Elite women's start, Day 2 Toronto International Cyclocross. © Mike Clark

Elite women's start, Day 2 Toronto International Cyclocross. © Mike Clark

Sunny skies created another dry and fast day in Toronto, and the racers took advantage, setting a blistering pace on the hilly, grassy course at Day 2 of the UCI C1 Toronto International Cyclocross. Described by some as one of the top candidates for a North American World Cup, many top pros made the trip up North in search of UCI and NACT points.

Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club Chausseurs) extended her lead in the NACT Series with another win on Day 2 of the Toronto International Cyclocross, narrowly holding off a surprising late-race charge by Planet Bike’s upstart junior, Kaitlin Antonneau. With a different course from Saturday, Elliott was not able to open up large gaps on her chasers, and Antonneau closed in on the NACT leader but ran out of time and track. Pepper Harlton (Juventus Cycling Club) finished in third.

In the men’s race, CyclocrossWorld-Cannondale wasted no time in getting off the front. Andy Jacques Maynes (Bissell) had his typical fast start, but crashed hard early in the race, landing on his hip and was unable to finish the race. With Jacques-Maynes gone and Saturday’s surprise third place finisher Andrew Watson far back from a poor start position, Powers, Johnson and Driscoll got their gap, extended it easily, and then took off the gloves in an all-out inter-team fight for the win.

Late in the race, Tim Johnson looked to have the win secure, as multiple crashes by teammates Driscoll and Powers left him in the lead. But Powers, fresh off an off-day race with “only” eighth place on Day 1, had something left in the tank. After his last crash, he chased hard to catch Johnson just prior to the finishing straight, and outsprinted him to take the NACT win.

Photo Gallery:

Elite Women:

1Natasha ELLIOTTCAN3240:012020
2Kaitlin ANTONNEAUUSA1840:161515
3Pepper HARLTONCAN2540:271212
4Linda SONEUSA3841:011010
5Gesa BRUCHMANNGER2041:1088
6Kristin WENTWORTHUSA3141:3155
7Linnea KOONSUSA2641:4244
8Sara BRESNICKUSA3542:0433
9Sarah STEWARTCAN3242:2822
10Joele GUYNUPUSA2542:3611
11Anna YOUNGUSA1942:38
12Melissa BUNNCAN2843:32
13Marne SMILEYUSA2844:10
14Kate HARRISCAN2844:37
15Sarah CONEYCAN2345:10
16Briana ILLINGWORTHCAN3147:05
17Justine ROBIDOUXCAN2447:30
18Tabitha FERGUSONCAN4147:51

Elite Men

1Jeremy POWERSUSA2755:276060
2Timothy JOHNSONUSA3355:284040
3James DRISCOLLUSA2455:423030
4Derrick ST JOHNCAN3356:452525
5Tristan SCHOUTENUSA2856:572020
6Mike GARRIGANCAN2957:081818
7Jesse ANTHONYUSA2557:251616
8Tyler TRACECAN2657:441414
9Andrew WATSONCAN2757:491212
10Mark BATTYCAN2457:571010
11Aaron SCHOOLERCAN2558:2688
12Osmond BAKKERCAN3858:5066
13James LALONDEUSA2558:5844
14Greg REAINCAN3359:0922
15Jared STAFFORDCAN1959:1311
16Nathan CHOWNCAN3859:56
17Kyle DOUGLASCAN241:00:03
18Drew MCKENZIECAN321:00:08
19Aaron FILLIONCAN361:00:14
20Zachary HUGHESCAN201:00:14
21Ben POPPERUSA281:00:14
22Aroussen LAFLAMMEUSA321:00:18
23Erik BOXCAN261:00:20
24Nathaniel WARDUSA331:01:06
25Matthew FARQUHARSONCAN201:01:22
26Derek ZANDSTRACAN261:01:25
27Peter MORSECAN391:01:37
28Cameron JETTECAN231:01:47
29Glen RENDALLCAN411:01:52
30Isaac SMITHCAN301:02:09
31Marco LICAN281:02:18
32Warren MACDONALDCAN341:02:24
33Timothy CARLETONCAN301:02:25
34Peter MANCINICAN251:02:40
35John VAN ARRAGONCAN291:03:23
36Shaun ADAMSONCAN241:03:38
37Graham SHRIVECAN28
38Wai-Ben WONGCAN29
41Stephane MARCOTTECAN39