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 scored her first win of the cyclocross season on Oct. 1.

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

White Wins C2 on Sunday

Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b would lead the explosive start, but an early flat would see her dropped from the front group. Keough’s teammate White and Canadian Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) took over the front and asserted a gap to drive the pace. Keough would rally just in time for the bell lap to chase back into third position. With a half of a lap to go, White would attack to cross the line solo for the win, leaving second place to Rochette. Keough took a hard-fought third place.

“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.”

Kaitie Keough hops over the barrier. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

Kaitie Keough hops over the barrier. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

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.

Maghalie Rochette battles with the Cannondale girls. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

Maghalie Rochette battles with the Cannondale girls. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

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.

Emma White leads the way early on on Sunday. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

Curtis White leads the way early on on Sunday. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

It would be Ortenblad and Stephen Hyde (Cannondale/ who would make a final break, hopping barriers side by side as they entered the final turns of the race course. Ortenblad took his second victory of the weekend, and Hyde would fade to second. Curtis White (Cannondale/ secured third with a bike throw over Kerry Werner (Kona Factory CX Team).

Men's podium: Ortenblad, Hyde and White. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

Men’s podium: Ortenblad, Hyde and White. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

“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.

Tobin Ortenblad holds the US Cup-CX series lead after the first weekend. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

Tobin Ortenblad holds the US Cup-CX series lead after the first weekend. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2. © Jake Orness

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, 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)

15Emma WHITE*Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com48:35
26Maghalie ROCHETTECLIF Pro Team48:48
33Kaitlin KEOUGHCannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com49:06
47Rebecca FAHRINGERStans NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gof49:16
58Crystal ANTHONYMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross49:16
610Christel FERRIERSas Macogep Aquisio49:22
72Ellen NOBLEAspire Racing49:52
84Carolyn MANIVan Dessel Factory Racing Team50:01
99Arley KEMMERERFearless Femme Racing50:13
1016Allison ARENSMANJ.A. King p/b BRC51:04
1111Ruby WEST*Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com51:13
1213Jennifer MALIKAmerican Classic Pro CX51:23
1319Luarel RATHBUNDonnelly Sports52:08
1425Regina LEGGETrek Cyclocross Collective52:14
1518Christa GHENTAmy D Foundation52:23
1622Katie CLOUSE*Alpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru52:55
1720Rachel RUBINOFearless Femme Racing53:06
1839Taylor KUYK-WHITEPhiladelphia Bike Expo53:14
1940Erin FACCONETeam Averica53:21
2136Natalie TAPIASJAM / NCC53:42
2214Julie WRIGHTTeam Averica43:43
2312Rebecca GROSSZero D Racing54:47
2415Erica LEONARDTransitions LifeCare p/b Garneau55:04
2517Dana GILLIGANGarneau-Easton p/b Transitions55:14
2643Leslie LUPIENTeam Averica55:21
2823Fiona MORRISSpeedvagen MAAP@2Lap
2938Philicia MARIONAmerican Classic Pro Cyclocross@2Lap
3042Meghan OWENSUVM Cycling@3Lap
3124Turner RAMSAYAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Subaru@3Lap
3235Alex CARLSONCycle-Smart@3Lap

Men's Results - 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 2 (Sunday)

13Tobin ORTENBLADSanta Cruz / Donkey Label Racing58:39
21Stephen HYDECannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld58:42
34Curtis WHITECannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld58:44
42Kerry WERNER JR.Kona Factory CX Team58:44
517Bjorn SELANDER58:53
613Cooper WILLSEY*Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld59:03
750Jeremy POWERSAspire Racing59:06
825Denzel STEPHENSON*Evol59:07
914Grant ELLWOOD*BCS Elite Cross59:08
106James DRISCOLLDonnelly Sports59:15
1149Spencer PETROV*Aspire Racing59:45
1219Fernando RIVEROS PAEZStans NoTubes p/b Maxxis / CZ1:00:14
1310Garry MILLBURNSpeedvagen MAAP1:00:20
1411Jeremy DURRINNeon Velo Cycling Team1:00:21
1516Troy WELLSTeam CLIF BAR1:00:34
169Jack KISSEBERTHJAM / NCC1:00:35
1762Nick LANDO*Elite Pro Factory1:00:47
1820Garrett GERCHAR*Clif Bar Development Mountain B1:00:56
1924Brody SANDERSON*Centurion Next1:01:05
2012Justin LINDINEApex / NBX / Hyperthreads1:01:08
2123Nicholas DINIZ*NCCH Elite p/b MGCC1:01:12
2234Andy SCOTTRiverside Racing1:01:16
2353Ross ELLWOOD*Boulder Cycle Sport1:01:28
2530Jack TANNER*Team Clif Bar Developement Cycl1:02:13
2628Brendan MCCORMACKApex/NBX/Hyperthreads1:02:18
2758Marc-Andre DAIGLEGarneau- Easton P/b Transition1:02:24
2832Adam MYERSONCycle-Smart1:02:33:
2927Anders NYSTROM*ClifBar1:02:44
3026Matt TIMMERMANCannondale/ CyclocrossWorld1:02:45
3122Gunnar HOLMGREN*Garneau- Easton P/b Transition1:03:11
3254Zachary CURTISBMB Racing1:03:41
3355Andrew BORDEN*X-Men1:03:41
3464Peter GOGUEN*RACE CF1:04:19
3533Jules GOGUELYApex / NBX / Hyperthreads1:04:36
3652Patrick COLLINSMinuteman Road Club1:05:51
3765Christopher RABADIUnattached@2Lap
3857Johannes STROMSKI*Killington Mountain School@3Lap
3960David HILDEBRANDAetna-Expo Wheelmen@3Lap
4051Christian SUNDQUISTN/A@3Lap
4129Nate MORSEMinuteman Road Club@4Lap
DNF59Michael OWENS*Hands-On Cycling p/b GuerciottiDNF
DNF63Ben POWERS*Riverside RacingDNF
DNF56Clyde Sebastian LOGUE*Colonial Bicycle CoDNF