by Peloton Sports

(Sept. 10, 2016) –  The first day of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) featured a fast, winding 3.5-kilometer course for Elite women and men at Rochester Cyclocross in Rochester, New York.

Teammates Katie Antonneau and Emma White of Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com finished one-two in the Women’s Elite Category 1 race to start the Pro CX season.

Katie Antonneau drives to a second place finish in the Pan-American Elite Women's race.

Katie Antonneau repeats as Rochester Day 1 winner. photo: Antonneau drives to a second place finish in the Pan-American Elite Women’s race.

The men’s top spot for Pro CX was captured by Jeremy Powers of Aspire Racing, who finished second overall on the Pro CX individual standings last year.

It was the ninth year for cyclocross races in Rochester, with the elite women starting on the new Genesee Valley Park course with unseasonably hot and humid conditions. Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) took the holeshot, but she couldn’t hold the pace as young Canadian Maghalie Rochette (LUNA Pro Team) came to the front with Antonneau. Rochette and Antonneau quickly had the field strung out with Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo), Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross) and White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com) giving chase.

Rochette was able to hold off a persistent Antonneau until the fifth and final lap, when she needed to make a bike change. That cost Rochette a spot on the podium as she saw Antonneau, White and Miller pass.

Antonneau finished with a time of 45:41, with White 21 seconds back in second and Miller 25 seconds back for third. Of the 36 women who started the Elite C1 Race, 26 finished.

“Great race for @cdalecxworld ladies today. One, two punch with myself & [Emma White] . First race of the season is always so nerve racking. Very hot day out there made for such a hard race. Thanks Rochester staff for putting on such a great day,” Antonneau said on Instagram after the win.

The men’s Elite Category 1 race saw 45 riders take the course with changing weather conditions at Rochester Cyclocross. The winds picked up to 20 miles per hour, which blew up hot, dry dust on the course, at times creating havoc in the back of the pack with diminished visibility.

Fresh off the Tour of Alberta stage race, Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano) jumped out to a quick lead on the first of seven laps. With the field packed tightly at the front, Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) attacked at the beginning of the third lap. Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) had been sitting in, but followed White’s move. The racing stayed very tight all day with several lead changes.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) decided to make his move on the fourth lap just as Summerhill flatted, which ended his hopes of a podium. Ortenblad kept the pressure on for two full laps, then saw Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) hammer off the front. “I’m just trying to stay calm and just let my legs do the talking,” commented Driscoll before the race about taking the first win of the Pro CX season.

At that point the lead group unraveled, and Powers attacked the final lap, gapping Driscoll and powering to the win in 57:38.

Driscoll finished just five seconds back for second place. Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) took the third step of the podium, 12 seconds back.

First-year Elite Ortenblad was able to hang on for fourth. Four-time men’s Elite National Cyclo-cross champion Jonathan Page finished in ninth.  Of the 45 riders who started the Men’s Elite C1 race, 39 completed the seven laps.

Rochester Cyclocross continues Sunday, Sept. 11 with 13 amateur cycling races in the morning, followed by Category 2 Elite races for men and women in the afternoon.

The event is produced by Full Moon Vista Bike & Sport, which also hosts the popular Rochester Twilight Criterium in August.

Rochester Cyclocross is sanctioned by USA Cycling and the UCI as one of eight C 1 events for 2016-17 Pro CX in the U.S. It is also the only Class 1 cyclocross event to be held in New York this year.

Next on the calendar will be Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisc., Sept. 17 and 18, with C1 and C2 races. Nittany Lion Cross will be held in Breiningsville, Penn., Sept. 17 and 18, with C2 races.

For more details on Rochester Cyclocross, visit https://rochestercyclocross.com/. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org, and follow Pro CX all season on Twitter – @USACProCX.

2016 Rochester Cyclocross Elite Women's Race Results - Saturday

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamTimeGapCategory
12ANTONNEAUKaitlinCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c45:41:0045:41:00Elite Women
27WHITEEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.46:02:0021Elite Women
33MILLERAmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo46:06:0025Elite Women
414ROCHETTEMaghalieLUNA Pro Team46:12:0031Elite Women
511FAHRINGERRebecca46:39:0058Elite Women
61MANICarolineRaleigh Clement47:16:001:35Elite Women
79NAUMANAmandaSDG - Muscle Monster47:28:001:47Elite Women
84ANTHONYCrystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross47:31:001:50Elite Women
940FERRIERCristelSas-Macogep-Acquisio p/b Mazda47:33:001:52Elite Women
105NOBLEEllenAspire Racing48:05:002:24Elite Women
118MCFADDENCourtenay48:11:002:30Elite Women
1213GREASERJena48:20:002:39Elite Women
1318ELLIOTTNatashaGarneau - Easton Cycling49:16:003:35Elite Women
1421WRIGHTJulieTeam Averica49:31:003:50Elite Women
1520BARSONAshleyFocus CX Team Canada49:44:004:03Elite Women
1622GOMEZ VILLAFANESofiaTenSpeed Hero50:30:004:49Elite Women
1716LYSAKOWSKIKathleenJoe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg50:55:005:14Elite Women
1823RUBINORachelFearless Femme Racing51:20:005:39Elite Women
1915WESTRubyCannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.51:40:005:59Elite Women
2012KEMMERERArleyFearless Femme Racing51:55:006:14Elite Women
2131C. BERNSTEINCaitlinVive La Tarte52:30:006:49Elite Women
2224MALIKJenWomen's CX Project52:47:007:06Elite Women
2325MALLORYShannonNW Women's CX Project52:58:007:17Elite Women
2439ADAMSKennedyWomen's CX Project53:09:007:28Elite Women
2535FACCONEErinTeam Averica 54:479:06Elite Women
2619KELLYSiobhanTo Wheels Epic Sports 55:399:58Elite Women
@1Lap37MAYRhysJAM fundElite Women
@1Lap30PRESNELLMelissaSEAVS/HaymarketElite Women
@1Lap34TAPIASNatalieJAM / NCCElite Women
@2Lap36GREENMackenzieWomen's CX ProjectElite Women
@2Lap38SNYDERJessicaElite Women
DNF6ANDERSONElleElle Anderson RacingElite Women
DNF32WHITEElizabethHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMANElite Women
DNS10MAXIMENKOCassandraVan Dessel/Atom Composites/ISMElite Women
DNS17BOWMANBrittleeHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMANElite Women

2016 Rochester Cyclocross Elite Men's Race Results - Saturday C1

PlBibLastFirstTeamTimeGapAge (Racing)
11POWERSJeremyAspire Racing57:38:0057:38:0034
23DRISCOLLjamesRaleigh Clement57:43:00531
32HYDEStephenCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.57:50:001230
49ORTENBLADTobinSanta Cruz Factory Racing58:04:002623
517MARTINJeremyFocus CX Team Canada58:04:00s.t.32
620ECKMANNYannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo58:04:00s.t.24
78KRUGHOFFAllenBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo58:18:004033
813DILLMANAndrewCyclocross Alliance58:32:005423
912PAGEJonathanFuji59:04:001:2641
1052PETROVSpencerCyclocross Alliance59:13:001:3519
1115CLARKAnthonySquid Bikes59:13:00s.t.30
124WHITECurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.59:31:001:5322
136LIVERMONtravisMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross59:40:002:0229
1418LINDINEJustinApex / NBX / Trek59:41:002:0333
1516DURRINJeremyNeon Velo Cycling Team59:54:002:1629
165VANDEKINDERENJensKalas-H.Essers-Nnof cycling tea1:00:002:2224
1727ST JOHNDerrickVanDessel p/b HyperThreads1:00:092:3140
1822SCHOOLERAaronFocus CX Team Canada1:00:142:3632
1910WERNER JR.KerryKona Endurance Team1:00:252:4726
2030CHABANOVDanHouse Ind/Withings/Simplehuman1:00:292:5130
2114WELLSTroyTeam CLIF BAR1:00:362:5833
2225KISSEBERTHJackJAM / NCC1:00:393:0141
2328O'KEEFESamuelHouse Ind/Withings/Simplehuman1:00:483:1023
2424CHAPMANTomFocus Attaquer CX1:00:583:2022
2550SMITHScottJAM / NCC1:01:193:4141
2621HAIDETlanceRaliegh Clement1:01:283:5020
2744SNYDERJordanC3-Twenty20 Cycling1:01:343:5636
2819AITKENChristopherFocus Attaquer CX Team1:01:454:0723
2953BAKKEROsmondWheels Of Bloor1:01:564:1845
3026MARECAILLEAntoninAvc Aix en Provence1:02:074:2925
3145CATLINNicolasSherpa1:02:344:5621
3241B?LANGER-BARRETTEMathieuPivot Cycles On the Edge Canada1:02:485:1028
337TIMMERMANDanStan's NoTubes Elite CX1:03:255:4739
3423MARIONRobertAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:03:596:2135
3543SURCHMattTekne Cycle Club1:04:246:4639
3631ST. GERMAINAdamApex / NBX / Trek1:04:316:5333
3749GOORSKEYAbeAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:04:387:0047
3851UNDERWOODNathanEuro-sports.ca1:04:487:1043
3947PERREAULTMattColonial Bicycle Company1:05:087:3032
@2Lap42GRIFFOGreggPark Ave Bike Shop30
@2Lap46LINTSAndrewBicycle Express Racing23
@3Lap48WILLISTimBicycle Quarterly Elite Technic28
@3Lap11SUMMERHILLDannyMaxxis-Shimano28
DNF40FITZGERALDScottMariposa Bicycles40
DNS29SONNTAGBenjaminTeam Clif Bar37