Indiana Cup #9: Tucker and Anderson Take Backyard Cross Race

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A Clear day for racers at the ninth Indiana Cup race © Chris Jones

By Robert Annis

Two new riders took the top steps of the Elite Indiana Cup podiums Sunday as more than 100 riders battled on a muddy, yet fast course. rider Elizabeth Cobb led after the first lap, but soon faded. Kiersta Tucker (Wood N Wave) and Janelle Renschler (Speedway-Wheelmen) traded the lead multiple times during the remainder of the hard-fought, six-lap race. But after Renschler suffered a mechanical, Tucker was able to create a small gap, which she was able to hold until the end. It was her first victory as an Elite cyclocross racer.

“I wanted to hang with them to see how I felt,” Tucker said. “I had to push myself to stay with them at first, but I did it. This was the best I’ve felt (on the bike) in the past two years.”

Cobb held on to third place.

Tucker dominated the Women's Elite race © Chris Jones

Nuvo rider Eric Anderson took the Elite men’s race Sunday, a week after a nine-second loss to teammate Weston Luzadder at the final Major Taylor Velodrome race. Anderson didn’t look to be in much jeopardy during the race, beating Fredrick Rose ( by nearly 43 seconds. Andrew Boneff (J’s Bikes) took third place, 1:45 back.

The first place was Anderson’s third of the year – he also took the top step of the podium at Apple Cross and Cincy3 Cyclo-Stampede – but his first at a Planet Adventure cyclocross event this year.

Sunday’s race, the ninth in the 12-race Indiana Cup CX series, was a preview of the Indiana State Championship to be held at the same venue Saturday.

For a full list of results or to learn more about the Indiana Cup series, go to



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