This Cannondale SuperX is everything an American champion's bike should be

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WATERLOO, Wisconsin — Custom-painted bikes have become de rigueur in the sport of professional cycling, as riders and their sponsors look to make the most of their victories and attract prospective customers by making bikes pop. And while we've seen a number of good-looking custom jobs over the years, reigning US cyclocross national champion Stephen Hyde's Cannondale SuperX takes the bacon. Cyclocross combines elements of mountain biking and road cycling but is really its own sport.

We got up close with Hyde's American glory at Sunday's World Cup Waterloo, the second round of the 2017-2018 Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup nine-race series. Check out the US champ's bike below, and stay tuned for a full review of the SuperX.Hyde rides for the Connecticut-based team.

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Hyde, 30, is a native of Pensacola, Florida, and the reigning US cyclocross champion, having won the title in Connecticut in January. Formerly a BMXer, mountain biker, and road racer, he now races cyclocross professionally and lives in Western Massachusetts.

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Hyde's SuperX features a custom paint job and graphics that celebrate his national title.

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