Week of cycling whirs by

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The nation's cycling community has been focused on Augusta the past five days as the city played host to the USA Cycling National Championships.

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Max Korus celebrates after crossing the finish line of Sunday's 168-kilometer race.   Michael Holahan/Staff
Michael Holahan/Staff
Max Korus celebrates after crossing the finish line of Sunday's 168-kilometer race.

ON WEDNESDAY

The future of USA Cycling took center stage at Fort Gordon with the junior road national championships. Sarah Huang cemented her status as a top cycling prospect with the first of her three national titles this week when she won the junior women 15-16 55-kilometer road race in 1 hour, 46 minutes, 43 seconds.

ON THURSDAY

The national time trials at J. Strom Thurmond Dam saw the potential end of one era in women's U.S. cycling and the emergence of a new generation. Reigning Olympic time trial gold medalist Kristin Armstrong Savola, competing just nine months after giving birth, finished third, more than a minute behind HTC-Highroad's Evelyn Stevens and Amber Neben.

ON FRIDAY

Parts of Broad Street and Ellis Street in downtown Augusta were transformed into a 1.2-kilometer course for the high-speed criterium national championships. David Wenger claimed the elite men's title, while Shelley Olds earned the women's elite championship in a race shortened by the threat of severe weather.

ON SATURDAY

Competition shifted back to Fort Gordon, where the Maj. Matthew P. Burke, M.D. Championship Course played host to a full morning of paracycling and junior road races. Teammates Rob Squire and Jacob Rathe finished first and second in the Men U23 road race, almost three minutes ahead of the rest of the field.

ON SUNDAY

The five-day event wrapped up with road national championships for the junior 17-18 men, U23 women and elite men and women. Robin Farina, who trains near her home in Charlotte, survived temperatures well into the 90s to claim the elite women's title. Max Korus picked up the men's elite championship by taking the lead in the final 300 meters of the 168-kilometer race.


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