Rathe 2nd at U23 road race champs

Jun 25, 2011 by

Jacob Rathe finished second Saturday at the U23 national championship road race. ┬ęPat Malach/FILE PHOTO

AUGUSTA, GA — Portland’s Jacob Rathe (Chipotle Development Team) grabbed another great result Saturday at the USA Cycling Elite Road Nationals, placing second behind teammate Rob Squires in the 168 km U23 road race that was contested in brutally hot conditions on the grounds of Fort Gordon.

Rathe, who finished sixth in Thursday’s time trial, joined fellow Oregonian Ian Boswell (Trek-Livestrong) in a large breakaway of about 20-25 riders that formed about halfway through the seven-lap race. With the temperatures soaring past 100, the pace and size of the field decreased consistently each lap. The leaders eventually had more than 12 minute son the field.

Chipotle’s Rob Bush soloed off the front for a lap and a half and was reeled in just before the start of the final lap. That’s when Rathe and Squires jumped off the front with one 14-mile lap remaining. At 10 miles to go the Chipotle pair had about a minute to a chase group of nine riders. By four miles to go they had increased their advantage to more than two minutes.

In the chase behind, Evan Huffman (Cal Giant/Specialized) had launched a solo attack and was trying to bridge to the leaders on his own, but with 1 km to go it was clear Rathe and Squires had the first two spots sewn up. Huffman’s chase fell short but earned him the bronze.

Up front, the two Chipotle teammates celebrated together about 300 meters from the line before Rathe sat up and watched Squires take the win. Along with the national champion’s jersey, Squires’ win earned him a berth on the World’s team that Rathe had already secured earlier this season.

USAC U23 Road Race Championship
Saturday, June 25

1. Rob Squires (Chipotle Development Team)
2. Jacob Rathe (Chipotle Development Team)
3. Evan Huffman (Cal Giant/Specialized)
4. Danny Summerhill (Chipotle Development Team)
5. Joey Rosskopf (Team Type 1 Development)

Other Oregon riders in the top 10 at USA Road Nationals so far:

Sam Rosenberg (Hutch’s) 4th — Jr Men 13-14 Road Race.
Grant McElroy (Beaverton Bicycle Club) 6th — Jr Men 13-14 Time Trial
Hannah McDade (Beaverton Bicycle Club) 7th — Jr Women 13-14 Road Race & Time Trial. 5th Criterium
Colby Wait-Molyneux (Hammer/CMG Racing) 4th — Jr Men 17-18 Time Trial.