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by Ricoh Riott

Beijing suburb Fengtai Changxindian hosted the second station of the 2016 Qiansen Trophy UCI C1 cyclocross races on a technical and varied course. With a location close to the city, the event enjoyed a good number of enthusiastic spectators and again high temperatures were a concern for racers, especially those more accustomed to racing in the depths of winter. As the eventual men’s winner would tell Cyclocross Magazine after the race “It was hot, you had always to drink a bit, to try to drink, but it was also not easy here on this course.”

Fengtai Changxindian's location close to the heart of Beijing drew good crowds, with some spectators fluffier than others.

Fengtai Changxindian’s location close to the heart of Beijing drew good crowds, with some spectators fluffier than others.

Proving that no challenge is insurmountable Marcel Wildhaber (Scott- Odlo Mtb Racing, Switzerland) and Ceylin Alvarado (Kleur Op Maat – No Drugs, Netherlands) both won their respective races in style with impressive early breakaways, but not without some resistance from other would-be trophy holders.

Alvarado Avoids Late-Race Drama, Kachorek Piles Up UCI Points

The Women’s Elite race found the course even drier and considerably trickier than it had been in previous days, with the earlier amateur races cutting up many of the corners and turning previously hardpacked turns onto slippery dust bowls. Bianca Van den Hoek (Rijwielpaleis Bilthoven-Mtb Licht Verzat, Netherlands) repeated her holeshot trick from Yanqing by a nose, but this time she had close company with Ceylin Alvarado and Melissa Anset (Flanders Australia, Australia) forming a trio, racing side by side up the ramp and onto the dirt.

Perhaps learning a lesson about late attacks earlier in the week, Alvarado struck almost immediately and earned herself a lead as the short climb reached its peak, handling the loose downhill well and growing her advantage as she attacked the second climb.

Ceylin Alvarado rode the technical course at Fengtai Changxindian clean with no major mistakes.

Ceylin Alvarado rode the technical course at Fengtai Changxindian clean with no major mistakes.

Behind her, both Naomi Williams (JBlood Adventures, Australia) and Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes, USA) had improved their positions and formed a chase group of three with Van den Hoek for the next lap. Only Kachorek moved to bridge the gap to Alvarado, pulling away between the two climbs.

Williams, Van den Hoek and Kachorek chase the lead at Fengtai Changxindian

Williams, Van den Hoek and Kachorek chase the lead at Fengtai Changxindian

The leader seemed comfortable and held her gap until the final lap where she appeared visibly tired, allowing Kachorek to begin making up time, but it was too little too late and Alvarado celebrated her first UCI C1 win.

A flat tire set back Kathryn Cumming's chances of joining in on the chase at the Qiansen Trophy 2016 second station.

A flat tire set back Kathryn Cumming’s chances of joining in on the chase at the Qiansen Trophy 2016 second station.

The chase group were very nearly joined by Katheryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling, USA) until a puncture sent her running to the pits and slipping back to a 9th place finish.

Qiansen Trophy 2016 Fengtai Changxindian Station Women's Podium: 1. Ceylin Alvarado (Kleur Op Maat - No Drugs, Netherlands )2. Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes, USA) 3. Bianca Van den Hoek (Rijwielpaleis Bilthoven-Mtb Licht Verzat, Netherlands)

Qiansen Trophy 2016 Fengtai Changxindian Station Women’s Podium: 1. Ceylin Alvarado (Kleur Op Maat – No Drugs, Netherlands )2. Emily Kachorek (Squid Bikes, USA) 3. Bianca Van den Hoek (Rijwielpaleis Bilthoven-Mtb Licht Verzat, Netherlands)

Emily Kachorek now is tied for the most UCI points of this 2016/2017 season, and leads all Americans in this category.

Wildhaber Upsets Belgians, Jongewaard Shows Off the Jersey

Soon the men lined up in sweltering Beijing summer heat, with minimal shade available on the Fengtai Changxindian course. The short starting straight left no room for hesitation and Chris Jongewaard (JBlood Adventures, Australia) didn’t hold back, scoring the holeshot and holding his advantage of a bike length up the ramp, under the flyover and around the first climb.

Jongewaard leads up the first climb in Fengtai Changxindian. Behind him, Marcel Wildhaber has other ideas...

Jongewaard leads up the first climb in Fengtai Changxindian. Behind him, Marcel Wildhaber has other ideas…

As the rest of the field fell away only Marcel Wildhaber was strong enough to follow, slowly gaining on the Australian National Champion and shadowing him around the second climb. Behind them teammates Jens Adams (Crelan – Vastgoedservice, Belgium) and Rob Peeters (Crelan – Vastgoedservice, Belgium) formed another tight pairing, maintaining a steady gap of 10 seconds behind the leaders.

As the second lap began, Wildhaber saw his opportunity, slipping past Jongewaard into first position and leading him down the first descent and over the double staircase. The pair stayed close for another two laps, but the Swiss rider was too strong and gradually a gap developed down the second descent and through the zigzags.

Throughout the race at Fengtai Changxindian Wildhaber wore a distinctive grin - or is that a grimace?

Throughout the race at Fengtai Changxindian Wildhaber wore a distinctive grin – or is that a grimace?

Jongewaard rode well but would never quite catch the eventual winner, improving on his earlier Qiansen result with a solid second place. Meanwhile Adams held his position for third step as Yanqing Station winner Peeters slipped back in the field, with any injuries the former had sustained in his nasty bell lap crash on Wednesday clearly not affecting his performance.

Qiansen Trophy 2016 Fengtai Changxindian Station Men's Podium: 1. Marcel Wildhaber (Scott- Odlo Mtb Racing, Switzerland), 2. Chris Jongewaard (JBlood Adventures, Australia), 3. Jens Adams (Crelan - Vastgoedservice, Belgium)

Qiansen Trophy 2016 Fengtai Changxindian Station Men’s Podium: 1. Marcel Wildhaber (Scott- Odlo Mtb Racing, Switzerland), 2. Chris Jongewaard (JBlood Adventures, Australia), 3. Jens Adams (Crelan – Vastgoedservice, Belgium)

Eric Thompson (HED Cycling P/B Molten Speed Wax, USA) and Sam O’Keefe (Jakroo, USA) rolled over the line in 9th and 10th place respectively as the first US riders in a truly international field.

After spending a week together, sharing meals, sightseeing and training and riding together, the 2016 Qiansen Trophy cyclocross week ended with a big celebration:

Full photo gallery below the results.

2016 Qiansen Trophy Race #2 UCI Cyclocross Results - Women - Fengtai Changxindian

RankBIBNameAgeCountryResultDiff.
17ALVARADO, Ceylin19NED41:38.0+0:00.000
24KACHOREK, Emily37USA41:56.1+0:18.063
3VAN DEN HOEK, Bianca41NED42:01.0+0:23.007
417NAOMI Williams37AUS42:08.6+0:30.573
514SARSON Ashley27CAN42:24.9+0:46.929
615LOCKE Rebecca37AUS42:27.7+0:49.731
18HORMES-RAVENSTUN, Reza Sylvia50NED42:56.0+1:20.986
85TAKEDA Waka25JPN43:09.5+1:31.474
92CUMMING Kathryn31USA43:14.2+1:36.197
109ARDAVE Lelde32LAT43:36.0+1:58.016
11ERLANDSSON Asa Maria43SWE43:38.4+2:00.439
128AN5ET Melissa42AUS43:43.2+2:05.149
1320W8DINGER Chelsea33USA44:41.4+3:03.365
1419CAMPBELL Steers28USA44:51.9+3:13.920
1521VAN PEER Sara31BEL45:59.5+4:21.449
1611KUKULOVA Martina22CZE46:21.9+4:43.911
1713STBNBURG Greete26EST47:07.9+S:29.929
1823MADARA Furmane25LAT47:11.4+5:33.427
196SIMPSON Josie43AUS47:26.9+5:48.879
2022MUTSUMI Sudoh48JPN-lap 1
2125LUKAS, Sarah28USA-lap 1
2224EASSON Joanne23AUS-lap 1
2326GINSBACH, Sarah33USA-lap 1
2416YASUDA Tomoko48JPN-lap 2
2527NEWSTEAD Joanne48GBR-lap 2
2628VAN ROMPAY Anke18BEL-lap 3
2729BAIBSTA Giulia Ferrando25!TA-lap 3
10VARDAROS Christine48USADNF
12VALENTINI Elena25!TADNS

2016 Qiansen Trophy Race #2 UCI Cyclocross Results - Men - Fengtai Changxindian

Pl.BibRiderAgeCountryTimeGap
12WILDHABER Marcel32SUI1:01:20.247+0:00.000
26JONGEWAARD Chris38AUS1:01:43.179+0:22.932
32ADAMS Jens25BEL1:02:10.713+0:50.466
410WILDHABER Michael27SUI1:02:31.216+1:10.969
514JANSEN Richard22NED1:02:35.086+1:14.839
69MAEDA Kohei23JPN1:02:35.518+1:15.271
78AL Thijs37NED1:03:02.863+1:42 .616
81PEETERS Rob32BEL1:03:16.147+1:55.900
916THOMPSON Eric28USA1:03:21.137+2:00.890
1017O'KEEFE Sam23USA1:04:22.337+3:02.090
1112LEWIS Shaun31AUSl:04:22.97S+3:02.728
1219FISHER Steve27USA1:04:32.624+3:12.377
1320JUDELSON Max30USA1:04:32.727+3:12.480
144KOSAKA Hikaru29JPN1:04:55.742+3:35.495
1521BAUER Josh27USA1:05:10.422+3:50.175
1618MUIZNIEKS Oskars28LAT1:05:26.487+4:06.240
1761ANDRESEN Andreas Lund19DEN1:05:31.963+4:11.716
1815REDENBACH Paul39AUS1:05:38.906+4:18.659
1928DE MEYER, Senne21BEL1:05:48.126+4:27.879
/2029GRANT Martin30GBR1:05:56.968+4:36.721
2125THUS, Wim19BEL1:06:05.935+4:45.688
2226BUTZOW Phillip30LUX1:06:35.343+5:15.096
2311HEKELE Emil40CZE-Lap 1
2424NIETERS Jared40USA-Lap 1
257BIANCO Marco35!TA-Lap 1
2623ODA Hijiri19JPN-Lap 1
2738HOWSON Michael31AUS-Lap 1
2822REARDON Andrew35USA-Lap2
2932MADGWICK James21GBR-Lap2
3027CUSWORT H Steven30AUS-Lap2
3135BISHOP Simon40AUS-Lap2
3259OTIENDER Sten Erik21EST-Lap2
3339HALL Gary42NZL-Lap2
3413KOSAKA Masanori54JPN-Lap3
3537OBRIST Fabian26SUI-Lap3
3648BREZINA Petr33CZE-Lap4
3733SNOVEL Aaron25USA-lap4
3851IKEMOTO Shinya39JPN-lap4
3942MATSUMOTO Shun41JPN-Lap4
4044GUD SKJS Eimantas25LTU-Lap4
4146MERSCH Patrick27LUX-Lap4
4250VIMBA Henrijs25LAT-Lap5
4336KALER Marshall31USA-Lap5
4443Scon Adrian38AUS-Lap5
4552KYBURZ Michael Lukas28SUI-Lap5
4645WARREN Dan37NZL-Lap5
4734VYKYDAL Jaroslav39CZE-Lap5
4853DICKSON Angus25AUS-Lap5
4954SAITOH Takuma20JPN-Lap5
    58     MCNAMARA, Matthew48USA-Lap5
5155SARKANS Raivis22LAT-Lap5
5256FUJITA Takumi20JPN-Lap6
5349WERTS Travis41USA-Lap6
5457TIETZ Martin39GER-Lap6
5540MANIKAS Domas27LTU-Lap6
5662MUHL Sandro32SUI-Lap6
5730SCHAFFNER Nicholas35USA-Lap6
5831PROKOFJEVSivars26LATDNF
41SOROKIN Dimitriy35RUSDNF
5HANSEN Kenneth26DENDNF
47DUNLEA Sean21GBRDNF
60REIMANN Andrew34USADNF
63KRISTAPSONS Daniels31LATDNF
64NELSON Bradley23GBRDNF

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In Fengtai Changxindian, Chris Jongewaard was quick around the first corner

In Fengtai Changxindian, Chris Jongewaard was quick around the first corner

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