Redline’s Logan Owen and Justin Lindine raced their Redline ‘cross bikes in Bend, Oregon this weekend with great results. Two days of racing under partly cloudy but moisture free skies made for fast racing, over a course loaded with a high level of technical features. This years USGP event in Bend was fast and furious with an improved course that upped the amount of off camber hillsides, and short steep uphill ride-ups.
Elite junior Logan got off to a clean start on Saturday and quickly developed a 20 second lead. Logan then went about a ‘Cross workout combination of hard and tempo laps that led to a 6:56 fast lap, increasing his lead to over a minute. On the final lap, Logan cruised on in with just over a minute lead on USGP leader Maxx Chance.
In the Elite men’s race Saturday, Justin Lindine got a great start from row two although he was given race bib number 8 which should have meant the front row. There was a mix-up on UCI points that moved Canadian Chris Sheppard to the front row. 8 riders per row with each racer’s UCI total points determining position. Not to worry, Justin was up front and on the train of the lead riders, and only came off as the race wore on. Justin was running in ninth place and lost out in a bike throwing sprint with multi-time past national CX champ and 2 time Olympic mountain biker Todd Wells.
As Sunday dawned, Logan decided to go for broke and see what amount of time he could put into the other top juniors. Logan was out to get a great workout and make a statement as to who is the best elite junior in the USA. When Logan crossed the line 2 minutes and 20 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, it was evident that he had totally dug deep and made his point. Although Logan only raced four of the 8 USGP events he won each race and scored 200 points placing him second overall to the USGP series champion, Maxx Chance with 218 total points.
Mr. Lindine again blasted off to a great start Sunday, but the race broke apart a bit sooner than Saturday with Tim Johnson up the road, and Justin was caught in traffic with riders clogging up at pinch points. Justin finished in 11th place and showed great consistency both days racing with the best elite racers in the land.
On the technical side, both Justin and Logan raced with Challenge Limus tires with 26 to 28 lbs. pressure both days and there was really not much need to pit. Logan did turn a few laps on the disc equipped Conquest carbon team, but did not race it.
A big thanks to our Co-sponsors: Challenge tires, FSA components, Kool Stop brake pads, WTB saddles, Voler clothing, Pryme gloves, XLC eyewear/tools, and Honey Stinger nutritionals for helping to make this all happen.
Next up for Team Redline: Euro ‘Cross Camp and World Cup races for Justin and Logan over Christmas in Belgium, & the USA National Championships January 10-12th in Verona, WI.
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