For the first time this season, there was equal pickings on both Saturday and Sunday in both North America and Europe. Unfortunately, there were no points available for women across the pond, so the week’s biggest winners were heavy on American talent, and, unsurprisingly, contained Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com’s Tim Johnson, who took over the title of the current high scorer on the year. In Europe, Telnet – Fidea’s Zdenek Stybar took home a pair of wins to lead the way in the East, while Johnson pulled off the same feat in Southampton, N.Y. Tom Meeusen (Telnet – Fidea) grabbed a pair of wins in European U23 competition, while David Van der Poel repeated the same feat in the junior division. The women’s events were a bit more complicated, with Georgia Gould (Luna) only managing a third place and a second place in Southampton, but was the highest point earner of the women, as those ahead of her did not qualify for the game. Also of note is the awarding of NACT overall points, with Natasha Elliott and Tim Johnson taking home an extra 50 points for their troubles.
It was a bit of an off day for many of cyclocross’ big names, but that did not keep them off of the All-Star team. None of the women’s UCI top 10 from last year were eligible for points, so only two women managed to grab spots in the All-Star team. The All-Star team scored 457 points this week, and it’s composition is as follows, with points scored in parentheses:
Zdenek Stybar (60), Neils Albert (41), Klaas Vantornout (41), Tim Johnson (60), Jeremy Powers (50), Tom Meeusen (60), David Van der Poel (60), Georgia Gould (47), Laura Van Gilder (38).
Grabbing top marks this week was ROG/Towners (Ryan Malinchak, USA), who managed to score 388 points on the weekend. This week’s score was good for the second highest points total all season! Second place on the weekend went to Pedal Sports (Mike Davis, USA) who netted 364 points on the weekend. The final place on the podium went to 10 Duvel Challenge (Anthony Carcella, USA), who ended the weekend with 338 points.
Overall, Peanut’s Peeps (Christine Vardaros, Belgium), assumed the overall lead, marking the first time in history that a professional cyclocrosser, based in Europe, held the lead in the game. Christine now holds 2459 points in all competitions. CXecono (James-Ira Spencer, USA) dropped down to second place, holding on to 2441 points, not far out of the top spot. Rounding out the week 10 overall podium is Barriers-n-Beer (LeRoi Smith, USA) who has 2424 points.
In our inaugural November scoring competition, 10 Duvel Challenge has the lead after three of four weeks, with a total of 981 points, which is not exactly assuring him victory, but it’s close to it. kstatman (Kat Statman, USA) drops down to second place after week three, holding 904 points, while sandbaggers (Andrew Yee, USA) is in third place with 898 points.
For full results, check below!