Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 17th, 2018 at 8:09 am
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.
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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I came to #cxnats to win. @iamjakewells and I had a fantastic battle today, it was insane but I made a couple mistakes in the last lap that cost me the jersey. THANK YOU so damn much to everyone that has supported me all these years, was out there today screaming and rooting for me and thanks for all the messages and texts, I am feeling the love. 💕 Y’all are amazing, I hope we put on a good show for ya today. Now we get to go head to head again for round two tomorrow in the #singlespeed race! #cxats2018
*Molly Cameron on the podium in 2nd place via her Instagram post.
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!
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