The 10th and 11th races on the USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar took place over the weekend with the Gran Prix of Gloucester I and II, October 3rd and 4th in Gloucester, Mass. The races are also part of the North American Cyclocross Series (NACT).
On Saturday, the skies opened which brought perfect conditions for both Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) who love sloppy and muddy courses. Returning to racing after taking a short break to let his shoulder heal, Johnson and Page took off and established a gap from the rest of the field right from the beginning. Johnson’s teammate and Cross Vegas winner Jamey Driscoll was in the chase group along with Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL) and Davide Frattini (Fuji). But Page was never seriously challenged, dropping Johnson early into the race. Driscoll passed his teammate for second, while Chris Jones (Champion Systems) took third. Page moves into the NACT leader’s jersey with previous jersey wearer Christian Heule is back in Europe.
Canadian Natasha Elliott (Club Chaussure Ogilvy) and mountain biker Amanda Carey (Kenda) put their stamp on the race, attacking and pushing the pace. And then there were three: Lyne Bessette (October Factory Racing), Elliott and Carey who were left to sprint out the finish with Elliott taking the win ahead of Carey and Bessette. Mo Bruno-Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) and Sue Butler (MonavieCannodale.com) finished in fourth and fifth, respectively and Butler added to her NACT lead with her closet competition, KONA’s Helen Wyman has also returned to Europe.
Sunday brought completely different conditions as the sun came out and the course dried out. Johnson took the win on Sunday with Page coming in second and Powers in third. The talk of the day is the crash that took down Page in the sand pit with three laps to go – as caught on video by cyclingdirt.org, or as Adam Myerson called it: “The Crash Heard Round The World“. Retaliation for earlier comments as some have implied or not? What do you think?
Elliott went two for two with another win in the elite women’s field, as Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes) still managed second with a flat and Bruno-Roy held off Butler for third.
The NACT series now crosses the border into Canada for Toronto International Cyclo-cross, October 17th and 18th with Page returning to Europe, the leader’s jersey is up for grabs with Butler in the lead for the women.
Nearly 1,400 racers participated in the Cross Crusade series opener on Sunday. Riding his singlespeed, Ryan Trebon, riding a singlespeed, led a trio of Kona riders onto the podium of the Men’s race at Alpenrose, with Barry Wicks taking second and Erik Tonkin in third. Wendy Williams (Hudz-Subaru) battled Alice Pennington (Veloforma) throughout the Women’s race and moved ahead on the last lap to cruise in for the win. (See photos)
Lastly, some rider news. For a second cyclo-cross season, Canadian cross racer Vicki Thomas is racing for Ottawa Cross, which is is an independent cyclo-cross racing team, supported by two local Ottawa companies and other supporting sponsors.
Thomas, 37 years old, will be racing through-out North America (focusing primarily on the New England Verge Series) and in Europe for the 2009 – 2010 cyclo-cross season. “I’m super excited to get started racing ‘cross this year. The build-up over the summer has been excellent, and I’m keen to get out and race and have some fun.”
Thomas’ season includes races in the New England Verge Series, the Mid-Atlantic Cyclo-Cross Series, the North American Cyclo-Cross Trophy, the Canadian National Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, and a full two months of racing in Europe including World Cups and races with the top elite women of cyclo-cross.
Thanks to the support of The Cyclery (a local Ottawa bicycle store), Thomas is once again racing on the Stevens Super-Prestige cyclo-cross frames. The Cyclery also provide Thomas with mechanical support. All of her travel would not be possible without the generous support of Kingsbridge Disaster Recovery. Other sponsors include Outdoor Gear Canada, Bell Lap Coaching and Clif Bar.
Page and Bruno-Roy held onto their leads in the elite men’s and women’s individual standings. With 31 events remaining on the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar, the current standings are as follows:
|After 11 races in the calendar completed, the top 5 are:|
Complete results available at USACycling.org.
Five USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar events are on tap for next weekend: Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede International Cyclo-cross, Lionhearts International Cyclo-cross, Providence Cyclocross races 1 and 2, and Bio Wheels/United Dairy Farmers Harbin Park.