While the Euros were treated to epic mud conditions at the Spa-Francorchamps Superprestige, day two of the Resolution Cross Cup treated domestic racers to the same epic conditions.
— Amanda Nauman (@_amanda_panda_) December 13, 2015
Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) took the win in challenging conditions, and with his day one victory took the sweep of the weekend’s top podium spot.
Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo) hit off early, taking the holeshot, quickly to be joined by Troy Wells (Team Clif Bar), Allen Krughoff (Noosa Pro Cyclocross Team) Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek) and Driscoll.
As was the case on day one, a dialed pit crew was vital, with racers taking a bike change every half-lap. No stranger to difficult muddy conditions, Driscoll’s diesel motor had him going clear, keeping it steady and upright in the mud, and as the race progressed his lead steadily increased.
Wells was able to distance himself from his chase group companions of Durrin and Lindine, and had second locked up going into the final laps.
The battle for third was an interesting one in the anything-goes thick mud. Kevin Bradford-Parrish (SET/coaching Giro ScratchLabs) showed that consistency was key, and made a late race move to go by Durrin, Lindine and Lance Haidet (Raleigh-Clement) who were all, at times, in contention for final podium spot.
When all was said and done, Driscoll came away with the win, Wells second 1:11 behind and Bradford-Parish in third 1:41 behind the winning time.
The Elite Women’s race got to a quick start with Sunny Gilbert (Michelob Ultra/Big Shark) taking the holeshot. The quick start rapidly devolved into a slog as the deep mud of the course sapped the racers legs, requiring them to run or push a huge gear to keep moving forward.
Into lap two, Amanda Nauman (SDG-Muscle Monster) led the race, followed by Gilbert, Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic) and Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation).
This gap was all Nauman needed. She was able to keep it upright, and keep the power down to build on her lead throughout the race
@_amanda_panda_ on the stairs. #resolutioncup #cyclocross pic.twitter.com/jbuwyUkGAt
— Neon Velo (@Neon_Velo) December 13, 2015
Behind Nauman, Gilbert and McFadden were chasing. A late surge by Gilbert left her chase companion behind and Gilbert continued on, eating into Nauman’s advantage.
Gilbert eventually ran out of time, and was unable to close the gap to Nauman. Nauman would take the win, with Gilbert 20 seconds behind in second place. McFadden would round out the podium 55 seconds off the winning time.
Don't know what just happened but this SoCal girl can race a thick, sloppy, muddy course alright! ? pic.twitter.com/TCHbEWmR9r
— Amanda Nauman (@_amanda_panda_) December 14, 2015
Resolution Cross Cup Day Two Elite Men's Results
Resolution Cross Cup Day Two Elite Women's Results
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