While a few of the American riders tested themselves against the world at the second World Cup in Plzen, Czech Republic, UCI racing continued in the United States this past weekend with event in Colorado and New Jersey.
Boulder, Colorado played host to two C2 events this weekend, the Colorado Cross Classic on Saturday and the Boulder Cup on Sunday.
Georgia Gould (Luna) dominated the elite women's races, taking solo victories on both days. In Saturday's race held at the Boulder Reservoir, the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist made her move on the first lap and never looked back. Her lead increased lap after lap, all the way up to one minute and 22 seconds by the time she raised her arm in victory. Her teammate, and fellow mountain biker, Teal Stetson-Lee escaped the field to take second. Behind, three riders battled it out for the final spot of the podium. Better known for her road skills, though certainly no slouch when it comes to cyclo-cross, Amanda Miller (Optum p/b KBS) took third ahead of her teammate Carmen Small and Canadian Pepper Hartlon (Juventus Cycling Club).
Though the course was completely different on Sunday's Valmont Bike Park with its hilly profile, twisting descents and long, deep staircase, Gould once again powered again from the field. She used the long staircase to her advantage, opening up a small which she grew lap after lap. While Gould was riding flawlessly off the front, the battle was on for second place between three riders, Small, Miller and Elle Anderson (LadiesFirst Racing). The trio was still together as they made the final turn onto the pavement and the sprint was on! Small used her powerful engine, tuned by years of high-level road racing, to take second with Anderson just edging out Miller for third.
Both the elite men's races in Boulder came down to sprints. On Saturday, Belgian Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) outsprinted Jamey Driscoll (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com) for the win while Driscoll's teammate Ryan Trebon took third. Trebon took the front early on in the race with a gap on a chase group that included Driscoll, Berden and Danny Summerhill (Chipotle-First Solar Development Team). First, Driscoll and then Berden caught up to Trebon at the front. The three went at it, hammering each other until Trebon bobbled on the final lap after making a huge attack. Cagey Berden took advantage and took off with Driscoll on his wheel.
On Sunday, it was Trebon's turn to take the win in a very, very tight sprint against Summerhill. The dry and fast race came down to three men on the final lap, Trebon, Summerhill and Driscoll were off the front. Driscoll and Trebon put in attack after attack but Summerhill was able to respond to everything. Driscoll put in a massive dig to launch his teammate on the final lap, but once again Summerhill was on his wheel. The two were neck and neck as they sprinted for the line. Driscoll held on for third.
Highland Cross. What's better than a cyclo-cross race? A cyclo-cross race on Halloween of course. Not one to let the opportunity to have fun pass him by, Adam Craig (Giant Rabobank) put on a zombie costume to claim the victory on Sunday's HPCX, a UCI C2 race in Jamesburg, New Jersey. Craig was part of a three-man lead group that included Justin Lindine (Redline) and Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria). Craig managed to get a few bike lengths by the finish to claim the win, "zombie-style". Lindine was second and Durrin third.
Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) outsprinted Nikki Thiemann (Team CF) to win the elite women's race. Erin Silliman (Corsa Concepts Cyclocross Team) crossed the line 29 seconds later to claim third.