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The Cross Report – Episode 4

The Cross Report – Episode 4

Hello Cyclocross friends. It is
Wednesday, November 20, and you are tuned in to USA Cycling’s “The
Cross Report”. This was the eleventh weekend of UCI Cyclocross
Racing in North America and “The Cross Report” is here to run
down all of the action on the CX docket this past weekend was
the Rockland County Supercross Cup, which took place
is Suffern, New York and made up around three and four of the
Vittoria Series. Also on tap was the Major Taylor Cross Cup,
which took place at the Indy Cycloplex in Indianapolis, Indiana.
We’re gonna start in New York with the Supercross Cup weekend.
We’re gonna kick off the racing with Saturday’s Elite Fields at
the Supercross Cup in the Women’s UCI Elite Race, Becca
Fahringer and Courtney McFadden battled all race long with Fahringer
taking the win for her Kona-Maxxis Shimano team. McFadden finished
second and Carla Williams finished in third. In the men’s race,
it was a team ride at the front with Cannondale Cyclocrossworld’s
Lane Maher, Stephen Hyde, and Curtis White all ganging up
on Kona-Maxxis Shimano’s Kerry Werner, who was forced to
cover moves all race. In the end White was able to get a gap
on the leader and take the win. Hyde finished second with Maher
in third to complete the Cannondale Cyclocrossworld sweep.
Werner had to settle for fourth. On Sunday, the Pivot-Maxxis presented
by Stan’s NoTubes duo of Courtney McFadden and Ruby West
went to the front and drove the pace early. Fahringer was able
to stick close before taking over the lead and not relinquishing
it, building a 12 second lead by the time she crossed
the line. McFadden came in second with West in third. In
the men’s race, the Cannondale Cyclocrossworld squad stuck with
their winning formula. White, Hyde and Maher all dominated the
front of the race, putting in attacks, one after another until White
was finally able to get away and take the win. Maher attacked the chase
group in attempt to spring Hyde free, but ended up getting a
gap for himself and holding that to the line for second. Hyde
came in third. Moving on to Major Taylor Cross Cup in Indianapolis,
where we raised cyclocross around and on the velodrome.
In Saturday’s men’s race, SDG Muscle Monster’s Drew Dillman wasted
no time getting off the front and soloed to the win over Alex
Morton and Caleb Swartz. In the women’s race. Team S and M’s Clara
Honsinger played the same card as Dillman, getting away early
and never looking back, taking the win by eight seconds
over Raylyn Nuss and Sunny Gilbert in third. On day two at Major Taylor
Dillman was at the front again, along with Cody Cupp and Caleb
Swartz. Dillman eventually got off the front and took the win
by nine seconds over Cupp. Schwartz finished third. In the women’s
race Honsinger and Nuss raced at the front before Honsinger was able to
go free and take the win. Nuss took second place, with Sunny Gilbert
battling her way up to third. With under a month until the
Cyclocross National Championships start in Tacoma, Washington
on December 10, Let’s check in with the Pro CX
standings Kerry Werner and Becca Fahringer currently lead the
Pro CX. On the men’s side Curtis White is in second, followed
by Stephen Hyde, Gage Hecht and Toby Ortenblad, and that
makes up your top five. Moving over to the women. It’s Clara Honsinger
in second Carolyn Manu in third, Maghalie Rochette
in fourth and Sunny Gilbert bringing up the top five. Nothing is
set in stone at this point, so we will continue to monitor the
Pro CX standings until the end of the season. While we are chalk
full of top-notch cyclocross action in North America,
a cadre of U.S. cyclocross rising stars were also racing
in Europe. USA Cycling’s Cyclocross Manager, Jesse Anthony,
has a group of development riders backed by the USA Cycling Foundation’s
Mud Fund that include six women and five men racing
in the Junior and U23 fields. The team started their European
campaign with a Belgian national race in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium, where Shannon
Mallory grabbed the second podium step. This race was followed
by the the DVV Flandreincross Hamme event, and the squad
will be towing the line several more times, including the
DVV race this weekend and the Koksijde World Cup, before
heading back to the US for Cyclocross Nationals. Also in action
in Europe at the World Cup race in Tabor, National team
members Kaitie Keough finished eighth and Katie Compton finished
thirteenth. Next stop on the North American UCI cyclocross calendar is
the North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, North
Carolina. We will bring you the action from that event and everything
else happening in US CX next time on The Cross Report.
In the meantime, check out the CX Heat Check on the CXHairs YouTube channel
to find out how your favorite North American cyclocross
racers shake out in the power rankings. Thanks for tuning
in USA Cycling’s The Cross Report brought to you in part by
the USA Cycling Foundation’s MudFund. I’m Bill Scheiken for CX Hairs
and the Wide Angle Podium Network.

2 comments on “The Cross Report – Episode 4

  1. Thanks. I have always wondered how the Major Taylor Velodrome is utilized for the Cross Cup. Now after seeing the round-up I am slightly disappointed the track isn't used in any way. Would be great to see the riders up on the banking!

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