Berden makes his way through the sand during cyclocross at Sea Otter. © Mike Albright

Berden makes his way through the sand during cyclocross at Sea Otter. © Mike Albright

Cyclocross in April? With Raleigh’s cyclocross race at Sea Otter and some top-tier pros lining up, it almost felt like fall as temperatures dropped, beers were poured, and crowds went wild at Sea Otter tonight.

In the women’s race, last year’s winner Raleigh-Clement’s Caroline Mani started strong, but Spy Optics/Marin’s Nicole Duke and Cal-Giant’s Rachel Lloyd were hot on her tail in the first lap. By the second lap of the 35 minute race, Lloyd and Duke had taken over the lead. In the last half lap, Lloyd attacked and opened a gap that she held on to for the rest of the race, soloing in for the win with Duke in second and Mani in third. Lloyd was a staple in the North American ’cross scene for years before taking a hiatus as a new mom, but we’re thrilled to see her back. She told us that cyclocross is high priority for her this coming season—stay tuned for a full interview!

In the men’s race, while Jonathan Page wasn’t on the start line this year, it was a star-studded field nonetheless with Ben Berden, Jamey Driscoll, Ryan Trebon and Justin Lindine all starting. Raleigh-Clement’s Berden took an early lead and never looked back, while Lidine (Redline) struggled in the start and took a lap to work his way into second. Behind them, Berden’s teammate Driscoll chased. Places behind them jumped around but the three stayed steady for the 40 minute race, with Berden taking the eventual win. Lindine told us that the second place finish made up for his result in the cross country race earlier in the day, which wasn’t the result he was hoping for. And Driscoll spoke to us about his new focus—a return to cyclocross with a bit of mountain biking tossed in, so stay tuned for that interview!

Check out all of our tech goodies from Sea Otter 2014, and keep checking as we start to get rolling into the long weekend.

Results below the gallery.

Sea Otter Cyclocross Mens Results 2014

1Ben Berden
2Justin Lindine
3Jamey Driscoll
4Robert Marion
5Lewis Gaffney
6Tim Allen
7Chris McGovern
8Murray Swanson
9Ryan Trebon
10Javier Colton
11Peter Glassford
12Bryson Perry
13Menko Johnson
14Clint Williams
15Jordan Anderson
16Logan Von Bokel
17Guillermo Marshallino
18Adam Looney
19Taylor Squillace
20Luke Demoe
21Josh Keener

Sea Otter Cyclocross Womens Results 2014

1Rachel Lloyd
2Nicole Duke
3Caroline Mani
4Mical Dyck
5Carolina Gomez Villafane
6Jena Greaser
7Caroline Dezendorf
8Hollie McGovern
9Nina Baum
10Liz So
11Maddie Ortenblad
12Karen Wilkinson
13Sharon Gregg
14Linda Elgart