Nash, CyclocrossWorld-Cannondale Dominate in Providence, Johnson and Driscoll Go 1-2

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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.

Want to know more about how the top two racers and how the race went? Relive our live chat with the top two men along with Jeremy Powers.

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Full Results:

UCI Elite/U23 Men
Place U23 Bib Time First Name Last Name Team
1 61 0:56:41 Timothy Johnson Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com
2 40 0:57:48 Jamey Driscoll Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com
3 56 0:58:05 Christopher Jones Champion Systems
4 1 17 0:58:23 Jerome Townsend BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
5 51 0:58:32 Nicholas Weighall California Giant
6 2 3 0:58:32 Valentin Scherz PRO CYCLES-SCOTT-NEWWORK
7 34 0:58:54 Justin Spinelli Svelte Cycles
8 13 0:59:29 Dan Timmerman RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX
9 32 0:59:29 Josh Dillon RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX
10 8 0:59:42 Ryan Iddings Lapierre USA
11 42 0:59:58 Alec Donahue Spooky / NCC / Kenda
12 3 54 1:00:06 Luke Keough Champion Systems
13 53 1:00:08 Michael Broderick Kenda-Seven-Notubes
14 50 1:00:16 Justin Robinson California Giant
15 4 11 1:00:30 Gavin Mannion Hot Tubes Junior Development Team
16 41 1:01:06 Adam Myerson Cycle-Smart
17 58 1:01:25 Hugo Martinez Sanse-Spiun
18 25 1:01:30 William Dugan RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX
19 10 1:01:36 Kirt Fitzpatrick Sexual Camel
20 5 1:01:41 Rickey Visinski Echappe Equipment Elite Team
21 18 1:01:50 Justin Lindine BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
22 21 1:01:57 Guillaume Nelessen Van Dessel Factory Team
23 35 1:02:15 Kevin Wolfson BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
24 60 1:02:15 Jesse Anthony Jamis
25 46 1:02:26 Jon Hamblen Ken’s Bike Shop – Alicia Hamblen
26 37 1:02:40 Bill Elliston Van Dessel Factory Team
27 39 1:02:46 David Wilcox Cambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames
28 45 1:03:05 Peter Bradshaw Embrocation Cycling Journal
29 7 1:03:20 Peter Rubijono Embrocation/IGLEHEART/MadAlchemy
30 5 57 1:03:20 Nicholas Keough Champion Systems
31 44 1:03:20 John Burns Bikeman.com
32 9 1:03:20 James Lalonde Planet Bike
33 12 1:03:20 Michael Jenks Highland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop
34 47 1:04:13 Kevin Sweeney International Bicycle Center
35 20 1:04:25 Adam Sullivan Cycle-Smart / NCC
36 48 1:04:25 John Hanson IF/Lionette’s
37 19 1:04:39 Cort Cramer Svelte Cycles
38 6 1 lap Manny Goguen BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
39 4 lap J Gabriel Lloyd Echappe Equipment Elite Team
40 28 lap Mike Loranty Corner Cycle/Spooky Bikes
41 2 lap Hunter Pronovost Cheshire Cycle Racing – cyclistsarenotrockstars.com
42 43 lap Colin Reuter International Bicycle MTB Team
43 23 lap Pete Smith Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
44 7 33 lap Matthew Green Spooky bikes
45 49 lap Adam St. Germain Scott USA
46 31 lap Randall Jacobs Wheelworks
47 15 lap Trenton Ashburn Wheelworks
48 14 lap Soren Klingsporn Signature Cycles / Rockstar Games
49 27 lap Gordon Daniell Fetzer Cycling Team
50 59 DNF Jonny Sundt El Gato
51 29 DNF Ryan Kelly NorEast Cycling
52 24 DNF Pierre Vanden Borre Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
53 6 DNF Dan Langlois Embrocation Cycling Journal
54 8 38 DNF Connor Sallee Echappe Equipment Elite Team
55 22 DNF Davide Frattini Team Fuji
UCI Elite Women
Place Bib Time First Name Last Name Team
1 132 0:39:36 Katerina Nash Luna Pro Team
2 134 0:39:50 Mary Mconneloug Kenda-Seven-Notubes
3 135 0:40:31 Amy Dombroski Richard Sacks-RGM-Radix
4 131 0:40:40 Meredith Miller Pro Women
5 122 0:41:14 Maureen Bruno Roy MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles
6 117 0:41:14 Kelli Emmett Giant Bicycles
7 108 0:41:35 Andrea Smith Minuteman Road Club
8 130 0:42:09 Rebecca Wellons Team Plan C
9 119 0:42:44 Arley Kemmerer Hub Racing
10 110 0:42:50 Amanda Carey Kenda/Trainwitheric.com
11 114 0:43:08 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi Pedalpowercoaching.com/ Landrys Bicycles
12 107 0:43:08 Ann D’Ambruoso Minuteman Road Club
13 112 0:43:22 Cris Rothfuss Seven Cycles
14 106 0:43:22 Anna Barensfeld Minuteman Road Club
15 111 0:43:40 Rebecca Blatt US Army/ Central Wheel
16 123 0:44:07 Anna Milkowski BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF
17 103 0:44:19 Erica Yozell Miller VisitPA.com
18 102 0:44:30 Katrina Baumsteiger Team Rambuski Law
19 121 0:44:55 Clara Kelly NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental
20 118 0:44:55 Sally Annis Hub Racing
21 101 0:44:55 Kate Scheider Mafia Racing
22 113 0:45:13 Arielle Filiberti Dartmouth College
23 109 0:45:29 Christina Tamilio Minuteman Road Club
24 116 0:45:39 Sarah Krzysiak Syracuse Bicycle/Spokepost.com
25 128 0:45:54 Melissa Ross Landry’s Bicycles
26 115 0:46:08 Kate Harris October Factory Racing
27 129 0:47:18 Lara Kroepsch Hudz/Subaru
28 136 0:47:25 Allison Snooks Minuteman Road Club
29 126 0:47:37 Callie Gordon Cyclocrossworld.com
30 120 0:49:50 Kerry Litka FxD Coaching
31 137 lap Sara Cushman Gearworks/Spinart
32 133 dnf Megan Bilodeau HUP United
33 127 dnf Linnea Koons October Factory Racing
34 125 dnf Anna Young Pioneer Racing

 

 

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