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Archive for Sunday, December 17, 2000

KU student wins Cyclo-cross

Cold, wind can’t stop cyclists in Overland Park event

December 17, 2000

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Jed Schneider, a Kansas University graduate student from Albuquerque, won the men's collegiate race at the National Cyclo-cross Championships on Friday at Stoll Park.

Schneider, racing in near freezing temperatures and with six inches of snow on the ground, admitted he was nervous after slipping a pedal in a shaky start.

Todd Shoberg of Lindsey-Wilson College in Kentucky grabbed an early lead, but then took a spill.

"When Todd crashed, I just put the hammer down," said Schneider, a KU graduate student in geography. "I think I did really well considering I had a bad start."

Schneider said the snow and cold weren't really problems.

"The conditions were really good," he said. "It helped to have mountain-bike skills out here. There was a lot of single-track and some off-camber turns."

On Saturday, frigid temperatures and 30 mph winds couldn't stop Alison Dunlap of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Tim Johnson of Middletown, Mass., from capturing the elite race championships.

It was the fourth straight title for Dunlap in the women's division. Johnson claimed his first title. Steve Tilford of Topeka finished fifth.

Saturday's races were delayed by 90 minutes because of the brutal morning weather.

On Friday, Lawrence's Eric Struckhoff finished 36th in the Men's B division.

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