Deerfield Township, OH—After the first of fifteen races on this year’s Zipp OVCX Cyclocross Tour presented by Papa John’s, one thing seems certain: the unofficial battle for “Rookie of the Year” is going to be one for the record books. Just as they did the day before at the Kings CX preseason race, two riders who upgraded from last year’s Cat. 3 race dominated the Elite Men’s race at Sunday’s Kings CX Zipp OVCX points opener at Kingswood Park in Deerfield Township, Ohio.32 competitors lined-up for the start of the Elite Men’s race, only to see DRT Racing’s Josh Johnson and BikeReg.com’s Erik Hamilton ride them off their wheels on a course that was hard, fast and dusty due to the lack of late summer rain this year. Johnson took first ahead of Hamilton in a straightforward race. Rob Kendall (Bob’s Red Mill) chased hard to nail down a podium finish for the second straight day and establish himself as a contender for the season championship.
The Elite Women had a couple of new interlopers mixed in with the top riders from last year. Team Alderfer Bergen’s Niki Dallaire, coming off of a major injury caused by a collision with a car, rode away from the field after a couple laps. Bridget Donovan (Trek Store Cincinnati/Seven Cycles) took the sprint for second as she, DRT Consulting’s defending series champion Nichole Borem, Gerry Schultze (BioWheels/Reece-Campbell Racing), Team Wood ‘n Wave’s Kiersta Tucker, and Amanda Virotsko (ne: McKay) of Shamrock Cycles/Biowheels Racing all finished together in a pack.
The Zipp OVCX Tour presented by Papa John’s takes a bye week before traveling to Fisherman’s Park in Louisville for the annual Tour de Louisville. For more information, see www.OVCX.com and BikeReg.com.