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The U.S. Open of Cyclocross returned to Boulder, Colorado’s Valmont Bike Park on Saturday for the first of two days of UCI racing. While the Pacific Northwest was getting pounded by rain, in Boulder, just as at the Gran Prix of Gloucester out east, sunny, warm and dry, dusty conditions greeted racers for a spectacular mud-free day of racing.

Once the racing got underway, Boulder cyclocross teams’ racers wasted no time in capitalizing on their home course and home air advantage.

Denzel Stephenson (Boulder Junior Cycling) continued his winning ways, taking the day’s win ahead of Kendrick Boots (Alpha Bicycles Junior Development Team). Stephenson has been undefeated at UCI Junior races, winning both UCI Junior races at the 2016 KMC Cross Fest two weeks ago.

Denzel Stephenson wins the US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

Denzel Stephenson wins the US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

In the Elite Women’s race, one of Boulder’s own in Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) took to the front and quickly showed her competitors that she was motivated and ready to put on a show for her local team and fans.

Miller was elated with her win, recalling, “Really hot dry day, I knew the field would be strong. I am happy to be home and racing locally.”

Amanda Miller wins the US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

Amanda Miller wins the US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

Behind, one of the season’s biggest surprises in Melinda McCutcheon (DNA-Cotton Sox), gave chase and in the running for the win until a crash with three to go gave Miller the final gap. McCutcheon was the only one to finish within a minute of Miller.

McCutcheon (DNA-Cotton Sox) was in the running for the win before a crash. US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

McCutcheon (DNA-Cotton Sox) was in the running for the win before a crash. US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

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Erin Huck (Scott-3Rox Racing), Sofia Gomez Villafane (Tenspeed Hero) and “retired” Grinduro winner Meredith Miller (Focus) rounded out the top five.

Home court advantage was an even bigger factor in the U.S. Open of Cyclocross Elite Men’s race. Three Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo riders took to the front as Allen Krughoff, Yannick Eckmann and Grant Ellwood managed a commanding lead through the first five laps.

The Elite Men's start. US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

The Elite Men’s start. US Open of Cyclocross Day 1. Valmont Bike Park, Boulder. © Cathy Fegan Kim

Columbian Hector Riveros (QARVimports/Raleigh Bikes) with Jonathan Page (Fuji) would chase throughout but just couldn’t make the junction.

Ellwood would fade from the front and finish the day in sixth but his teammates remained up front to battle each other for the win.

 

Eckmann took the victory over Krughoff, with Riveros, Page and the bunnyhopping Maxx Chance (EVOL Racing) rounding out the top five.

“It was a little bit of revenge, because it was similar to the Nationals course three years ago and it felt great to get the win.” – Yannick Eckmann

Unseasonably warm temps are expected to return for tomorrow’s second day of racing. Full results below the quick video highlight from Day 1:

2016 US Open of Cyclocross UCI Day 1 Results - Junior Men

PosBibNameTeamNATTimeGap
11STEPHENSON DenzelBoulder Junior CyclingUSA37:13.7-
216BOOTS KendrickAlpha Bicycles Junior Development TeamUSA37:28.50:14
312ELLWOOD Ross7-Eleven/Boulder Junior CyclingUSA37:45.50:31
418JONES HenryBend Endurance AcademyUSA38:05.40:51
511SHEEHAN RileyExcel SportsUSA38:22.91:09
622JENKINS NicholasTEAM CLIF Bar CyclingUSA38:42.11:28
725CAMPBELL AlexTEAM CLIF BARUSA38:46.61:32
821BRUNNER NolanBoulder Junior CyclingUSA39:00.31:46
915SOTEBEER DrewAlpha Bicycle Co - Vista SubaruUSA39:27.02:13
1019SCHULZ GeorgeVan Dessel Factory TeamUSA40:00.32:46
1123BIRKY DonovanHutch's/Bend DentalUSA40:20.63:06
1220BRYANT IsaacAlpha Bike Co.- Vista SubaruUSA41:09.23:55
1324GULLICKSON FinnTEAM CLIF BARUSA41:19.74:05
1414WATSON CampbellBoulder Junior CyclingUSA41:53.44:39
1513MELTON WileyMelton Design Build PB GS CIAOUSA42:20.45:06
1617PAGE ColeHIFI Sound Cycling ComponentsUSA42:27.55:13

2016 US Open of Cyclocross UCI C2 Day 1 Results - Elite Women

PosBibU23NameTeamNATTimeGap
11MILLER AmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGloUSA48:46.1-
29MCCUTCHEON MelindaDNA-Cotton SoxUSA49:29.40:43
324HUCK ErinScott-3Rox RacingUSA50:08.71:22
45GOMEZ VILLAFANE SofiaTENSPEED HEROARG50:19.01:32
52MILLER MeredithFocusUSA50:39.81:53
63KACHOREK EmilySquidUSA50:50.62:04
732ARMAN DanieleTENSPEED HEROUSA51:38.52:52
812BARKER MelissaEVOL Elite RacingUSA51:42.42:56
911DONG EvelynCannondale 360 fly p/b sugoiUSA51:51.33:05
1030WILLIAMS HannahKent Eriksen Cycles Factory TeamUSA51:56.83:10
1131WEBER KristinBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGloUSA52:02.53:16
126ORTON Beth AnnTeam S+M Sellwood Cycle RepairUSA52:11.53:25
1325AREND Kristie50x15USA52:28.23:42
1434HUDSON LisaFeedback SportsUSA52:45.73:59
1535SKARDA AlexisStan's Notubes Elite Women's TeamUSA53:03.74:17
168*HONSINGER ClaraTeam S+MUSA53:20.14:33
1736LIVINGSTON SuzieFort FolliesUSA53:44.34:58
1828NEWLIN MeghanSALT/ Full Cycle BoulderUSA54:08.15:21
1921MORRISON DeidreStages CyclingUSA54:26.75:40
2010*LEPIKHINA KseniaCross PropzUSA54:44.85:58
2129BEISEL AmyGriggs OrthopedicsUSA55:14.86:28
2227*YOUNGWERTH AbbyTENSPEED HEROUSA56:00.77:14
2320HOLICKY BreezeEVOL DevoElite racingUSA56:28.87:42
244VESTAL CaitlynFeedback Sports RacingUSA57:29.58:43
2523*DEHORNEY TizianaPDX/TI (Portland Titanium)USA58:27.09:40
2614*ZOERNER AshleyAlpha Bicycle Company Vista SubaruUSA@ 2 Laps
2737MICKEY AbigailVelocioUSA@ 3 Laps
2822LUKAS SarahAmy D FoundationUSA@ 3 Laps
2926GINSBACH SarahTopo Designs Cycling ClubUSA@ 4 Laps
DNF7BLATT RebeccaVan DesselUSA
DNF13GHENT ChristaEVOL DevoElite RacingUSA
DNS38CARTER MelanieFeedback SportsUSA
DNS33GUROV Heidi9Seventy RacingUSA

2016 US Open of Cyclocross UCI C2 Day 1 Results - Elite Men

PosBibU23NameTeamNATTimeGap
15ECKMANN YannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogagloUSA04:39.5-
22KRUGHOFF AllenBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGloUSA04:51.60:12
312RIVEROS HectorQARVimports/Raleigh BikesCOL04:57.30:17
41PAGE JonathanFujiUSA05:10.90:31
58*CHANCE MaxxEVOL RacingUSA06:19.11:39
610*ELLWOOD GrantBoulder Cycle Sport / YogaGloUSA06:41.12:01
76KAISER CodyLangeTwins / SpecializedUSA06:51.92:12
83WELLS TroyTeam CLIF BarUSA07:38.12:58
94LINDINE JustinApex/NBX/TrekUSA07:45.63:06
1011*MCPHERSON IanEVOL RacingUSA07:56.53:16
1134DONALD JasonSkratch Labs/Donkey Label Foundry CyclesUSA08:14.93:35
1258CUPP CodySET CoachingUSA08:31.23:51
139BRADFORD-PARISH KevinSETCoachingUSA08:35.23:55
1443STEFKO StevenFirst City Cycling Team p/b NoosaUSA08:51.74:12
1531SELANDER BjornBorah TeamwearUSA09:40.25:00
1648*TANNER JackBoulder Junior Cycling/ 7-ElevenUSA09:57.95:18
1732DOLZANI SamuelHoney Stinger/BontragerUSA10:07.85:28
1817CAMPBELL KaceyFirst City CyclingUSA10:19.75:40
1945FOSSELL EricVeloformaUSA10:30.55:50
2013*GERCHAR GarrettClif BarUSA10:40.56:01
2159ETTINGER StephenRideBiker Alliance p/b Focus BikesUSA10:47.36:07
2251NEAGOS BradBissell-ABG-GiantUSA10:49.76:10
2340BURLEIGH MichaelEVOL RacingUSA10:50.06:10
2435REYES DavidTenspeed HeroUSA11:05.86:26
2533POSTIER DylanRenewed CyclocrossUSA11:29.66:50
2662ALDERS BryanTraining PeaksUSA11:38.06:58
2761MORRISON SamuelStages CyclingUSA12:13.47:33
2852FRIEDBERG MichaelEVOL RacingUSA12:23.27:43
2949*BICKMORE CadeMarian University Cycling TeamUSA@ 3 Laps
3042FARABAUGH AdamSupport Clean Sport/SeaSucker/Gutt CoachingUSA@ 3 Laps
3141VAUGHN AaronRally SportUSA@ 3 Laps
3230KAPPIUS BradenTeam Clif BarUSA@ 3 Laps
3356JACOBS JaysonBREISMEISTER FACTORY RACINGUSA@ 4 Laps
3444DIREEN JoshDefine Cycling/ Focus BikesUSA@ 4 Laps
3539OSTROWSKI JeremyReynolds RoofingUSA@ 4 Laps
3654*SQUILLACI TaylorZen Bikes/HifiUSA@ 4 Laps
3757JOHNSON KyleTeam Yacht ClubUSA@ 4 Laps
3850GAUBERT AdamUSA@ 5 Laps
3960SCHWEIKER MattTENSPEED HEROUSA@ 5 Laps
4046THOMAS NickTrek Cyclocross CollectiveUSA@ 5 Laps
4137SHATTELL FredSonic Boom Racing p/b Lucky PieUSA@ 5 Laps
DNF53LEWIS Greg2nd Ave Sports DurangoUSA
DNF16*DOWNING SpencerPanache Houndstooth RacingUSA
DNF15*EARL LiamTeam Clif BarUSA
DNF36*GAUTHIER ThomasIndependent-ccCAN
DNF38*BRUNNER EricEVOL RacingUSA
DNF55WHITNEY JoshEVOL RacingUSA
DNS7RICHEY CraigGarneau - Easton CyclingCAN
DNS14PURVIS JohnTyson Foods Cycling ClubUSA
DNS47*ANDERSON JonathanFLCUSA