I’ve been remiss with my news recaps, so let’s see if moving it to Wednesdays from now on will help. Pull up a chair, this could take some time.
Let’s start with some cross shall we? Last weekend, Ryan Trebon (KONA) and Georgia Gould (Luna Chix) swept the Granogue and Wissahickon races, rounds 4 and 5 of the Mid Atlantic Cross (MAC) series. Midway through the series, Davide Frattini (Fuji) still leads the Elite Men classification with 390 points. Adam Myerson (Cycle-smart) is second at 100 points back and Weston Schempf (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) is third with 146 points from the leader. No changes for the Elite Women either, Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) leads with 395 points, also 100 points on her teammate DeeDee Winfield. Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) sits in third spot at 114 points from Van Gilder. The battle in the U23 Men is fierce with Patrick Bradley (Rutgers University) taking over the lead with 315 points ahead of Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott-Newwork) and Luke Keough (Corner Cycle Cycling Club).
The North American Cyclocross Trophy Series (NACT) has also passed its midway point over the weekend with the GNC Toronto International Cyclo-Cross. The two events were dominated by the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com in the men’s Elite and Natasha Elliott (Club Garneau) in the women’s Elite races.
On a sunny but brisk Saturday, defending champion Tim Johnson made his winning move on the fourth lap to solo to victory. His teammate Jamey Driscoll was second with Andrew Watson (Norco Factory Team) coming in third. Johnson’s other teammate Jeremy Powers was part of the lead group on the fourth lap when he bobbled on the barriers, went down hard and was t-boned by Johnson.
Andy Jacques-Maynes (BISSELL), who was also in the lead group, tweeted about Powers on the barriers: “he was a rag doll tangled up with his bike! I barely missed stepping on him.”
In the women’s race, Elliott who is still smarting a bit from her second place at Canadian Nationals, attacked hard and dropped the field in the second lap to solo to victory. Behind her, Planet Bike set up a three-women team time trial to try and bring Elliott back, but to no avail. Linda Sone led the Planet Bike team in second, with teammate Kristin Wentworth in third.
On Sunday, the domination continued as one by one, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammates separated themselves from the field. For a while, the trio worked together to increased their gap, until with two laps to go, “we were given each other the business has hard as we could” as Powers told Dave from Trailwatch.net.
The battle was on between the teammates to take the win. “We started ramping up a little bit” Johnson said “Jeremy started going faster and then dumped it, and then Jamey attacked and he got a gap and then he dumped it…”
On the final lap, Powers crashed with three corners to do, then Driscoll with one to go but Powers was able to catch back on and then took the win in a final sprint. So they went 1-2-3 on the podium: Powers, Johnson and Driscoll.
In the Women’s Elite race, Elliott made it four wins in four NACT starts. She barely held off a late attack by Planet Bike’s Kaitlin Antonneau to take the win. Pepper Harlton (Juventus Cycling Club) finished third.
Lots of photos and videos out there of the two Toronto races, but amazingly, it seems that no one was able to get the crash on barriers on Saturday. See all the videos from Dave/Trailwatch.net. Photos on flickr: day 1 and day 2 from shapelike O_o, from Toronto Rob, day 1 and day 2 from 3-dogs-racing.
With 6 races completed, Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) still leads the men’s Elite while Elliott moved herself up in the lead with 4 races to go. The next races are the Blue Sky Velo Cup on October 31 in Longmont, CO and the Boulder Cup on November 1 in Boulder, CO.
simonk3699 put together an 11-minute video of the men’s Elite race on Saturday:
After trying for four years, Molly Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio) won the Cross Crusade Elite Men’s race on Sunday. Cameron suffered a mechanical early on but she was able to chase and take the win when Sean Babcock (Team S&M), who was out in front, had a flat tire. Babcock finished second and Erik Tonkin (KONA) was third. Wendy Williams (Hudz-Subaru) won the Women’s Elite race with Alice Pennington (Veloforma) coming into second and Serena Bishop (Sunnyside Sports) third. Read Cameron’s take on the race here.
Keeping on with cross news. On Thursday October 22nd, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com duo of Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers will be holding a Cyclocross Clinic at the Indianapolis’s Major Taylor Velodrome. Clinic starts at 5:30 p.m. Danish Champ Joaquim Parbo of CCV Leopard will also be joining. (more info here)
The UCI released its cross rankings and Katie Compton (Planet Bike) is once again on top with 420 points, following her win at the World Cup in Treviso, Italy and her complete domination of all UCI races in the US that she has entered. In second place, at 140 points back, is Daphny van den Brand of the Netherlands.
In the men’s rankings, Page is the highest American in 11th spot behind leader Belgian Niels Albert who has 760 points. Powers is in 13th place. With the UCI deciding not to count the points from the Canadian Championships until January, the highest placed Canadian is Derrick St John in 43rd spot.
In road news, the men’s tranfer-o-rama is filling up, thanks to everyone’s input and keep’em coming. Garmin Ltd. announced that it has extended an additional three years its title sponsorship of the PorTour team Garmin-Slipstream. The partnership will run through the end of 2013. It was finally announced that Frankie Andreu would be joining the Kenda Pro Cycling p/b Gear Grinder squad as a Directeur Sportif in 2010.
In the this doesn’t looking good category, Chicago Bike Racing caught this news in Time Out which reports that the city may cut funding to the Chicago Criterium, meaning significant private sponsorship would be required for the race to continue. Another race was hit in the pocketbook, as the Greenvile County Council decided to cut the $15,000 proposed for the USA Cycling Professional Championships and $5,000 for the BMW Charity Pro-AM while they decided to increase the funding for Freedom Weekend Aloft and the Greater Greenville Scottish Games.
Cari Higgins was elected to the USCF Board of Trustees as one of two athlete representatives. The USCF is an association within USA Cycling; it governs all disciplines of cycling.
“I am looking forward to improving the communication between the athletes and their governing body,” Higgins said. “It is an honor to act as the voice of athletes in the political process.”
Higgins is a seven-time US National Track Champion, including the 2009 Women’s Omnium, and four-time Pan Am Championship medalist. She rides for the PROMAN Hit Squad, is coached by national record holder Missy Thompson, and lives and trains in Boulder, Colo. Committed to the development of cycling, she and Thompson founded the Flatiron Flyers Junior Cycling Project, also based in Boulder.
Jonathan Vaughters, will be the special guest at the main annual fundraiser for the NorCal High School MTB League CycleFest 2009, a three-day gathering, November 6-8 in Mill Valley, California. Two of the pro riders on Garmin-Slipstream, Lucas Euser and Steven Cozza raced mountain bikes in the NorCal League. The CycleFest 2009 schedule is as follows:
- Friday, November 6th: Cocktail reception with Jonathan Vaughters in Mill Valley
- Saturday, November 7th: Benefit dinner, silent auction and vintage poster show, hosted by Jonathan Vaughters at the Mill Valley Community Center
- Sunday, November 8th: Scenic road ride in Marin countryside with Jonathan Vaughters.
More info on CycleFest here, including links to buy tickets.
Lastly, some interweb news. Three more cyclists have joined the twitter ranks: Jamey Driscoll, Andy Jacques-Maynes and Peter Stetina who all took the plunge in October. Amy Dombroski has launched a new website, and so has the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team.