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Vermonters podium at Cyclocross Nationals in Madison, WI

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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, Wisconsin.

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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.