BOULDER, Colo. (Oct. 14, 2017) – The U.S. Open of Cyclocross featured a full docket of UCI races on Saturday, and points for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). Strong winds provided as much of a challenge as the new courses at Valmont Bike Park, which began with the second event of the year for the Junior 17-18 Men. It would be the first Under-23 competition of the season for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX).

Gomez-Villafane Wins Juniors, Hecht U23s

Benjamin Gomez-Villafane (Top Club CycloCross) would claim his second Junior victory of the 2017 season, adding to a win and a third place he earned at KMC Cross Fest two weeks ago.

Gage Hecht of Parker, Colo. (Alpha Bicycle Co. – Groove Subaru) was well off the front on the bell lap and won the U23 contest. Among the chasers were a Boulder duo of Grant Ellwood (Boulder Cycle Sport) and Eric Brunner (EVOL Racing), who would finish would finish second and third, respectively.

“Today was a super fun race. It’s probably the best I have felt this season,” said Hecht about winning the opening U23 race of the ProCX calendar. “I was excited to put some power into it today. It was so windy out there. A couple of sections out there I was actually having to run just because you couldn’t keep the bike underneath you. It definitely made it a huge challenge out there. It was a blast.”

Mountain Bike Star Huck Wins Women’s Race

The UCI Category 2 Elite Women’s race was won by 2017 U.S. National Short Track Cross Country national champion Erin Huck of Boulder. She made her move in the final half lap of the women’s event to outdistance France’s Caroline Mani (Van Dessel) and 17-year-old Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle Co.).

“I figured I might as well go for it,” said Huck about her first cyclocross race of the year. “I was using my mountain bike skills to descend pretty well. Definitely noticed that I had a lack of some cyclocross skills, any time it came to a dismount section. So I figured the girls would catch up to me on the back side, but fortunately I was able to keep my distance.”

2017 US Open of Cyclocross podium © B. Lee

2017 US Open of Cyclocross podium © B. Lee

Driscoll Outsprints Van den Ham in Men’s Race

The UCI C2 Elite Men came down to a wild-west sprint between Jamie Driscoll (Donnelly Sports) of Park City, Utah and Canadian Michael van den Ham (Garneau Easton), with Driscoll scoring his first ProCX win of the year. Twenty-three-year-old Keegan Swenson (Cannondale/3Rox) of Park City would finish third.

“It was just fast and bumpy out there. I had the classic diesel engine, but I thought I’d have a little more pop. I was able to climb my way back after many accelerations, so I knew it wouldn’t be a late move that would give me any success,” said Driscoll about his C2 sprint win, which was won by centimeters rather than inches. “I went full gas the entire (last) lap. Because of the head wind on the sprint, I was expecting people to come around me. It was a short enough sprint that I held them off. Honestly, when I crossed the line, I didn’t know I took it (the win). Michael was there. We both threw the bike and it was inches.”

ProCX racing continues in at Valmont Bike Park in Boulder on Sunday, with additional contests for all UCI events. Sponsors for the event include Clif Bar, Shimano and Giant Bicycles. The Ska Brewing Beer Garden opens to the public at 11 a.m., with proceeds benefiting the Believe Ranch and Rescue Foundation.

Elite Women's Results - 2017 US Open of Cyclocross Day 1

1111Huck, Erin3 Rox Racing-Cannondale43:51
2101Mani, CarolineVan dessel /atom composites43:56
3110Clouse, KatieAlpha Bicycle Co43:57
4104Gomez Villafane, SofiaPivot Cycles pb DNA Cycling43:59
5102Mcfadden, CourtenayPivot Cycles p/b DNA Cycling44:18
6103Gilbert, SunnyVan Dessel Factory Team45:02
7117Bernstein, CaitlinVive La Tarte CX45:17
8120Runnels, SamanthaSquid Bikes45:20
9119Kachorek, EmilySquid Bikes45:35
10107Arman, DanielleTenspeed Hero/Firefly Bicycles45:44
11105Gross, RebeccaZero-D Racing45:54
12108Rathbun, LaurelDonnelly Cycling Team45:55
13137Gould, GeorgiaBoo Bicycles45:56
14114Ghent, ChristaAmy D Foundation45:7
15138Engelsted, Anna KatrinaBoulder Cycle Sport46:15
16135Schmidtmann, PetraVan Dessel Factory Cycling46:17
17133Legan, KristenEVOL DevoElite Racing46:18
18134Beisel, AmyKenda tire47:00
19112Mallory, ShannonNWCX Project47:16
20130Holland, JoleneUltra Violet47:19
21115Franz, HeidiNWCX Project47:28
22127Livingston, SuzieTOPO Cycling48:13
23116Morris, FionaSpeedvagen x MAAP48:30
24121Larkin, MariaThe Meteor p/b Allied48:38
25131Newlin, MeghanFull cycle/Topo48:39
26128Daniel, MarsaMD Endurance Coaching48:42
27126Lilley, AvaBend Endurance Academy49:13
28140Ethridge, LeslieTopo Designs Cycling Club49:32
29118Ramsay, TurnerAlpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru50:06
30129Jorgenson, NicoleBauerhaus x Tenspeed Hero50:50
31113Zoerner, AshleyGroove Subaru excel sports53:03
32139Jeddeloh, LauraMD Endurance Coaching@1Lap
DNF109Miller, MeredithRapha
DNF125Dorovskikh, AnnaBoulder Cycle Sport
DNF132Downey, JennaPeachtree Bikes
DNF136Kuper, DanaTeam Roaring Mouse

Elite Men's Results - 2017 US Open of Cyclocross Day 1

11Driscoll, JamesDonnelly Cycling Cyclocross Team1:00:48
22Van Den Ham, MichaelGarneau - Easton P/B Transitions Life Cs.t.
340Swenson, KeeganCannondale/3Rox Racings.t.
49Riveros Paez, Hector FernandoStan'S Notubes P/B Maxx / Construction1:00:58
53Krughoff, AllenKrughoff Racing1:01:15
66Kaiser, CodyLange Twins / Specialized1:01:16
74Millburn, GarrySpeedvagen X Maap1:02:02
838Baddick, ChrisBoulder Cycle Sport1:02:05
95Eckmann, YannickCuore Racing Team1:03:10
1011Mcpherson, IanEvol Racings.t.
1112Cupp, CodyGillespie Eye Care/Set Coaching/Arlberg1:03:13
127Bradford-Parish, KevinGillespie Eye Care/Setcoaching1:03:34
1324Flis, MarkX-Men/ Trek/ Storm Cycles1:03:38
1428Whitney, JoshEvol Racings.t.
1514Wild, AlexTrail Head Racing / Specialized1:04:05
1639Dolzani, SamuelHoney Stinger / Bontrager1:04:05
1741Schroeder, AllanProject Aka1:04:35
1830Pursell, TerolRedspoke Racing P/B Remax Pros.1:04:54
1934Johnson, KyleTeam Yacht Club1:04:59
2035Day, KevinRollout App1:05:02
218Mackey, SkylerKccx Elite Cyclocross Team1:05:36
2254Jacobs, JaysonBreismeister Factory1:06:22
2343Huizenga, JacobChicago Cuttin Crew1:06:23
2426Fossell, EricCos Racing1:06:25
2525Ganter, ChrisRolf Prima P/B Niner Maxxis Champsys1:06:26
2642Allen, WilliamFeedback Sports1:06:29
2736Rinn, RyanVive La Tarte Cx1:06:30
2832Ostrowski, JeremyReynolds Roofing1:07:44
2927Vaughn, AaronRallysport1:08:14
3031Dolzani, ZacharyHoney Stinger1:08:27
3122Thomas, NickTrek Cyclocross Collective1:09:11
3221Weiss, TimberLit Af@ 1 Lap
3323Coats, JamesSpokesman Cyclocross@ 3 Lap
3433Kappius, BradenTeam Clif Bar@ 5 Lap
3537Hindman, StevePen Velo Racing / Summit Bikes@ 5 Lap
DNF13Direen, JoshGroove Subaru-Excel Sports
DNF10Downing, SpencerPanache Houndstooth Racing

U23 Men's Results - US Open of Cyclocross Day 1

146Hecht, GageAlpha Bicycle Co./Groove Subaru54:00
248Ellwood, GrantBoulder Cycle Sport54:23
351Brunner, EricEvol Racing54:54
447Chance, MaxxEVOL Racing55:14
545Haidet, LanceDonnelly Cycling55:24
652Stephenson, DenzelEvol Racing56:26
766Ellwod, RossBoulder Cycle Sport56:28
850Gerchar, GarrettClif Bar Cyclocross Team56:29
953Tanner, JackClif Bar Development Cross Team57:35
1049Fix, BrannanAlpha Bicycle Co.-Groove Subaru57:55
1163Sotebeer, DrewAlpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru1:00:04
1262Buckley, HarrisonProcycling Race Team1:00:25
1365Anderson, JonathanFort Lewis College1:02:04
1467Melton, WileyMelton Design Build PB GS Forza@2Lap
1564Franze, Brentgiant co factory buena park bikes@2Lap
1661Whittemore, NevinClif Bar Development Cross Team@3Lap

Junior Men's Results - US Open of Cyclocross Day 1

171Gomez Villafane, BenjaminTopClub CycloCross40:00
289Bickmore, TorinBoulder Junior Cycling40:01
385Clark, TylerKMS cycling Killington Mountain School40:02
473Funston, ScottRad Racing NW40:03
572Wood, CalderRad Racing NW40:04
684Jones, HenryBend Endurance Academy40:06
886Brown, SamKona Super Grassroots41:51
990Johnson, BenjaminUnattached42:19
1082Watson, CampbellBoulder Junior Cycling42:32
1183Reynolds, TylerTrek Cyclocross Collective42:40
1287Ritzow, MaxPDX Ti42:41
1388Pawlak, NathanPrestige Imports44:03
1481Limpach, ColeHarvest Racing@3Laps