Arianna Schafer, of Barrington, Ill., slipped and fell but got right back up again. In fact, she went on to finish second in the girls' 10-12 race.
Credit: JOEL PATENAUDE
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Vin Hludzinski (#117), of Boulder, Col., looks for a way around Lucas Stierwalt, of Maineville, Ohio, in the boys' 10-12 race.
Petra Schmidtmann, of Nerderland, Col., goes down early in the female junior 10-12 race.
Sean Goguen, of Hopedale, Mass., takes the inside line in the male junior 10-12 race.
The 10- to 12-year-old boys and girls round a sharp corner as their parents' cheer them on.
It was a bunch start for the 34 boys in the 10-12 age-group race.
These guys stayed busy at the bike washing station.
Rachael Jensen, of Shell Lake, Wis., found herself alone on the course in the junior women 17-18 race.
Madelaine Melcher, of Mentone, Cal., bears down in the junior women 17-18 race.
Mina Anderberg, of Boulder, Col., crests a hill. She climbed onto the podium, too, with a second-place finish in the 15-16 junior women's race.
Shannon Mallory (62), of Bellingham, Wash., leads Victoria Gates, of Fitchburg, Mass., in the junior women 15-16 race.
The steely gaze of Ellen Noble, of Kennebunkport, Maine, and her determination to win paid off in the junior women 17-18 race.
This is what the course looked like on Friday, leaving it difficult to imagine what it would like to ride on Saturday and Sunday during the elite races.
In the mud and fog, some sections of the cyclocross course were more conducive to walking than riding.
Doing what the Badger Prairie Park sign says, Lauryn Andre, of Longmont, Col., races in the junior female 17-18 division.
Tiziana DeHorney, of Albuquerque, NM, shows some fatigue in the junior female 15-16 race. She finished seventh.
Victoria Gates, of Fitchburg, Mass., braces herself for a long, slippery downhill in the female juniors 15-16 race.
A muddy puddle awaited the 'cross racers at the bottom of one hill.
Choosing a line in the mud rather than in the snow and slush, Katherine Santos, a 15-16 age division racer from Louisville, Ky., leads a couple competitors. She finished in fifth place.
Andrea Casebolt, of Olympia, Wash., muscles up a slick hill. She raced in the 17-18 age division on Jan. 11.
Kelly Catlin, of Arden Hills, Minn., racing in the junior women 17-18 category, clears both barriers.
The cyclocross course at Verona's Badger Prairie Park is spectator friendly.
The junior women, ages 17-18, get underway on Friday, Jan. 11, at the 2013 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships held at Badger Prairie Park in Verona, Wis.
Friday was the youngsters' chance to spin in the mud and snow
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