North Carolina hosted the final races on the East Coast for the 2016-17 USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX) on Sunday with the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix (NCGP). This was the 11th year for the NCGP at Jackson Park in Hendersonville, N.C.
Kemmerer Victorious in Elite Women’s C2 – NCGP Day 2
Day 2 of the Women’s Elite UCI C2 race was ruled by Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing), taking the line unchallenged for her third Pro CX win of the season.
“I was surprised by the difficulty of the course today,” said Kemmerer, who came into NCGP weekend ranked 10th overall on the Pro CX Elite Women’s individual standings. “It had a lot of tight, twisting turns, but also a lot of power sections. The turns and run-ups were made much more challenging and decisive because of the freeze-thaw on the surface, which was great practice, because I expect to see similar conditions at Nationals in Hartford.”
Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team) improved from her third-place performance on Saturday at Jackson Park to take the second step of the podium on Sunday. Third was secured by Rutherford College (N.C.) rider Hannah Arensmen.
It was a second podium finish in back-to-back events for Arensman, who placed third last weekend at Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup in Indianapolis. Arensman turned heads in January when she was the top junior in the inaugural USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship event for Under-23 women.
Under cloudy skies and chilly temperatures hovering around 40 degrees Fahrenheit, it was Julie Wright (Team Averica) who took the holeshot. The field started to stretch out early, with Crystal Anthony (Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo) taking the lead coming through the pits on the second time at the flyover on the twisting course. She had opened a small gap over the 29-rider field on the second lap, with Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation) and Kemmerer trying to close.
By the final lap, it was Kemmerer who had secured a sizeable lead, going uncontested with arms outstretched to the line. Anthony relinquished her early lead after a crash, but would finish 55 seconds back for a solid fourth place.
“(I am) very happy to end the regular season on such a high note,” Kemmerer added. “I am also very excited to carry that momentum to Nationals.”
Livermon Takes First Win Ahead of Werner
For the Elite Men, the final scrimmage in the Blue Ridge Mountains was led by Kerry Werner (KONA Factory) from the bell lap, taking charge at the signature climb at Jackson Park, The Wall. It came down to a duel on the final lap between Werner and Travis Livermon (Astellas Cycling Team), with Livermon making his move before the final pavement section and taking his first Pro CX win of the year.
After the first circuit, Werner had four riders nipping at his heels – Livermon, Saturday’s winner Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), Dan Timmerman (Stan’s NoTubes Elite) and Byron Rice (Storm Racing Team). With three laps to go, Werner and Livermon began to distance themselves from Cowie and Rice, making the final selection. Cowie battled it out with Rice for the final podium spot, with the Brevard, N.C. native securing third.
The Pro CX concludes Dec. 11 with events at the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C. and the Resolution Cross Cup in Garland, Texas. This year’s Pro CX featured 42 scoring events across 16 states.
2016 NCGP - North Carolina Gran Prix Day 2 Results - Elite Women
|1||3||KEMMERER Arley||Fearless Femme Racing||0:46:52|
|2||4||MAXIMENKO Cassandra||Van Dessel Factory Team||0:47:13|
|3||12||ARENSMAN Hannah||TWENTY20 Pro Cycling||0:47:28|
|4||2||ANTHONY Crystal||Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo||0:47:47|
|5||14||SWARTZ Emma||Trek Cyclocross Collective||0:47:52|
|6||1||FAHRINGER Rebecca||Amy D. Foundation||0:47:53|
|7||13||PATTON Courtney||Freddie Fu Cycling Team||0:47:56|
|8||11||RATHBUN Laurel||Raleigh Clement||0:48:11|
|9||9||SHIELDS Emily||Hearts Racing Club||0:48:50|
|10||6||ARENSMAN Allison||J.A. King p/b BR'C||0:49:04|
|11||7||MALIK Jennifer||Cincinnati Cyclocross||0:49:15|
|12||10||SCHMITZ Avanell||Mermaid Winery||0:49:58|
|13||8||RUBINO Rachel||Fearless Femme Racing||0:50:20|
|14||22||SHIELDS Katherine||Hearts Racing Club||0:51:13|
|15||21||LUPIEN Leslie||Green Line Velo||0:51:27|
|16||30||COWIE Natasha||Steed Cycles||0:51:45|
|17||15||TUFANO Allyson||Sportif Coaching Group||0:51:54|
|18||16||FACCONE Erin||Back Bay Cycling Club||0:52:09|
|19||17||LEWANDOWSKI Rebecca||Rare Disease Cycling||0:52:31|
|20||23||WILLIAMS Lily||Bonkers Cycling||0:53:36|
|21||24||DORINZI Nicole||Pro Mountain Outfitters||0:54:03|
|22||27||MANESS Payten||Renewed Cyclocross||0:55:20|
|23||29||CARRELLI Maria||The 706 Project||1 Lap|
|24||25||BRODE Samantha||VeloFemme||1 Lap|
|25||20||KUYK-WHITE Taylor||Laser Cats Feline All Stars||1 Lap|
|26||26||HAUSLE Lydia||Back Bay Cycling Club||2 Lap|
|DNF||5||WRIGHT Julie||Team Averica||DNF|
|DNF||19||KOROL Meghan||Team Handmade||DNF|
2016 NCGP - North Carolina Gran Prix Day 2 Results - Elite Men
|1||83||LIVERMON Travis||Maxxis Shimano||1:04:06|
|2||51||WERNER Kerry||Kona Endurance Team||1:04:18|
|3||56||COWIE Tristan||Triple Oaks Cycling||1:05:42|
|4||58||RICE Byron||Storm Racing Team||1:05:47|
|5||55||MARION Robert||American Classic Pro CX||1:06:38|
|6||57||RYAN Alex||MOB p/b VP Components||1:06:58|
|7||59||DAVIS Merwin||Cyclus Sports||1:08:58|
|9||60||REARDON Andrew||Sonic Cycling Team p/b Provision Sports Me USA||0:05:34|
|10||63||MULLALY Keith||R2 Endurance Coaching||1:09:58|
|11||61||GAFFNEY Lewis||Giant Bicycles South||1:10:03|
|12||53||TIMMERMAN Dan||Stan's NoTubes Elite CX||1:10:48|
|13||62||SHEFTALL William||Delta Racing||1:10:55|
|14||80||PERLEY Bradford||Giant Bicycles South||1:11:25|
|15||77||BAILEY Andrew||Provision PEAK Performance Team p/b Visi USA||0:07:34|
|16||66||TRAVIESO Frank||The 706 Project||1:11:49|
|17||74||MCGILL Scott||Brevard College||1:13:10|
|18||65||LIVERMON Lucas||Cyclus Sports||2 Lap|
|19||67||HOFFNER Scott||CIC Racing||2 Lap|
|20||64||VRAMBOUT Olivier||Waffle Power Cycling Club||2 Lap|
|21||71||BARNES Will||Berger Hardware Bikes||3 Lap|
|22||72||SCARANO Andrew||The 706 Project||3 Lap|
|23||68||GOORSKEY Abe||American Classic Pro CX||3 Lap|
|24||82||WIKOFF Phil||Super Squadra||4 Lap|
|25||84||BROOKSHIRE Grayson||Organic Valley p/b Highball Energy||4 Lap|
|DNF||70||HOUGH Charlie||UCI CT: Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team USA|
|DNF||81||BROOKSHIRE James||NCCF Specialized||DNF|
|DNS||75||PETROV Spencer||Cyclocross Alliance|