Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs has been home for four years, but local cyclist D.J. Nudy credited home-course advantage for a podium finish at last weekend’s USA Cycling Cross-Country Mountain Bike Nationals at Bear Creek Village Ski Resort in Macungie, Penn.
Nudy grew up in the area and helped build the trails at the resort before moving to Colorado, and he used that institutional knowledge to cruise to a third-place finish in the senior 19 to 29 division of the Super D race Sunday.
He also tacked on a 10th-place showing in the Cat 1 division of the cross-country race.
“It really helped having a home-court advantage and having my family there to cheer me on,” he said.
He finished the course in 8 minutes, 28.2 seconds, finding his way to a bronze medal in a field that consisted of riders from across the country. The division’s winner, Gunnar Bergey, was from Banner Elk, N.C., and second-place Trevor DeRuise traveled from Reno, Nev.
Nudy came in less than 10 seconds off the overall lead.
“The type of terrain out there really suits the type of riding I like to do,” he said, describing the course as tight and technical, littered with slippery rocks and roots.
Super D racing is similar to enduro racing, forcing riders to square off on a mostly downhill course. The starts were staggered, so Nudy wasn’t sure exactly how well he did until the results were posted.
“I knew I had a really clean run,” he said. “It was great.”
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