Long, Post Reclaim Stars and Stripes in Rock Hill

All info from http://www.usacycling.org

Nic Long (Lakeside, CA/Haro Bikes) and Alise Post (St. Cloud, MN/Factory Redline) claimed the 2015 USA Cycling BMX National Championships on Friday night at the Novant Health BMX Supercross Track in Rock Hill, SC. Long is a former national champion who added his second title, while post became a five-time defending national champion. 

  

The men’s elite class capped a full day of racing in cooler conditions, after rain threatened the integrity of the track the previous night. Long battled for positioning early on before taking a lead that he would protect for the remainder of the race. Justin Posey (Winston Salem, NC/Dans Comp) kept the race close throughout, and also maintained his position to secure the silver medal. Connor Fields (Henderson, NV/Chase Bicycles-Monster Energy), the reigning national champion, rounded out the elite podium.

While the men followed an elimination format, the elite women raced three heats, accumulating points that eventually determined the champion. Heading into the final race Post sat in a three-way tie with Brooke Crain (Visalia, CA/Haro Bikes) and Felicia Stancil (Lake Villa, IL/GT Bicycles), setting up a winner-take-all scenario. Post jumped to an early lead before Crain contended for the lead halfway through the race. Post regained her advantage heading into the third and final turn, securing the win by several bike lenghts. Crain and Stancil finished second and third, respectively.

Ryan Pettigrew (Watsonville, CA/J&R Bicycles) won the junior men’s class, while Kelsey Van Ogle (Auburn, WA/Staats-Ciari) won the junior women’s race.

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