Page hopped the barriers while Bazin often ran them, but Page's bobble in a corner cost him the win. Brian Boucheron

Page hopped the barriers while Bazin often ran them, but Page's bobble in a corner cost him the win. © Brian Boucheron

ROCHESTER, New York — The first UCI race of the Fall 2012 season was typical for cyclocross: muddy, rainy, with a healthy dose of potential for lightning. While conditions were dramatically different on Day 1 from the 2011 event, the results were the same, with a Brit and Frenchman taking the wins at Rohrbach’s Ellison Park UCI Cyclocross Race.

Report by Todd Scheske and Molly Hurford

Wyman Takes the Women

Wyman solos to the win. Brian Boucheron

Wyman solos to the win. © Brian Boucheron

In the women’s race, Helen Wyman (Kona) continued her streak of strong starts to her cyclocross seasons, taking a win in front of Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) and Patricia Buerkle (Edlow p/b Bike Beat) to take her second straight win in Rochester. Wyman will aim to go three-for-three with Day 2 tomorrow.

Helen Wyman wasted no time stamping her authority on the race and with the hole shot out of the grid and coming through the finish the first time with a 32 second lead over Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), Patricia Buerkle (USA),  and Gabriella Day (GBR).   From that point forward it was a race for second as Wyman steadily grew her lead with text book technique and a powerful climb up the meadow climb.  Kemmerer held tough for the better part of 2 laps and then began to slide back as Day drove forward to try to real back Wyman.  The 7 time British National Champion would have none of it though and drove harder solidifying her grip on the race.  As the laps wound down any semblance of a group was dismantled and riders fought tooth and nail to maintain their places.  Wyman finished the demanding course with a comfortable margin over Day who held off the charge from third placed Buerkle.

‘Ze Frenchman’ Takes the First Men’s Win of the Season

In the men’s race, Frenchman Nicolas Bazin (Bigmat – Auber), like Wyman, continued his winning ways in Rochester, leading home Americans Jonathan Page (Blue) and Justin Lindine (Redline).

Over the course of the race, the men saw improving course conditions as the sun began to make a reappearance and they wasted no time making the most of the speedier course.   Jonathan Page fired the first warning shot as he came through the end of lap one with a 2 second advantage over Nicholas Bazin (TEAM BIGMAT AUBER) and Troy Wells, followed 3 seconds back by Dan Timmerman and Justin Lindine.  But Bazin came to race and he wasn’t going to go away without a fight.  By lap 2, Page held his gap with Wells and Bazin sticking close as they distanced Lindine, but soon it was Bazin who would claw his way alone back up to Page.  With the two powerful riders together, Page seemed content to have company and they quickly began to distance the others who would be sorting out third place soon.  Bazin wasn’t satisfied with just catching Page for a two-man TT though, and made a searing attack on the long grind up the meadow climb to put Page in danger.  A bobble in a switchback by Bazin looked like it might see Page back on terms though until Page overcooked the 180 before the finish sending him to the floor costing him a crucial three seconds. That three grew to 22 with one to go and kept spooling out and Bazin churned the pedals harder.  It was Bazin’s race now and Page seemed to pull the throttle back and hold some cards for tomorrow’s race on the same course run in reverse direction. “Bazin is a great racer, he places well at World Cups,” Page later said.

Honey Badger Justin Lindine had waged his own war on Wells and Craig Richey to solidify third place on the day, after a crash last weekend left him forced to use his drops rather than the hoods, because of a large wound on his hand. “I don’t like to complain,” he said, smiling and waving what appeared to be a partially blood-soaked bandage.

Scroll down for video interviews, full results and a photo gallery, with more to come!

 Interview with Helen Wyman:

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Interview with Jonathan Page:

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Interview with Justin Lindine:

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Full Women’s Results:

160GRB19810304WYMAN HelenKona Factory TeamGRB
262BEL19840826DAY GabriellaBEL
365USA19791024BUERKLE PatriciaUSA
464USA19780809KEMMERER ArleyC3-Athletes Serving AthletesUSA
566USA19800414LAFRENIERE JulieStevens Racing P/B The CycleryUSA
663USA19840223THIEMANN NicoleTeam CfUSA
768USA19910218MORRISON FrancesJ.A.M. Fund/NccUSA
872CAN19740821LYSAKOWSKI KathleenCycle LodgeCAN
967CAN19720413BOWMAN BrittleeCrossresults.ComCAN
1069USA19820227SILLIMAN ErinCorsa Concepts Cyclocross TeamUSA
1161BEL19841201VANDERBEKEN JoyceDecock-Sportivo MoorseleBEL
1271USA19870618GILGEN JamieKallisto / Wheels Of OakvilleUSA
1370USA19810704VAN DORN RosanneTeam Placid PlanetUSA
1474USA19870618HURFORD MollyColavita RacingUSA
1573USA19731101HAYES CONROY JessicaNorth American VeloUSA

Full Men’s Results:

112FRA19830609BAZIN NicolasTeam Bigmat AuberFRA
21USA19760916PAGE JonathanUSA
310USA19840111LINDINE JustinUSA
42CAN19840624RICHEY CraigCAN
53USA19840619WELLS TroyUSA
69USA19880811DURRIN JeremyJam Fund / NccUSA
728FRA19910216DASONVILLE FlavienTeam Bigmat AuberFRA
914USA19870529CHABANOV DanRgm Watches - Richard SachsUSA
1015USA19870614CLARK AnthonyJ.A.M. Fund / NccUSA
1123USA19940616DICKENS ChaseUSA
125USA19820127MARION RobertUSA
1317USA19821218REARDON AndrewBob'S Red Mill Cyclocross TeamUSA
1430USA19840729MESI PaulFrench Meadow Bakery_FortistarUSA
1518USA19800716CUMMINGS StephenC3 Athletes Serving Athletes 20/20 CyclingUSA
1613USA19840314ST. GERMAIN AdamNbx / Narragansett Beer / Circle A CyclesUSA
1726USA19901222STOUP WyattMt Borah / Minerva Design P/B BassoUSA
1821USA19850518HUFF EvanUSA
196USA19850404FAWLEY BryanUSA
208USA19830131WITTWER GregBob'S Red Mill Cyclocross TeamUSA
2129USA19821225VILLELLA JordanTwin SixUSA
2224USA19720305MARENCHIN ErnestoUSA
2320USA19840918BOUCHARD GeoffreyNbx Bikes/Narragansett Beer Pb : Apex TechUSA
2416USA03011983BURNS CoryFull Moon VistaUSA
2522USA19901022POWELL SeamusUSA
2619USA19870222PROPPE JohnTeam Lake EffectUSA
2711USA19620708CUMMING DonaldWolverine Sports ClubUSA
287USA19780204FAVATA ChristianRgm Watches - Richard SachsUSA
294USA19811109MILNE ShawnUSA

Elite Men’s Gallery from Cyclocross Magazine:

Gallery from Brian Boucheron: