By Robert Annis

Katerina Nash and Stephen Hyde took hard-fought victories on Sunday, the second day of the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival.

King’s CX definitely favored riders with big engines. Unlike the technical and hilly course at Devou Park the previous day, King’s CX was definitely a power course, with long straightaways and wide, swoopy turns. However most of the action happened in the Enchanted Forest, a series of short switchbacks on an incline, leading into a short, but steep, hill.

Being ineligible to compete in the Pan Am Championships the previous day meant fresh legs for Nash. © Kent Baumgardt

Being ineligible to compete in the Pan Am Championships the previous day meant fresh legs for Nash. © Kent Baumgardt

Nash (Clif Bar) hadn’t raced since Jingle Cross in September and didn’t know how her fitness would stack up against the rest of the elite field. She needn’t have worried. Nash and Saturday’s winner Katie Compton (Trek/Panache) broke away from the rest of the field on the second lap, trading pulls for several circuits. Nash and Compton were virtually neck-and-neck during the last lap when Compton clipped a pedal on the back half of the course.

“I went into those tight switchbacks just ahead of (Compton) and pinned it,” Nash said. “She’s so strong in the flats, I knew if I wanted to get away, it had to be in the (more technical) section.”

Nash and Compton traded places regularly during the race. © Kent Baumgardt

Nash and Compton traded places regularly during the race. © Kent Baumgardt

That momentary slip-up was all the Czech rider needed. A hard-charging Compton couldn’t close the gap, ending up in second place, 12 seconds back. Saturday’s U23 Women’s Pan-Am Championship winner Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) continued her excellent weekend, capturing the third step on the podium.

Hyde's lead grows as he turns over flawless laps. © Kent Baumgardt

Hyde’s lead grows as he turns over flawless laps. © Kent Baumgardt

Hyde (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) captured the biggest win of his career Saturday and followed it up with his second victory in a row. After nearly perfect weather for most of the day, a drizzling rain covered the course minutes after the elite men’s wave began. Turns that racers railed earlier in the day were taken much more cautiously, with several riders still hitting the deck. Many of the riders pitted, ditching their file treads for rubber with a bit more bite.

Despite having only a handful of wet races this year, “I practice in slick conditions every chance I get,” Hyde said. That preparation and confidence definitely helped, as Hyde remained upright and in command for much of the race. Part of a five-man break that included Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano), Curtis White (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) and Kerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team), Hyde started pulling away by a few seconds heading into the Enchanted Forest. What was a five-second lead had more than tripled coming out of the woods, with that lead doubling again by the end of the lap.

Hyde works his way forward with Powers close behind and Curtis White rapidly closing in. © Kent Baumgardt

Hyde works his way forward with Powers close behind and Curtis White rapidly closing in. © Kent Baumgardt

That gap left the rest of the chase group to battle it out over the remaining two podium steps. White, who attacked earlier in the lap, put in another hard dig about 50 yards after the barriers, only to slide out on the wet grass. The remaining three riders motored away, with Summerhill going on to capture second and Ortenblad outkicking Werner for third.

In the Juniors Elite race, Lane Maher (Hands-on Cycling Powered By Giant) climbed two spots to the top step of the podium Sunday, beating Saturday’s winner and U19 Men’s Pan-Am Champion Denzel Stephenson (Boulder Junior Cycling) and Alpha Bicycles Junior Development Team’s Kendrick Boots.

The exciting race was a suitable finale for the weekend’s Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival and the King’s CX venue, said Julie Herrmann, one of the Ohio Valley Cyclocross race directors responsible for the event.

“The pros continue to be impressed and love the differences in the technicality of the Pan-Am course and the flow of Kings,” Herrmann said. “It was a great farewell to one of our regular racers’ favorite venues.”

Several riders took celebratory shots in honor of the King’s CX course, which is slated to become a highway interchange in the near future.

Be sure to check out our race Photo Gallery below the results.

2016 Kings CX UCI C1 Results - Elite Women

PosBibNameTeamCity, STNATTimeGap
133NASH KaterinaClif Pro TeamTruckee, CACZE0:40:46--
21COMPTON KatherineKFC racing p/b Trek/PanacheColorado Springs, COUSA0:40:580.000138889
33NOBLE EllenAspire RacingSouthampton, MAUSA0:41:240.000439815
415ROCHETTE MaghalieClif Pro TeamSt-Jerome, QCCAN0:41:370.000590278
59MCFADDEN CourtenayZones/American ClassicBellingham, WAUSA0:41:470.000706019
66ANTHONY Crystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocrossBeverly, MAUSA0:41:590.000844907
74MILLER AmandaBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGloFort Collins, COUSA0:42:070.0009375
87FAHRINGER RebeccaAmy D FoundationConcord, NHUSA0:42:210.001099537
95WHITE EmmaCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.comDelanson, NYUSA0:42:240.001134259
1011GILBERT SunnyVan Dessel CyclingEllisville, MOUSA0:42:440.001365741
112ANTONNEAU KaitlinCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.comRacine, WIUSA0:42:590.001539352
1216MONTAMBAULT CindyTrek-GPLVal-David, QCCAN0:43:120.001689815
1319FINCHAMP HannahClif Pro TeamAltadena, CAUSA0:43:380.001990741
1443MCGILL SidneyFocus CX Team CanadaEdmonton, ABCAN0:43:480.002106481
158NAUMAN AmandaSDG - Muscle MonsterLaguna Hills, CAUSA0:43:480.002106481
1620ARENSMAN AllisonJ.A. King p/b BR'C Professional Cyclocross TeamRutherford College, NCUSA0:44:010.002256944
1722ARENSMAN HannahJ. A. King p/b BR'C professional cyclocross teamRutherford College, NCUSA0:44:010.002256944
1825ARMAN DanieleTenspeed HeroSt. Charles, ILUSA0:44:420.002731481
1923MALIK JenniferWomen's CX ProjectColumbus, OHUSA0:44:550.002881944
2012WEST RubyCannondale devo teamDundas, ONCAN0:45:050.002997685
2113GOMEZ VILLAFANE SofiaTenSpeed HeroPark City, UTARG0:45:200.003171296
2218BLANDFORD JennaWomen's Project Pedal p/b VO2Louisville, KYUSA0:45:390.003391204
2314BARSON AshleyFocus CX Team CanadaBolton, ONCAN0:45:520.003541667
2446LANGDON RachelFirst Internet Bank Cycling Team, USA0:46:010.003645833
2542SANTOS KatherineBe Real SportsIndianaplolis, INUSA0:46:150.00380787
2629MALLORY ShannonNWCX ProjectBellingham, WAUSA0:46:220.003888889
2740LEONARD EricaAngry Johnnys CyclingBarie, ONCAN0:46:520.004236111
2832ADAMS KennedyWomen's CX ProjectStow, OHUSA0:47:030.004363426
2917KELLY SiobhanTo Wheels Epic SportsLondon, ONCAN0:48:180.005231481
3041MITCHELL EllieNWCX ProjectAnchorage, AKUSA0:49:390.006168981
3130ZOERNER AshleyAlpha Bicycle Company Vista SubaruHighlands Ranch, COUSA@1 LAP
DNF10GREASER JenaBarkhamsted, CTUSA

2016 Kings CX UCI C1 Results - Elite Men

PosBibNameTeamCity, STNATTimeGap
12HYDE StephenCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.comEasthampton, MAUSA1:02:19--
28SUMMERHILL DanielMaxxis-ShimanoEnglewood, COUSA1:02:320.000150463
35ORTENBLAD TobinSanta Cruz Factory RacingSanta Cruz, CAUSA1:02:330.000162037
44WERNER KerryKona Endurance TeamBirdsboro, PAUSA1:02:330.000162037
53WHITE CurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.comDelanson, NYUSA1:02:460.0003125
67LIVERMON TravisMaxxis-Shimano Pro CyclocrossWinston Salem, NCUSA1:02:460.0003125
729HECHT GageAlpha Bicycle Co/Vista SubaruParker, COUSA1:02:470.000324074
824WILLSEY CooperCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld Devo TeamHinesburg, VTUSA1:02:520.000381944
91POWERS JeremyAspire RacingEasthampton, MAUSA1:03:010.000486111
106PAGE JonathanFujiPark City, UTUSA1:03:050.000532407
1114MARTIN JeremyFocus CX Team CanadaBoischatel, QCCAN1:03:070.000555556
1218HAIDET LanceRaliegh ClementSan Luis Obispo, CAUSA1:03:120.000613426
1317KAISER CodyLangeTwins / SpecializedEl Dorado Hills, CAUSA1:03:180.00068287
1441KRUGHOFF AllenBoulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo, USA1:03:240.000752315
1523PETROV SpencerCyclocross AllianceMason, OHUSA1:03:360.000891204
1611VAN DEN HAM MichaelGarneau-Easton Cycling, UNKCAN1:03:370.000902778
1712ECKMANN YannickBoulder Cycle Sport/ YogagloBoulder, COUSA1:03:370.000902778
189DILLMAN AndrewCyclocross AllianceFairdale, KYUSA1:03:380.000914352
1916LINDINE JustinApex / NBX / TrekNorth Ogden, UTUSA1:03:400.0009375
2028MATTER BrianMomentum Endurance CoachingSheboygan, WIUSA1:04:300.001516204
2121COWIE TristanTriple Oaks RacingMills River, NCUSA1:04:320.001539352
2227FIX BrannanAlpha Bicycle Company - Vista SubaruFort Collins, COUSA1:04:370.001597222
2315MCCONNELL MarkHot Sauce Cycling x GarneauCalgary, ABCAN1:04:510.001759259
2419CHANCE MaxxEvol racingBoulder, COUSA1:05:000.001863426
2552BRUNNER EricEvol RacingBoulder, COUSA1:05:030.001898148
2620ELLWOOD GrantBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGloBoulder, COUSA1:05:120.002002315
2713WELLS TroyTeam CLIF BARDurango, COUSA1:05:170.002060185
2834RICE ByronStorm Racing TeamDurham, NCUSA1:05:180.002071759
2926AITKEN ChristopherFocus Attaquer CX TeamWangi Wangi, UNKAUS1:05:210.002106481
3061JOHNSON JoshTeam NeighborLink CXIndianapolis, INUSA1:05:210.002106481
3130O'DONNELL TrevorReal Deal D'Ornellas PB GarneauBarrie, ONCAN1:05:420.002349537
3266LARSON MichaelA-D bikes/ western lithium/ velo renoBloomington, INUSA1:05:480.002418981
3322MCPHERSON IanEvol RacingBoulder, COUSA1:05:580.002534722
3439BEARD CameronCannondale P/B DevoBend, ORUSA1:06:090.002662037
3540NYSTROM AndersClifBarBoise, IDUSA1:06:120.002696759
3635BICKMORE CadeMARIAN UNIVERSITY CYCLING TEAMIndianapolis, INUSA1:07:140.003414352
3770KIEFFER SamuelRed Kite CoachingDublin, OHUSA1:07:380.00369213
3869ANDERSON JonathanFort Lewis CollegeTopsfield, MAUSA1:07:430.00375
3937TANNER JackBoulder Junior CyclingBoulder, COUSA1:07:480.00380787
4060RUSS KyleBrazen Dropouts Cycling TeamMadison, WIUSA1:07:490.003819444
4138CAMPBELL Kacey1st city cyclingFort Collins, COUSA@2LAPS
4225CHAPMAN TomFocus Attaquer CXAdelaide, UNKAUS@2LAPS
4359OWENS MichaelHands-On Cycling p/b GiantRichmond, VTUSA@2LAPS
4557BAILEY AndrewKBC U23/ Team KBC Devo/Aubrey's RestaurantsPiney Flats, TNUSA@2LAPS
4631GERCHAR GarrettClif Bar CX TeamBoulder, COUSA@2LAPS
4736CUPP CodySET Coaching/Arlberg SportsDurango, COUSA@3LAPS
4862SQUILLACI TaylorZen-HiFiAlbuquerque, NMUSA@3LAPS
4967GOGUEN PeterRace C.F.Hopedale, MAUSA@3LAPS
5065CLOUTIER TylerRenewed Professional CyclocrossDallas, TXUSA@3LAPS
5264VARABEI AntonRealDeal/D'Ornellas p/b GarneauToronto, ONCAN@4LAPS
5350KINGSBURY TreverIndependentBrevard, NCUSA@4LAPS
5451PADILLA NicolasG2 BikeAliso Viejo, CAUSA@4LAPS
DNF10TIMMERMAN DanStan's NoTubes Elite CXTrumansburg, NYUSA
DNF32DOWNING SpencerPanache Houndstooth RacingBoulder, COUSA
DNF33MACKEY SkylerKCCX Elite Cyclocross TeamTulsa, OKUSA

2016 Kings CX UCI C1 Results - Junior Men

12Maher, LANEHands-On Racing p/b GiantUSA0:39:07
21Stephenson, DENZELBoulder Junior CyclingUSA0:39:08
34Boots, KENDRICKAlpha Bicycles Junior Development TeamUSA0:39:09
43Holmgren, GUNNARGarneau EastonCAN0:39:09
56Clark, TYLERKMS Cycling - Killington Mountain SchoolCAN0:39:12
69Goguen, KEVINRACE CFUSA0:39:30
728Swartz, CALEBTrek Cyclocross CollectiveUSA0:39:45
832Palamarek, ETHANCentral Alberta Bicycle ClubCAN0:40:04
916Beirne, NICHOLASBetter Cycling/ Papa JohnsUSA0:40:09
1037Gunsalus, GREGAP Junior Development p/b Corner CycleUSA0:40:15
1129Wood, CALDERRad Racing NWUSA0:40:18
125Ellwood, ROSSBoulder Junior CyclingUSA0:40:31
1326Funston, SCOTTRad Racing NWUSA0:41:00
1436Logue, SEBASTIANKillington Mountain SchoolUSA0:41:13
1518Sotebeer, DREWAlpha Bicycle Co.- Vista SubaruUSA0:41:27
1617Bryant, ISAACAlpha Bicycle Co.- Vista SubaruUSA0:41:37
1724Smith, TYLERVan Dessel CyclesUSA0:41:48
1825Brooks, CAMDENAP Junior DevelopmentUSA0:41:55
1927Brunner, NOLANBoulder Junior CyclingUSA0:42:03
2015Buchanan, BRAYDENRevel / Rad Racing NWUSA0:42:19
2135Gomez Villafane, BENJAMINCycleSport-Specialized p/b Muscle MilkUSA0:42:24
2222Davis, WHEELERWenzel Coaching Junior DevelopmentUSA0:43:03
2320Rindisbacher, VIVIENKMS Cycling - Killington Mountain SchoolCAN0:43:17
247Sanderson, BRODYCenturion NextwaveCAN0:43:18
2523Christian, ALEXANDERTeam HandmadeUSA0:43:20
2630Young, ZACHARYBoltzStrongUSA0:43:41
2833Vaughn, DANIELNorthampton Cycling ClubUSA0:43:46
2919Busch, OWENLionhearts Junior RacingUSA0:44:46
3034Rockwood, DYLANLionheart Junior RacingUSA0:46:13
3138Allwein, ENZOTeam HandmadeUSA0:49:02
DNF8Noel, SAMCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld Devo TeamUSA

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Hyde took the hole shot and pushed the pace hard the entire race. © Kent Baumgardt

Hyde took the hole shot and pushed the pace hard the entire race. © Kent Baumgardt

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