Oh it’s on at the Derby City Cup in Louisville KY this weekend, for the second stop in the hotly contested Greenware US Gran Prix of Cyclocross. In both the Elite Men and U23 Men overall standings, the top 2 riders are tied on points and the Elite Women’s race is wide open with leader Katie Compton (Planet Bike/Stevens) sitting the race out. At stake this weekend are USGP points, UCI points and more specifically C2 vs C1 points. all important for UCI cross standings and therefore start positions for upcoming World Cups and Worlds.
Speaking of Worlds, this weekend will be the unveiling of a new cross course in the Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, the same location where the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships will be raced. It’s a chance for all to scope out the land and start planning.
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Kaboom. The Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com duo of Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson dominated and split the first weekend, with Powers leading wire-to-wire in the Saturday race for the win with Johnson taking second and Johnson soloing to the win on Sunday with Powers taking second. With the tie breaker being the Sunday results, the leader’s jersey landed on Johnson’s shoulders. Both have stated that they want the overall and are going for it. Since that opening weekend, both have gone on to win at other races, sometimes beating each other like at Gloucester, or sometimes racing at different venues. They also both, along with their 3rd teammate Jamey Driscoll raced at the Aigle World Cup in Switzerland, with Powers finishing the highest in 20th spot.
USGP defending champion Ryan Trebon (KONA) was not on his best form for the opener but has been an an upswing taking a win and two second places in a tight battle with Powers at Cincinnati’s UCI3 Cyclocross Festival. His teammate Barry Wicks also had a strong showing at UCI3 and Bloomington Cross on the following weekend where he took the win. Also looking to contest at the front are Toronto double-winner Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru), Granogue double-winner Jesse Anthony (CalGiant) and Tristan Schouten (cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf). Last year showed that it was possible to be off for one of the weekends and still win the series – throwdown imminent.
Wide open. With defending champion Katerina Nash (Luna) focusing on racing in Europe and Compton taking the weekend off to train at home in Colorado, the elite women’s battle for the overall is wide open. Also missing from the roster this weekend is Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) who will be racing her second World Cup this year on Sunday in the Czech Republic. That leaves the door open for Georgia Gould (Luna) who sits in second place and had a strong showing in Madison, setting a fast pace early on. The battle will be on between Gould, her teammate Amy Dombroski, Meredith Miller (CalGiant), Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes), Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven) and Natasha Elliott (Garneau-Club Chaussures-Ogilvy) for the win – for some it would be their first USGP victory. Also looking for make an impact are the up and coming youngsters Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) who got her first UCI podium at UCI3 and Ashley James (Team Kenda) who has been close to a breakthrough this year.
Tight race. The U23 men are also in a tight race. Leader Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough) is tied on points with Jeremy Ferguson (CalGiant) after the first weekend. In third place sits Joseph Schmaltz (KCCX/Verge/Challenge Tires). Both Schmaltz and Ferguson can count on teammates to help them in the race while Keough is racing solo.
The racing starts at 8am for all categories. The Elite Women and Pro racing each day at 1:45pm ET for 40 minutes followed by the Elite Men race at 3:00pm for 60 minutes.
Top 10 Elite Men After Planet Bike Cup (Complete Results)
1. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 90 pts
2. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 90
3. Christian Heule (Champion Systems) 56
4. Todd Wells (Specialized) 47
5. Tristan Schouten (cyclocrossracing.com/Blue/Rolf)
6. Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) 44
7. Francis Mourey (FDJ) 41
9. Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) 37
10. Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) 35
Top 5 U23 Men After Planet Bike Cup (Complete Results)
1. Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough) 90 pts
2. Jeremy Ferguson (California Giant/Specialized) 90
3. Joseph Schmaltz (KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires) 68
4. Cody Kaiser (California Giant/Specialized) 60
5. David Hackworthy (CyclocrossRacing.com p/b Blue) 52
Top 10 Elite Women After Planet Bike Cup (Complete Results)
1. Katie Compton (Planet Bike/Stevens) 100 pts
2. Georgia Gould (Luna Pro Team) 80
3. Sue Butler (Hudz-Subaru) 60
4. Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) 56
5. Amy Dombroski (Luna Pro Team) 51
6. Kathy Sherwin (Hudz-Subaru) 47
7. Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant/Specialized) 34
8. Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) 33
9. Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) 33
10. Ashley James (Team Kenda) 32