BALTIMORE, MD—After some exciting and muddy racing from Day 1, Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) and Katie Compton (KFC Racing p/b Trek-Panache) dominated again for Day 2 of the challenging Charm City Cross races.

Compton Hits Her Stride for Fourth Consecutive Win

American Katie Compton (KFC Racing pb Trek/Panache) of Wilmington, DE made it a clean sweep at Charm City Cross by taking her second win in two days. The reigning Cyclocross National Champion dominated the UCI C1 Elite Women’s event Sunday, covering the windy course in 46 minutes and 26 seconds.

Katie Compton is fast. Period. Charm City Cross 2016. © Ricoh Riott

Katie Compton is fast. Period. Charm City Cross 2016. © Ricoh Riott

Coming in a solid second was 19-year-old American Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) in 47:03. British champion Helen Wyman (Kona) finished the six-lap race alone in third, one minute and 10 seconds behind Compton.

Katie Compton leads Helen Wyman at the 2016 Charm City Cross Day 2. © Ricoh Riott

Katie Compton leads Helen Wyman at the 2016 Charm City Cross Day 2. © Ricoh Riott

“I’m definitely riding better, and I am healthy again. And I’m feeling good. That helps a ton,” said Compton about not only winning both Elite Women’s races in Baltimore this weekend, but taking back-to-back C1 races on the USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX). “I just want to go and make up for having a couple of not-so-great seasons. So I just want to be on the top again and then just race fast. So far so good. I’m really happy with what I am doing today.”

American Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing), who sits atop the Women’s Pro CX individual standings, took the holeshot, with White on her wheel. They were chased by a group of four in the early part of the race – Wyman, Compton, Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) of Burlington, Iowa, and Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) of Besacon, France.

Ellen Noble leads Emma White, but they would not finish in that order. © Ricoh Riott

Ellen Noble leads Emma White, but they would not finish in that order. © Ricoh Riott

“We were all a little hesitant at the start. I was following Caroline and a girl crashed in front of Caroline and opened up a big gap. So that is how the gap formed. And we were just chasing. We saw Helen and Emma off the front, so just trying to chase them down and I knew I had to be patient and wait. This course wears on you, the climb is tough, the ground is heavy. So I just had to stay consistent,” Compton said about making the final catch just past the Mansion House in Druid Hill Park to take the lead, and never looked back. “Once I caught Emma and Helen, I just got to the front in the sand and attacked, and it worked.”

“I’m definitely riding better, and I am healthy again. And I’m feeling good. That helps a ton.” -Compton

For a young rider like White, a second-place finish in the C1 Elite race at Charm City Cross was a charm for her. She took second in the opening C1 race of the Pro CX season at Rochester Cyclocross.

“It’s really, really special. One of the first races I did this year in Rochester, was a good start to the season. Since then, I’ve disappointed myself a little bit, just because I had such high expectations from the first race. But this race passes that race in my success ‘times 10’. Behind Katie Compton, this is the best race I have ever raced.”

Wyman was on the podium Saturday, but on the second step, right behind Compton. “It’s a really good course because it is hard,” Wyman commented. Even though it was dry and quite dusty, which isn’t my thing, it was hard. I actually quite liked the race. It’s quite nice to come to America in such a friendly atmosphere and see so many young people riding. It’s really exciting.

“Emma is an incredible talent. She really is as good as the best riders in the world. And Ellen is obviously talented too. It’s exciting to see. There needs to be more of them, we need that across the world. Hopefully, this new Under 23 world championships, last year was the first year, and hopefully we can roll that out into other race, and into the World Cups themselves, and that will grow the sport and keep young riders in the sport.”

For a second day at Druid Hill Park in Baltimore, Mani finished her day in fourth. A total of 38 riders out of 42 finished the C1 Elite Women’s race at Charm City Cross.

Now in its 12th year, the Charm City Cross entertained 48 Elite Women at the start line for Saturday’s C2 race. Wyman, who conducted a youth cyclocross clinic at Druid Hill Park on Friday, has been adopted in the Baltimore area as a favorite ricde, having won this event eight times, going back to 2011.

[See video highlights from the Charm City UCI C1 Day 2 women’s race here.]

Hyde Beats Powers Under Blue Skies 

Huge crowds watched 62 riders under blue skies at Druid Hill Park for the grand finale of Charm City Cross on Sunday. It was billed as a Hyde-Powers match-up in the Elite Men’s Category 1 race, and the crowds were not disappointed.

Stephen Hyde at full speed - Charm City Cross 2016. © Ricoh Riott

Stephen Hyde at full speed – Charm City Cross 2016. © Ricoh Riott

A large group of 15 riders drove the pace at the front for much of the eight-lap race. It was Pro CX men’s point leader Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld) of Easthampton, Mass., who made the final push and took his second win in two days at Charm City Cross.

“It was a real big group today. We waited until those last couple of laps and when I noticed that he (Powers) started to get impatient, starting to hit it hard, I stuck with him. When I thought it was the right time, I could go clear, I hit it really hard,” said Hyde, who made his final pass right before the bell lap. “I had good legs today. I was motivated, and coming off some good form from the beginning of the season.”

J Pow hops the barriers at the 2016 Charm City Cross. © Ricoh Riott

J Pow hops the barriers at the 2016 Charm City Cross. © Ricoh Riott

The real punches flew for the other two spots on the podium on the final uphill stretch, with Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) of Easthampton, Mass. edging Danny Timmerman (Stan’s NoTubes Elite CX) of Trumansburg, NY by half a wheel. Hyde won the C1 event in 57 minutes, 18 seconds. Powers and Timmerman were 13 seconds back.

“It was definitely a rhythm-type race—turns, corners, hills and it was really fast. Despite it being a really hard and challenging course, there wasn’t a ton of time, or places, to lay down an attack. I attacked with three to go, and he attacked with two to go, and I had to react to that. And I just didn’t have that CO2, high, high-end effort,” said four-time U.S. Cyclocross men’s national champion Powers about the head-to-head match with Hyde. “I felt like it’s a nice step towards a good, strong end of the season.”

Jeremy Powers sprints during the 2016 Charm City Day 2 Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

Jeremy Powers sprints during the 2016 Charm City Day 2 Elite Men. © Ricoh Riott

The large front group of 15 whittled away to 13 halfway through the race, then to seven combatants with two laps to go – Hyde, Powers, and Timmerman with Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team), Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano), Kerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team), Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) and Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement).

“Unfortunately I was in the back for much of the day, the back of the front group, which was really quite large. So I was stuck in the back of that for most of the day, which isn’t really smart positioning, I was spending too much energy and getting yo-yo’d,” said Timmerman about the race. “I had the legs today, so when it hit the fan and Jeremy and Stephen went for it, I made the cut. I was just barely was out of it, but I just made it back to Summerhill on the last half lap and was able to get away from him, and get up to Jeremy. He got me by half a wheel.

Yannick Eckmannleads Danny Summerhill at the Charm City Cross. © Ricoh Riott

Allen Krughoff leads Danny Summerhill at the Charm City Cross. © Ricoh Riott

“The last half a lap was all in, just go for it. I was getting frustrated being stuck in the back and I wanted to move up. It was hard to pass, because it was such a big group. I made a really hard push in the last half a lap and was able to just keep the pressure on and get up to Powers. I just didn’t have enough to get around him in the end.”

Summerhill finished 21 seconds back in fourth, followed by Driscoll in fifth, Durrin in sixth and Ortenblad in seventh.

[See video highlights from Charm City Day 2 Elite Men’s race here.]

The next events on the Pro CX calendar will be Category 2 races Oct. 15-16 in Gloucester, Mass. for the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester and in Boulder, Colo. for the US Open of Cyclocross. Follow the Pro Cyclocross Calendar on Twitter at @USACProCX.

2016 Charm City Day 2 Results - UCI C1 - Elite Women

11ComptonKatherineKFC racing p/b Trek/Panache46:2646:26
27WhiteEmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.47:0337
55MillerAmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo48:572:31
69CummingKathrynJalapeno Cycling49:212:55
710KemmererArleyFearless Femme Racing49:383:12
94NobleEllenAspire Racing50:133:47
1018GrossRebeccaKHS Bicycles50:223:56
1115ArensmanAllisonJ.A. King p/b BRC50:414:15
1334PattonGrayFreddie Fu Cycling Team50:484:22
1420BlandfordJennaWomen's Project Pedal p/b VO250:494:23
1635ShieldsEmilyKen's Bike Shop51:214:55
1717BarbossaStaceyMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te51:285:02
1822RubinoRachelFearless Femme Racing51:335:07
1919WrightJulieTeam Averica51:33s.t.
2025SchmitzAvanellMermaid Winery p/b VA Asset Gro52:115:45
2133TufanoAllysonSportif Coaching Group/Patapsco52:225:56
2223MalikJenWomen's CX Project52:346:08
2330DorinziNicolePro Mountain Outfitters52:406:14
2440DowidchukKatrinaMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te52:526:26
2524WulfkuhleKathleen717 Cycling p/b RSI Panels53:056:39
266AnthonyCrystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross53:176:51
2736LewandowskiRebeccaRare Disease Cycling / Keswick53:267:00
2942SheldonLibbeyCrosshairs Cycling p/b Bike Doc54:338:07
3049KirkpatrickKateMellow Mushroom54:438:17
3141Kuyk-WhiteTaylorLaser Cats Feline All Stars55:008:34
3231TapiasNatalieJAM / NCC55:038:37
3344Talley MeadKarenSEAVS/Haymarket55:409:14
3448BrodeSamanthaVeloFemme p/b Litzler56:019:35
3646ReinkordtElisabethLaser Cats Feline All-Stars56:3610:10
3737HausleLydiaTeam Averica56:4910:23
3839WhiteElizabethHOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN57:1410:48
@2Lap51Campbell-ForteAlexandraVanderkitten/Bike Stop Racing
@2Lap50ScheifeleCatiBike Line
DNF14Van GilderLauraMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/
DNS16KorolMeghanTeam Handmade
DNS32AdamsKennedyWomen's CX Project
DNS38McClureJacquelineRare Disease Cycling / Keswick
DNS21MertzNicoleNoCoast Racing powered by Intel

2016 Charm City Day 2 Results - UCI C1 - Elite Men

12HydeStephenCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.57:1857:18
21PowersJeremyAspire Racing57:3113
311TimmermanDanielStan's NoTubes Elite CX57:31s.t.
53driscolljamesRaleigh Clement57:4729
612DurrinJeremyNeon Velo Cycling Team57:5436
76OrtenbladTobinSanta Cruz Factory Racing57:5941
816KaiserCodyLangeTwins / Specialized58:0244
924CowieTristanTriple Oaks Racing58:03s.t.
107Werner Jr.KerryKona Endurance Team58:03s.t.
119ClarkAnthonySquid Bikes58:1254
128KrughoffAllenBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo58:1557
134WhiteCurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.58:211:03
1420KisseberthJackJAM / NCC58:21s.t.
1513EckmannYannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo58:22s.t.
1622MarecailleAntoninAvc Aix en Provence58:22s.t.
1825JuilianoAndrewVOLER/CLIF/HRS/ROCK LOBSTER59:512:33
2054SnyderJordanC3-Twenty20 Cycling59:54s.t.
2146SitlerJakeVan Dessel Factory Team59:572:39
2214haidetlanceRaliegh Clement1:00:032:45
2317MarionRobertAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:00:092:51
2523AitkenChristopherFocus Attaquer CX Team1:00:463:28
2667D'AvinoMarkCadence Cycling1:00:583:40
2752ResekHunterGiant Co-Factory Off Road Team1:01:103:52
2861FlisMarkSquadra Flying Tigers pb Jamis1:01:133:55
2953FestaMikePhiladelphia Ciclismo1:01:13s.t.
3071McGill, Jr.ScottLee & Associates/Scott/Race Pac1:01:344:16
3119Bradford-ParishKevinSET/coaching Giro ScratchLabs1:01:394:21
3270mihalikmichaelJmac Cycling/Novacare1:01:424:24
3348WulfkuhleAndrew717cycling p/b RSI Panels1:01:484:30
3442VillellaJordanVan-Dessel/Cyclus Sports1:01:544:36
3556CuppCodySET Coaching/Arlberg Sports1:02:094:51
3673CloutierTylerRenewed Professional Cyclocross1:02:185:00
3745BaileyAndrewKBC U23/ Team KBC Devo/Aubrey's1:02:325:14
3855AnthonyJesseRally Cycling1:03:165:58
3915SmithScottJAM / NCC1:03:336:15
4069TeetsJoshuaProMountain Outfitters1:03:456:27
4172BurkhardtJeremyC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:03:576:39
4268vramboutolivierwaffle power1:04:116:53
4341BradyMattisonDistrict Velocity Racing p/b Bi1:04:527:34
4447BornerThomasTruefit Racing1:05:027:44
4562MyersScottTeam BBC p/b Baltimore Bicycle1:05:127:54
4657WillisTimKING KOG1:05:308:12
4751GoorskeyAbeAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:06:038:45
4865GlassElwoodALL-CITY x BLACK HAND COFFEE CO1:07:179:59
@2Lap49McGowanAndrewC3-Twenty20 Cycling
@2Lap43MoralesVanCyclus Sports
@2Lap40StonerJerod717 Cycling P/B RSI Panels
@2Lap58BuehrerPrestonB2C2 p/b Boloco
@2Lap64StahnkeRyanBike Line
@3Lap74LundMylesPhiladelphia Ciclismo
@4Lap63SchultzPeterTeam Bikenetic
DNF5livermontravisMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross
DNF21ChapmanTomFocus Attaquer CX
DNF18ThompsonEricHED p/b Molten Speed Wax
DNF29RyanAlexMockOrange Pro CX Team p/b VP C
DNF66AnnonNathanPro Mountain Outfitters
DNF77PerreaultMattColonial Bicycle Company
DNF60SnyderAaronStan's NoTubes/7 Mountains Lodg
DNS44GrossStewartBike Line
DNS50SchottGregEndorphin Fitness
DNS75DutczakMichaelThe Pony Shop