Cincy3x. The Cincy3 CX Festival presented by Cincinnati Cyclocross and United Dairy Farmers featured three different venues over three days of racing in the Cincinnati Metro area. Eight-time and reigning US Champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) continued to dominate, sweeping all three of the Cincy3 CX races. Her closest competitor was Katerina Nash (Luna), who finished second at both races. Nash just started her cross season this weekend after a rest following her full mountain bike season. There was also a sweep in the elite men's race with the Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com team winning all three races, Ryan Trebon claimed the first two while Jamey Driscoll took the victory on Sunday's C1 race.
Friday's C2 Cyclo-Stampede was held at Devou Park in Covington, KY with a hilltop view of the downtown Cincinnati skyline. On the course that offers off-camber turns, Compton pulled away from Nash in three laps while Amanda Carey (Volkswagen Boise) settled into third. Twenty minutes into the race, the podium was set.
The front group separated early in the elite men's race. Late on the fourth lap, Trebon drilled it hard on the long climb from the band shell up to the barriers, which sprung him off solo for good. The battle for the other spots of the podium was heated. Driscoll attacked on the bell lap and was away for second. The third spot was decided in a tight 2-up sprint, so tight that it came down to a photo finish with Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) edging out Travis Livermon (Mock Orange Racing).
Saturday brought a new course to the event, a muddy, slippery, slick one at that, the C2 Cross After Dark Lionhearts International at Kings CX p/b Toyota and Siemens on a former golf course in the northern suburb of Mason, Ohio. Once again, Compton was off the front early on with Nash but this time they were joined by Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale-cyclocrossworld.com). College student Antonneau skipped Friday's race. But Compton put in a dig that no one could match to take another solo win. Antonneau took third behind Nash.
After a poor start, Trebon caught back onto the front group on the first lap and then quickly attacked. Only Berden was able to go with the tall rider until disaster struck for the Belgian who went down. As Berden picked us his bike and began running, the rear wheel caught for a moment on the chain, then fell cleanly to the ground. He shouldered two-thirds of a bike for a death-slog to the pit, a half lap away. Meanwhile, Trebon was off, never really to be seen again to take a second win. Once again, Driscoll took second. With his A bike not working, Brad White (Moms in Tow) was forced to finish on a very muddy and heavy bike and managed to claim third.
Harbin Park, the home of cyclocross in Cincinnati for 18 years, closed out the Cincy3 Festival on Sunday. Once again, Compton applied the pressure at the front with Nash and Antonneau matching her pace early on. By the second lap, only Nash was still on but not for long. One lap later, Compton was off solo. Nash held on for second and Antonneau, third.
Three laps into the elite men's race, Trebon has reduced the front group down to five riders but still not liking the numbers, he put in another dig. Soon, there were three off the front, Trebon, Driscoll and Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus). Driscoll took the front and opened a gap which he held until the finish. Trebon pounced on a bobble by Jones to take second while Jones finished third.
CSIcx. Beautiful fall weather greeted the riders at the Cycle-Smart International, the longest-running UCI sanctioned cyclocross race in the United States, held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. Despite Hurricane Sandy's effects on the Northeast on Monday of this week, the course was completely dry. The fast corners of the lower fields connect with tight twists and turns through the trails of the upper section of the park via the steep and rutted Stan's NoTubes run-up, and once again at the Raleigh run-up back to the upper deck. The weekend's edition of the CSI is also the 5th and 6th Rounds of the 2012 Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series.
After crashing hard at the Plzen World Cup, and horrendous travel back due to hurricane Sandy, US Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) stayed close to home to race this weekend. But Powers still showed his form by sweeping the races while Crystal Anthony (cyclocrossworld.com) and mountain biker Mary McConneloug (Team Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) duked it out in the elite women's race.
It didn't take long for McConneloug and Anthony to break away from the field in Saturday's race. The pair was away one lap into the race while a chase group of three riders organized behind them. The fight was on. Anthony attacked and appeared to get away, but McConneloug chased back on and launched an attack of her own. Rather than wait on the other's wheel, the two repeatedly traded attacks for the entirety of the race; however, a bobble by Anthony on a challenging corner finally allowed McConneloug to build a substantial gap in the final lap of the race. In a tremendous show of power, Anthony chased back on to within a bike length just as McConneloug completed a smooth ride for a clean win. Anna Barensfeld (Pedal Power Training) launched from the chase group and took third.
A large group of close to ten riders broke away early in the elite men's race. Powers, stayed calm in second wheel, while a few others including Raphael Gagné (Rocky Mountain Factory), Adam Craig and Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) took turns at the front. Several attacks put gap-forming pressure on the group, but it was a crash taking Craig and Gagné down that did the final damage to this group. Durrin along with Shawn Milne (cyclocrossworld.com) were off the front while Powers led the chase. A bobble by Milne left Durrin solo but not for long, Milne and Powers made junction. The three were still together as the bell lap started. Powers timed his attack just before the final paved straight the finish to take the win, Durrin was second and Milne, third.
The heated battle continued in Sunday's race. Anthony attacked early, blowing up the front group and only Arley Kemmerer (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) was able to stay on her wheel. Anthony attacked again, putting Kemmerer in some trouble as McConneloug accelerated, catching and passing Kemmerer but not able to reel in the lone rider ahead. Anthony rode smoothly to take the win, McConneloug was second and Kemmerer held on to third.
Powers applied pressure early on to cause the first split in Sunday's elite men's race. Then, after chasing back on, Justin Lindine (Redline) put in a massive acceleration which exploded the group with only Powers and Craig able to match his acceleration. The three stayed together until the final lap where Powers and Craig duked it out on the final corners. Powers hit the pavement first to cross the line for the win, Craig just behind for second, and Lindine with a tremendous ride for third.
Meanwhile in the Shimano New England Pro Cyclocross Series, Powers holds a solid lead in the Elite Men's category, while McConneloug moved into the lead in the Elite Women's division, just barely beating Anthony