Beth Ann Orton, known for being a power rider, got her first UCI win in North Carolina. © Pat Malach

Beth Ann Orton, known for being a power rider and shown here in a muddier race, got her first UCI win in North Carolina. © Pat Malach

Beth Ann Orton added her name to an impressive list of riders, including Ellen Noble and Cassie Maximenko, who are American riders that took their first UCI win during the 2014-15 cyclocross season. She went on to take a solo victory by nearly a half-minute, beating second-place finisher, and 18-year-old cyclist Laurel Rathbun, another rider who knows how to push a lot of watts.

Allison Arensman, a southern rider who had a few great rides at the end of last year’s American cyclocross calender, rounded out the podium.

Beth Ann Orton had a mechanical in the best possible time in a race: after she finished first.

Notable rides of the day include Nicole Thiemann, who took fourth despite an intense battle with back problems all season.

Kerry Werner, winner of a day at the Supercross Cup and the last ever Baystate race, took Day One at the North Carolina Grand Prix, and is certainly making a case to be a rider to look out for come Nationals.

Travis Livermon, a local favorite, came in five seconds behind him, with Dan TImmerman taking third a full minute behind the leader. Another local favorite, Robert Marion, finished in the top ten at eighth.

2014 NCGP Women's Elite Race, Day One

1Beth Ann ORTON3348:32:00
2Laurel RATHBUN1848:56:00
3Allison ARENSMAN2049:00:00
4Nicole THIEMANN3549:02:00
5Laura WINBERRY3049:21:00
6Jane BURLEW4049:36:00
7Elizabeth WHITE2049:51:00
8Carol Jeane SANSOME3949:58:00
9Katherine SHIELDS2150:13:00
10Hannah ARENSMAN1650:34:00
11Brittlee BOWMAN3050:35:00
12Rebecca BLATT3451:07:00
13Emily SHIELDS2151:28:00
14Sara TUSSEY3551:39:00
15Ally STACHER2751:43:00
16Victoria STEEN3351:43:00
17Jenna BLANDFORD3052:12:00
18Christina BIRCH2852:19:00
19Corey COOGAN CISEK3752:29:00
20Sarah HILL2152:35:00
21Katherine SANTOS1752:41:00
22Avanell SCHMITZ2853:09:00
23Mackenzie GREEN1753:23:00
24Katie ARNOLD3053:23:00
25Kimberly FLYNN4253:52:00
26Elizabeth SO2654:00:00
27Susan HELM-MURTAGH5056:58:00
28Joanne GROGAN39

2014 NCGP Men's Elite Race, Day One

1Kerry WERNER231:02:19
2Travis LIVERMON261:02:24
3Dan TIMMERMAN341:03:20
4Ben FREDERICK251:03:30
5Anthony CLARK271:03:32
6Eric THOMPSON251:03:41
7Andrew DILLMAN201:03:57
8Robert MARION321:04:08
9Frank TRAVIESO341:04:13
10Lewis GAFFNEY221:04:13
11Tristan COWIE251:04:18
12Bradford PERLEY251:04:22
13Kevin BRADFORD-PARISH321:05:14
14Adam MYERSON421:05:14
15Philip SHORT231:05:15
16Josh KELLEY311:05:15
17Westley RICHARDS291:05:26
18Weston SCHEMPF371:05:29
19Byron RICE181:05:30
20Troy WELLS301:06:42
21Jonathan HAMBLEN391:06:44
22Andrew REARDON321:06:58
23Brendan RHIM191:06:58
24Nick WAITE311:07:25
25Robert RIMMER241:07:47
26Hunter RESEK221:08:09
27Scott SMITH201:08:22
28Brian HILL361:08:25
29Alex RYAN261:08:54
30Lucas LIVERMON31
31Andrew BAILEY19
32Gunnar BERGEY21
33Ryan GAMM33
34Elliott BARING19
36Nathaniel MORSE19
37Joshua WHITMORE38
38Dan WOLF25
39David HALL38
40Christopher RABADI26
41Grayson BROOKSHIRE18
42Myles LIETZKE28
43Travis Day WERTS38