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On a hot and humid day in Knoxville, Tenn., Bainbridge Island’s Kiel Reijnen and Logan Owen of Bremerton gave it their best effort but came up short of the podium at the U.S. National road cycling championships Sunday.

Reijnen finished sixth, two minutes, 41 seconds behind winner, 21-year-old Jonathan Brown of Knoxville.

Reijnen, who rides for Trek-Segafredo, stayed with the peloton most of the 15 lap, 118-mile course. With alternating rain showers and blistering afternoon heat (only 14 riders finished the race) Reijnen and the rest of the field gutted out the course while letting different riders break from the pack and others give chase. Reijnen joined the chase group with about five laps to go, and was part of a smaller group of five riders that was 3:25 behind the leaders going into the second to last lap.

It was Brown who made the surprise breakaway heading up the hilliest part of the course, Sherrod Road, and increased his lead to over 1:10 on an amazing solo ride to the finish.

Reijnen was among the contenders for the national title, and said on Twitter he was happy to represent the Northwest but disappointed in his result.

Earlier in the race Owen and EF-Education First-Drapac teammate Nathan Brown, Jonny Brown’s brother, pulled the lead group back on the fifth lap giving Owen the lead for a time. Owen and Brown were able to bring the leaders’ lead back to 30 seconds as lap six started.

Owen and Brown then dropped out to give teammate Alex Howes a shot at the podium but it didn’t work out. Howes wound up 13th, 8:03 behind the winner.

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