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

Rank
Name
Nat.
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

Rank
Name
Nat.
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