Posted by Editoress on 11/19/17
On Day 2 of Supercross Cup, blustery conditions hit the rain-soaked course at Rockland Community College with full force. The slick mud from Saturday turned into a tacky substance, but the wind caused more challenges for the Elite fields. New York-native Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) and Canadian National Champion Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep) mastered the soggy soil and the gusty air to ride away with solo victories in the men's and women's Elite races. Both gained points in the third of four race weekends for the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart, and USA Cycling's Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX).
The early laps of the Elite Women's race, the high winds dried out some sections of the slick course. It didn't seem to matter the ground conditions, as Ferrier Bruneau took off on lap two and would win her second Category 2 race in as many days.
"I'm very happy with this weekend, to win the two races," said Ferrier Bruneau on her second ProCX win, and fourth time on the podium this season."It was really a slippery course, very hard physically. It was really hard to climb, not easy. There were nice hills and I had fun. It was good training for next weekend, the World Cup in Germany."
Cassandra Maximenko (VanDessel/Atom Composite Wheels) faced mechanical issues early on, but would keep things under control to earn another second-place finish this weekend in New York.
"My goal today was kind of the same as yesterday, get a good start," noted Maximenko. "I got a good start, and after about five pedal strokes my left foot pulled out of the pedal. So I saved it, and slotted third or fourth wheel. I was just yo-yoing for a little bit because my bike wasn't shifting. So I went through that (first) lap deciding, is it not shifting enough to pit or is it rideable? I was trying to maintain the gap with it mis-shifting. It was hard. The wind made it really challenging.
U23 Canadian National Champion and Vittoria Series leader Ruby West (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) would finish third, holding off a charging Kathryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling).
"It was a pretty hard race with conditions that dried up a bit," said West. "But it was pretty tacky out there. I had a good start, and then tried to follow Christel for as long as possible. I lost her. Then I was with Cassie (Maximenko) for a little bit. She dropped me, too. Then I was riding to just save third for the rest of the race. It was super taxing. There was no place to recover with the wind. It was hard the whole time."
The two wins for Ferrier Bruneau should move her into the Top 10 of the ProCX standings. Maximenko is currently ranked two spots ahead of her in ninth position of the ProCX standings. And West keeps charging in the standings with good results, looking to crack the Top 10.
"Today I was just watching Ruby (West) and making sure she didn't reel me back in," added Maximenko. " I am happy to take second again today and get some points. Christel is just so steady. She was powering up those climbs in the last lap."
For the Elite Men, the riders battled more than the rutty ground, trying to stay out of the forceful wind gusts that did not seem to relent.
"It was a very tactical race for maybe the first four laps or so," said White, who is looking to move back into the Top Five of the men's ProCX standings. "It was a very windy day, so that definitely influenced the tactics. None of us really wanted to take over the work.
"Maybe with four laps to go I started hitting it in the front a little. We were all taking turns in the front, but it seemed like I couldn't get rid of Kerry (Werner) with one move. It had to be a series of moves, and maybe a lap or two of really putting on the pressure. I think that is what happened. I don't know where I got the gap exactly on him, but it was just two bike lengths, four, six, eight, and built up from there. And then I had to just keep applying the pressure after that."
White was challenged for much of the race by Kerry Werner (Kona Factory CX Team), Saturday's winner. In the end, Werner noted he could not respond to White's relentless digs.
"I felt like Curtis made those moves that were just long and drawn out over at least two laps," said Werner. "He kept on hitting it, not super hard in the windy sections, but man, he just had the power up some of these punchy climbs and he was making me work for it. With about four to go he started laying it down. I just hung on as long as I could, which is good because then we dropped Cooper. But it was just about survival out there. The winds were relentless. I'm happy with second."
Third place went to 20-year-old Cooper Willsey (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), who will remain the Vittoria Series U23 leader. "Curtis was on another level today, and he just gave it to us," exclaimed third place finisher "I was just trying to keep the pedals turning. We had four to go, I felt like it should have been the last lap. My legs hurt, my back blew up, so I was just trying to keep the pedals going."
|Elite Women, 6 laps|
|1 Christel Ferrier Bruneau (Can) SAS Macogep||0:46:27|
|2 Cassandra Maximenko (USA) VanDessel/Atom Composite Wheels||at 0:22|
|3 Ruby West* (Can) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com||0:51|
|4 Kathryn Cumming (USA) Jalapeno Cycling||0:59|
|5 Julie Wright (USA) Team Averica||2:35|
|6 Regina Legge (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective||2:50|
|7 Rebecca Gross (USA) Zero D Racing||2:59|
|8 Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions Lifecare||s.t.|
|9 Stacey Barbossa (USA) MidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te||3:23|
|10 Christa Ghent (USA) Amy D Foundation||3:39|
|11 Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom/Van Dessel||3:57|
|12 Natalie Tapias (USA) JAM / NCC||4:10|
|13 Katie Carlson (USA) Ladies First p/b Milton Caterpi||4:13|
|14 Brittlee Bowman (USA) House Ind/Nokia Heath/Simplehum||5:00|
|15 Erin Faccone (USA) Team Averica||5:19|
|16 Vicki Barclay (USA) Stan's Kenda Women||5:31|
|17 Leslie Lupien (USA) Team Averica||5:49|
|18 Taylor Kuyk-White (USA) Philadelphia Bike Expo||5:55|
|19 Gabriella Sterne (USA) Vanderkitten Entourage Racing||6:03|
|20 Meghan Owens* (USA) UVM Cycling||6:20|
|21 Heather Richard (USA) Ladies First p/b Milton Caterpi||7:24|
|22 Taryn Mudge (USA) Fearless Femme Racing||-1 Lap|
|23 Shane Ferro (USA) Two Seconds Ahead Racing||-1 Lap|
|24 Elizabeth Huuki* (USA) Army Cycling||-2 Laps|
|25 Jenny Wojewoda (USA) pedalpowertraining.com||-2 Laps|
|26 Marianna Williams (USA) Fuji Cross Crew||-2 Laps|
|27 Paige Williams* (USA) Fuji Cross Crew||-3 Laps|
|DNS Alex Carlson (USA) Cycle-Smart|
|Elite Men, 9 laps|
|1 Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld||1:00:31|
|2 Kerry Werner Jr. (USA) Kona Factory CX Team||0:33|
|3 Cooper Willsey* (USA) Furman University||1:23|
|4 Max Judelson (USA) Voler/Clif/HRS/Rock Lobster||1:35|
|5 Justin Lindine (USA) Apex / NBX / Hyperthreads||2:31|
|6 Dan Chabanov (USA) House Ind/Nokia Health/Simplehu||3:00|
|7 Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) Wrenegade Sports/Team Placid Pl||3:34|
|8 Michael Owens* (USA) Hands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti||4:59|
|9 Derrick St John (Can) Van Dessel p/b Hyperthreades||5:19|
|10 Ian Gielar (USA) NCC / JAM Fund||5:27|
|11 Michael Landry (USA) Yale University||5:38|
|12 Nick Lando* (USA) UVM Cycling||6:05|
|13 Zachary Curtis (USA) Bridgewater State University||6:27|
|14 Matthew Bruno (USA) Team Somerset||7:10|
|15 Andrew Nicholas (USA) RPI||-2 Laps|
|16 Patrick Collins (USA) Minuteman Road Club||-2 Laps|
|17 Kale Wenczel* (USA) JAM / NCC||-2 Laps|
|18 Matt Owens* (USA) UVM Cycling||-2 Laps|
|19 Chris Niesen (USA) JAM / NCC||-2 Laps|
|20 Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart||-2 Laps|
|21 Andrew Borden* (USA) X-Men||-2 Laps|
|22 Travis Wold* (USA) WPI||-2 Laps|
|23 Sam Hedlund* (USA) UVM Cycling||-2 Laps|
|24 Kyle Murphy (USA) Ludwig & Larsen Racing||-3 Laps|
|25 Trent Blackburn (USA) JAM / NCC||-3 Laps|
|26 Evan Murphy (USA) Ludwig & Larsen Racing||-4 Laps|
|27 Aaron Oakes (USA) Wenzel Coaching||-4 Laps|
|28 Bryan Banducci (USA) KING KOG / SUN AND AIR||-4 Laps|
|DNF Jonathan Anderson* (USA) Fort Lewis College|
|DNF Clyde Logue (USA) Colonial Bicycle Company|
|DNF Gerald Adasavage (USA) Ludwig & Larsen Racing|
|DNS Travis Livermon (USA) Maxxis/Shimano|
|DNS Eric Ragot (USA) Bicycle Habitat-Verge Sport|
|DNS Keith Garrison (USA) KING KOG / SUN AND AIR|
|DNS Patrick Torpey (USA) CRCA/TBD|
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