Gabby Durrin took the lead and didn't look back at StarCrossed. © Robert Grunau

Gabby Durrin took the lead and didn’t look back at StarCrossed. © Robert Grunau

by Robert Grunau

StarCrossed returned as a UCI race this year and several of US cyclocross’s top riders were on hand at the race, which took place at Marymoor Velodrome, just a short drive from Seattle out in Redmond, WA. With less than a week to go until CrossVegas, the race was a good indicator of who is holding some early season form.

Gabby Durrin (neé Day) (Rapha-Focus) took top honors on the dry bumpy course, after distancing herself from three-woman group containing Bellingham, WA, native Courtney McFadden (Bicycle Blue Book, HRS, Rock Lobster) and Canada’s Mical Dyck (Stan’s NoTubes) at the race’s mid-point. McFadden and Dyck were the only ones who could follow in the race’s early stages, but in the end, Durrin’s attacks were too much. Durrin crossed the line with a healthy thirty-second gap over McFadden.

The men’s race played out a bit differently, with the lead changing nearly every lap. Raleigh-Clement’s Ben Berden was the early instigator and held on with a lead group containing Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b and National Champion Jonathan Page (Fuji/Competitive Cyclist).

Powers and Trebon were able to distance themselves from Berden and Page, who stuck close together after Page shut door on the Belgian as he was attempting to hop the barriers on the fourth lap.

Powers and Trebon carried a large gap through the last lap, with Powers taking the victory against Trebon after gapping him at the stairs and using that gap to best him in a two-up sprint down the course’s final stretch. Berden was able to drop Page on the last lap, giving the Belgian the third step of the podium.

After the race Powers complemented Berden on his barrier hopping skills, to which “Big Ben” replied, “I spent all summer practicing.”

Some race notes from StarCrossed 2013:
The race featured a rematch of the top three from the 2013 Raleigh Midsummer Nights Cyclocross Race, with the top three from the July race finishing in reverse order in Seattle, with Berden third, Page fourth, and Decker fifth. It was a small bit of revenge for Page, who of course would have preferred to win, but finished one place ahead of Decker, who was racing a cyclocross bike (as required by UCI regulations).

JT Fountain was racing his singlespeed within the top ten before suffering a mechanical and finishing an impressive 13th place.

Missing from the Elite Men’s race was 2013 Junior National Champion Logan Owen, who will race with the U23 and Elites this year.

Most of the top male racers were on disc brakes, due to either sponsor requirements or personal choice.

StarCrossed 2013 Elite Men Results

RankNameNat.Age*ResultUci Pts
1Jeremy POWERSUSA301:01:5640
2Ryan TREBONUSA321:02:1830
3Ben BERDENBEL381:02:1820
4Jonathan PAGEUSA371:02:2315
5Carl DECKERUSA381:02:2610
6James DRISCOLLUSA271:02:268
7Allen KRUGHOFFUSA291:02:306
8Steve FISHERUSA231:02:344
9Adam CRAIGUSA321:02:362
10Spencer PAXSONUSA291:02:371
11Aaron SCHOOLERCAN281:02:40
12Troy WELLSUSA291:03:08
13Joseph FOUNTAINUSA381:03:16
14Benjamin SONNTAGGER331:03:33
15Russell STEVENSONUSA371:03:56
17Kevin NOILESCAN331:04:10
18Brennan WODTLIUSA251:04:10
19Tyler TRACECAN291:05:56
21Logan WETZELUSA261:05:56
22Ian CRANEUSA241:05:57
23Adam MCGRATHUSA261:06:10
24Kevin CALHOUNCAN341:06:44
25Chris ELLISUSA281:06:44
26Molly CAMERONUSA371:07:35
27Kris HOLDENUSA371:08:18
28Carson MILLERUSA24
30Sherwood PLANTCAN24
33Yoshitaka HAMAJPN29


StarCrossed 2013 Elite Women Results

RankNameNat.Age*ResultUCI Points
1Gabriella DAYGBR2944:44:0040
2Courtenay MCFADDENUSA2845:07:0030
3Mical DYCKCAN3145:13:0020
4Susan BUTLERUSA4245:14:0015
5Jessica CUTLERUSA3445:33:0010
6Beth Ann ORTONUSA3245:47:008
7Caroline MANIFRA2646:19:006
8Jean Ann BERKENPASCAN2946:28:004
9Rebecca GROSSUSA3346:30:002
10Marsa DANIELUSA3546:30:001
11Tina BRUBAKERUSA4546:30:00
12Jennifer GAERTNERUSA3846:34:00
13Natalie KONCZUSA3746:39:00
14Andrianna ZOLTONUSA2848:13:00
15Joele GUYNUPUSA2848:14:00
16Alexandra BURTONUSA3248:39:00
17Annemarije ROOKNED2648:42:00
18Katie MELENAUSA3548:49:00
19Kari STUDLEYUSA3348:57:00
20Heidi WOODUSA2848:59:00
21Shannon HOLDENUSA3749:22:00