Previously reported here on GamJams was Nick Bax's (Hot Tubes Development) 4th place finish in the Road Race at the Junior National Championships. Only it wasn't really reported here, as nobody from here was out there actually reporting. There are some shortcomings in this model, I know.
CyclingNews.com had an actual person there, who filed the following report on the Men's 17-18 Road Race:
The junior 17-18 men did 3.5 laps around the same course in their event for 69 miles, and it was Evan Huffman (Adobe-HDR p/b Lombardi Sports) who earned the national champion's jersey, crossing the line five seconds ahead of Taylor Kuphaldt (Davis Bike Club), and Marshall Opel (Hammer Nutrition-Montana Junior Cycling).
In the largest field of the day at 138 riders, a break of seven was established early in the first lap, and stayed intact with a maximum one minute to the main group until the third lap. At mile 42, Nick Bax (Hot Tubes Development) made a solo break and stayed out on his own for roughly 10 miles before six riders gradually bridged, forming a lead group of seven that included Huffman, Kuphaldt, and Opel. At mile 62, Bax attacked the break.
"We were working really well, trying to bring him back," Huffman said. "We caught him and then Taylor attacked. We all sat up and let him go. Nick attacked again, I just countered back, and everyone sat up. I came across to Taylor."
As they turned the final corner into the climb to the finish, Huffman was roughly 100 meters behind Kuphaldt. "I just went as hard as I could and flew past Taylor," he said.
Bax's 4th place finish is impressive without the context. Given that it followed a 10 mile solo break that required a concentrated effort from the winning group to chase down, his result is downright heroic.