Turner Ramsay (left) of the Killington Mountain School Cycling
Team(left) was 4th on the Podium for Juniors Women Age 13-14
Category at the National Cyclocross Championships in Madison,
Cooper Willsey of Hinesburg (second from right) was 3rd
on the podium in the Juniors Mens 15-16 Category the National
Cyclocross Championships in Madison, Wisconsin.
Vermont Juniors Turner Ramsay of Rutland and Cooper Willsey of
Hinesburg competed in the National Cyclocross Championships in
Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 9 - 13. Ramsay placed 4th in the
Junior Women's category (age 13-14) and Willsey placed 3rd in the
Junior Men's category (age 15-16.). Cyclocross is an endurance
sport combining bicycling and running on an obstacle-filled course
featuring sharp turns, steep hills, stairs and barriers.
With temperatures hovering around the freezing point in
Wisconsin on race day, the mud and ice covered course was
challenging to both the riders and their bicycles with most riders
hampered by hands and feet numbed by the cold and equipment
failures, which included frozen brake lines, dropped chains due to
mud-clogged gears and flat tires.
Before competing at the National Championships, both Ramsay and
Willsey had successful seasons on the northeast cyclocross circuit,
with Ramsay winning the 2012 Northeast Regional Cyclocross
Championship for the Juniors Age 10-14 Category and Willsey had
many podium finishes during the season, including two first place
finishes at the Down East Cyclocross in New Glouchester, Maine.