BALTIMORE, MD—Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek-Panache) continued their winning ways, controlling their bikes and their competitors on a muddy, slippery Charm City course.

Compton Surges to Third Straight Win

Hurricane Matthew remained well to the south, but the outer rain bands made a guest appearance for the Elite Women’s Category 2 race at Charm City Cross in Baltimore on Saturday. But that didn’t slow down American Cyclocross National Champion Katie Compton (KFC Racing pb Trek/Panache) of Wilmington, Dela., who stormed to the win in 49 minutes and 31 seconds.

Emma White started fast, leading out Allison Arensman and held on to third behind the two cyclocross legends in Compton and Wyman. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Emma White started fast, leading out Allison Arensman and held on to third behind the two cyclocross legends in Compton and Wyman. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Taking the holeshot for the early lead was defending champion Emma White (Cannondale pb Cyclocrossworld) of Delanson, N.Y. She traded blows with Britain’s Helen Wyman (Kona) for the final four laps, and had to settle for third. Wyman finished 22 seconds behind Compton to finish second, and White was 33 seconds back for the third step on the podium at Druid Hill Park in metropolitan Baltimore. White won both days last year.

White said the course conditions were completely different than what she encountered last year at Charm City Cross. “It was a little bit rainy out there today. Last year it was hot and dry. This year, being C1 tomorrow, naturally brought more competition, which is great. So it was the same course, but different conditions, different competition and I am really happy with third,” said the 21-year-old.

“So I sat with them for a little bit and Compton rode away. She is unbelievable, really really strong. I was with Helen for a little bit and lost her on one of the deep mud sections, where that is such a strength for her. I hung on for third.”

Helen Wyman leading McFadden and Compton at 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Helen Wyman leading McFadden and Compton at 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Now in its 12th year, the Charm City Cross entertained 48 Elite Women at the start line for Saturday’s C2 race. Wyman, who conducted a youth cyclocross clinic at Druid Hill Park on Friday, has been adopted in the Baltimore area as a favorite ride, having won this event eight times, going back to 2011.

“Emma went from the gun. She is a really fast starter. But she normally calms down after a lap,” Wyman said about the race. “It’s muddy out there and starting to get slick near the end of the race. It’s good, I like out there.”

The podium placement was pretty much set after the second lap, when Compton moved to the front. “Katie Compton came past me, I tried to stay with Katie. She took a really good line in the sand, which I didn’t. She managed to get a gap there, and once Katie gets a gap it is pretty much impossible to get her back. So Emma and I were riding together. When she came past, I thought, great, I’ll sit on her for a bit and see what happens. And then I just rode hard on one of the hills, I think, and gapped her.”

Katie Compton powered away as the course grew slick. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Katie Compton powered away as the course grew slick. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

It was the third win in three races for Compton, who took both the C1 and C2 races last weekend at KMC Cross Fest in Thompson, Conn. “Today’s race was just really fun. The course was really great. There was kind of a slow climb up for half the course, and the second half of the course sort of a slow descent down. I just really enjoyed it.

“Going through the sand was slow, and then we had a big, huge run up. I liked to try to accelerate as best I can after the slower section, just to put a little time on people. Hopefully I saved something for tomorrow and will have a good race tomorrow too,” added Compton, a 12-time USA Cycling Elite Cyclocross national champion.

“The course was really great. There was kind of a slow climb up for half the course, and the second half of the course sort of a slow descent down. I just really enjoyed it.” -Compton

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) of France, who was second to Compton at last weekend’s KMC Cross Fest’s C2 race, finished fourth today, 42 seconds back. She currently sits second in the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX), which features the premier cyclocross events in the U.S.

Caroline Mani rode her cantilever-equipped Raleigh to fourth place. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

Caroline Mani rode her cantilever-equipped Raleigh to fourth place. 2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Women. © Ricoh Riott

The Charm City Cross event is the fifth of eight Pro CX events to hold C1 races for women and men, which will be contested Sunday afternoon. The individual points leader for women, American Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC), did not compete today and is expected to race on Sunday.

Hyde Best in Baltimore Mud

No wind, but plenty of rain courtesy of Hurricane Matthew continued to soak the sand and soil at Charm City Cross for the Elite Men’s UCI C2 battle at Charm City Cross Saturday afternoon. The weather conditions didn’t deter Pro CX men’s point leader Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) of Easthampton, Mass., as he secured his second Pro CX race win of the season. Hyde took the eight-lap race win in 1 hour, 1 minute, 25 seconds.

2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

Kerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team) of nearby Birdsboro, Penn., finished 16 seconds back for second. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) of Delanson, N.Y., who won both days of racing at last year’s Charm City Cross, was down 22 seconds third. He outsprinted Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) of Santa Cruz, Calif. and German-born Yannick Eckmann (Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo) of Boulder, Colo., who finished with the same time for fourth and fifth, respectively.

Ortenblad and Werner picked up the pace at the front with five laps to go, and that is when Hyde and Werner made a move and opened a gap.

2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

2016 Charm City Day 1. Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

“He’s a good bike driver, this is a great course for him, with a little bit of elevation, and a nice driving section. He was good company to have, and set a good pace,” Hyde said about his competitor. “ Then I hit it on the back section with two to go, and he wasn’t able to come with me. So, I kept good tempo, kept it clean, and tried not to fall down.”

Werner, who sits third in the Pro CX men’s individual standings coming into Baltimore, said he was sliding around a bit on the course early, then steadied himself and tried not to allow the Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld teammates take control.

“I noticed some gaps behind [Ortenblad and me], and I wanted to keep the pressure on. Then Hyde and I got a bit of a gap and Tobin faded. Hyde was paying attention, and I think, saw Curtis starting to bridge to us. I didn’t want that to happen, because they would have duped me with some sort of team tactics. I hit it hard in the middle and spread that gap out some. And then I just didn’t have it at the end when Hyde put it to me. I was happy with second. I felt good with that.”

White made several stops in the pits to adjust tire pressure, and had to work hard to get back to the lead group. “Hyde and Kerry were riding really well. They started off fast and got the gap quick. They just went riding away. I was picking guys off, trying to get back to the front of the race,” said White about his day in the saddle. “Towards the end it was Tobin, Yannick and myself. I wasn’t going to try to bring them back to Hyde. I just kept sitting on the back group and letting them do the bulk of the work. And then I waited to make my move on the last lap, and it paid off.”

For the UCI Elite Men’s C1 race on Sunday at Charm City Cross, four-time U.S. Cyclocross men’s National Champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) will return from rib injuries and add firepower to the field. Hyde welcomes the competition for the C1 race.

“He’s clever. Even if my fitness is on par, it’s hard to beat a guy who is so good at racing. He’s been doing it for so long,” Hyde said about Powers, who both reside in western Mass.

“I’m feeling really good. I definitely kept a little bit in the tank today, so used today as an opener for tomorrow. Hopefully, I’ll be able to hit it hard and take a win tomorrow.” -Hyde

For detailed information, visit the official website. Follow the Pro Cyclocross Calendar on Twitter at @USACProCX.

Stephen Hyde is the one to beat this season, with Powers injured. 2016 Charm City Day 1 Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

2016 Charm City Day 1 Results - Elite Men

PlBibLastFirstTeamTimeGap
11HydeStephenCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.1:01:251:01:25
26Werner Jr.KerryKona Endurance Team1:01:4116
33WhiteCurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.1:01:4722
45OrtenbladTobinSanta Cruz Factory Racing1:01:48s.t.
512EckmannYannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo1:01:48s.t.
69SummerhillDannyMaxxis-Shimano1:02:2459
78ClarkAnthonySquid Bikes1:02:321:07
813haidetlanceRaliegh Clement1:02:401:15
914KaiserCodyLangeTwins / Specialized1:02:551:30
1010TimmermanDanielStan's NoTubes Elite CX1:03:101:45
1111DurrinJeremyNeon Velo Cycling Team1:03:302:05
1219MarecailleAntoninAvc Aix en Provence1:03:372:12
1321CowieTristanTriple Oaks Racing1:04:192:54
147KrughoffAllenBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo1:04:303:05
1524ObermanColeProTestedGear.com1:04:393:14
1620AitkenChristopherFocus Attaquer CX Team1:04:413:16
1725ChabanovDanHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN1:04:593:34
1822JuilianoAndrewVOLER/CLIF/HRS/ROCK LOBSTER1:05:153:50
1951SitlerJakeVan Dessel Factory Team1:05:304:05
2026RyanAlexMockOrange Pro CX Team p/b VP C1:05:564:31
2116ThompsonEricHED p/b Molten Speed Wax1:05:56s.t.
2217Bradford-ParishKevinSET/coaching Giro ScratchLabs1:06:084:43
2357SnyderJordanC3-Twenty20 Cycling1:06:214:56
2418ChapmanTomFocus Attaquer CX1:06:385:13
2515MarionRobertAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:06:525:27
2650FlisMarkSquadra Flying Tigers pb Jamis1:07:105:45
2744mihalikmichaelJmac Cycling/Novacare1:07:165:51
2845McGill, Jr.ScottLee & Associates/Scott/Race Pac1:07:476:22
2923O'KeefeSamuelHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN1:07:576:32
3035D'AvinoMarkCadence Cycling1:08:126:47
3143WulfkuhleAndrew717cycling p/b RSI Panels1:08:347:09
3239BurkhardtJeremyC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:09:177:52
@1Lap59FestaMikePhiladelphia Ciclismo
@1Lap47vramboutolivierwaffle power
@1Lap49SnyderAaronStan's NoTubes/7 Mountains Lodg
@1Lap54ResekHunterGiant Co-Factory Off Road Team
@1Lap52CuppCodySET Coaching/Arlberg Sports
@1Lap60AnnonNatePro Mountain Outfitters
@1Lap36TeetsJoshuaProMountain Outfitters
@1Lap67VillellaJordanVan-Dessel/Cyclus Sports
@2Lap41BaileyAndrewKBC U23/ Team KBC Devo/Aubrey's
@2Lap70BurgerSeanCS VELO
@2Lap68MoavenzadehSpencer
@2Lap42WillisTimKING KOG
@2Lap66MyersScottTeam BBC p/b Baltimore Bicycle
@2Lap69PerreaultMattColonial
@2Lap38BuehrerPrestonB2C2 p/b Boloco
@2Lap64CloutierTylerRenewed Professional Cyclocross
@2Lap55McGowanAndrewC3-Twenty20 Cycling
@2Lap56GoorskeyAbeAmerican Classic Pro CX Team
@3Lap61StahnkeRyanBike Line
@3Lap63BornerThomasTruefit Racing
@3Lap37MoralesVanCyclus Sports
@3Lap46GlassElwoodALL-CITY x BLACK HAND COFFEE CO
@4Lap48LundMylesPhiladelphia Ciclismo
@4Lap65BradyMattisonDistrict Velocity Racing p/b Bi
DNF4livermontravisMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross
DNF40GrossStewartBike Line
DNF53ReimannAndrewJalapeno Cycling
DNS62DutczakMichaelThe Pony Shop
DNS58SchottGregEndorphin Fitness

2016 Charm City Day 1 Results - Elite Women

PlBibLastFirstTeamTimeGap
11ComptonKatherineKFC racing p/b Trek/Panache49:3149:31
23WymanHelenKona49:5322
36WhiteEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.50:0433
42ManiCarolineRaleigh/Clement50:1342
55AnthonyCrystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross51:151:44
64MillerAmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo51:402:09
710GreaserJena52:142:43
88CummingKathrynJalapeno Cycling52:363:05
918WrightJulieTeam Averica53:173:46
1016BarbossaStaceyMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te53:324:01
1111MellorAmiraNext/Wyman54:094:38
1217GrossRebeccaKHS Bicycles54:234:52
1324SchmitzAvanellMermaid Winery p/b VA Asset Gro54:415:10
1413Van GilderLauraMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/54:455:14
1522MalikJenWomen's CX Project54:45s.t.
1631ShieldsEmilyKen's Bike Shop54:485:17
1714ArensmanAllisonJ.A. King p/b BRC54:545:23
189KemmererArleyFearless Femme Racing54:54s.t.
1954PattonGrayFreddie Fu Cycling Team54:565:25
2012BowmanBrittleeHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN55:295:58
2121RubinoRachelFearless Femme Racing55:336:02
2219BlandfordJennaWomen's Project Pedal p/b VO256:116:40
2347TapiasNatalieJAM / NCC56:377:06
2451DorinziNicolePro Mountain Outfitters56:407:09
2532LewandowskiRebeccaRare Disease Cycling / Keswick56:537:22
2640TufanoAllysonSportif Coaching Group/Patapsco57:247:53
2739SterneGabriella57:568:25
2843KirkpatrickKateMellow Mushroom57:588:27
2949DowidchukKatrinaMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te58:278:56
3042PresnellMelissaSEAVS/Haymarket58:379:06
3123WulfkuhleKathleen717 Cycling p/b RSI Panels59:049:33
3241Campbell-ForteAlexandraVanderkitten/Bike Stop Racing59:109:39
3333SheldonLibbeyCrosshairs Cycling p/b Bike Doc59:149:43
3437RodostaTraciPro Mountain Outfitters59:3710:06
@1Lap46WhiteElizabethHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN
@1Lap36BrodeSamanthaVeloFemme p/b Litzler
@1Lap44Talley MeadKarenSEAVS/Haymarket
@1Lap35MayRhysJAM / NCC
@2Lap48ChristofalosAlexJETCycling
@2Lap52HenriquesAliceZanconato Racing
@2Lap30ReinkordtElisabethLaser Cats Feline All-Stars
@2Lap34NabholzApril717 Cycling p/b RSI Panels
@2Lap53HausleLydiaTeam Averica
@2Lap55FestaLaurenRare Disease Cycling / Keswick
@2Lap56Latour-NicholsJennaBicycle Revolutions Racing/Rutg
@3Lap50McClureJacquelineRare Disease Cycling / Keswick
DNF7McFaddenCourtenay
DNF38AdamsKennedyWomen's CX Project