Van Gilder pushes to the win at Supercross Cup Day 2 2013. © Meg McMahon

Van Gilder pushes to the win at Supercross Cup Day 2 2013. © Meg McMahon

On Sunday at Supercross Cup, Mid-Atlantic superwoman Laura Van Gilder and Massachusetts’ Tim Johnson took the wins in their respective races. In the women’s race, Van Gilder was followed by Arley Kemmerer and, for her second day in third and another fantastic result for the young racer, Emma White in third. In the men’s race, Johnson took the win for the second day in a row, while Jeremy Durrin was able to redeem himself from the day prior when, after a great start, he slipped back to fifth at the end. Kerry Werner scooped up the last podium spot.

by Marc Bertucco

STONY POINT, NY—On the second day of Supercross Cup presented by the Kissena Cycling Club and Hampton Velo, well over 700 amateur and professional racers alike were abruptly reminded that in late November, in northerly places like New York, it gets cold…really cold. Swirling, bitter winds resulted in a National Weather Service warning, “flying” iron course barricades and “feels like” temperatures in the single digits. Fortunately, when it was time for the UCI C2 elite fields to take to the sinewy course, filled with short punchy climbs, rooty off-camber descending turns, and an asphalt straight-away long enough to have everyone fighting for a spot in the draft, things got hot.

After having to settle for second on day 1 to an on-form Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.), Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel Factory Team p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) took a decisive win on day 2. On the men’s side, Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) added to his win column for a second straight day.

Elite Women

Without wasting a second of their 40-minute race, an elite group of five riders, including Kemmerer, Van Gilder, Emma White (, Amanda Carey (Stan’s No Tubes Elite) and Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel/Powerbar) quickly separated themselves from the 33-rider field. As the screws were turned and the gap to the field grew, Maximenko was the first of the leaders to come unglued. She clung to a seven second gap for the remainder of the lap before Kemmerer pushed the pace through the grassy, infield “twisty-turnies.” Leading into an awkwardly spaced concrete staircase run-up, only Van Gilder could match the pace of the rider from Charm City.

And then the lead group of five, became two distinct groups of two with the fifth chasing both from behind. By the last half of the last lap, Kemmerer and Van Gilder had extended their lead to 27 seconds over White and Carey. Van Gilder was the first to hit the finishing pavement with a few seconds in hand and crushed the final sprint in her trademark style. Kemmerer easily rolled in for second. The battle for third had its own subplot as Carey found herself, with one lap to go, yo-yoing off the rear wheel of White. White kept the turbos on full boost and took third, with Carey coming in for fourth. Rounding out the top five was Maximenko.

Elite Men

In a repeat of day one’s start, Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) nails day two’s hole-shot, a rising right hand bend, the first of many punchy climbs. After three laps, an unexpectedly large group of nine, including Durrin, Johnson, Mike Garrigan (Van Dessel Factory Team), Kerry Werner Jr. (MOB CX Team), Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Cameron Dodge (Scott Cross Team), Robert Marion (American Classic Pro CX Team), Christian Favata (TRT Bicycles p/b Stan’s No Tubes) and Michael Van den Ham (Cycle-Smart) get cleanly away from rest of the field.

Just one lap later, Durrin, not content to race to the finish line with such a large group, revs up the turbo and keeps it floored for the next two laps; only Johnson, Werner, White and Dodge stayed with him in the lead. The pace and attacks were relentless; the group of five remained intact until 2 laps to go when Johnson, heretofore riding “quietly,” pushed pace, carving turns on the grassy infield like he was a sharp knife on Thanksgiving. Cannondale teammate White lost contact, as did Dodge, leaving Durrin and Werner fighting for second place. Coming into the final sprint, Johnson took his second win of the weekend, adding 70 points to his total in the USA Cycling Pro CX standing, moving him ahead of Ben Berden and just behind Jeremy Powers.

With C1 racing in Bend and World Cup racing after that, Jeremy Durrin’s second place finish is not only his best of the season, but is perhaps indicative that he’s coming into form at the perfect time of the year. Warner finished in third, White in fourth and Marion rounded out the top five.

Gallery below results.

Supercross Cup Day 2 Elite Women Results 2013

1Laura VAN GILDERUSA4938:52:004040
2Arley KEMMERERUSA2938:56:003030
3Emma WHITEUSA1639:23:002020
4Amanda CAREYUSA3539:31:001515
5Cassandra MAXIMENKOUSA3039:49:001010
6Ellen NOBLEUSA1840:10:0088
7Jessica CUTLERUSA3440:13:0066
8Julie HUNTERUSA2640:22:0044
9Erica ZAVETAUSA2440:51:0022
10Emily SHIELDSUSA2041:03:0011
11Corey COOGAN CISEKUSA3641:09:00
12Erica YOZELLUSA3841:13:00
13Ellen SHERRILLUSA3441:17:00
14Rebecca FAHRINGERUSA2441:26:00
15Lori COOKEUSA5041:36:00
16Christina BIRCHUSA2741:51:00
17Kathryn CUMMINGUSA2742:16:00
18Katherine SHIELDSUSA2042:26:00
19Brittlee BOWMANUSA2942:30:00
20Lauren DAGOSTINOUSA3242:44:00
21Allyson TUFANOUSA3342:54:00
22Melissa SEIBUSA1643:01:00
23Alice HENRIQUESUSA3343:25:00
24Erin FACCONEUSA2943:49:00
25Abigail ISOLDAUSA35
27Stephanie THOMPSONUSA26
28Shane FERROUSA24

Supercross Cup Day 2 Elite Men Results 2013

1Timothy JOHNSONUSA3655:51:004040
2Jeremy DURRINUSA2555:55:003030
3Kerry WERNERUSA2255:57:002020
4Curtis WHITEUSA1856:12:001515
5Robert MARIONUSA3156:14:001010
6Cameron DODGEUSA2256:14:0088
7Christian FAVATAUSA3556:37:0066
8Michael VAN DEN HAMCAN2156:37:0044
9Mike GARRIGANCAN3256:17:0022
10Brendan RHIMUSA1857:29:0011
11Weston SCHEMPFUSA3657:41:00
12Sam O'KEEFEUSA1957:52:00
13Alex RYANUSA2557:59:00
14Travis LIVERMONUSA2558:00:00
15Greg WITTWERUSA3058:04:00
16Craig RICHEYCAN2958:19:00
17Joachim PARBODEN3958:32:00
18Nicholas KEOUGHUSA2458:49:00
19Adam MYERSONUSA4159:28:00
20Lewis GAFFNEYUSA2159:36:00
21Edwin BULLUSA4159:51:00
22Daniel CHABANOVUSA261:00:21
23Sheldon MILLERUSA391:00:32
24Gavriel EPSTEINCAN271:00:57
25Andrew JUILIANOUSA251:01:00
26Joshua DILLONUSA351:01:08
27Aaron OAKESUSA311:01:14
28Tyler WRENUSA321:01:23
29Maksym SHEPITKOUKR251:01:24
30Andrew LOAIZAUSA261:01:35
31Matthew MEANSUSA251:01:47
32Evan COOPERUSA231:02:05

Supercross Cup Day 2 Gallery from Meg McMahon