In both the Elite Men’s and Women’s races, the winner soloed to victory on a muddy course at the NACT Blue Sky Velo Cup race in Colorado. Planet Bike’s Katie Compton continued her undefeated streak in the US as she gets ready to take on Europe on her quest for the old medal at the World Championship. Tim Johnson of Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com dropped his teammate to grab the top step as his team swept another podium.
After snow blanked the state starting on Tuesday, the sun made its appearance just in time to get some mud, alwys a treat at a cross race. Compton demonstrated why she is leading the UCI standings, and the elite women’s race quickly became a race for second as Compton turned the race into a dirt time trial. The Luna Chix duo of Georgia Gould and Alison Dunlap swept up second and third. Meredith Miller (California Giant Specialized) finished fourth and mountain biker Kelli Emmett (Giant) rounded out the top five.
After escaping the Elite Men’s race together, Johnson powered away from his teammate Jeremy Powers, in what seemed to be almost a repeat from last weekend’s results but the only difference was the fight between Powers and the third teammate Jamey Driscoll for second place. In the end, Powers took it over Driscoll. Adam Craig (Giant) put in a good show to take fourth while Troy Wells (Clif Bar) was fifth.
The battle will continue Sunday as both Powers and Johnson are poised to take the red leader’s jersey going into the final weekend of the NACT.
With 8 inches of snow since Tuesday, Sunday’s race has been moved to Boulder Reservoir. The same schedule as stated in the race program will be followed.
Elite Women’s Top 10
1. Katherine Compton (Planet Bike)
2. Georgia Gould (Luna Chix)
3. Alison Dunlap (Luna Chix)
4. Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Strawberry)
5. Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles)
6. Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs/RGM)
7. Heather Irmiger (Subaru/Gary Fisher)
8. Barbara Howe (Vanderkitten)
9. Alison Powers (Team Fuji)
10. Lisa Matlock Strong (Natural Grocers P/b)
Elite Men’s Top 10
1. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com)
2. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com)
3. James Driscoll (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com)
4. Adam Craig (Giant Mtb Team)
5. Troy Wells (Clif bar)
6. Jesse Anthony (Jamis Bikes)
7. Danny Summerhill (VMG/Felt)
8. Jeremy Horgan-Kobelski (Subaru/Gary Fisher)
9. Zach Mc Donald (Stevens/classic Cycl)
10. Brandon Dwight (Boulder Cycle Sport)
Photos copyright Christopher See . Used with permission.
Complete results here