When the riders vying for the US Cup-CX overall prize headed to Baltimore on Saturday, three women—Kaitie Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) and Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com)—were tied in the standings. There was a sense the two days at Charm City Cross could help provide some clarity in the chase for the $10,000 prize.

Keough did her part to help provide that clarity. She won both races over the weekend to grab a 15-point advantage over her teammate Emma White, who finished 2nd on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday.

Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com riders Kaitie Keough and Emma White congratulate each other for their podium finishes. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 1 (Friday) © J. Curtes / Cyclocross Magazine

Kaitie Keough and Emma White are first and second in the US Cup-CX series standings. 2017 KMC Cross Fest Day 1 (Friday) © J. Curtes / Cyclocross Magazine

Rochette bounced back from a tough 11th-place finish on Saturday to finish 2nd on Sunday. Rochette’s weekend highlights the sometimes cruel nature of the winner-take-all format of the US Cup-CX, but it also serves as a cautionary tale for the series leaders heading into the last three races in Cincinnati and Louisville—one mechanical, one bad race can have a steep cost.

Four of the seven races in the US Cup-CX series are in the books. The next two races will be in Cincinnati October 28 and 29, and the series finishes on Saturday, November 4 at the Derby City Cup in Louisville.

Stay tuned to Cyclocross Magazine for continuing coverage of the US Cup-CX series

Women's US Cup-CX Standings - After Four Races

PlaceLastFirstTeamKMC-1KMC-2Charm-1Charm-2OVERALL
1KEOUGHKaitlinCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com75607570280
2WHITEEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com65707060265
3ROCHETTEMaghalieCLIF Pro Team70652565225
4FAHRINGERRebeccaStans NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gofahr50555550210
5ANTHONYCrystalMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross55506045210
6NOBLEEllenAspire Racing454065150
7MANICarolynVan Dessel Factory Racing
355055140
8KEMMERERArleyFearless Femme Racing353045110
9ARENSMANHannahJ.A. King p/b BRC25254015105
10FERRIER-BRUNEAUChristelSas Macogep Aquisio6045105
11MALIKJenniferAmerican Classic Pro CX1415153074
12CUMMINGKathrynJalapeno Cycling304070
13CLOUSEKatieAlpha Bicycle Co. - Groove Suba401151
14BARBOSSAStaceyMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te143549
15WILLIAMSLilyPony Shop CX Team351449
16MAXIMENKOCassandraVanDessel / Atom Composite Wheels202545
17RATHBUNLaurelDonnelly Sports301444
18RUBINORachelFearless Femme Racing121081040
19WESTRubyCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com152035
20LEGGEReginaTrek Cyclocross Collective201333
21GOULDGeorgiaBoo Bicycles112031
22TAPIASNatalieJAM / NCC1361828
23SHIELDSEmilyKen's Bike Shop121224
24VAN GILDERLauraMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers 131124
25KUYK-WHITETaylorPhiladelphia Bike Expo109524