Pro CX: Standings leads shrinking after five-race weekend

  
  


Ben Berden used strong performances in Ohio and Kentucky to cut Jeremy Powers' lead to three points. (Photo by Kent Baumgardt)
Ben Berden used strong performances in Ohio and Kentucky to cut Jeremy Powers' lead to three points. (Photo by Kent Baumgardt)
The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) greeted November with a five-event weekend. Three races in the Cincinnati area, including a UCI 1 race on Saturday, and a pair of contests in Northampton, Mass., provided a plethora of scoring opportunities for riders vying for USA Cycling's $40,000 prize purse.

The weekend started in Covington, Ky., with the Cincy3 Darkhose Cyclo-Stampede before continuing on Saturday in Mason, Ohio, with the Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark, a UCI 1 race, which not only provided triple-point scoring opportunities for elite riders, but also held a UCI juniors race. The NEPCX-The Cycle-Smart International 1 and 2 were contested in Northampton, Mass., on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. The Cincy3 Harbin Park race was also held on Sunday in Cincinnati.

Despite posting a pair of top-five results over the weekend, Jeremy Powers' (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha-Focus) lead atop the Pro CX men's standings has been cut to only three points. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh-Clement), who finished fourth in each of the three races in the Cincinnati area, has moved into second place with 523 points. Timothy Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) broke the tie with Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and now owns third place outright with 497 points. Johnson won the Cincy3 races on Saturday and Sunday after placing second to Trebon on Friday. Trebon now holds fourth place with 478 points. Raphael Gagne (CAN/Rocky Mountain Factory), who won Saturday's race in Northampton before placing second to Shawn Milne (Beverly, Mass./Keough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle) in Sunday's contest, rounds out the top five with 308 points.

Crystal Anthony rode well in Northampton, Mass., to hold on to fourth place of the Pro CX women's standings. (Photo by Todd Prekaski)
Crystal Anthony rode well in Northampton, Mass., to hold on to fourth place of the Pro CX women's standings. (Photo by Todd Prekaski)
Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized), who competed in the Cincinnati-area races, finished fifth on Saturday and third on Sunday to maintain a slim lead in the Pro CX women's standings. Anderson has now amassed 455 points through the season, only 30 points more than her closest competitor, Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized). Miller strung together three top-five results in the races in Cincinnati to close her deficit on Anderson. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) won the Cincy3 women's races on Friday and Sunday in addition to placing second in Saturday's race to vault up the standings into third place with 405 points. Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) won Saturday's race in Northampton before placing second in Sunday's competition to hold on to fourth place with 335 points. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) edged Anthony on Sunday after placing second to her on Saturday to move into fifth place with 314 points, only one point ahead of Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Cyclocross Collective).

The Pro CX juniors men's standings are now led by Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race Cf-Racecf.org @Racecf) with 214 points. Vincent placed third in the two juniors races in Ohio to open a 19-point lead on David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./WCJ Racing). The previous leader, Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race Cf-Racecf.org @Racecf), dropped into third place with 194 points, only one point behind Lombardo. Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) holds fourth place with 125 points while Lance Haidet (Bend, Ore./Bear Development Team) rounds out the top five with 113 points.

Results for the Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede, Cycle-Smart International 1 and 2, Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark and Cincy3 Harbin Park can each be found online.

Check out photo galleries from Cincy3 Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede, Cincy3 Lionhearts International-Cross After Dark, Cincy 3 Harbin Park and NEPCX-The Cycle-Smart International 1 and 2.

 

USA Cycling Pro CX Standings:


Men's Standings
1. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha-Focus) — 526
2. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh Clement) — 523
3. Timothy Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 497
4. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 478
5. Raphael Gagne (CAN/Rocky Mountain Factory) — 308

Women's Standings
1. Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) — 455
2. Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized) — 425
3. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) — 405
4. Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 335
5. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) — 314

Juniors Men's Standings
1. Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf) — 214
2. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./WCJ Racing) — 195
3. Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf) — 194
4. Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 125
5. Lance Haidet (Bend, Ore./Bear Development Team) — 113

 

For complete standings, visit the Pro CX's official webpage at usacycling.org/cnc.

The Pro CX delivers another busy week as the action continues with three races in two cities. The MudFund Derby City Cup will be on Nov. 9 and 10 in Louisville, Ky., and the HPCX in Jamesburg, N.J., on Nov. 10. Saturday's race in Louisville is classified as a UCI 1 while both contests in Kentucky provide scoring opportunities for juniors riders. Registration for the juniors men's 17-18 races in Louisville is free.



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