Noble, shown here racing in Canada, has taken a row of breakthrough wins recently. © Andrew Reimann

Noble, shown here racing in Canada, took another win the weekend before Nationals. © Andrew Reimann

Although Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) was in transit for Day One of the 2015 Resolution Cross Cup Race in Garland, Texas, when she arrived, she made a statement on Day Two by taking a big win seven days before the National Championships. After tallying up five runner-up positions this season, and looking for her first UCI win, Noble broke through at the last ever Baystate UCI race, and has been on a run ever since. Today’s win marks four wins for the U23 JAM Fund rider in the last six races.

Erica Zaveta (Amy D. Foundation), a top ten finisher in Europe last Thursday in the G.P. Sven Nys, fought her jet lag well today, coming in to the finish line in second place, 46 seconds behind Noble and ahead of third place finisher Meredith Miller (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team). This is Miller’s first race since winning the Colorado State Championship last month.

In the Men’s Elite Race, Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015) was able to repeat his success from yesterday, although his win was more dramatic and hard fought as he had to sprint ahead to beat the other three riders who stuck with him for most of the race. All four lead men turned in the four fastest laps of the day, on the last lap of the race. The course either got faster throughout the day, or the four had something left in the tank in a strategic race for the win.

Justin Lindine (Redline), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) and Kerry Werner (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit) made up the remainder of the group of four who pulled away from the rest of the pack.

Zach McDonald recalls his lap leading the 2014 Qiansen Trophy Cyclocross Race in China. © Cyclocross Magazine

Zach McDonald is hitting his stride before Nationals. photo: McDonald while racing for KCCX in China. © Cyclocross Magazine

Trebon looked to be beyond recovery mode today as he surged forward on the laps and committed to a long sprint for second place. Yesterday, he barely missed the podium with a 4th place finish.

Lindine was able to gather enough strength on the final sprint to take third, seconds before Werner. Lindine is now stringing together three in a row podium spots from his last three races.

The big spotlight off the podium, however, was local Tristan Uhl (ATC Racing), who was able to place 6th after just missing the top ten in yesterday’s race. The Texan will certainly be a crowd favorite next week at the National Championships, and it will be interesting to see if he can take a similar result on the final stage of the year.

Some other race highlights: 2014 Junior Women 13-14 Cyclocross National Champion Katie Clouse won the Cat 1-4 Women’s race, Craig Etheridge won the singlespeed race, and Mike Yozell took the Master’s 40-49 race.

Stay tuned for full men’s results:

2015 Resolution Cross Cup Day 2 Women's Results - Garland, TX

PlaceBibNameCity, StateTeamTime
129Ellen NOBLEKennebunkport, MEJAM Fund / NCC0:42:32
22Erica ZAVETABrevard, NCAmy D. Racing0:43:18
312Meredith MILLERBoulder, CONoosa Professional Cyclocross Team0:43:24
43Beth Ann ORTONPortland, ORTeam S&M Sellwood Cycle Repair0:43:24
55Maureen BRUNO ROYArlington, MABob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:43:26
615Amanda NAUMANMission Viejo CaSDG-Bellwether pb Krema Peanut Butter0:43:41
724Amanda MILLERFort Collins, COBoulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo0:43:56
816Carolina GomezVillafaneEsquel ArgentinaVanderkitten CX0:44:10
931Rebecca FAHRINGERConcord, NHJAM Fund / NCC0:44:34
1032Carol Jeane SANSOMEEagan, MNCounty Cycles Masters CX p/b Trek0:44:37
1133Christina BIRCHSomerville, MAJAM Fund / NCC0:44:41
1211Emma WHITEDelanson, Devo Team0:45:00
1326Catherine MOOREWaco, TXSquadra Di Servitori0:45:02
1410Jessica CUTLERSeattle, WAJamis Bikesport p/b WA Bike Law0:45:30
1634Christina GOKEY-SMITHDenton, TXPepper Palace Pro Cycling0:46:27
1830Samantha RUNNELSAustin, TXATC Racing0:47:39