Four events on the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar were held last weekend, the Whitmore Landscaping Super Cross Cup in Southampton NY and North Carolina Grand Prix in Henderson NC.
In Saturday’s North Carolina race, Matt Shriver (Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory) took a solo win ahead of Davide Frattini (Team Fuji) and Brian Matter (Gear Grinder). Kristin Wentworth (Planet Bike) outsprinted Dee Dee Winfield (C3 Athletes) for the win with Linda Sone (Planet Bike) finishing third. For both Shriver and Wentworth, it was their first UCI win of their careers.
The next day on a course turned muddy by rain and with temperatures dipping to low 40, more solo wins were in the cards. This time it was Frattini on the top step ahead of Matter and Jake Wells (Mafia Racing). Winfield took her first UCI win with Planet Bike duo of Kaitlin Antonneau and Wentworth finishing second and third.
On Long Island, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team dominated the Super Cross Cup, sweeping the podium on both days in exactly the same order: Tim Johnson on the top step, Jeremy Powers in second and Jamey Driscoll in third. On Saturday, the trio battled with Ryan Trebon (KONA) until the current US Cross Champion bobbled half way which was enough for Johnson and Powers to go off the front with Driscoll chasing solo. Johnson dropped Powers in the final laps to solo to victory. In Sunday’s race, the expected duel happened but the surprise was that it took place between Johnson and Powers. The two battled it out for more than four laps until Johnson was able to get a gap and once again solo to victory, his tenth win of the year.
Amy Dombroski (Schlamm p/b Clement-Primus Mootry) swept both days. On Saturday, she soloed to victory after dropping Kelli Emmett (Giant MTB) with two laps to go. Georgia Gould (Luna) finished third. On Sunday, Gould and Dombroski went off the front together in the first lap and we were privy to another great duel. In the final lap, Dombroski made her move to take the win ahead of Gould. Emmett finished third.
With only 7 events left in the USAC Cross Calendar, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com boys make up the top 3 of the Elite Men standings with Driscoll still leading with 394 points, but he’s got competition from his teammates as Johnson only trails by 12 points and Powers by 30 points. With only Powers racing this coming weekend, we might see another change at the top.
Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) still leads the Elite Women’s standings with 229 points with Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) getting closer at 30 points back.
|After 36 races in the USA Cycling cross NRC completed, the top 5 are:|
The Whitmore Landscaping Super Cross Cup races were the finale of the North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) Series.
Continuing on their fantastic season, the Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com team took the first three spots overall in the eight-event NACT with Johnson taking top honors, followed by Powers and Driscoll.
Johnson injured his shoulder on the first race of the series, StarCrossed in Oregon and sat out RadRacing held on the following day. He came back strong with a fourth place finish in the Saturday race in Gloucester followed by a win the next day. Then he not only won five of the remaining six races of the series, but his team swept the podium in five: Blue Sky Velo and Boulder Cup in Colorado, Toronto International II where it was Powers on top, and the final two races.
Canadian Natasha Elliott (Garneau-Club Chaussures) took the lead in the series after winning the two races in Gloucester, the third and fourth round of the series. She solidified her lead by sweeping the Toronto International races and then defended on the final weekend in Southampton. Dombroski jumped to second overall with her wins in the two final races. Sue Butler (Monavie-Cannondale) was third overall.
The Super Cross Cup is also part of the Mid Atlantic Cross (MAC) series. In the Elite and U23 Men standings, 19-year Valentin Scherz (ProCycles-Scott-Newwork) finished 10th and 5th over the weekend, which gives him 579 points in the best of seven score which should be enough to give the overall win with one race to go.
It’s still an incredibly tight race in the Elite Women’s category as Van Gilder has just taken over the lead from Bruno-Roy with a slim 3 point advantage. The final race of the series is the Capitol Cross, in Reston Virginia on December 6th, the same date as the USGP Portland Cup Races. Where will Bruno-Roy and Van Gilder race on that weekend?
|After 9 of 10 rounds of MAC completed, the top 5 are:|