Tim Johnson took charge at the men’s US Elite National Cyclocross Championship last weekend in Bend, Oregon, riding away with his third title. Johnson’s Cannondale teammate Jeremy Powers took the holeshot and established an early lead, but crashed in an off-camber section in the slick infield. Johnson quickly assumed the lead and refused to relent.
Johnson, whose previous titles came in Kansas City in 2000 and 2007, held a 4-5 second lead for a few laps mid-race, then steadily pulled away in the later laps. By the finish, Johnson had built his advantage up to 24 seconds, despite attempts from numerous competitors to chip away at his lead.
With the US title now wrapped up, Johnson will head to Europe for the final two World Cup events in France and the Netherlands in January, followed by the Cyclocross World Championships in the Czech Republic on January 30-31.