Five events were held last weekend on the 2009/2010 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Racing Calendar , the 3-race/3-day Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, Iowa and the Bay State Cross weekend in Sterling, Massachussetts.
All delivered repeat winners as Meredith Miller (CalGiant/Specialized) and Todd Wells (Specialized) won all three races in Iowa for the hat trick. It was Miller’s first UCI wins of her short cyclocross career which she started only last year.
In Sterling, Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) swept the weekend as they soloed to victory on each day.
With only two events left on the calendar, Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) is still in the lead of the the Elite Women’s standings which she took over in the second week of the calendar. McConneloug has moved up to second spot with Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes) a very close third.
In the Elite Men’s standings, we have a swap once again between Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com riders with Powers on top, followed by his teammates Jamey Driscoll and Tim Johnson.
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This coming weekend, two races will be held: the finale in the USGP Series, the Stanley Portland Cup on December 5 & 6 in Portland Oregon. It should be a doozy.
The week following the USGP finale, the US Cross Nationals will be held in Bend Oregon.
UCI Rankings. American Katie Compton still leads the Elite Women UCI Rankings with 1000 points. She is followed by two riders of the Netherlands, Daphny Van den Brand at 156 points back and Marianne Vos at 275 points down. Luna’s Katerina Nash of the Czech Republic sits in 10th spot. Two other Americans, Maureen Bruno-Roy and Mary McConneloug are in 18th and 19th place respectively. Canada’s Natasha Elliott is in 20th, the highest-placed rider for her country with Vicki Thomas in 46th.
Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com’s Tim Johnson is the highest ranked American on the UCI Rankings, in 18th place behind leader Niels Albert of Belgium. His teammates Jamey Driscoll and Jeremy Powers are in 20th and 23rd spots. Jonathan Page sits in 22nd and Ryan Trebon is 24th. Geoff Kabush is the highest-ranked Canadians in 42nd place with Derrick St John in 57th.
UCI World Cup Standings. The World Cup round in Koksijde, on the Belgian coast this weekend, provided four spectacular races on a sandy course, mixed with rain and hail showers. Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) won the Elite Men’s race, ending World Champion Niels Albert’s (BKCP-PowerPlus) winning streak so far in the UCI World Cup presented by Safety Jogger. The Women’s race was dominated by the Dutch riders, with Vos (DSB Bank – Nederland Bloeit) outsprinting her compatriot Van den Brand to take the honours. More Dutch riders stepped onto the podium after the Men’s Juniors race, won by Gert-Jan Bosman. The only local winner of the day was Jim Aernouts (Belgium) who won the Men’s Under-23 race. Next week the World Cup heads to Igorre, in Spain.
World Cup leader Compton had a disastrous first lap but fought back to finish third and keep the lead with 160 points. Van den Brand is now 25 points behind in second place.
Albert‘s fourth place was enough to keep the lead in the World Cup, while Stybar is within fifteen points. Mourey grabbed a fourth consecutive fifth place that puts him in third overall. Page finished 27th in Koksijde and sits in 30th place overall.