BikeRadar's US editor Matt Pacocha pulled out all the stops to grab second place in the Masters Men 30-34 category at the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Madison, Wisconsin at the weekend.
With eventual winner Dylan McNicholas (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) leading from the off and opening up a big lead by the end of the first lap, a three-way battle commenced for second.
Despite Robert Marion (American Classic Pro Team) and Jake Wells (Stan's NoTubes) not giving an inch, Matt attacked the group late and held on to secure silver by a substantial margin.
It was a result he was happy to take, especially given the limited training opportunities he'd had leading up to the race, and he praised McNicholas for his performance, which he described as "another level".
For full coverage of the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships, visit our sister site Cyclingnews.com. Alternatively, check out the video below of Matt competing in the recent 'Cross of the North race in Colorado.
Masters Men 30-34 top 10 results
- Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) 0:45:25
- Matthew Pacocha (BikeRadar.com) 0:01:54
- Robert Marion (American Classic Pro Team) 0:02:44
- Jake Wells (Stan's NoTubes) 0:02:48
- Brad Cole (KCCX Fuji Elite Cyclocross Team p/b Challenge Tires) 0:03:20
- Kevin McConnell (Iowa City Cycling Club/Mercy-Specialized)
- Andrew Wulfkuhle (Charm City Cycling LLC) 0:03:21
- John Curry (Gallatin Valley Bicycle Club/Gallatin Alpine Sports/Intrinsik Archite) 0:03:44
- Tom Burke (Midwest Cycling Group) 0:04:01
- Andrew Coe (Ethos Racing) 0:04:02