Berden Repeats, Anderson Redeems on Day 2 at the Gateway Cross Cup: Controversey in the Men’s Field – Results, Photos, Report

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Anderson takes another win for the season. © Matt James

Anderson takes another win for the season. © Matt James

Ben Berden kept his winning streak alive at the Gateway Cross Cup today, while Elle Anderson came back from a flat that knocked her out of podium contention on Day 1 to take the win. In the women’s race, the podium was rounded out by Amanda Miller, yesterday’s winner, in second, and Courtenay McFadden snatching up third. In the men’s race, Berden took the win and was followed by Zach McDonald for the second day in a row, while Cody Kaiser improved his fourth place finish on Saturday and took the final podium spot.

by Matt James

Day two of the 2013 Gateway Cross Cup moved out from under the lights of Saturday’s race and in to the golden sunlight of a picturesque Midwest afternoon. A revision to the course delivered a more technical circuit, but one that was still lightning fast for the elite women and men that tackled the second day of racing in the Gateway City.

Both races followed a similar script to the preceding evening, but with differing overtones for each race.

Anderson and Miller on the steps. © Matt James

Anderson and Miller on the steps. © Matt James

The women’s race was a story of redemption for Elle Anderson after the disappointment of an ill-timed flat that cost her a shot at the win the previous night. Just like Saturday night, Anderson attacked on the second lap to break up the field and brought Saturday’s winner Amanda Miller and third place Courtney McFadden along in the break. Notably absent was Nicole Duke, who seemed to suffer from poor positioning off the line and was stuck mid pack when the decisive move went. Duke put her head down and plowed through the field, eventually working her way into a two-rider chase with Canadian champion Mical Dyck. Although the two riders worked well together, they were no match for the leading trio, who maintained their advantage into the bell lap.

With half a lap remaining, Miller tried to shake Anderson with an attack. However, the stinging defeat of the previous evening spurred Anderson back onto Miller’s wheel and she hit the pavement in first position and held it to the line. The late aggression dispatched McFadden, but she was still able to hold onto the final podium spot in third.

Duke took fifth on the second day of the Gateway Cross Cup. © Matt James

Duke took fifth on the second day of the Gateway Cross Cup. © Matt James

Behind the leading trio, Dyck outsprinted Nicole Duke for fourth to round out the top five.

The men’s race began much as it had on Saturday with the whole pack strung out around the course. The furious pace eventually started to pry gaps between big groups of riders, but it wasn’t until Ben Berden jumped clear halfway through the event that any separation occurred. As Berden carved out more and more time with each passing lap, Zach McDonald took off on a solo pursuit of the Belgian.

McDonald chasing Berden solo. © Matt James

McDonald chasing Berden solo. © Matt James

Riding alone and clear of a large chase group, McDonald took advantage of a gap in the course tape next to one of the barriers and rode around the first barrier before hopping the second. UCI officials initially looked at this as a violation of the rules and told McDonald that he was disqualified before making him stop and run the barriers twice as a punishment, effectively ending any serious effort to catch Berden.

With no more motivation other than maintaining second place, McDonald did as little as possible to hold the second step of the podium and Berden stormed to another win on the weekend. Behind the chaos, Cody Kaiser took the sprint for third out of a large group to complete the podium.

Kaiser leading another chase group. © Matt James

Kaiser leading another chase group. © Matt James

After the race, McDonald had a long conversation with UCI officials, making his point that a gap in the course is fair game for riders. Officials took the stance that any barrier in the course must be treated as such because it is the intent that they serve as on obstacle. Ultimately, McDonald kept his second place, but in the future, course inspectors will definitely look that much harder for potential gray areas and riders will be on alert about a stricter enforcement of the rules.

Berden on his way to the win. © Matt James

Berden on his way to the win. © Matt James

Despite some back and forth at the finish, the third year of the Gateway Cross Cup closed on a high with solid racing across both days at an event that continues to mature each year, despite its young age.

Elite racers will head to the Cincy3 series of races in Cincinnati next weekend before taking on two days of racing in Louisville the following week. Those riders who made the trip to St. Louis will surely be appreciating any UCI points earned at the Gateway Cross Cup as they line up for several weeks of heavy racing.

Riding into th sunset. © Matt James

Riding into the sunset. © Matt James

Men Elite Gateway Cross Cup 2013

RankNameNat.Result
1Ben BERDENBEL59:36:00
2Zach MCDONALDUSA1:00:10
3Cody KAISERUSA1:00:10
4Ryan KNAPPUSA1:00:11
5Robert MARIONUSA1:00:12
6Tristan SCHOUTENUSA1:00:13
7Mitchell HOKEUSA1:00:14
8Isaac NEFFUSA1:00:16
9Michael VAN DEN HAMCAN1:00:39
10Jacob LASLEYUSA1:00:56
11Troy WELLSUSA1:01:18
12Rotem ISHAYISR1:01:21
13Taylor CARRINGTONUSA1:01:22
14Daniel MILLERUSA1:01:22
15Mike GARRIGANCAN1:01:23
16Craig ETHERIDGEUSA1:01:24
17Tom BURKEUSA1:01:40
18Skyler TRUJILLOUSA1:01:54
19Travis BRAUNUSA1:01:57
20Shadd SMITHUSA1:01:58
21Andrew REARDONUSA1:02:10
22Eric THOMPSONUSA1:02:51
23Dylan POSTIERUSA1:03:53
24Josh JOHNSONUSA1:03:57
25Anthony DUSTUSA1:04:03
26Skyler MACKEYUSA
27Eric FISCHERUSA
28Scott PEIPERTUSA

Women Elite Gateway Cross Cup 2013

RankNameNat.Result
1Elle ANDERSONUSA43:14:00
2Amanda MILLERUSA43:14:00
3Courtenay MCFADDENUSA43:28:00
4Mical DYCKCAN43:59:00
5Nicole DUKEUSA43:59:00
6Amanda CAREYUSA44:41:00
7Sunny GILBERTUSA44:53:00
8Abby STRIGELUSA44:57:00
9Rebecca BLATTUSA44:57:00
10Mackenzie WOODRINGUSA45:15:00
11Rebecca GROSSUSA45:54:00
12Elizabeth SOUSA46:10:00
13Emma SWARTZUSA46:47:00
14Carol Jeane SANSOMEUSA47:01:00
15Lindsay LORENZUSA47:03:00
16Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA47:30:00
17Kim THOMASUSA49:29:00
18Sarah LUKASUSA50:13:00

 

 

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47 comments
Kevin Hays
Kevin Hays

My question is this, in the article it says, " before making him stop and run the barriers twice as a punishment," Does this mean the Officials made Zach go BACKWARDS on the course to make him re run the barriers? Now i don't know the rules about going around barriers, but i do know it is against the rules to go backwards on the course. Does anyone know how he "ran the barriers twice?

Jeff Clark
Jeff Clark

Intent is king. Unlike naturally existing obstacles like rooted hillsides or fallen logs which may provide variety of acceptable lines within the course boundaries, wooden barriers are built, stored, carried to the course, and pounded into the ground with steel stakes for a reason. They're not an intellectual exercise. If they were optional, it would make just as much sense to place an a-frame barricade alongside a straight section of course with a sign that read "barrier section", and riders could hop, dismount, or ride past it at will. Given the confusion over this issue, the only thing that should be incumbent upon the organizer or officials is to announce the barrier protocol at the start.

David Geraghty
David Geraghty

hahah this is so stupid. What next, stop people from hopping a root, or penalising guys who have better handling skills?

David Geraghty
David Geraghty

This is the dumbest thing I have heard this week. If a rider has the skills to do something faster, they should be allowed to do it. Practice your hopping skills instead of expecting those better than you to be penalised.

ErikVoldengen
ErikVoldengen

Here in Portland, the officials tell us before every race that all barriers must be gone over; no going around.  How could someone in an elite race not understand that, or expect to get away with that?  Poor form.

Matt Savage
Matt Savage

And another example of why Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) is a superior racing organisation. They take the time to tell the racers at the start of the race that racers must go OVER all barriers, not around, taped off or not. Failure to do so is a DQ.

Kit Cischke
Kit Cischke

Perhaps it's the fact I do 95% of my 'cross racing where the course isn't completely taped off that I think riding around the barrier is pretty weak. In our race yesterday, we had a barrier on the sidelines of a soccer field. The only thing keeping you from riding around on the righthand side was some deep weeds. On the lefthand side, there was nothing. But every single person went over the barriers, because that's what you do at a 'cross race. You go *over* the barriers, not around them -- even when you can. As for the bunny hopping of barriers, I'm all in favor of people being awesome. Just because I can't stay on my bike doesn't mean everybody else should have to get off too. Shouldn't matter if we're talking about a sand pit, a steep hill or a barrier.

crosssports
crosssports

The rules are pretty damn clear on this point, and Zach was 100% right. It's not like this hasn't happened before at every level of the sport. If you leave room to go around an obstacle, it's fair game to go around. Promoter & officials need to take responsibility for their inability to read & understand the actual - as opposed to imaginary - rules of the sport. 

Benji Bockting
Benji Bockting

he did the second infraction right in front of the official and myself. what he did was ride the tape around the first barrier then bunnyhop the second. after the second act there was a post put right against the barrier itself and he didn't wiggle around the barrier after that.

David Geraghty
David Geraghty

haha wait. Some of you want to ban bunnyhopping? Don't hate on people who have more skill than you. Also, tape off the course properly, otherwise it's fair game. Penalizing Zach was wrong.

seanwittmer
seanwittmer

It is the UCI officials job to preview the course and make sure these types of issues don't occur. I'd have like to have heard the conversation between Zach and the official. I'm wiling to bet Zach knows the UCI guidelines better than almost every official in the US. 

Jay Swavely
Jay Swavely

Who cares either way! Guys in lycra should not cry. Just sayin'....

Christopher Jensen
Christopher Jensen

bogus call on the officials' end. there's no rule explicitly disallowing it; therefore it is allowed. that's how sporting rulebooks work. there are too many factors at work to specify what is allowed. there is much precedent with this in MTB. if you cross the tape on an MTB course, you have to return to the course where you crossed the tape. but in this instance, the tape was never crossed. pushing the tape is absolutely allowed. bad on the officials and bad on the course designer to not do something as simple as put stakes on the ends of the barriers.

Allen Acevedo
Allen Acevedo

UCI officials need to talk with OBRA officials... Before every race they state "racers MUST go over all barriers on the course... Not around them". With a lot of obra races there is just a cone next to the barrier and no tape and plenty of times where there is a gap that you can use to ride around the barrier. We don't ride around it because 1) we know it's intended use 2) we were told over and not around

Brian Hackathorne
Brian Hackathorne

If the course designer's intent was to ride the barriers, then you've got to tape all the way next to them. Same in XC if you intend the riders to ride an S curve, then tape it off otherwise I'm shooting the straight line.

Ron Glowczynski
Ron Glowczynski

I believe that if there are barriers, then a rider must dismount each, I'm not a fan of the bunny hop technique, takes the fun out of the reason the barriers are there in the first place. Rule changes: 1) increase the height of barriers and/or 2) must dismount barriers, have an official at the barriers taking numbers

Brian Hackathorne
Brian Hackathorne

Can't remember the 2012/2013 season Superprestige race, but there was one with logs the pro's were supposed to negotiate; however, the first set had a tiny gap which Wellens took advantage of and rode around. By the third lap the organizers closed the gap. It's the course organizer's responsibility to shut those holes.

repsteindds
repsteindds

 That does not sound like much of a controversy. If there are barriers and everyone must ride them a torn bit of tape is not an invitation for a rider to freestyle. Mr McDonald should be thankful they did not throw his ass out of the race period.

Scott Dedenbach
Scott Dedenbach

Rule 4A10 ...This shall consist of two barriers of wooden or other non-metallic material, standing vertically, up to 40cm tall, between 4 and 6 meters apart, and TAKING UP THE FULL WIDTH OF THE RACE COURSE. ... So if the course was set up like that and the officials missed it I agree with Brandon and say it's fair game IMHO. If something changed the course (crash etc.) then I just think it's a bit of poor sportsmanship to take advantage of it when it's pretty clear that the intent was to negotiate the obstacle. So in the end I think it's a gray area that like so many other things in the rule book is not clarified. Best thing is to leave it a no call and then get opinions of officials at the end.

Gregg Germer
Gregg Germer

if there was a gap, it wasn't McDonalds fault, but the course designer's; the officials should have realized the error, corrected it, but not punished Zach. It's screw up's like this that make it harder to keep UCI status for races. Of course the Roubaix WC last year had a very similar incident, with the course wider than the barriers, but they didn't punish the field, it was the fault of the organizers.

Mike Shaw
Mike Shaw

If you have the stones to do it, and have taken the time to learn to hop the barriers, then by all means hop em. I don't have either the stones OR the skill to hop em, so I dismount. I'm not going to get all upset 'cause someone figured out a way to ride an obstacle better, I'm going to try and figure out how *I* can do the same thing so *I* have the competitive advantage.

Mark Gunkel
Mark Gunkel

I agree with Zach. The officials have a duty to make the barriers the only route. That said, I also agree that they should not be rideable. The point is to get off the bike and remount. They should tries them or space them or put a mud pit right before them to make them unrideable.

Imelda March
Imelda March

I have not read the UCI rules from cover to cover but one thing I would like to see not being allowed is the "hopping" of barriers. Why put them if they are not being used as its original intent? We are seeing a grass/mud crit race instead!

Daisuke Yano
Daisuke Yano

There was a big race in Europe last year (World Cup?) where barriers were not fenced off properly and half of the field rode around it. The organizer quickly closed it off on the second lap. If the barriers were not completely taped/fenced off and left a rideable gap, then the rider has the right to not go over the barriers. "understood" condition does not work for the officials here. Same goes for the MTB races. Any untaped sections are effectively "open" to ride.

Brandon Mercer
Brandon Mercer

I haven't studied the rules closely. But that is not how courses work. You can't tape to a set of stairs or barriers and tell the riders the intent is that you have to cross them. If you don't stake them off and tape them properly its fair game. I had a steel gate fall over into the course in front of me on the last lap of my race this weekend. Had to work around it. If stuff in the course changes during a race, you have to go with it.

Mark Gunkel
Mark Gunkel

Another great Elle weekend! Capped with a Boston win in person, nice!

crosssports
crosssports

@ErikVoldengen because that isn't actually what the rules of the sport decree, despite what they might happen to do in Portland? Just a thought...

chris.cleeland
chris.cleeland

@repsteindds it was not torn tape.  There was not a stake at the barrier, just loose tape, which means that the tape could be stretched without breaking it. It's no different than pushing the tape to find a clean line through a muddy section.

clivity
clivity

@crosssports @ErikVoldengen also, doesn't Portland do it's own thing? Why should anyone expect the establishment to be like Portland? Portland would like that very much. Not very Portland of you at all. 

repsteindds
repsteindds

@chris.cleeland so basically Zach was genius in his negotiation of said tape which was not tight enough even though every other rider (at least no else was was noted as being in Zach's cyclocross Mensa group) thought to ride the barrier? Obviously, I was not there, but the way this reads and sounds is UCI rules, etiquette or not it was a dick move of which Mr McDonald is no stranger to (SSCXWC). I stand by my assertion that they should have thrown his bum ass out of the race. Nevertheless, it's nice that Zach maintaining the classy gentility that Rapha is (marketing to make you think they are) known for. 

ErikVoldengen
ErikVoldengen

@clivity My racing experience is limited to Oregon, and that is what I was trying to convey.  Yes, OBRA does it's own thing, but it is mostly in alignment with USAC.  I was curious if others outside my area actually didn't view this as cheating.  I mentioned our race officials make a point of it, so I just assumed it was common knowldege.  It seems to me, at the very least, it would be common sense. 

 

seanwittmer
seanwittmer

Maybe due to their lack of experience every other rider did miss it. Outside of Ben and Zach, how many of the racers have competed in Europe? Raced the world cups and world championships. There are a some 'cross camp alums and worlds team members, but few have raced in the cutthroat races in Europe.

As to Zach being a genius, quite possible. He is studying aeronautical engineering. Guess that could make him a rocket scientist.

chris.cleeland
chris.cleeland

@@repsteindds I have no idea if he is or was a genius, but he was clever enough to have found and exploited a loophole, just as others found a similar loophole to ride NEXT TO the stairs on a different part of the course. You are certainly entitled to hold whatever opinion of him you wish, but for consistency you should at least discover the identity of those other riders and call them out for a "dick move".

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