Cyclo-cross news & racing round-up for November 9
Edited by Laura Weislo
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French surprise in Italy, Vos victorious in women's 'cross
By Tim Maloney-European Editor in Treviso
Francis Mourey (Fra) celebrates
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
As the late afternoon winter sun bathed Le Bandie sports center near
Treviso, Italy, on a crisp Saturday afternoon, it shown brightest on diminutive
26-year-old Frenchman Francis Mourey (Francaise Des Jeux), who surprisingly
out-sprinted World Cup leader Sven Nys (Rabobank) and World Champion Erwin
Vervecken (Fidea) with a superb move at the end of a hotly contested fourth
race in the 2006-07 UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross series. On the steep final
ramp to the finish, petit powerhouse Mourey made the perfect move up the
right side of the uphill gravel track in the final 20 meters to turn the
tables on Nys, who had beaten the French rider in Round Two of the Cyclo-cross
World Cup two weeks ago in Kalmthout, Belgium.
"It was a very hard race today, very fast", explained Mourey
after the finish in Treviso. "I had a good position in the sprint,
and I was able to come around Nys to win. I'm very happy with my result."
Despite his second cyclo-cross defeat in two days, Sven Nys already has
won two of four World Cup 'Crosses and maintains the lead in the 2006-07
UCI World Cup Cyclo-cross series. World Champ big guy Erwin Vervecken
made the split and made the podium, but didn't have the legs to crack
other front runners Mourey and Nys.
It seems that Dutch World Cyclo-cross (and Road
Race) champion Mariannne Vos may be unbeatable. The 19-year-old Dutch
phenom easily marked the other riders who made up the lead group in the
Women's World Cup cross, with British rider Helen Wyman smoothly and solidly
leading through most of the difficult sections. But in the end, it was
the inexorable sprint of Vos that easily brought the Dutch woman the win
ahead of Women's World Cup leader Hanka Kupfernagel and another German
rider, Birgit Hollman.
See the full report, results and photos here.
Nys extends lead in cyclo-cross rankings
By Brecht Decaluwé
Nys finished second to Mourey in
Photo ©: Roberto Bettini
The new UCI-rankings show little movement at the top. Sven Nys (Rabobank)
remains the untroubled leader as he extended his lead on world champion
Erwin Vervecken (Fidea) up to 309 points (over 195 points last week).
Nys won the Koppenbergcross,
the Witloof Veldrit
and finished second at the world
cup in Treviso. Bart Wellens (Fidea) completes the Belgian top-three.
The new number four is the recent winner of the world cup event in Treviso,
Francis Mourey (Française des Jeux). The Frenchman jumped over two Rabobank
riders: Sven Vanthourenhout and Dutch champion Gerben De Knegt.
New in the top-10 is the U23 world champion, Czech Zdenek Stybar (Fidea),
who won the U23 race in Treviso and the next day beat Enrico Franzoi in
race; he gained one place in the UCI-rankings. Stybar's compatriot
Kamil Ausbuher (Budweiser) tumbled out of the top-10, losing no less than
four positions. The young Swiss rider Simon Zahner rode very strong last
week, surprising many by finishing fourth in Treviso and second in Schmerikon;
he gained 12 places, and is now 12th overall.
Best American rider is 25 year-old Ryan Trebon (Kona), who lost four
positions and lies currently 20th. His loss is partly due to his failure
to win the race in Boulder
(due to mechanical problems), and partly because there weren't that many
races in the USA where UCI-points were at stake. Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com)
still trails the Kona-rider by one position (21st).
In the nations rankings, Belgium is comfortably leading the Czech Republic
with more than twice their points. France is now third before the Netherlands.
Switzerland overtook the USA for fifth place, and Italy concludes the
Top 25 rankings
1 Sven Nys (Bel) Rabobank 1370 pts
2 Erwin Vervecken (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 1061
3 Bart Wellens (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 896
4 Francis Mourey (Fra) Française Des Jeux 774
5 Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Sunweb-Projobcyclingteam 681
6 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank 653
7 Christian Heule (Swi) Stevens Racing Team 601
8 Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Morgan Blue 585
9 Radomir Simunek (Cze) 570
10 Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Fidea Cycling Team 501
11 Kamil Ausbuher (Cze) Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor 500
12 Simon Zahner (Swi) 432
13 Enrico Franzoi (Ita) Lampre - Caffita 412
14 Kevin Pauwels (Bel) Fidea Cycling Team 403
15 John Gadret (Fra) Ag2r-Prevoyance 395
16 Zdenek Mlynár (Cze) Max Cursor 389
17 Steve Chainel (Fra) 378
18 Bart Aernouts (Bel) Rabobank 375
19 Richard Groenendaal (Ned) Rabobank 347
20 Ryan Trebon (USA) 345
21 Timothy Johnson (USA) Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com 325
22 Marco Bianco (Ita) 275
23 Maarten Nijland (Ned) Eurogifts.Com 265
24 Thijs Al (Ned) B & E Cycling Team 265
25 Tim Van Nuffel (Bel) AVB Asbestverwijdering 264
26 Petr Dlask (Cze) AVB Asbestverwijdering 254
27 Niels Albert (Bel) Palmans-Sapim-Collstrop 227
28 Malte Urban (Ger) Stevens Racing Team 225
US Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross round 3 and 4 wrap-up
Trebon and Compton set an unmatched pace at Xilinx Cup
Series leader Ryan Trebon (Kona)
Photo ©: Mitchell Clinton
From the start it was Ryan Trebon (Kona), Barry Wicks (Kona), and Jeremy
Powers (Jelly Belly) getting away early and setting the pace. Lap after
lap, Trebon, decked out in his white USGP leader's jersey, began to slowly
pull away before finally dropping the other two and staying ahead for
good. For most of the race there was a group of five chasing: Wicks, Powers,
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com), Todd Wells (GT), and Danish
Champion Joachim Parbo.
With just over two laps remaining, Wicks broke his seat post and crashed.
Just a few minutes later Wells hooked his bars on the tape and went down.
Johnson and Powers attacked and were able to get a gap on the chase group
until Wells quickly recovered to join them.
National Champion Katie Compton
Photo ©: Russ & Nancy Wright
With Trebon safely out front, the only race was for second. The sprint
came down to these three with Powers just edging Wells in a close finish
with Johnson coming in fourth. Wicks recovered nicely to round out the
top five. Trebon will be decked out in white again as he retains the series
In her first ever USGP race Katie Compton (Spike) blew away the field,
winning with a margin of over a minute. Compton, the current national
cyclocross champion, missed the first weekend of the USGP in Gloucester
but has been on the top of her game and racing very well including a win
in Boulder earlier this week. The race was no contest with Compton jumping
out to an early lead and never looking back. Like in the men's race, the
only real battle was for second place where current series leader, Georgia
Gould (Luna) led out and out-sprinted Katerina Nash (Luna) and defending
USGP champ Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com). Melissa Thomas (Maxxis)
rounded out the top five.
Men's elite winner, Barry Wicks
Photo ©: Russ & Nancy Wright
The men's race ended in similar fashion to the previous day's Xilinx
Cup, with a Kona rider crossing the line first. But this time it wasn't
it was Trebon's teammate Barry Wicks taking home his
first USGP win of the year and Katie Compton (Spike) made it two in a
row as she swept the weekend series on the women's side. Trebon and Georgia
Gould (Luna) both retain their USGP series leads as the 2006 Crank Brothers
U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross wrapped up its second weekend with the Boulder
Cup at Harlow Platts Park in Boulder, Colorado.
In contrast to the previous day's competition, the men's Boulder Cup
race was exciting and unpredictable with multiple lead changes throughout
the race. After the first lap there was a group of five out in front including
Ryan Trebon (Kona), Todd Wells (GT), Barry Wicks (Kona), Jonathan Baker
(Harshman Wealth Management / Primus Mootry) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis).
On the second lap, at the Cliff Bar run up, Trebon attacked as the crowd
of approximately 600 fans went wild. Wells followed and the pair stayed
Around the halfway mark, Trebon suffered the first of two mechanical
problems. First, his bars came loose then a few laps later sustained a
flat which dropped him out of contention. Johnson, who had a slow start,
had worked his way back through the field to join Wells in the lead. The
two of them were in front with Wicks trailing about 10 seconds behind.
With two and a half laps to go, Wicks closed the gap and caught Wells
and Johnson. Jeremy Powers was in fourth and Trebon, who was riding hard
to get back in contention, was in fifth place.
Wicks, Wells and Johnson stayed together on the last two laps until the
last long uphill. It was Wells who jumped first but Wicks came hard from
the left and overcame both for the win. Johnson finished second, Wells
came in third, and Trebon ended up passing Powers to finish fourth. Despite
finishing off the podium, Trebon retains the white jersey as the series
Katie Compton killing it!
Photo ©: Ryan Amirault
With her convincing victory the previous day, national champion Katie
Compton (Spike) became the woman to beat in Boulder. But reining USGP
champion, Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com) made it known she is not
going down without a fight. From the jump it was Compton and Bessette
out in front and the pair stayed ahead for the entire race.
With three laps to go Compton attacked on the downhill and got a slight
gap. Bessette didn't let her get too far and caught Compton fairly quickly.
With two to go, Compton attacked again and stayed away to capture her
second USGP win in as many days while Bessette finished second.
Despite the Compton/Bessette battle, it is Georgia Gould (Luna) who keeps
the series lead. Gould, who finished in third, was followed by Katerina
Nash (Luna) and Wendy Simms (Kona).
See the full results and photos here
for the Xilinx Cup, and here
for Boulder Cup.
USGP standings after round 4
1 Ryan Trebon (Kona) 180 pts
2 Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com) 150
3 Barry Wicks (Kona) 140
4 Todd Wells (Team GT) 102
5 Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly) 72
1 Georgia Gould (Luna Women's MTB Team) 164 pts
2 Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com) 160
3 Katerina Nash (Luna Women's MTB Team) 128
4 Wendy Simms (Kona) 113
5 Katie Compton (Spike Professional) 100
1 Jamey Driscoll (FiordiFrutta) 156 pts
2 Jesse Anthony (Team Clif Bar) 110
3 Chance Noble (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized) 108
3 Dan Neyens (Hagens-Berman LLP Cycling) 108
5 Nicholas Weighall (Alan Factory Cyclocross Team) 102
1 Alex Coelho (Hot Tubes Development Cycling) 160 pts
2 Danny Summerhill (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 151
3 Jim Lennon (TIAA-CREF/CLIF BAR) 124
4 Sean Worsech (Rad Racing) 120
5 Jerome Townsend (ALAN) 112
1 Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) 174 pts
2 Will Black (Lone Star Racing) 130
3 Dale Knapp (Kona) 104
4 Gannon Myall (California Giant Strawberries/Specialized) 92
5 Richard Feldman (Durance Cycleworks - Lehman Brothers) 90
See the full standings here.
Global cyclo-cross round-up
- November 4: Chainbiter
8.0 by Benidorm Bikes, Farmington (USA) C2
- November 4: UCI
World Cup, Treviso (Ita) CDM
- November 4: Xilinx
Cup, Longmont, Colorado (USA) C2
- November 5: 5
Ciclocross Del Ponte, FAE DI ODERZO (Ita) C2
- November 5: Aurora
Cross, Aurora, Ontario (Can) C2
- November 5: Boulder
Cup, Boulder, Colorado (USA) C1
- November 5: Schmerkner
Badi Quer, Schmerikon (Swi) C2
- November 5: The
Cycle-Smart International, Northampton : (USA) C2
- November 5: Vlaamse
Witloof Veldrit, Vossem (Bel) C1
Upcoming UCI Cyclo-cross races
- November 11: Lower Allen, Camp Hill, PA (USA) C2
- November 11: GVA Trophee #2, Niel Jaarmarkt Cross, Niel (Bel) C2
- November 11: Prix de l'armistice, Chateaubernard (Fra) C2
- November 11: Canadian National Championships, Nanaimo, BC (Can) CN
- November 12: UCI World Cup Round 5, Pijnacker (Ned) CDM
- November 12: Highland Park Cyclo-cross, Highland Park, New Jersey
- November 12: Int. Radquerfeldein, Frenkendorf (Swi) C2
- November 11: Colorado State Cyclocross Championships - Durango, Colorado
- November 12: North Carolina Cyclocross Series Race #4 - NC State Championship
- Pinehurst, North Carolina
- November 12: Cross Crusade Series Race #6 - OBRA Championships - Portland,
MAC series hosts two international events
The Verge MAC Series hosts two UCI international cyclo-cross races this
coming weekend. The Lower Allen Classic, one of the jewels of the Verge
MAC Series, will take place on Saturday, November 11, in Camp Hill Pennsylvania,
just outside of the State Capital of Harrisburg. The following day, the
series will move east to Jamesburg, New Jersey for the recently relocated
HPCX Cyclo-cross in central New Jersey. Both races carry a UCI-C2 listing
and will bring in riders from at least four countries and both sides of
the Atlantic Ocean. Both races will also see the return of the Sports
Balm 'Hot Lap' prime for the Elite Masters and B Men.
In the past four years, the Lower Allen Classic has made donations totaling
$5,000 to the Lower Allen Township Park. This year, promoter Mike Hebe
is looking toward a $1,500 donation to the park from the proceeds of the
event. And in keeping with the spirit of the upcoming Thanksgiving Holiday,
Hebe has also instituted a food drive at his Lower Allen Classic cyclocross
to benefit the Bethesda Mission, a homeless shelter in nearby Harrisburg.
"I am going to ask all riders to show their generosity to those less fortunate
around the holidays," he said. "Just think the amount of people who could
have a great meal because of us. If each racer brought three-or-four dollars
of non-perishable food to the race, that is almost $1,000 worth of food.
The amount of goodwill that will generate is huge!"
The following day’s HPCX cyclo-cross was recently relocated from its
traditional home in Highland Park to a temporary location in Jamesburg,
New Jersey, because ongoing construction in Highland Park is running past
schedule. New Jersey riders who are familiar with Jamesburg’s Thompson
Park are speaking highly of it. According to MAC regular Brian Burgess,
who knows the area well, "I used to ride there quite a bit when I was
working in New Brunswick. That is an excellent venue for a cyclo-cross
race. Hills, sand pits, off cambers, road climbs and flats, great starting/finishing
stretches, etc. It even has a little zoo and playgrounds for the young
'uns. It's also just 2 miles from exit 8a off the Jersey Turnpike, so
it couldn't be easier to get to. For those wanting an adventuresome warm
up, there's a bunch of nice singletrack buried in the back of the park.
Great, great venue."
For more information on this Verge MAC International Double-Header,
including directions and pre-registration information, see www.bikereg.com,
the official on-line registration service of Verge MAC. Elite riders,
please note that UCI rules prohibit day-of-race registration for the UCI
classes at these races.
ENTEGA city 'cross cup
On November 19th, cyclo-cross racing will come into the City at the first
Entega city 'cross cup in Lorsch, Germany, 50 km south of Frankfurt. Former
world class road cyclist and now bikeshop owner and event organizer, Algis
Oleknavicius, is promoting the event. "Olek" is already well known in
the bike racing community with his current events in the region (ENTEGA
energyCup, ENTEGA Grand Prix). " Our startlist already include some great
cyclo-cross racers from Germany. We are happy Hanka Kupfernagel will be
at the event. The spectators will see a exiting race that will include
speed, skills and tactics," Olek said.
Confirmed riders: Hanka Kupfernagel, Thorsten Struch, Paul Voß, Rene
Birkenfeld, Lukes Ondrey
Event schedule 1300: Youthclass, 13.30: Open Men, 13:55: Elite Women
and Juniors, 14:35: Elite men
Canadian 'cross championship registration ends November 9th
With registration at almost 150, the organizers of the Canadian national
cyclo-cross championship have announced a prize list for the Elite Men's
and Women's races that includes equal prize money for these two fields.
Winners will also take home a set of Crankbrothers pedals. But racers
will have to act fast in order to take part, as the registration will
end Thursday, November 9th at 7:00pm Pacific time. There will be no Friday
or Saturday registration for this event.
Pennsylvania state championships to include team relay
Top-flight cyclo-cross returns to south-central Pennsylvania on Saturday,
November 25 with the running of the 2006 Sutliff Hummer Pennsylvania state
cyclo-cross championships at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Carlisle. Organized
by Yellow Breeches Racing, the event will crown state champions in a dozen
categories racing in five individual events. Also on tap is the 'Lil’
Belgians' kids race and the second running of the non-championship cyclo-cross
The featured event will be the non-championship team relay race that
follows the individual championship races. A unique race, the cyclo-cross
relay race debuted at last year’s championships and was such a huge hit
that there was no doubt that it would be reprised for this year’s event.
A slightly shorter race than last year, the eight-lap race will be contested
by four-person teams comprised of an Elite Man, B-Man and Master teamed
with either a Woman or Junior racer.
Since every lap is done at first-lap intensity, and there is no prescribed
start order for the different riders, the Sutliff Hummer Team Relay promises
to be a fast, entertaining event, even without hijinks. But just to add
to the fun, the promoters have announced that awards will be given to
those teams who best express individuality, imagination, and ambition
via costumes, chants, and other imaginative schemes as judged by a panel
Nebraska 'cross championship
The 2006 Nebraska cyclo-cross series continues on November 18-19, 2006
at Pioneers Park in southwest Lincoln. The Nebraska "No Fear Championship
Weekend" will serve as the finale of the series, as well as rounds
2 and 3 of the Maxxis Midwest cyclo-cross series. Sunday's race will also
double as the Nebraska USCF cyclo-cross chamnpionship.
A cash prize list of $1000 will be awarded each day. Race action begins
at 12:00pm on Saturday with a full schedule of races for all ages and
abilities including the women's category 1/2/3 race at 2:45pm and the
men's category 1/2/3 event at 3:45pm. Sunday's races begin at 10:00a.m.with
the women's 1/2/3 race at 11:00a.m. and the men's 1/2/3 race at 1:30p.m.
Women competing in the weekend's category 1/2/3 women's events may enter
the Men's 3/4 events at no charge with a paid women's "open"
Competitors and spectators alike are encouraged to bring an item of winter
clothing including gloves, jackets, hats and sweaters, which will be donated
to the Lincoln People's City Mission.
So-Cal cyclo-cross race returns to Hart Park
Round 5 of the Southern California cyclo-cross Prestige series will
take place November 11-12 for a double header weekend at scenic Hart Park
in Bakersfield, CA. The racing action will be fast and furious on two
world class courses designed by race director Sam Ames. Racers will feel
the speed and flow of these courses as they contest 6-8 minute laps over
varying terrain. Hart Park provides a fantastic venue for the whole family
- spectators can view most of the race from one vantage point, and visit
the sponsor booths and bikes by Specialized, Cannondale and more.
Both days of racing promise exciting racing action, fun, lots of prizes
and cash. The official race flyer can be found at www.kernwheelmen.org
and series info. and a race schedule can be found at www.socalcross.org.
Race day registration opens at 7am with no late fees and beginners are
Chicago Cup returns to town
The third race of the Chicago cyclo-cross cup racing series returns
to the city parks. The race will be held on Sunday, November 12 at Jackson
Park in the southern part of the city. The lead sponsor of this race is
xXx Racing_AthletiCo. The course will be in an open field that will include
mature trees, a short hill, and asphalt sections making it a fast course.
LAKE Cycling has agreed to sponsor the junior championship race which
will award the top boy and girl point’s leaders with a shoe gift certificate.
In addition, LAKE Cycling has also donated podium caps to the winners.
Points will be awarded for each race with the winner of each category
receiving an Overall Series Winner jersey presented by Pactimo. Race flyers
and information for the 2006 Chicago Cyclocross Cup can be found at http://www.chicrosscup.com/
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