A championship for Honsinger and a great Portland showing at Cyclocross Nationals

Posted by on December 17th, 2018 at 8:09 am

Clara Honsinger (Team S & M CX) after winning the U23 race at Cyclocross Nationals.
(Photo: USA Cycling)

I’ll cut right to the big news of the weekend from the Cyclocross National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky: Portland’s Clara Honsinger nabbed a national title!

After getting a great start, Honsinger (Team S & M CX) rode — and ran and slid — the treacherously muddy course to the win on Sunday in the Women’s Under-23 race. Even sweeter for Honsinger and the Sellwood-based Team S & M CX team was Sophie Russenberger getting the bronze medal. Beth Ann Orton, another member of the three-woman team, rode to a strong 13th place in the Women’s Elite race.

Honsinger’s win capped a tremendous season that saw this “kid from Oregon” emerge as a true star on the ‘cross circuit.

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Team S & M CX is owned and operated by Sellwood Cycle Repair owner Erik Tonkin. Tonkin, now retired from competitive racing, celebrated his shop’s 25th anniversary in 2017. Team S & M has been a mainstay on the local circuit for many years; but it’s been only in the last few seasons that Tonkin committed to an elite, all-women development program. With the support of sponsors, the work of Tonkin and his team manager and head mechanic Brenna Wrye-Simpson have paid off big time. Congratulations!

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*Molly Cameron on the podium in 2nd place via her Instagram post.

Also showing well at #CXNats was Portlander Molly Cameron. She finished 2nd in the Masters 40-44 category after leading for much of the race.

These are great results and they validate the Portland region’s rightful place as a hotbed of cyclocross talent. Congrats and thank you to all the Portlanders who made the trek to Louisville. You made us all proud!

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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    jered December 17, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Super cool to see the PNW on the national stage – great work!!

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    JP December 17, 2018 at 10:45 am

    Huge congratulations to Clara on her win! She’s an absolute crusher, a lovely person, and a classy racer. Can’t wait to see what she does next year!

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    Eric December 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm

    Congrats to Clara, Sophie, and Molly on great performances (including Molly’s #6 in SingleSpeed).

    There were LOTS of Oregon racers kicking butt with Top Ten finishes in KY including:

    Ian Brown winning Mens Juniors 13-14 National Championship,

    Allison Halpin #4 and Heidi Wood #7 in Women’s Masters 30-34 (and Wood returning later in the week finishing #7 in Women’s SingleSpeed)

    Beth Ann Orton finishing #13 and Anne Usher #24 in a stacked Women’s Elite field,

    Elise Donovan #10 in Women’s Masters 35-39,

    Carolyn Daubeny #10 in Women’s Masters 55-59,

    Ann Kennedy #10 in Women’s Masters 55-59,

    Mark Schwyhard #6 in Men’s Masters 65-69,

    Paul Bourcier #7 and Barton Bowen #8 in Men’s Masters 50-54…

    That list is going to be way longer next year when CX Nats in Tacoma gives OR racers a financial break on attending Nationals.

    Way to go Oregonians!!!

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    Vans December 17, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Holy c**p! Congratulations to Team S+M CX, Sellwood Cycle, Eric and company , all Oregonians!

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    GNnorth December 19, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Paul Bourcier is a beast on the bike, many congrats to him and an excellent ride for sure!

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    kristent December 21, 2018 at 9:52 am

    Congrats, Oregonians!!! Way to go, it’s most impressive.

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