At the halfway point for the 2010 NACT series, the standings are extremely close with the Castelli leaders’ jerseys up for grabs. The nationwide series has completed four of eight races, with a tight points race shaping up as the series heads to Colorado for a weekend of racing on October 30-31 in Boulder and Broomfield.

On the men’s side, the domination by five-time French national champion Francis Mourey (Francaise Des Jeux) during the opening weekend in Seattle mid-September has created a substantial points gap. Mourey exhibited his sprinting prowess at the season-opening StarCrossed by besting breakaway companion Ryan Trebon (KONA). The next day at Rad Racing GP Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) couldn’t match Mourey’s explosive power, and the Frenchman soloed to his second win in as many days.

The second weekend of NACT racing, on October 2nd and 3rd at the Great Brewer’s Gran Prix of Gloucester, saw split victories by team members Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson. Powers captured the honors on Day 1 with Johnson taking second, while Johnson returned the favor on Day 2. The resulting points split allowed Mourey to retain the leadership with 120 points despite his return to the European ’cross circuit. Johnson and Powers are tied for second position (100 points) and Trebon in a close fourth with 97 points. As a result, the red Castelli jersey won’t be passed on until the next round of NACT racing.

On the women’s side, current leader Wendy Simms (Ridley) benefited from consistent placings and Seattle dominator Katerina Nash’s (Luna Pro Team) decision to sit out the Gloucester weekend. Nash won both StarCrossed and the Rad Racing GP in convincing fashion, with Simms solidly in second on both occasions. Neither Meredith Miller’s (California Giant-Specialized) victory on Day 2 in Gloucester, nor her second place to Laura van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) on Day 1, gave her enough points to compensate for not starting the season in Seattle. As a result, the women’s leader board has Simms at the top with 123 points, Nash in a close second at 120 and Miller, van Gilder and 2009 NACT series champion Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club) tied for third with 100 points each.

Simms commented “I am really excited to be wearing the NACT leader’s jersey, and my goal is definitely to hang on to it for my new sponsor, Ridley. I can remember being nine months pregnant last year checking out the photos of the pink NACT heavyweight belt thinking – I want that.”

Describing her motivation for focusing on the NACT title Simms said, “The equal series prize money for women was also great incentive to focus on the NACT series this year. The race promoters have always been super supportive of women’s racing, so it’s nice to finally be able to show my appreciation and focus on a North American goal instead of having one foot on home soil and the other in Europe.” (See CXM’s profile of Wendy Simms here)

The race for the overall series title may remain tight until the finale weekend November 20-21 in Southampton, NY, thanks to a rule change instituted for 2010. The final series championship is based on a rider’s best six of eight race results to account for any illness, injury or mechanical difficulties that can occur over the 10-week season. Once the final race is completed and the standings are tabulated, the winner could be a surprise.

Men’s Series Standings:

PlaceRiderTeamTotal Pts
1MOUREY FrancisFrancaise Des Jeux120
3JOHNSON TimCannondale-Cyclocrossworld.Com100
2POWERS JeremyCannondale-Cyclocrossworld.Com100
4TREBON RyanKona97
5HEULE ChristianVc Gippingen60
6PAGE JonathanPlanet Bike60
7DRISCOLL JameyCannondale/Cyclocrossworld.Com50
8ST JOHN DerrickGarneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy44
9CRAIG AdamGiant43
10SCHOUTEN TristanCyclocrossracing.Com/Blue/Rolf Prima39
11FRATTINI DavideHudz-Subaru38
12DAMIANI LucaKenda P/B Geargrinder33
13SCHERZ ValentinCyfac-Champion System P/B Revolution Wheelworks32
14WICKS BarryKona32
15WEIGHALL NicholasCalifornia Giant/Specialized30
16ANTHONY JesseCalifornia Giant-Specialized28
17LINDINE JustinBikereg.Com / Joe’S Garage / Scott26
18WELLS JakeHudz-Subaru24
19KABUSH GeoffMaxxis-Rocky Mountain20
20TOWNSEND JeromeBikereg.Com / Joe’S Garage / Scott14
21MCNICHOLAS DylanPedros12
22RICHEY CraigCyclocrossracing.Com P/B Blue12
23MCGRATH AdamFeedback Sports-Van Dessle10
24SCHOOLER AaronTeam H&R Block10
25DECKER CarlGiant8
26MYERSON AdamTeam Mountain Khakis Fueled By Jittery Joe’S6
27BABCOCK SeanKona6
28WELLS TroyCliff Bar6
29KEOUGH LukeChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross1
30FISHER SteveRad Racing NW1
31TRACE TylerTrek Red Truck1
32WONG PhilipAntero Resources – Seaside Cycle1

Women’s Series Standings:

1SIMMS WendyRidley123
2NASH KaterinaLuna Pro Team120
3MILLER MeredithCalifornia Giant/Specialized100
4VAN GILDER LauraC3 Athletes Serving Athletes100
5ELLIOTT NatashaGarneau Club100
6BUTLER SusanHudz-Subaru60
7ANNIS SallyCrossresults.Com P/B Jra Cycles44
8DYCK MicalTrek Canada / Terrascape Racing43
9HASKELL DevonBike Station Aptos38
10SMITH AndreaLadiesfirst Racing30
11STUDLEY KariRedline30
12BRUNO ROY MaureenBob’s Red Mill P/B Seven Cycles28
13ANTONNEAU KaitlinCannondale-Cyclocrossworld.Com24
14PENNINGTON AliceTeam S&M24
15WILLIAMS WendyRiver City Bicycles24
16BRESNICK-ZOCCHI SaraCrossresults.Com/Pedalpowercoaching.Com22
17SHERWIN KathyHudz-Subaru22
18DOMBROSKI AmyLuna Pro Team20
19HOWE BarbaraIbis And The Danger Twins20
20KEMMERER ArleyC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes17
21KOONS LinneaEmbrocation Cycling Journal14
22MAILE SarahVentana Mountain Bikes14
23ANTHONY CrystalLadiesfirst Racing12
24BARNHOLT KerryScott Ritchey10
25BLATT RebeccaSilver Bull/Central Wheel6
26BISHOP SerenaSunnyside Sports5
27CUTLER JessicaCucina Fresca4
28D’AMBRUOSO AnnLadiesfirst Racing4
30GAERTNER JenniferRiverstone CDA2
31GAVIN KristinTeam CF1
32MARKHAM Kristin JoTeam Kenda1

About NACT
Created in 2008, the NACT series is comprised of “the classic cyclocross races” across North America showcasing the best ‘cross courses and attracting internationally ranked competitors. The overall series winnings combined with daily prizes make it the richest cyclocross series in North America.

For NACT information:

2010 Schedule

9/18 – Star Crossed p/b Stanley – A brand of PMI
- Seattle, WA

9/19 – Rad Racing Gran Prix p/b Hammer Nutrition
- Seattle, WA

10/2-3 – Great Brews Gran Prix of Gloucester
 – Gloucester, MA

10/30 – Pedal to Properties Colorado Cross Classic
 – Boulder, CO

10/31 – Victory Circle Graphix Boulder Cup
- Broomfield, CO

11/20-21 – Whitmore’s Landscape Super Cross Cup – Southampton, NY