Tim Johnson, the master technician, shows how to ride the hill run-up. © Paul Weiss

Tim Johnson, the master technician, shows how to ride the hill run-up. © Paul Weiss

Johnson and Driscoll Go 1-2 in Providence

While teammate Jeremy Powers was on his way to a second win at the UCI3 Cyclocross Festival in Ohio, Tim Johnson and Jamey Driscoll (CyclocrossWorld – Cannondale) were not to be outdone, and took a commanding 1-2 finish on Day 1 of the Providence Festival of Cyclocross.

While 19-year-old Swiss racer Valentin Scherz (Pro Cycles-Scott-Newwork) took the holeshot, Johnson didn’t let the surprising, unknown ride lead for long. With Driscoll far back, Johnson shot off the front, riding the muddy run-up and adding seconds to his lead with each turn.

Behind, Scherz and Chris Jones (Champion Systems) gave chase in vain, and first Scherz then Jones would drop back while Driscoll made his way through traffic after a slow start to move into second.

With Johnson lead secure, Driscoll put his head down to secure his second position, leaving Jones to chase with 2008 U23 National Champ Nick Weighall (California Giant) and current U23 Jerome Townsend (Bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage).

Jones would be the strongest, dropping the younger riders and closing back on Driscoll but the places were set. CyclocrossWorld – Cannondale secured an impressive best-possible 1-2-1 outcome at the two competing festivals.

Townsend beat out Weighall for fourth, while Scherz held on for an impressive sixth. Behind the Swiss youngster was Justin Spinelli, a former Richard Sachs racer who returned to ‘cross under his own brand, Svelte Cycles. Just behind Spinelli were two current Richard Sachs – RGM – Radix riders, Dan Timmerman and Josh Dillan.

Mountain Bikers Rule Women’s Race

Katerina Nash rails a turn at high speed. © Paul Weiss

In the women’s race, Katerina Nash (Luna) put her several weeks of hard training to use as she took an early lead with Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs – RGM – Radix)  and then dropped her within the first lap.  Behind, like Driscoll, Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes.com) had a slow start, but moved through traffic to give chase to Nash.

It looked like McConneloug might be able to close the gap, and pushed hard to bring back the Luna rider, but the gap would remain around 10 seconds through much of the race.

Dombroski and Meredith Miller (Cal Giant) teamed up to bring back the front two, but the Providence course at Roger Williams Park was not conducive to pack racing. Alone and free to choose their own lines, the two summer mountain bikers of Nash and McConneloug rode their own pace and stretched out their gap nearly 10 seconds per lap.

McConneloug hadn’t raced since CrossVegas, and appeared fresh and motivated. She put in one last dig on the last lap and took a few seconds back, but it was too late. Fourteen seconds ahead, Nash was readying for her victory salute and planning her trip to the European Championships.

Dombroski used her road racing skills and fast sprint to out-kick Miller on the pavement and secure third, her best result this season. Giant’s Kelli Emmett followed for fifth.

Full results below.

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Full Results:

UCI Elite/U23 Men
PlaceU23BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
3560:58:05ChristopherJonesChampion Systems
41170:58:23JeromeTownsendBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
5510:58:32NicholasWeighallCalifornia Giant
6230:58:32ValentinScherzPRO CYCLES-SCOTT-NEWWORK
7340:58:54JustinSpinelliSvelte Cycles
1080:59:42RyanIddingsLapierre USA
11420:59:58AlecDonahueSpooky / NCC / Kenda
123541:00:06LukeKeoughChampion Systems
14501:00:16JustinRobinsonCalifornia Giant
154111:00:30GavinMannionHot Tubes Junior Development Team
18251:01:30WilliamDuganRICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX
19101:01:36KirtFitzpatrickSexual Camel
2051:01:41RickeyVisinskiEchappe Equipment Elite Team
21181:01:50JustinLindineBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
22211:01:57GuillaumeNelessenVan Dessel Factory Team
23351:02:15KevinWolfsonBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
25461:02:26JonHamblenKen’s Bike Shop – Alicia Hamblen
26371:02:40BillEllistonVan Dessel Factory Team
27391:02:46DavidWilcoxCambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames
28451:03:05PeterBradshawEmbrocation Cycling Journal
305571:03:20NicholasKeoughChampion Systems
3291:03:20JamesLalondePlanet Bike
33121:03:20MichaelJenksHighland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop
34471:04:13KevinSweeneyInternational Bicycle Center
35201:04:25AdamSullivanCycle-Smart / NCC
37191:04:39CortCramerSvelte Cycles
3861lapMannyGoguenBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
394lapJ GabrielLloydEchappe Equipment Elite Team
4028lapMikeLorantyCorner Cycle/Spooky Bikes
412lapHunterPronovostCheshire Cycle Racing – cyclistsarenotrockstars.com
4243lapColinReuterInternational Bicycle MTB Team
4323lapPeteSmithEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
44733lapMatthewGreenSpooky bikes
4549lapAdamSt. GermainScott USA
4814lapSorenKlingspornSignature Cycles / Rockstar Games
4927lapGordonDaniellFetzer Cycling Team
5059DNFJonnySundtEl Gato
5129DNFRyanKellyNorEast Cycling
5224DNFPierreVanden BorreEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
536DNFDanLangloisEmbrocation Cycling Journal
54838DNFConnorSalleeEchappe Equipment Elite Team
5522DNFDavideFrattiniTeam Fuji
UCI Elite Women
PlaceBibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
11320:39:36KaterinaNashLuna Pro Team
31350:40:31AmyDombroskiRichard Sacks-RGM-Radix
41310:40:40MeredithMillerPro Women
51220:41:14MaureenBruno RoyMM Racing p/b Seven Cycles
61170:41:14KelliEmmettGiant Bicycles
71080:41:35AndreaSmithMinuteman Road Club
81300:42:09RebeccaWellonsTeam Plan C
91190:42:44ArleyKemmererHub Racing
111140:43:08SaraBresnick-ZocchiPedalpowercoaching.com/ Landrys Bicycles
121070:43:08AnnD’AmbruosoMinuteman Road Club
131120:43:22CrisRothfussSeven Cycles
141060:43:22AnnaBarensfeldMinuteman Road Club
151110:43:40RebeccaBlattUS Army/ Central Wheel
161230:44:07AnnaMilkowskiBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
171030:44:19EricaYozell MillerVisitPA.com
181020:44:30KatrinaBaumsteigerTeam Rambuski Law
191210:44:55ClaraKellyNEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental
201180:44:55SallyAnnisHub Racing
211010:44:55KateScheiderMafia Racing
221130:45:13ArielleFilibertiDartmouth College
231090:45:29ChristinaTamilioMinuteman Road Club
241160:45:39SarahKrzysiakSyracuse Bicycle/Spokepost.com
251280:45:54MelissaRossLandry’s Bicycles
261150:46:08KateHarrisOctober Factory Racing
281360:47:25AllisonSnooksMinuteman Road Club
301200:49:50KerryLitkaFxD Coaching
32133dnfMeganBilodeauHUP United
33127dnfLinneaKoonsOctober Factory Racing
34125dnfAnnaYoungPioneer Racing