Cyclocross Action in Indiana and New York Before Thanksgiving Break and Final Push for Nationals
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In addition to the kaleidoscope of autumnal color, early November in New England featured two prominent events for the 2018 Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). Both events were held in Massachusetts and provided some shakeups in the overall standings as a result of back-to-back weekends of Union Cycliste Internationale-inscripted Category 2 races for elite women and men.
In Falmouth, Mass., blustery, wet weather was part of the inaugural appearance Nov. 3-4 for the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross. One of the first cyclocross races in the Northeast, this event started as the Plymouth Cyclo Cross in 1977. In 2015, it was rebranded as the Really Rad Festival of Cyclocross and moved to the Cape Cod Fairgrounds.
The second half of the New England doubleheader took place at the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross presented by Cycle-Smart. Held in Northampton, Mass. Nov. 10-11, cool and windy conditions added extra challenges for the 28th edition of NohoCX, the oldest cyclocross race in North America sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). The two days of racing at Look Park were also the third round of the 2018 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart.
With a win on the opening day of NohoCX, Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Trek Factory Racing CX) continued her lead for Elite Women in the ProCX standings. She has finished on the podium in all 11 ProCX races this season, which include seven victories. A silver medalist at the recent Pan-American Championships in Ontario, Canada, she had a total of 613 ProCX points, giving her a 179-point lead.
Following two podiums at NohoCX, second place was taken over by Rebecca Fahringer (Concord, N.H./Kona Maxxis Shimano). Fahringer scored a silver and a bronze in Northampton, giving her a total of 13 Top 10s for the cyclocross season so far. She is a slim nine points ahead of Maghalie Rochette (St-Jerome, Quebec/CXFever p/b Specialized).
The fourth and fifth spots in the standings were occupied by Sunny Gilbert (Ellisville, Mo./Van Dessel Factory Team) and Kaitlin Keough (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com), respectively. Close behind in the next two positions were Crystal Anthony (Newbury Park, Calif./Liv Cycling) and Erica Zaveta (Brevard, N.C./ Garneau-Easton Cycling). Anthony gained close to 93 points by winning both days at Really Rad and finished fourth one day at NohoCX. There are just 29 points separating these four riders, who are all challenging to be in the Top Three.
Two other notable riders for Elite Women were Cassandra Maximenko (Watertown, Conn./Van Dessel Factory Team) and Arley Kemmerer (Palmerton, Penn./Fearless Femme Racing). Both riders recently won their first ProCX races at the end of October at HPCX in New Jersey. They moved multiple positions in the past two weeks with strong performances in Massachusetts races. Kemmerer, up five spots to 10th overall, scored two silvers at Really Rad and added a sixth-place finish one day at NohoCX. Maximenko, up four spots to 12th overall, finished third and fifth at Really Rad and added two Top 10s at NohoCX.
For the Elite Men, Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Penn./Kona Maxxis Shimano) held his dominating lead of 596 total points, followed by Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) with 416 total points. The twosome had Top 10s at the Pan-Am Championships in early November.
The big mover for the Elite Men was new Pan-Am champion, Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld), who jumped from fifth to third overall. While he did not receive ProCX points for his sprint victory at the international competition in Canada, he did gain 70 points by winning both days the following weekend at NohoCX. With 407 total points, he is just nine points behind Ortenblad.
Fourth and fifth positions in the standings were held by Lance Haidet (San Luis Obispo, Calif./Donnelly Sports) and Jamey Driscoll (Pivot Maxxis p/b Stans DNA Cycling), respectively. Only 47 points separate the four riders trailing Werner.
The most notable moves in the Elite Men’s standings were new entries into the Top 20 after races in New England. Justin Lindine (N. Ogden, Utah/Hyperthreads/Apex Pro Cycling), who won both races at HPCX at the end of October, continued racking up ProCX points with a win and fourth-place finish at Really Rad and a fifth-place finish at NohoCX. In the past month, the former New England resident moved from 79th to 15th overall.
Kevin Bradford-Parish (Spokane, Wash./Setcoaching p/b FSA) jumped 25 spots into 19th position with two podium spots at Really Rad. Scott Smith (Westhampton, Mass./Dirt League) gained 23 spots to move into 20th overall with a win and silver at Really Rad and one Top 10 at NohoCX.
The final event on the USA Cycling American Cyclocross Calendar (ACXC) event took place over Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 10-11, at the new Oz Cross event in Fayetteville, Ark. It was the first year for two-day Northwest Arkansas event to be part of the ACXC. It is part of the NWA CX Series, a six-race series held in six unique venues across the Northwest Arkansas region over the course of three months. For more information, visit ozcross.cx/race/oz-cross/.
November 17-18 will feature ProCX events in Indiana and New York, the final races before a break for the Thanksgiving holiday. In the Midwest, races will take place at the Indy Cycloplex in Indianapolis for the Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup. This event is also part of the Ohio Valley Cyclocross Series.
“We predict having more than 400 riders at this time, which exceeds the goal we set. The event is definitely growing from previous years,” said Dean Peterson, race director and Indy Cycloplex Executive Director. He is also the Head Coach of the Marian University Cycling program, which operates the venue that includes the Major Taylor Velodrome, a BMX track, mountain bike trails, and the cyclocross course. “We have many solid local, regional, and national junior programs competing this weekend, and excellent elite fields, as well as the regional, strong OVCX crowd. The competition is going to be incredible and we are looking forward to hosting everyone at the Cycloplex.”
It is the 16th year for Supercross Cup in Suffern, N.Y., and a third year for this ProCX race to be held on the campus of Rockland Community College. This year, all races for junior boys and girls in age categories 9-14 and 15-18 will offer free registration.
“We have a great relationship with the venue, a full college campus that offers locker rooms, hot showers, and even indoor space for our kids activities if we face inclement weather,” said Race Director Myles Romanow. The venue is noted for its World Cup-style course and atmosphere, with rolling hills and tricky off-cambers for the races and a multitude of great viewing areas and activities for spectators.
Supercross Cup races are also the third and penultimate stop for the 2018 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart. The elite men’s leader in this series is Curtis White, who will be challenged by ProCX points leader Werner this weekend in N.Y. On the elite women’s side, On the women’s side, Cassandra Maximenko will compete and is one point out of third place in the Vittoria Series standings. Among the riders challenging her are Rebecca Fahringer and Caroline Nolan. Updated standings for the Vittoria Series can be found at www.crossresults.com/vittoriaNECXS.
USA Cycling ProCX features the premier cyclocross events in America and uses an overall ranking system to determine the best individual male and female ‘cross racers over the course of the season. The 2018 ProCX calendar includes a total of 39 UCI-inscripted category 1 and 2 races across 19 states and the District of Columbia. The calendar spans from September to December, culminating with the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Louisville, Ky., Dec. 11-16, 2018. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org, and follow ProCX all season on Twitter – @USACyclingLive (#ProCX).
For complete ProCX standings, visit https://legacy.usacycling.org/series/2018-procx
Top 5 ProCX – through Nov. 12, 2018
- Kerry Werner (Birdsboro, Penn./Kona Maxxis Shimano) – 596 points
- Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz, Calif./Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) – 416 pts
- Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) – 407 pts
- Lance Haidet (San Luis Obispo, Calif./Donnelly Sports) – 377 pts
- Jamey Driscoll (Pivot Maxxis p/b Stans DNA Cycling) – 369 pts
- Ellen Noble (Kennebunkport, Maine/Trek Factory Racing) – 613 poins
- Rebecca Fahringer (Concord, N.H./Kona Maxxis Shimano) – 434 pts
- Maghalie Rochette (St-Jerome, Quebec/CXFever p/b Specialized) – 425 pts
- Sunny Gilbert (Ellisville, Mo./Van Dessel Factory Team) – 385 pts
- Kaitlin Keough (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com) – 376 pts