by Peloton Sports

Sept. 11, 2016 – Cooler weather brought hot competition in Rochester, N.Y. on the second day of competition at Rochester Cyclocross. The first Category 2 events of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) began with the Elite Women at Genesee Valley Park.

Mani’s Masterful Sunday

The day belonged to French rider Caroline Mani of Raleigh-Clement, who rode hard to redeem a sixth-place finish on Saturday. She won the five-lap C2 Elite Women’s race in 44:20.

Despite Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) taking the holeshot and hanging tough for the first couple of laps, it was France’s Mani who made her way to the front early and never looked back.

Women lap one. Apparently I was standing on a hornet's nest for yesterday's shot. #rochestercx

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Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D Foundation) fought hard and worked her way through the pack, and was one of the fastest through the dust bowl by using the fencing stake as a slingshot:

Fahringer would race to a strong second, 17 seconds behind Mani. The New Hampshire rider had an impressive ride to hold off the hard-charging winner of Saturday’s C1 Elite Women’s race, Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com), who finished 26 seconds back and secured the third spot on the podium.

“Yes, I think yesterday hurt my ego. Today I used just whatever I had, physically, mentally, to jut go for it,” said Mani, last year’s World Championship silver medalist who lives in Colorado. She was a double winner at the Rochester Cyclocross in 2014.

“Every day is different and you just have to learn from your mistakes,” said Mani. “I am just trying to do that. Today was a good day. And I really wanted to get some confidence for the next big races coming. I really like this course. It’s a great organization. The venue is amazing.”

Fahringer finished in fifth place at Saturday’s C1 Elite Women’s race. “The second day I always feel a little bit better because the nerves are out, and I’m more familiar with the course. So the confidence was a little bit higher. I have goals, like do the best first lap that I can, and then just leave it all out on the last lap, which is pretty much what I did (today). And I’m glad that left me with a second place.”

Fahringer, Mani and Antonneau (l to r) are the Rochester 2016 Day 2 podium.

Fahringer, Mani and Antonneau (l to r) are the Rochester 2016 Day 2 podium.

Training Day for Powers Results in Another Win, By Inches

Stephen Hyde leads teammate Curtis White and the big men's field at Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

Stephen Hyde leads teammate Curtis White and the big men’s field at Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

On the men’s side of Elite racing, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) of Easthampton, Mass. made a clean sweep of the weekend’s Pro CX races, showing he has the same form as where he left off from winning the national cyclocross title in January. He won the Elite Men’s C2 race in a time of 56:05. Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), also from Easthampton, placed second with the same time, followed by Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano), of Englewood, Colo., one second back in third.

“It’s hard to believe, but it felt faster than yesterday,” said Powers.  “For me, today was very much about training. I was very much focused on one-day racing for the past couple of years. I really do still need this early-season racing because I feel like I am under-raced. Today was a good opportunity to have me get out there.

“So I was leaving some gaps and closing them up. On the last two laps, I was really trying to focus on riding at the front. I tried not to give it up when I took (the lead).”

Curtis White, from Schenectady, N.Y., took it out fast with Hyde, but could not get away. Summerhill would not let the misfortune of flatting yesterday dampen his enthusiasm today, as he was in the mix until the end.

It was a dry, dusty course for the second day in a row. We can't help but wonder how it'd be with some rain. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

It was a dry, dusty course for the second day in a row. We can’t help but wonder how it’d be with some rain. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

Powers, Hyde, and Summerhill where part of the lead group of eight that would swell to as many as 14 riders, which included other heavy hitters like Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) and Dan Timmerman (Stan’s NoTubes Elite CX).

Powers said he was racing Sunday's race for training, purposely letting gaps open and then closing them down. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

Powers said he was racing Sunday’s race for training, purposely letting gaps open and then closing them down. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

After trading blows and setting the pace at the front, it came down to these five elite riders to sprint for the finish. Powers bested the group for a second day in a row.

Jeremy Powers outkicks Stephen Hyde for a rare C2 race win after skipping most C2s the last two years. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

Jeremy Powers outkicks Stephen Hyde for a rare C2 race win after skipping most C2s the last two years. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

“Jeremy and I did mark each other. We are fierce opponents and we study each other very well. He is so strong, and I measure myself off him a lot of times,” stated Hyde about the tight finish. “This venue is amazing. It’s always been a super presentation. Everybody just crushed it here this year.”

Next on the calendar will be Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisc., Sept. 17 and 18, with C1 and C2 races. Nittany Lion Cross will be held in Breiningsville, Penn., Sept. 17 and 18, with C2 races.

“American cyclocross is great,” added Powers about the start of the Pro CX season. “I love racing with these guys, and we’re having a lot of fun, and putting on a good show.”

Hyde, Powers and Summerhill took the podium on Day 2. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

Hyde, Powers and Summerhill took the podium on Day 2. Rochester Cyclocross 2016, Day 2, Elite Men. © Lee Barber

For more details on Rochester Cyclocross, visit https://rochestercyclocross.com/. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit usacycling.org, and follow Pro CX all season on Twitter – @USACProCX.

2016 Rochester Cyclocross Day 2 Full Results - Elite Men

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamTimeGap
11POWERSJeremyAspire Racing56:0556:05
22HYDEStephenCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.56:05s.t.
311SUMMERHILLDannyMaxxis-Shimano56:061
47TIMMERMANDanStan's NoTubes Elite CX56:07s.t.
59ORTENBLADTobinSanta Cruz Factory Racing56:08s.t.
64WHITECurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.56:127
712PAGEJonathanFUJI56:1813
810WERNER JR.KerryKona Endurance Team56:1914
93DRISCOLLjamesRaleigh Clement56:2621
1016DURRINJeremyNeon Velo Cycling Team56:2823
1113DILLMANAndrewCyclocross Alliance56:3126
1217MARTINJ??yFocus CX Team Canada56:3429
138KRUGHOFFAllenBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo57:0257
1454PETROVSpencerCyclocross Alliance57:131:08
156LIVERMONtravisMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross57:13s.t.
1621HAIDETlanceRaliegh Clement57:14s.t.
1718LINDINEJustinApex / NBX / Trek57:14s.t.
1815CLARKAnthonySquid Bikes57:161:11
1919AITKENChristopherFocus Attaquer CX Team57:191:14
2020ECKMANNYannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo57:251:20
215VANDEKINDERENJensKalas-H.Essers-Nnof cycling tea57:281:23
2232MAYRhysJAM fund57:351:30
2322SCHOOLERAaronFocus CX Team Canada57:381:33
2430CHABANOVDanHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUM57:401:35
2527ST JOHNDerrickVanDesselp/b HyperThreads57:421:37
2625KISSEBERTHJackJAM / NCC57:581:53
2724CHAPMANTomFocus Attaquer CX58:202:15
2826MARECAILLEAntoninAvc Aix en Provence58:402:35
2923MARIONRobertAmerican Classic Pro CX Team59:012:56
3041B?LANGER-BARRETTEMathieuPivot Cycles On the Edge Canada59:073:02
3145CATLINNicolasSherpa59:183:13
3253SNYDERJordanC3-Twenty20 Cycling59:593:54
3328O'KEEFESamuelHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUM1:00:494:44
3431ST. GERMAINAdamApex / NBX / Trek1:01:155:10
3546WILLISTimBicycle Quarterly Elite Technic1:01:185:13
3651PERREAULTMattColonial Bicycle Company1:02:066:01
3744FITZGERALDScottMariposa Bicycles1:02:296:24
3848DRIESSamNo. 22 CX TEAM1:03:207:15
3949LINTSAndrewBicycle Express Racing1:03:237:18
4052GRIFFOGreggPark Ave Bike Shop1:03:477:42
@1Lap40GOORSKEYAbeAmerican Classic Pro CX Team
DNS14WELLSTroyTeam CLIF BAR
DNS29SONNTAGBenjaminTeam Clif Bar
DNS50SHEEKDavidSDG - Muscle Monster

2016 Rochester Cyclocross Day 2 Full Results - Elite Women

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamTimeGap
11MANIcarolineRaleigh Clement44:2044:20
211FAHRINGERrebecca44:3717
32ANTONNEAUKaitlinCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c44:4626
47WHITEEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.45:0141
56ANDERSONElleElle Anderson Racing45:1454
68MCFADDENCourtenay45:251:05
735FERRIERChristelSAS-Macogep-Acquisio p/p Mazda45:321:12
84ANTHONYCrystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross45:32s.t.
99NAUMANAmandaSDG - Muscle Monster46:031:43
1022GOMEZ VILLAFANESofiaTenSpeed Hero46:121:52
115NOBLEEllenAspire Racing46:272:07
1212KEMMERERArleyFearless Femme Racing46:332:13
1315WESTRubyCannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.46:392:19
1413GREASERJena46:512:31
1518ELLIOTTNatashaGarneau - Easton Cycling47:363:16
1621WRIGHTJulieTeam Averica47:523:32
1720BARSONAshleyFocus CX Team Canada48:013:41
1816LYSAKOWSKIKathleenJoe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg48:033:43
1924MALIKJenWomen's CX Project48:053:45
2031C. BERNSTEINCaitlinVive La Tarte48:244:04
2123RUBINORachelFearless Femme Racing49:004:40
2225MALLORYShannonNW Women's CX Project50:005:40
2333TAPIASNatalieJAM / NCC50:556:35
2437PRESNELLMelissaSEAVS/Haymarket51:006:40
2534FACCONEErinTeam Averica51:257:05
2619KELLYSiobhanTo Wheels Epic Sports51:317:11
2738WALKERKatinaPark Ave. Bike Shop51:437:23
2840WHITEElizabethHouse Ind/Withings/Simplehum52:187:58
@1Lap39GREENMackenzieWomen's CX Project
@1Lap32MAYRhysJAM fund
@1Lap36ADAMSKennedyWomen's CX Project
DNF3MILLERAmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo
DNS10MAXIMENKOCassandraVan Dessel/Atom Composites/ISM
DNS14ROCHETTEMaghalieLUNA Pro Team
DNS17BOWMANBrittleeHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMANElite Women
DNS30SNYDERJessicaElite Women