THOMPSON, Connecticut—Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) doubled up with KMC Cross Fest wins on the weekend and came away with the C2 victory for elite men. For the elite women, Under-23 World Cup leader Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.
When the dust cleared at Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park weekend, it was Ortenblad and White who also took home leader jerseys for the start of the seven-event Sho-Air US Cup-CX series.
As part of USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross calendar (ProCX), the Men’s 17-18 Juniors Category 2 race was also held on Sunday, where Benjamin Gomez Villafane of Top Club CycloCross took the win ahead of Alex Morton (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com).
White Wins C2 on Sunday
Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.
“This is definitely the biggest ride of the season. I haven’t had a ride that I was totally happy with until today,” said White about her win on Sunday, coming off a third-place finish in the C1 race on Friday. “I was pretty confident going into today. It’s the fourth weekend of racing, and coming off of road season, I knew I had a little bit left in the tank. I felt good in the (final) run-up, so I just attacked, got a little bit of a gap and then went 100 percent from there.”
Rochette repeated in second place at KMC Cross Fest. “Both days were good battles with the Cannondale girls, which are also my friends. I really wanted to win. I’m kind of tired of being second. I couldn’t do any more today and I am happy with that. It is all good,” she said.
Ortenblad Doubles Up to Grab Early US Cup-CX Series Lead
The Men’s Elite C2 race would play out similarly to Friday night’s C1 race, with highly tactical group racing. Many attacks would fly from a group of 11 riders, then shed down to eight in the final lap.
It would be Ortenblad and Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.
“It was a double weekend. It was the last lap, Hyde and I went into that run-up neck and neck. I actually ran super wide and bumped into the tape, but it was all good,” Ortenblad said about his battle with Hyde on the last lap. “He and I hit that run-up super hard. Coming down we had a gap and Hyde started rolling it. It was all I could do to stay on his wheel. And then sure enough, it was a little bit of a gap and I was able to out-maneuver him over the barriers, and wound up the sprint a bit quicker than him.”
“Today I didn’t feel like I was that snappy. I tried to sit in a bit more, ride more conservative rather than just going for it like I did Friday night. This race is super pack oriented. And I like that. I personally love races like this. It has been a great weekend for ProCX points, US Cup points, UCI points, sponsor exposure, everything. A win-win-win for sure,” added Ortenblad.
The ProCX competitions continue next weekend with the Elite Women’s and Men’s races at Charm City Cross, Oct. 7-8 in Baltimore, Md. It will also be the second stop for the new USA Cycling US Cup-CX series. The SHO-AIR Cycling Group partnered with four events on the ProCX calendar to create an exciting series for riders and fans. A prize purse of $20,000 will be shared equally for the top woman and man at the final event in Louisville, Ky. on Nov. 4.
For detailed information and racing highlight videos, visit the official KMC Cross Fest web site, www.kmccrossfest.com or on Facebook (KMCcrossfest) and on Twitter (@KMCcrossfest #KMCCX). Follow the Pro Cyclocross Calendar on Twitter at @USACProCX.
Women's Results - 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2 (Sunday)
|2||6||Maghalie ROCHETTE||CLIF Pro Team||48:48|
|4||7||Rebecca FAHRINGER||Stans NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gof||49:16|
|5||8||Crystal ANTHONY||Maxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross||49:16|
|6||10||Christel FERRIER||Sas Macogep Aquisio||49:22|
|7||2||Ellen NOBLE||Aspire Racing||49:52|
|8||4||Carolyn MANI||Van Dessel Factory Racing Team||50:01|
|9||9||Arley KEMMERER||Fearless Femme Racing||50:13|
|10||16||Allison ARENSMAN||J.A. King p/b BRC||51:04|
|11||11||Ruby WEST*||Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com||51:13|
|12||13||Jennifer MALIK||American Classic Pro CX||51:23|
|13||19||Luarel RATHBUN||Donnelly Sports||52:08|
|14||25||Regina LEGGE||Trek Cyclocross Collective||52:14|
|15||18||Christa GHENT||Amy D Foundation||52:23|
|16||22||Katie CLOUSE*||Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru||52:55|
|17||20||Rachel RUBINO||Fearless Femme Racing||53:06|
|18||39||Taylor KUYK-WHITE||Philadelphia Bike Expo||53:14|
|19||40||Erin FACCONE||Team Averica||53:21|
|20||21||Brittlee BOWMAN||HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU||53:32|
|21||36||Natalie TAPIAS||JAM / NCC||53:42|
|22||14||Julie WRIGHT||Team Averica||43:43|
|23||12||Rebecca GROSS||Zero D Racing||54:47|
|24||15||Erica LEONARD||Transitions LifeCare p/b Garneau||55:04|
|25||17||Dana GILLIGAN||Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions||55:14|
|26||43||Leslie LUPIEN||Team Averica||55:21|
|28||23||Fiona MORRIS||Speedvagen MAAP||@2Lap|
|29||38||Philicia MARION||American Classic Pro Cyclocross||@2Lap|
|30||42||Meghan OWENS||UVM Cycling||@3Lap|
|31||24||Turner RAMSAY||Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru||@3Lap|
Men's Results - 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2 (Sunday)
|1||3||Tobin ORTENBLAD||Santa Cruz / Donkey Label Racing||58:39|
|2||1||Stephen HYDE||Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld||58:42|
|3||4||Curtis WHITE||Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld||58:44|
|4||2||Kerry WERNER JR.||Kona Factory CX Team||58:44|
|6||13||Cooper WILLSEY*||Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld||59:03|
|7||50||Jeremy POWERS||Aspire Racing||59:06|
|9||14||Grant ELLWOOD*||BCS Elite Cross||59:08|
|10||6||James DRISCOLL||Donnelly Sports||59:15|
|11||49||Spencer PETROV*||Aspire Racing||59:45|
|12||19||Fernando RIVEROS PAEZ||Stans NoTubes p/b Maxxis / CZ||1:00:14|
|13||10||Garry MILLBURN||Speedvagen MAAP||1:00:20|
|14||11||Jeremy DURRIN||Neon Velo Cycling Team||1:00:21|
|15||16||Troy WELLS||Team CLIF BAR||1:00:34|
|16||9||Jack KISSEBERTH||JAM / NCC||1:00:35|
|17||62||Nick LANDO*||Elite Endurance.com Pro Factory||1:00:47|
|18||20||Garrett GERCHAR*||Clif Bar Development Mountain B||1:00:56|
|19||24||Brody SANDERSON*||Centurion Next||1:01:05|
|20||12||Justin LINDINE||Apex / NBX / Hyperthreads||1:01:08|
|21||23||Nicholas DINIZ*||NCCH Elite p/b MGCC||1:01:12|
|22||34||Andy SCOTT||Riverside Racing||1:01:16|
|23||53||Ross ELLWOOD*||Boulder Cycle Sport||1:01:28|
|24||21||Dan CHABANOV||HOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU||1:01:57|
|25||30||Jack TANNER*||Team Clif Bar Developement Cycl||1:02:13|
|27||58||Marc-Andre DAIGLE||Garneau- Easton P/b Transition||1:02:24|
|30||26||Matt TIMMERMAN||Cannondale/ CyclocrossWorld||1:02:45|
|31||22||Gunnar HOLMGREN*||Garneau- Easton P/b Transition||1:03:11|
|32||54||Zachary CURTIS||BMB Racing||1:03:41|
|34||64||Peter GOGUEN*||RACE CF||1:04:19|
|35||33||Jules GOGUELY||Apex / NBX / Hyperthreads||1:04:36|
|36||52||Patrick COLLINS||Minuteman Road Club||1:05:51|
|38||57||Johannes STROMSKI*||Killington Mountain School||@3Lap|
|39||60||David HILDEBRAND||Aetna-Expo Wheelmen||@3Lap|
|41||29||Nate MORSE||Minuteman Road Club||@4Lap|
|DNF||31||Scott SMITH||JAM / NCC||DNF|
|DNF||59||Michael OWENS*||Hands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti||DNF|
|DNF||63||Ben POWERS*||Riverside Racing||DNF|
|DNF||56||Clyde Sebastian LOGUE*||Colonial Bicycle Co||DNF|