HENDERSONVILLE, North Carolina—One of the final two weekends of competition for the 2016-17 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (ProCX) took place at the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix (NCGP). In addition to final ProCX points, athletes came to western N.C. to earn their shares of a $6,400 prize purse for UCI Category 2 Elite Women and Men. Saturday also featured four categorized collegiate races for men and women.

Fahringer Climbs to the Top in North Carolina

Rebecca Fahringer takes her first USAC ProCX win at 2016 NCGP Day 1. © Weldon Weaver

Rebecca Fahringer takes her first USAC ProCX win at 2016 NCGP Day 1. © Weldon Weaver

Chilly temperatures, but clear, blue skies greeted the field for the UCI Elite Women’s race in the Blue Ridge Mountain town of Hendersonville. It turned into a battle of New England riders in the Tar Heel state. Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation) scored her first win of the 2016-17 Pro CX season in the pack-happy women’s event. The New Hampshire native has scored 11 Top 10’s this season in C1 and C2 events, with six podium finishes. Last week she was third at the C2 Ruts N’ Guts competition.

“I finally made the top step,” exclaimed Fahringer after crossing the line at the fast course at NCGP. “Happy to take my first UCI win in the last race weekend before Nationals, and excited to see what happens tomorrow.”

Fahringer and Crystal Anthony (Boulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo) took the early lead on the first lap, but it was Fahringer who opened a small gap at the end to lead to the win. Anthony, who has 17 Top 10s this season, would cross the line in second, her fifth podium of the year. Coming into the final weekend of racing for Pro CX, the Massachusetts rider was fourth overall in the Elite Women’s individual standings.

Anthony, Fahringer and Maximenko. 2016 NCGP Day 1.

Anthony, Fahringer and Maximenko. 2016 NCGP Day 1.

The contest of 31 competitors was packed together most of the day, as the course provided dry, fast conditions. It was a sprint to the line for the final podium spot, nabbed by Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team) of Connecticut. She edged out Emily Shields (Hearts Racing Club) of N.C.

Cowie Leads North Carolinian Sweep

Willsey, Cowie and Livermon. 2016 NCGP Day 1.

Willsey, Cowie and Livermon. 2016 NCGP Day 1.

The field of 25 riders in the UCI Elite Men’s race whittled down to a pack of seven by the midway point. Lees McRae alum Kerry Werner (KONA Factory) would ride at the front for a while, and changed positions as surges rotated among the group that included Dan Timmerman (Stan’s NoTubes Elite), Cooper Willsey (Cyclocrossworld), Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), Travis Livermon (Maxxis Shimano), Alex Ryan, Robert Marion, and Byron Rice (Storm Racing Team).

Cowie would rule the day on his home turf for the win for his first Pro CX win this season. The Brevard, N.C. rider finished fourth at Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup last weekend.

Twenty-year-old Willsey seemed happy with a second-place finish, his first podium in a UCI Elite Men’s contest. He won the 2016 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championship for Division 2 Men this past January in nearby Asheville, N.C., riding for Furman University.

He edged out Livermon, another N.C. resident, who would finish third. In a disappointing fourth spot was Werner.


“Bad position on the last lap took me out of it. That’s racing and there is always tomorrow,” said Werner about a narrow miss for the podium on Saturday.

Pro CX races at the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C. and the Resolution Cross Cup in Garland, Texas are the season finales.

2016 NCGP - North Carolina Gran Prix Day 1 Women's Results

11FahringerRebeccaF28NHAmy D. Foundation
22AnthonyCrystalF37MABoulder Cycle Sport/ YogaGlo
34MaximenkoCassandraF34CTVan Dessel Factory Team
49ShieldsEmilyF24NCHearts Racing Club
53KemmererArleyF33PAFearless Femme Racing
66ArensmanAllisonF23NCJ.A. King p/b BR'C
713PattonGrayF32PAFreddie Fu Cycling Team
912ArensmanHannahF19NCTWENTY20 Pro Cycling
1014SwartzEmmaF20WITrek Cyclocross Collective
1211RathbunLaurelF21CORaleigh Clement
1310SchmitzAvanellF31VACelerity Cycling
147MalikJenniferF26OHCincinnati Cyclocross
1527ManessPaytenF19TXRenewed Cyclocross
1622ShieldsKatherineF24NCHearts Racing Club
1719KorolMeghanF33NCTeam Handmade
2023WilliamsLilyF23ILBonkers Cycling
2115TufanoAllysonF37MDSportif Coaching Group
2217LewandowskiRebeccaF32MDRare Disease Cycling
2516FacconeErinF33MABack Bay Cycling Club
2621LupienLeslieF29NHGreen Line Velo
2729CarrelliMariaF39GAThe 706 Project
TWENTY20 Pro Cycling
3026HausleLydiaF26MABack Bay Cycling Club
3120Kuyk-WhiteTaylorF30PALaser Cats Feline All Stars

2016 NCGP - North Carolina Gran Prix Day 1 Men's Results

156CowieTristan28NCTriple Oaks Racing
352LivermonTravis29NCShimano Maxxis
658RiceByron21NCStorm Racing Team
753TimmermanDan37NYStan's NoTubes Elite CX
859DavisMerwin25NCCyclus Sports
1060ReardonAndrew35TNSonic Cycling Team p/b Provision Sports M
1170HoughCharlie22SCUCI CT: Holowesko | Citadel Racing Team
1266TraviesoFrank37GAThe 706 Project
1362SheftallWilliam32NCDelta Racing
1463MullalyKeith19CTR2 Endurance Coaching
1865LivermonLucas34NCCyclus Sports
1971BarnesWill27NCBerger Hardware Bikes
2064VramboutOlivier43MNWaffle Power Cycling Club
2174McGillScott19MDLee & Associates Race Team
2269ReevesMatthew31GACycle-Smart Inc.
2573KlineGavin24VABSlow Racing