Pan American Champion Eric Brunner wins the opening race of the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross

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Twenty-four hours after defending his Pan American title, Eric Brunner (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Build) picked up another solo victory at the C1 opener of the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross.

In an identical podium to the championships the day before, Curtis White (Steve Tilford Foundation) finished second and Lance Haidet (L39ION of Los Angeles) third.

“I didn’t like where I attacked yesterday in Pit 1 and ended up having to hit the brakes. I thought about it a bit more today and attacked right away, and it worked better,” Brunner said.

“I did two-thirds of the race on my own, but it was a tougher start today, and that helped tire people out earlier. I had a puncture on lap seven, which which always makes you a little nervous, but I had a pretty big gap so I just had to ride on it for a little while.”

Serving the New England cyclocross community, the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross offered the terrain barriers, a sandbox, a steep rocky off-camber descent, and a set of stairs that turned into a technical descent.

Brunner, White and Haidet were all in the lead group at the end of round two, alongside Caleb Swartz (Giant/ENVE), Scott McGill and Scott Funston (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Build).

McGill led the race with five laps to go with Brunner and White on his wheel, then Funston, Swartz, Michael van den Ham, Andrew Stromeyer and Haidet seven seconds behind.

Brunner then struck alone to open a sizable lead with White around 15 seconds down with four laps to go.

The Pan American champion pushed his lead to 30 seconds as he raced through the final two laps, with White safely in second.

The race for third place was between Haidet, Schartz and Funston. Haidet attacked several times and ended up building the gap he needed on the last lap to take third place.

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