What an amazing weekend for the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team as they swept the 5 UCI cross races that were held this past weekend.
Jeremy Powers racked up three more victories at the Cincinnati UCI3 Cyclocross Festival where each race offered completely different conditions and terrain. In Friday’s mud fest, Powers got away from his rivals early on after KONA’s Ryan Trebon flatted, to solo to victory on the treacherous, off camber course of the Cyclo Stampede in Covington Kentucky. KONA’s Barry Wicks was second and Joachim Parbo (CCV Leopard) finished third. Saturday brought sunny skies but the same winner, as Powers bunny hopped the barriers to solo away to another win at the Java Johnny’s – Lionhearts International in Middletown, Ohio. Once again, Wicks was second with Mark LaLonde (Planet Bike) third. On Sunday, Powers dueled with Trebon until the final meters where he took advantage of a small bobble on the final turn to claim his third victory of the weekend in Harbin Park, and his fourth UCI win of the season – so far. Trebon finished second and Wicks was third.
Meanwhile, not to be undone, teammates Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll took 1-2 in the two races over the weekend in Providence, Rhode Island. On Saturday, Johnson took the lead in the first lap to easily take the win. Driscoll overcame a slow start to take second and roadie Chris Jones (Champion Systems) was third. Johnson and Driscoll came to the front in the second lap on Sunday and worked together to increase their lead until the final lap where Driscoll bobbled and Johnson kept on going for his second win. Driscoll quickly recovered and grabbed second while once again, Jones was third. Check out photos from Pedal Power Photography.
Planet Bike’s Katie Compton continued to dominate at the UCI3 festival where she soloed away from the field early on in each of the three races for the win. The first two races followed the same scenario, Compton caught and passed Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) who got the hole-shot and continued for the win while Butler raced solo for second. On Friday, DeeDee Winfield (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) won the battle for third and her teammate Laura Van Gilder took third on Saturday. While Compton once again got away from the field early on in the final race on Sunday, the battle was on for the final 2 spots on the podium between three riders. It all came down to the final sprint where Van Gilder easily took second and Butler got third.
In Providence, mountain bikers ruled in the women’s race which also had repeat podiums. Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) took the early lead in both races to claim the top step. Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) gave chase but never quite close the gap down and took second and Amy Dombrowski (Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix) took third.
Complete results of Providence Festival of Cyclocross
With Providence in the books, making it three weekends of the Verge New England Championships Cyclo-Cross Series (NECCS) completed, Mo Bruno-Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) takes over the lead in the absence of series leader Natasha Elliott. With his third consecutive Series victory, Johnson takes over the lead in the men’s competition while Luke Keough (Champion Systems) retained his lead in the U23 category. Complete NECCS standings
The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series continues in New Gloucester ME on Oct 24, Northampton MA on Nov 7, Sterling MA on Nov 28, and the series finale in Warwick RI on Dec 5.
Maxxis-Rocky Mountain stayed upright to sweep the Canadian Cross Champs. On a very cold day in Edmonton, with temperatures dipping to -6 C (21 F) and windchill factor making it even colder, snow covered track that turned icy in spots as more and more riders rode over it, and intermittent snow squalls – yep just another winter day in Edmonton, eh. As Geoff Kabush tweeted afterwards ‘eyeballs are still cold’.
Defending champion Kabush got to the front fairly early to stay safe and slowly pulled away from the field behind him who had trouble navigating the icy track. Kabush maintained his lead to take back to back National titles. Derrick St John (Garneau/Chaussure/Ogilvy) was second and Aaron Schooler (Team H&R Block-Kona) was third. Alison Sydor attacked on the third lap to pull away from and claim the women’s title, ahead of Pepper Harlton (Team Alberta/Juventus) and Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Chaussure/Ogilvy). Sydor the only Canadian to have won national titles in Road, Mountain Bike and Cyclo-cross disciplines. Evan Guthrie won the U23 title with roadie Simon Lambert-Lemay (Ride with Rendall) finishing second and Brian Robinson (CMC/Bow Cycle) third. Check out photo galleries from CanadianCyclist/Rob Jones.
The trio continued to dominate in the next day’s race, the Jim Horner Cyclo-cross Grand Prix in Edmonton. Kabush took another win with Schooler coming in a minute later for second place and Craig Richey (Blue Competition Cycles p/b Neverblu) in third. Syder bested Elliott and Harlton for the win.