by Grant Berry

Boulder, CO – Tim Johnson (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com) picked up where teammate Jeremy Powers left off yesterday and took the win, divvying up the weekend as the duo has several times this year. Todd Wells (Specialized) was next, followed by the third in the Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com camp, Jamey Driscoll. Powers’ position at the front of the race came to an end thanks to a flat tire, causing him to fade back in the pack. He’d eventually work his way back up to seventh.

In the women’s race, yesterday’s winner Katie Compton crashed out while battling at the front, and Georgia Gould (Team Luna) capitalized on the opportunity to take an impressive victory by over two minutes over her nearest competitor. Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized), who has shown a trend of improving as race weekends progress, moved up from yesterday’s fourth to claim second. Nicole Duke (HUDZ-Vista Subaru) had another impressive ride to match yesterday’s third place in front of her teammate Amanda Miller. Teal Stetson-Lee (California Giant-Specialized) was close behind in fifth.

The course for Sunday’s UCI C2 Boulder Cup could not have been more of a contrast to Saturday’s sand fest at the Boulder Reservoir. Loose wheel-sucking sand and wide open terrain was traded for off-camber grass and tight technical sections in a venue that showcased the sport of cyclocross to a potentially untapped audience. Flatirons Mall, specifically Nordstroms and Dick’s Sporting Goods, were the backdrop for the nation’s best ’cross racers as they competed for valuable UCI points. The crowds were thick, and Chris Grealish’s DBC Events crew put on the race in their typical classy fashion.

Elite Women

Georgia Gould (Team Luna) led the race off the line with an impressive holeshot that she would parlay into a small lead midway through the first lap. Her lead was momentarily lengthened as there was a massive pile up going into the first uphill 180-degree turn that took down half-a-dozen riders and stalled a good portion of the rest of the field. Katie Compton (Planet Bike-Stevens) and Nicole Duke (HUDZ-Subaru) were two riders to make it through the crash unscathed, and they joined Gould shortly thereafter when she suffered her own difficulty in a dusty depression. “I just completely ate it in one of the little ditches by the pit. I thought ‘Wow, that’s a really pro move!’ It was a pretty spectacular crash!”

As it would all day, the run-up at the end of the first lap proved a crucial part of the course as Gould and Compton separated themselves from Duke and Amanda Miller (HUDZ-Subaru), and once again the battle was on.

As Gould and Compton battled on the ultra-slippery grass, it was apparent that Gould was content to lead and was showing a high level of confidence in her technical ability on the demanding course. As the two leaders wound their way down the series of extremely steep 180-degree turns towards the pits on lap 3, Compton would suffer what would turn out to be a race-ending crash. As her front tire lost grip on the grass, Compton plummeted to the ground and ended up landing square on the contact patches from her course-tape-related crash the day before. Clearly stunned and in a lot of pain, Compton lay in the grass for some seconds as Gould rode away. After picking herself up off the ground and adjusting her bike so that it would roll again, Compton would finish the lap but pull out at the top of the run-up before the start/finish straight; her day was over. Shortly thereafter, Compton’s husband Mark Legg-Compton was seen running into the Boulder Beer tent not for an icy cold mid-race pit crew refreshment, but for a couple bags of ice to help reduce the aftereffects of the tough crash Compton had suffered.

As Gould checked out off the front of the race, the battle for the remaining spots on the podium were still up for grabs. NACT series leader Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) had recovered from another bad first lap as she too had hit the ground, and she’d ridden her way up to Duke in the battle for third place. Duke put her technical skills to work and would gap Miller on many of the off-camber sections until, with two laps to go, Miller seized an opportunity on one of the non-technical climbs on the backside of the course to drop Duke and set off after Amanda Miller and second place.

With half-a-lap to go, the Millers would come together with Meredith taking an advantage as Amanda suffered an untimely crash which derailed her chain. “I crashed, and my chain fell off. It took forever to get it back on.”

Duke would take advantage of her teammate’s misfortune as well, and rode by her and onto the podium for the second time in as many days.

Another ride of note was from former Collegiate national champion Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized), who was another rider caught behind the first lap pileup. Stetson-Lee would ride her way from the back of the field up to fifth place by the end of the race.

Gould was happy with her win, and the new venue. “This venue is awesome. I feel like this is our chance to take ’cross to the masses and expose it to people who might never see this sport.”

Elite Men

As spectators refilled their beers and adjusted their costumes, the Elite Men were locked, loaded and ready to go. Notably absent from the line was Ryan Trebon, who was still nursing a painful muscle injury from Saturday’s race.

As the whistle blew, Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale) didn’t disappoint and took yet another holeshot at the start of the race. He quickly established a small gap, and was immediately chased by Saturday phenom and cyclocross comeback kid Alex Candelario (World Bicycle Relief) and Davide Frattini (HUDZ-Subaru). By the end of the first lap, it was Powers building a slight lead followed by Danny Summerhill (Garmin-Slipstream) and Todd Wells (Specialized). The second chase group contained Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossword.com-Cannondale), local favorite Jake Wells (HUDZ-Subaru) and Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus).

The spectator-friendly venue offered views of most of the course from a couple key spots, but the action was really to be seen on what had been a run-up for most competitors in the earlier races and was now a ride-up for the top Elite Men. Lap after lap as the lead group approached the steep grassy hill, all three leaders hopped over the large and then the smaller barrier that were designed to encourage a dismount, and made quick work of the steep terrain.

As the lead trio headed out for their third lap, Tim Johnson had successfully crossed the gap and was ready to make team tactics a factor in the outcome of the race. That, however, was short lived as Powers would suffer a flat and lose his place in the lead group and go on to finish 7th. Summerhill would also mechanical out of contention after he suffered a flar rear tire, and had to nurse his bike down the off camber turns and into the pits.

Johnson forced Wells to ride on the front as his teammate Driscoll was trying to chase across and make contact to tip the odds back in favor of the Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale team. As Driscoll dangled, Johnson seized the opportunity and attacked Wells on the pavement with four laps to go.

“Wells had us on the ropes at the start. He gets better and better every race throughout the season, and I thought this was going to be the race where he would be unbeatable. But, after a slow start, I ended up attacking him on the road to open a gap. I had no idea how he was feeling as I was riding behind him and couldn’t see his face. I wanted to attack with enough time left to go again if I needed to.”

Johnson would stretch his gap to over 20 seconds to take the win while Wells fought hard to hold off Driscoll. Behind, Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis), Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant) and Jake Wells chased to try and reel in Driscoll for the last step of the podium. With a lap to go, Driscoll would make contact with Wells, but it came down to the run-up/ride-up section of the course with 150 meters to go to force the decision. As Driscoll dismounted to run, Wells easily hopped the barriers to separate himself slightly, and take second.

Johnson was happy with his win, and welcomed the change of scenery that the Flatirons Mall venue offered. “Every single city has a mall; if we could get a ’cross race at every single one we’d have the biggest sport in the world,” said Johnson.

First lap crash in the Elite Women’s race:

Elite Men’s Highlight Video (with LOTS of bunnyhops!):

Full Results

Women:

1Georgia Gould (USA) Team Luna0:41:34
2Meredith Miller (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:02:16
3Nicole Duke (USA) HUDZ-Vista Subaru0:02:37
4Amanda Miller (USA) Hudz-Subaru Cycling Team0:02:50
5Teal Stetson-Lee (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:02:57
6Devon Haskell (USA) Bike Station Aptos0:03:23
7Wendy Simms (Can) Ridley Bicycles0:03:32
8Barbara Howe (USA) Ibis and the Danger Twins0:03:34
9Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycle0:03:35
10Alice Pennington (USA) Team S&M0:04:02
11Nina Baum (USA) Cannondale0:04:07
12Lisa Strong (USA) Hudz- subaru0:04:18
13Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Felt0:04:28
14Kathy Sherwin (USA) Hudz-Vista Subaru0:04:45
15Sonya Looney (USA) Hudz Subaru0:05:02
16Megan Taylor (USA) COMotion Sports0:05:06
17Lisa Hudson (USA) Feedback Sports0:05:07
18Lisa Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik0:05:16
19Catherine Johnson (USA) Rocky Mounts/ Izze0:06:10
20Courtney Dimpel (USA) bike station aptos0:06:18
21Shannon Gibson (USA) VeloBella- Ellsworth
22Lathleen Hannon (USA) Freewheel/Hunter Cycles
23Becca Blay (USA)
24Kristal Boni (USA) Blue Sky Velo
25Kate Scheider (USA) Mafia Racing
26Melanie Long (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
27Janis Sandlin (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
DNFKatie Compton (USA) Planet Bike / Stevens
DNFSarah Maile (USA) Ventana Mountain Bikes
DNFKerry Barnholt (USA) Scott Ritchey
DNFLynn Bush (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT
DNFJennifer Tilley (USA) Velo Bella/Ellsworth
DNFMargell Abel (USA) Tough Girl / SCOTT

Men:

1Timothy Johnson (USA) CyclocrossWorld.com Cannondale1:00:47
2Todd Wells (USA) Specialized0:00:24
3James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com0:00:28
4Geoff Kabush (Can) Maxxis-Rocky Mountain Bicycles0:01:01
5Adam Craig (USA) Giant Bicycles0:01:18
6Jake Wells (USA) Hudz/Subaru0:01:35
7Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com0:02:04
8Troy Wells (USA) Team CLIF BAR0:02:21
9Daniel Summerhill (USA) Garmin Felt Slipstream0:02:49
10Nicholas Weighall (USA) California Giant/Specialized0:03:42
11Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:03:45
12Sean Babcock (USA) Kona0:03:54
13Alexander Candelario (USA)0:04:06
14Matt Pacocha (USA) Hudz-Subaru0:04:15
15Allen Krughoff (USA) BCS0:04:36
16Tim Allen (USA) Feedback Sports0:04:44
17Colby Pearce (USA) Hudz/ Subaru0:04:49
18Brandon Dwight (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:04:50
19Peter Webber (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport0:04:51
20Erik Tonkin (USA) Kona0:04:59
21Spencer Paxson (USA) Team S&M Young Guns0:05:11
22Mitchell Hoke (USA) Clif Bar Development
23Eric Emsky (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com pb Blue C0:05:28
24Joachim Parbo (Den) Leopard Bicycles0:05:35
25Jon Tarkington (USA) Natural Grocers p/b XP Compani0:05:38
26Hackworthy (USA) Dave Clement CX0:06:05
27Spencer Powlison (USA) Mafia Racing0:06:21
28Davide Frattini (Ita) Hudz/ Subaru0:06:40
29Mcdonald (USA) Zach Team Rapha-FOCUS0:08:35
30 -2 lapsEckmann (Ger) Robin Pearl Izumi
31Jack Hinkens (USA) Team Plan C/pb Stevens
32Mike Sherer (USA) The Pony Shop
33Troy Heithecker (USA) Echelon Energy
34Scott Tietzel (USA) Specialized – Curve Inc.
35John Curry (USA) GAS/Intrinsik
36Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) EmdeSports.com
37 -3 lapsChris Hurst (USA)
38Bryan Mickiewicz (USA) Hammer Nutrition
39William Iaia (USA) velonews
40Mike Friedberg (USA) PowerBar
41Nicholas Stevens (GBr) Waltworks/Fuentesdesign
42Shawn Harshman (USA) Konig Racing pb Harshman Wealt
43 -4 lapsBrandon Jessop (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport
44Josh Whitney (USA) rocky mounts/ izze
45Jason Holbrook (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport
46David Block (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport
47 -5 lapsAaron Bouplon (USA) Rocky Mounts / Izze
48Kevin Kane (USA)
49Tomas Roba (Cze) TJ Lokomotiva Pardubice
50Grant Holicky (USA) Vic’s/Peerless
51Casey Hill (USA) Mafia Racing
52Edwards (USA) Zachary DRT Racing
53Conor Mullervy (USA) Mesa State College
54Gregory Carpenter (USA) Biker’s Edge
55Russell Harding (USA) Natural Grocers p/b XP Compani
56Graham Aldredge (USA)
57Brett Pirie (USA) ColoBikeLaw.com
58 -6 lapsGeoffrey Nenninger (USA) Colorado Multisport
59Doug Johnson (USA) bandwagon racing
60Lane Miller (USA) Louisville Cyclery
61Chris Brandt (USA) Brandt-Sorenson.com
62 -7 lapsKevin Mullervy (USA) Mesa State College
63 -8 lapsBrett Billings (USA) Bandwagon Racing
DNFChristopher Jones (USA) Team Rapha-FOCUS
DNFJesse Anthony (USA) California Giant/Specialized
DNFJonathan Baker (USA) Groove Subaru Cycling Team
DNFBrad Cole (USA) KCCX/Verge p/b Challenge Tires
DNFDylan Stucki (USA) Mafia Racing
DNFMatt Shriver (USA) Rocky Mountain Chocolate Facto
DNFDarian Founds (USA)
DNFCharles Coyle (USA) Hudz-Vista Subaru
DNFLen Zanni (USA) Honey Stinger/ Trek

yesterday in the Colorado Cross Classic.

The course for Sunday’s UCI C2 Boulder Cup could not have been more of a contrast to Saturday’s sand fest at the Boulder Reservoir. Loose wheel sucking sand and wide open terrain was traded for off camber grass and tight technical sections in a venue that showcased the sport of cyclocross to a potentially untapped audience. Flatirons Mall, specifically Nordstroms and Dick’s Sporting Goods, were the backdrop for the nation’s best cross racers to race for valuable UCI points. The crowds were thick, and Chris Grealish’s DBC Events crew put on the race in their typical classy fashion.

Elite Women

Georgia Gould (Team Luna) lead the race off the line with an impressive holeshot that she would parlay into a small lead mid way through the first lap. Her lead was momentarily lengthened as there was a massive pile up going into the first uphill 180 degree turn that took down half a dozen riders and stalled a good portion of the rest of the field. Katie Compton (Planet Bike-Stevens) and Nicole Duke (HUDZ-Subaru) were two riders to make it through the crash unscathed, and they joined Gould midway through the first lap after she suffered her own difficulty in a dusty depression. “I just completely ate it in one of the little ditches by the pit. I thought ‘Wow, that’s a really pro move!’. It was a pretty spectacular crash!”.

As it would all day, the run up at the end of the first lap proved a crucial part of the course as Gould and Compton separated themselves from Duke and Amanda Miller (HUDZ-Subaru), and once again the battle was on.

As Gould and Compton battled on the ultra-slippery grass, it was apparent that Georgia was content to lead and was showing a high level of confidence in her technical ability on the demanding course. As the two leaders wound their way down the series of extremely steep 180 degree turns towards the pits on lap 3, Compton would suffer what would turn out to be a race ending crash. As her front tire lost grip on the grass, Compton plummeted to the ground and ended up landing square on the contact patches from her course tape related crash the day before. Clearly stunned and in a lot of pain, Compton lay in the grass for some seconds as Gould rode away. After picking herself up off the ground and adjusting her bike so that it would roll again, Compton would finish the lap but pull out at the top of the run up before the start/finish straight; her day was over. Shortly thereafter, Compton’s husband Mark Legg was seen running into the Boulder Beer tent not for an icy cold mid-race pit crew refreshment, but for a couple bags of ice to help reduce the aftereffects of the tough crash Compton had suffered.

As Gould checked out off the front of the race, the battle for the remaining spots on the podium were still up for grabs. NACT series leader Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) had recovered from another bad first lap as she too had hit the ground, and had ridden her way up to Duke in the battle for 3rd place. Duke put her technical skills to work and would gap Miller on the many of the off camber sections until, with 2 laps to go, Miller seized an opportunity on one of the non-technical climbs on the backside of the course to drop Duke and set off after Amanda Miller and 2nd place.

With half a lap to go, the Millers would come together with Meredith taking an advantage as Amanda suffered an untimely crash which derailed her chain. “I crashed, and my chain fell off. It took forever to get it back on.”

Duke would take advantage of her teammate’s misfortune as well, and rode by her and onto the podium for the 2nd time in as many days.

Another ride of note was from former Collegiate National Champion Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant-Specialized) who was another rider caught behind the 1st lap pileup. Stetson-Lee would ride her way from the back of the field up to 5th place by the end of the race.

Gould was happy with her win, and the new venue. “This venue is awesome. I feel like this is our chance to take cross to the masses and expose it to people who might never see this sport.”

Pro Men

As spectators refilled their beers and adjusted their costumes, the Elite Men were locked and loaded, and ready to go. Notably absent from the line was Ryan Trebon, who was still nursing a painful muscle injury from Saturday’s race.

As the whistle blew, Jeremy Powers (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale) did not disappoint and took yet another holeshot at the start of the race. He quickly established a small gap, and was immediately chased by Saturday phenom and cyclocross comeback kid Alex Candelario (World Bicycle Relief) and Davide Frattini (HUDZ-Subaru). By the end of the first lap, it was Powers building a slight lead followed by Danny Summerhill (Garmin/Slipstream) and Todd Wells (Specialized). The 2nd chase group contained Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossword.com-Cannondale), local favorite Jake Wells (HUDZ-Subaru) and Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus).

The spectator friendly venue offered views of most of the course from a couple key spots, but the action was really to be seen on what had been a run up for most competitors in the earlier races and was now a ride up for the top Elite Men. Lap after lap as the lead group approached the steep grassy hill, all three leaders hopped over the large and then the smaller barrier that were designed to force a dismount, and made quick work of the steep terrain.

As the lead trio headed out for their 3rd lap, Tim Johnson had successfully crossed the gap and was ready to make team tactics a factor in the outcome of the race. That, however, was short lived as Powers would suffer a flat and lose his place in the lead group and go on to finish 7th. Summerhill would also flat himself out of contention after he suffered a flar rear tire, and had to nurse his bike down the off camber turns and into the pits.

Johnson forced Wells to ride on the front as his teammate Driscoll was trying to chase across and make contact to tip the odds back in favor of the Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale team. As Driscoll dangled, Johnson seized the opportunity and attacked Wells on the pavement with 4 laps to go.

“Wells had us on the ropes at the start. He gets better and better every race throughout the season, and I thought this was going to be the race where he would be unbeatable. But, after a slow start, I ended up attacking him on the road to open a gap. I had no idea how he was feeling as I was riding behind him and couldn’t see his face. I wanted to attack with enough time left to go again if I needed to.”

Johnson would stretch his gap to over 20 seconds to take the win while Wells fought hard to hold off Driscoll. Behind, Geoff Kabush (Rocky Mountain-Maxxis), Adam Craig (Rabobank-Giant), and Jake Wells chased to try and reel in Driscoll for the last step of the podium. With a lap to go, Driscoll would make contact with Wells, but it came down to the run up/ride up section of the course with 150 meters to go to force the decision. As Driscoll dismounted to run, Wells easily hopped the barriers to separate himself slightly, and take 2nd.

Johnson was happy with his win, and welcomed the change of scenery that the Flatirons Mall venue offered. “Every single city has a mall; if we could get a cross race at every single one we’d have the biggest sport in the world.”