BALTIMORE, MarylandWinning ways continued for the leaders of USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX) at the opening events for Charm City Cross in Baltimore. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz / Donkey Label Racing) followed his double wins at last weekend’s KMC Cross Fest with the Category 1 victory in the Elite Men’s race at Druid Hill Park on Saturday. Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) would add to her collection of podium finishes for the Elite Women, outdistancing herself from teammate Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com).

Overcoming unusually hot and humid conditions, Ortenblad maintained his overall lead for the second of four stops on the Sho-Air US Cup-CX series, while Keough claimed enough points to break the three-way tie in the women’s points standings.

Keough Attacks to Win Teammate Battle

In the Women’s Elite C1 race, it would be White who would lead the early laps, followed close behind by Keough.

Maghalie Rochette led the way early on. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Maghalie Rochette led the way early on. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

The pair would work together to distance themselves from Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing), who struggled with the Baltimore heat for third place.

Emma White pushes her bike through the deep sand pit. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Emma White pushes her bike through the deep sand pit. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Keough would attack with two laps remaining, and solo her way to the win. It was Keough’s fourth ProCX win of the season. She now leads the Sho-Air US Cup-CX series, picking up valuable ProCX and UCI points as well.

Kaitie Keough celebrates her win. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Kaitie Keough celebrates her win. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

“It started really fast today. The course was really hard. I just hung in there in the group for the first couple of laps. With three to go, I kind of got a bit of a gap and just kept pushing. This is like the fifth weekend of having a really hot (racing) and it’s starting to take a toll. Hopefully, we’ll get some cool weather soon,” said Keough at the post-race press conference.

Women's podium: Keough, White, Noble. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Women’s podium: Keough, White, Noble. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Ortenblad Surges Late to Grab Win

Similar to last weekend at KMC Cross Fest in Connecticut, the Men’s Elite C1 race would see highly-tactical, large-group racing. It would eventually splinter down to a group containing Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), Kerry Werner (Kona Factory CX Team), Ortenblad and reigning U.S. National Champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com).

Ortenblad and Powers chat before the race. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Ortenblad and Powers chat before the race. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

“The men’s race started pretty fast. I led for probably the first two laps, I get excited and want to ride the front. I’m trying to work on patience,” Ortenblad said about the nine-lap battle. “I’d say halfway through some guys started to make moves. I was definitely starting to hurt pretty bad and it was taking longer to shut (down) little gaps.”

The race featured several lead changes. Here, Kerry Werner is in front. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

The race featured several lead changes. Here, Kerry Werner is in front. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Powers would control the front of the race for the final laps until the finishing straight. The final two obstacles, sand pit and barriers, would see Ortenblad make a move. A hard kick in the final meters would give him the edge. Powers would finish second and Hyde in third.

After the selection had been made Ortenblad, Hyde, Powers, and Werner would continue to battle for the lead. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

After the selection had been made Ortenblad, Hyde, Powers, and Werner would continue to battle for the lead. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

“Going into the last two laps, Jeremy Powers was just rolling super hard. He was on a good day today,” Ortenblad said about the race. “On the last lap, I was second wheel going up the hill, and somehow got shuffled to the back of the group and was in fourth, which is really not where I wanted to be. That was worst-case scenario.”

Tobin Ortenblad and others head up the Belgian-style flyover. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Tobin Ortenblad and others head up the Belgian-style flyover. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Ortenblad continued, “But the thing with being in fourth, you can rely on the guys in front of you to start fighting for position. And when people fight for position, they always end up running corners wide. So I got by Hyde and Kerry, and was on Jeremy’s wheel going into the sand. I just stayed on him and outsprinted him again.”

Men's podium: Ortenblad, Powers, Hyde. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Men’s podium: Ortenblad, Powers, Hyde. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Day 2 on Sunday

The ProCX competitions continue Sunday at Druid Hill Park with Category 2 Elite Women’s and Elite Men’s races at 3:15 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. It is the 13th year for cyclocross racing in Baltimore, and eighth year Charm City Cross has been internationally sanctioned. Entry for spectators is free, and will enjoy a miniature food truck festival, beer garden provided by Union Craft Brewing, race announcers, music and kid’s races. Sponsors include Union Craft Brewing, Wagner Roofing, Hostetter Agency, Twenty20 Cycling Co. and Hub Labels.

The Men's leaders run through the sand. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

The Men’s leaders run through the sand. 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1 © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Sunday will also be the fourth race for the new Sho-Air US Cup-CX series. The Sho-Air Cycling Group partnered with seven races at four venues 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.

Kaitie Keough took the win at the 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1. © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Kaitie Keough took the win at the 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1. © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

For detailed information, visit the official Charm City Cross web site, charmcitycross.com or follow the race on Twitter and Instagram (@C3CX, #charmcitycx). Follow the Pro Cyclocross Calendar on Twitter at @USACProCX.

Women's Results - 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamTimeBack
11KEOUGHKaitlinCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com44:2744:27
25WHITEEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com44:52:25
32NOBLEEllenAspire Racing45:14:47
47ANTHONYCrystalMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross45:21:54
56FAHRINGERRebeccaStan's NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gof45:3601:09
63MANICarolineVan Dessel Factory Racing
45:5101:24
78KEMMERERArleyFearless Femme Racing46:3202:05
812ARENSMANHannahJ.A King p/b BRC46:4602:19
926WILLIAMSLilyPony Shop CX Team46:5402:27
1013CUMMINGKathrynJalapeno Cycling46:5902:32
114ROCHETTEMaghalieCLIF Pro Team47:0502:38
129MAXIMENKOCassandraVanDessel/Atom Composite Wheels47:1202:45
1311MALIKJenniferAmerican Classic Pro CX47:1902:52
1421BARBOSSAStaceyMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te47:2402:57
1515VAN GILDERLauraMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/48:3004:03
1619SHIELDSEmilyKen's Bike Shop48:3704:10
1734GOULDGeorgiaBoo Bicycles48:4204:15
1814WINBERRYLauraSpeedvagen Family Racing49:0404:37
1948HUNTERJulieSEAVS/Haymarket49:1204:45
2023RUBINORachelFearless Femme Racing49:13s.t.
2118PATTONGrayFreddie Fu Cycling Team49:3905:12
2245SCHMITZAvanellXXCX p/b Starlight Apparel49:4005:13
2335SHELDONLibbeyCrosshairs Cycling49:4605:19
2422ORTONBeth AnnTeam S&M CX49:5705:30
2525TAPIASNatalieJAM / NCC50:0705:40
2624DORINZINicolePro Mountain Outfitters50:1305:46
2720GILLIGANDanaGarneau-Easton p/b Transitions 50:4406:17
2838TALLEY MEADKarenSEAVS/Haymarket50:5806:31
2910GROSSRebeccaZero D Racing51:0806:41
3036MALARSKIAnyaTransitions LifeCare p/b Easton51:1206:45
3132LUPIENLeslieTeam Averica51:2206:55
3230ZAVETAEricaCylance Pro Cycling51:4307:16
3331FACCONEErinTeam Averica51:4907:22
3444KULIECZAJulieAll-City | Black Hand52:3708:10
3546BRODESamanthaFreddie Fu Cycling Team52:5508:28
3633CAMPBELLFORTEAlexandraVanderkitten Entourage Racing
3742BLAKLEYBarbCRCA/KruisCX
3837MUDGETarynFearless Femme Racing
3947RUSSENBERGERSophieDaH?NGER
4016KELLYSiobhanTo Wheels Epic Sports Performan
4141REINKORDTElisabethTeam Laser Cats/Laser Cats Feli
4239MARIONPhiliciaAmerican Classic Pro Cyclocross
4343MONTGOMERYKelliStage 1
4440FESTALaurenRare Disease Cycling / Keswick
17ARENSMANAllisonJ.A. King p/b BRC

Men's Results - 2017 Charm City Cross Day 1

PlaceBibLastFirstTeamTimeBack
12ORTENBLADTobinSanta Cruz / Donkey Label Racin1:00:1401:00:14
26POWERSJeremyAspire Racing1:00:14s.t.
31HYDEStephenCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:00:16:02
43WERNERKerryKona Factory CX Team1:00:18:04
59PETROVSpencerAspire Racing1:00:57:43
64WHITECurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:01:1801:04
714COWIETristanTriple Oaks Racing1:01:2601:12
87DRISCOLLJamesDonnelly Sports1:01:3601:22
915KAISERCodyLange Twins1:02:3402:20
1013LINDINEJustinApex / NBX / Hyperthreads1:02:4802:34
1111KISSEBERTHJackJAM / NCC1:03:0102:47
128VAN DEN HAMMichaelGarneau - Easton Cycling p/b Tr1:03:1302:59
1312WILLSEYCooperCannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.1:03:3603:22
1422CHABANOVDanielHOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHU1:04:0603:52
1516SELANDERBjornBorah Teamwear / Bingham Built1:04:2404:10
1624DINIZNicholasNCCH Elite p/b MGCC1:04:4104:27
1730GOGUELYJulesApex / NBX / Hyperthreads1:05:0204:48
1829SMITHScottJAM / NCC1:05:1505:01
1932MURPHYEvanLudwig & Larsen Racing1:05:1605:02
2061RICEByronStorm Racing Team1:05:16s.t.
2127SNYDERJordan@Bicyclerealtor/ERO Verge Sport1:05:4105:27
2217BRADFORD-PARISHKevinGillespie Eye Care/SETcoaching/1:06:0305:49
2321DAVISMerwinCycle-Smart Inc.1:06:0905:55
2418O'DONNELLTrevorLakeside Storage Cyclocross1:06:1305:59
2523HOLMGRENGunnarTeam Ontario / Centurion Next W1:06:3606:22
2649RABADIChristopherUnattached1:06:3806:24
2731CLOUTIERTylerTransitions LifeCare p/b Garnea1:07:3207:18
2825RYANAlexMock Orange Bikes@1Lap
2960GINIATAndrewPony Shop CX Team@1Lap
3063WULFKUHLEAndrew717cycling p/b RSI Panels@2Lap
3146VILLELLAJordanCycle Smart@2Lap
3250BURKHARDTJeremyC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.@2Lap
3355KIEFFERSamuelRed Kite Coaching@2Lap
3447MCGILLScottKelly Benefit Strategies@2Lap
3551SHEFTALLWilliamSpirited Cyclist@2Lap
3656TYLERMatthewLaughing Dog Bicycles@2Lap
3766BORNERThomas@2Lap
3828MCCORMACKBrendanApex/NBX/Hyperthreads@2Lap
3958RICCIChristianLakeside Storage Cyclocross@2Lap
4040FESTAMikePhiladelphia Ciclismo@2Lap
4162GRIFFOGreggPark Ave Bike p/b Borah Teamwea@3Lap
4245GRENIERRyanThe Fast Forward@3Lap
4357MYERSScott@3Lap
4454BAILEYAndrewCycleWorks@3Lap
4543STAUFFERJesseEast Ridge Outfitters/BicycleRe@3Lap
4641BLACKBURNTrentJAM / NCC@3Lap
4748MILLERPatrickThe Fast Forward@3Lap
4852SUNDQUISTChristianN/A@4Lap
4953SCHULZGeorgeVan Dessel Factory Team@4Lap
DNF10LIVERMONTravisMaxxis/ShimanoDNF
DNF19WELLSTroyTeam CLIF BARDNF
DNF26POSTIERDylanGarneau-Easton p/b Transitions DNF
DNF64DEWALDRyanTeam SkylineDNF
DNF42O'KEEFESamuelHOUSE IND/NOKIA HEALTH/SIMPLEHUDNF
DNS5VAN TICHELTYorbenERA - Circus
DNS20RIVEROS PAEZHector FernandoStan's NoTubes p/b Maxxis / Con
DNS44EUSTISColinSons United Racing Team
DNS59NIETERSJaredSEAVS/Haymarket