Curtis White ( struggled with crashes while Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant) rode a smooth race to take the national U23 men's title.

Photo gallery: 2016 US national cyclocross championships

by Neal Rogers

As expected, the battle for the U.S. national cyclocross crown amounted to one between master and apprentice — between Powers and his protégé.

And on Sunday, in Asheville, North Carolina, it was Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) in command, deftly warding off his friend and former apprentice, Stephen Hyde (, to take a fourth career title.

In the women’s race, Katie Compton overcame the most difficult off-season of her career to win a twelfth straight national cyclocross championship Sunday in Asheville, North Carolina — but it was her hardest-fought title yet, battling against Georgia Gould well into the last of five laps.


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