamboat Town Challenge series, Steamboat Stage Race (and many other local race events), and the kids & wife are there in support and watching dad throw down with the best local and regional riders. in fact, there's a lot more folks just like Jon and his family at those wednesday Town Challenge races... two parents working hard all day and then hustling everyone to the races so that the kids get to the start on time- and then the parents finally get their turn to race as well. that, to me, is what it's all about.

congratulations, Jon. the result is a fantastic addition to your palmares. i knew you were going super fast when i saw your result in the one lap TT. and i sure hope that your sponsors are going to step up with a fat, new contract offer for your 2011 season... you have certainly earned it. chapeau.

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upstream 3 years, 8 months ago

Wow Jon! What a great showing at an amazing event- the mud, the muck, the wrecks, the outstanding competition. Like Fisher said- I knew you were getting ready to put the smack down after seeing your time in the pre-race TT. You, sir, are the current King of BikeTown, USA!

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