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Olympic team members prove why they made the cut at cross country nationals

The U23 men and women also showed strong performances over the weekend. Russell Finsterwald (Trek Subaru) won the menʼs cross country race, finishing 52 seconds ahead of second-place Howard Grotts (Fort Lewis College). Skyler Trujillo (Niner Stans Ergon) finished third, 5:36 back from Grotts.

“I wanted to put as much pressure on Grotts as I could,” Finsterwald told USA Cycling after the race. “He would catch me at the top of each climb. I was able to come around him somewhere on the descent and open it up a bit. He made me work for it. That was not easy.”

On the womenʼs side, Lauren Catlin (Durango Devo) dominated the cross country event, coming back from a bobble early in the race to take the national title. Deidre York (The Gear Movement-Epic Pro Cycle) finished 1:21 back from Catlin, earning second, while defending national champion Jill Behlen (Tokyo Joeʼs-Whole Foods-Primal) took third.