(Tacoma, WA) – Rachel Llyod (Cal-Giant) started the day at the LeMay Family Foundation Event Center by taking the hole shot and held on to win with an eight second gap over her closest competitor Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo). Local rider Courtney McFadden (GE Capitol/American Classic) held on for third place. Those three ladies escaped a field of 63 Elite women early in the race, creating a gap large enough that no riders were able to jump across.
The group held together for the first three laps when Llyod put in a dig and broke free. She was riding strong after placing 9th in last week’s world cup at Milton Keynes. Gaps remained steady throughout the race leaving Llyod plenty of time to post up for the win.
Local boy Logan Owen (Cal-Giant) wanted to win today, and went on the attack from the gun. The Cal-Giant rider took the hole shot, but was quickly joined by Raleigh/Clement’s Ben Berden, and later by Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement). The teammates worked well together, keeping Owen on the front the first half of the race. The trio of riders animated the race and putting on a show for spectators.
The lead changed hands multiple times, but a dual attack from Driscoll and Berden managed to put distance into the Cal Giant rider. In the end it was Jamie Driscoll who would come out on top, crossing the line with a small gap over his teammate Ben Berden. Logan Owen held on for third, some five seconds down.
Day two of Waves For Water Cyclocross Collective will be held a few miles away at Ft. Steilacoom Park in Lakewood Washington.
The Waves For Water Cyclocross Collective is sponsored by Cascade Bicycle Studio, Eleven Winery, Hodala, Lazer, Nuun Hydration, Raleigh Bicycles, Rapha, Stanley-A Brand of PMI, Vision and Waves for Water
The 2014/2015 USA Cycling Pro CX calendar includes all the UCI-sanctioned Category 1 and Category 2 cyclocross races in the US. This 44-race calendar begins in September and runs through January. The overall winners of th Pro CX calendar split a $20,000 purse for both Elite Men and Elite Women.
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Full results to follow.