by Lauren LeClaire

Day 2 of Supercross Cup at Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. was cold, windy, snowy, and slick. The off-cambers were far more treacherous than Day 1, having endured rain and snow overnight. For the Elite Women in the UCI Category 2 (C2) race, Maghalie Rochette (Clif Pro Team) put in another dominating performance to solo to victory one minute and forty-five seconds ahead of second-place Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross). For the Elite Men, the C2 slugfest would come down to another sprint finish, with Curtis White (Cannondale p/b taking the win over Jeremy Martin (Focus CX Canada) in the final turns.

Rochette Dominates and Doubles Down

The Quebec native would take her second win of the weekend, controlling the race from the beginning, as she did Saturday. “Cassie Maximenko got the hole shot and I saw she took a line and I could see a little bit of grass on the left of her, so I went in the grass and I was able to create a little gap. I think it bunched up behind me, so I just kept pedaling and opened a little gap,” said Rochette. “My only strategy was to keep it clean, trying to keep my momentum along the whole race. It worked out, so it is good. It was challenging, super fun course.”

Maghalie Rochette dominated her competition on Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

Maghalie Rochette dominated her competition on Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

When asked about her upcoming race plans after her successful streak, Rochette noted “I’ve been kind of going since the beginning of mountain bike season, and that was early March. So I’m taking little break now in the hope of building fitness again and being fresh for Worlds.”

Big smiles from Maghalie Rochette on the top step of the podium. © Chris McIntosh

Big smiles from Maghalie Rochette on the top step of the podium. © Chris McIntosh

Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D Foundation) would repeat with another third place finish. “It ended up being the same podium as yesterday, but it was a much different race. Maghalie was gone from the start, so that was exciting. There was no move, she got the hole shot, kept going and never slowed down. Frankly, I don’t know how it happened. She’s just mega-fit and has great english in the mud. Crystal, I think, broke a chain or had some sort of a mechanical on the start.”

Motivated White on a Changing Day Two Course

After being out-sprinted yesterday, White was on a mission from the beginning. He wasted no time stringing out the field in the extremely windy conditions. The win was his sixth of the year on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar.

Curtis White was not to be denied on Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

Curtis White was not to be denied on Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

“It was a solid weekend. I love racing in New York. New York always brings out the best in the weather,” White, a New York resident, laughed. “I was pretty motivated after yesterday. I knew these conditions (wind, cold) suited me well. I felt like I was riding the course really well in the first half. I got a really solid gap, but what worked for the first half of the race didn’t work for the second half. The course changed so much.”

“Jeremy (Martin) came up pretty quick. I wanted to save something for the finish, but I let him take the lead a little bit and just watched him take some lines. There were ruts over there in the second half that weren’t there the first half. I didn’t have the benefit of following other riders (in the first half) and seeing all the lines.”

The Men's Elite C2 podium at Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

The Men’s Elite C2 podium at Day 2 of the 2016 Supercross Cup. © Chris McIntosh

As the course conditions changed, White found himself off the bike more frequently. “It came down to the second to last corner. We both happened to sprint into it as fast as we could, and then dismount, and having to run it. I think it was just whoever led in the last corner.”

Saturday’s winner of the Elite Men’s race, Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC), finished 40 seconds behind White for third place. Of the 47 riders who started the men’s race, only 16 finished on the lead lap.

Day 2 of Supercross Cup made the sixth day of competition for the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart, the only UCI series in the U.S. The Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart will wrap up in Warwick, R.I. the weekend of December 3-4 at the NBX Gran Prix of ‘Cross. Both days of racing in R.I. feature UCI C2 races that are part of Pro CX. That same weekend will see two additional events across the U.S. for Pro CX, with C2 races at Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup in Indianapolis, Ind., and C1 and C2 races at Ruts N’ Guts in Broken Arrow, Okla.

2016 Supercross Cup UCI C2 Day 2 Results - Elite Women

16ROCHETTEMaghalieCLIF Pro Team46:24:00
21ANTHONYCrystalmaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross48:09:00
32FAHRINGERRebeccaAmy D Foundation49:10:00
413MALIKJenniferWomen's CX Project49:24:00
54CUMMINGKathrynJalapeno Cycling49:29:00
63KEMMERERArleyFearless Femme Racing50:29:00
710GROSSRebeccaZero D Racing50:53:00
819SHIELDSEmilyKen's Bike Shop51:25:00
912WRIGHTJulieTeam Averica51:55:00
107ELLIOTTNatashaGarneau - Easton Cycling52:12:00
1124RAMSAYTurnerKMS Cycling - Killington Mounta52:27:00
129VAN GILDERLauraMellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers p/52:29:00
138MAXIMENKOCassandraVan Dessel/Atom Composites/ISM52:31:00
1417LEGGEReginaGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca53:12:00
1516PATTONGrayFreddie Fu Cycling Team54:17:00
1650RUBINORachelFearless Femme Racing54:33:00
1727WHITEElizabethUVM Cycling54:48:00
1915SCHMITZAvanellMermaid Winery p/b VA Asset Gro55:14:00
2026FACCONEErinTeam Averica55:38:00
2134VAN DER HOOPJulieMIT Cycling Team p/b Thoughtfor55:59:00
2220TUFANOAllysonSportif Coaching Group/Patapsco56:56:00
2333KUYK-WHITETaylorLaser Cats Feline All Stars57:08:00
2531DINANClioKÜDÜ Collective CX57:29:00
2621VETTERJauron (roni)State 9 Racing p/b Vittoria57:39:00
2722LEWANDOWSKIRebeccaRare Disease Cycling / Keswick57:48:00
2829MUDGETarynFearless Femme Racing59:07:00
2930TAPIASNatalieJAM / NCC59:08:00
3037LUPIENLeslieDartmouth College59:52:00
3139WOJEWODAJennyHUP United1:00:45
@1Lap23BRODESamanthaVeloFemme p/b Litzler
@1Lap43BAUERLindseyTRT Bicycles
@1Lap40WILLIAMSPaigeladies first
@2Lap46HAUSLELydiaTeam Averica
@2Lap42MAKOUJYStephanieTall Sock Racing
@2Lap28MAYRhysJAM / NCC
DNF11BARBOSSAStaceyMidAtlantic Colavita Women's Te
DNS36MOLDENEmilyNantucket Velo
DNS41FERROShaneColumbia University Cycling
DNS25WALKERKatinaPark Ave. Bike Shop

2016 Supercross Cup UCI C2 Day 2 Results - Elite Men

11WHITECurtisCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.1:07:49
24MARTINJeremyFocus CX Canada1:07:52
56WILLSEYCooperFurman University Cycling Team1:09:08
659LIVERMONTravismaxxis-shimano pro cyclocross1:09:24
89MARIONRobertAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:12:22
922TIMMERMANMattCannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld1:12:24
1010ST JOHNDerrickVan Dessel p/b Hyperthreads1:14:11
117SMITHScottJAM / NCC1:14:43
1327OWENSMichaelHands-On Cycling p/b Giant1:15:41
1429MIHALIKMichaelJmac Cycling/Novacare1:16:40
1621DAVISMerwinCyclus Sports1:18:36
@2Lap16JUDELSONMaxVoler/Clif/HRS/Rock Lobster
@2Lap18D'AVINOMarkCadence Cycling
@3Lap43ADASAVAGEGeraldHudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing
@3Lap26MURPHYKyleHudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing
@3Lap28FESTAMikePhiladelphia Ciclismo
@3Lap32BRUNOMatthewTeam Somerset
@3Lap60MANDERFELDTristanArmy West Point Cycling Team
@3Lap46STAUFFERJesseKelly Benefit Strategies/LSV
@4Lap17MURPHYEvanHudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing
@4Lap39TYLERMatthewKÜDÜ Collective CX
@4Lap31KESSLERDavidRISD Cycling
@4Lap30LANDONickUVM Cycling
@4Lap34WENCZELKaleJoe's Garage
@4Lap42FITZGIBBONSDanielGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca
@4Lap45BUTLERDerrickUniversity of Pennsylvania
@4Lap50GOORSKEYAbeAmerican Classic Pro CX Team
@4Lap41OAKESAaronWenzel Coaching
@4Lap49BUEHRERPrestonB2C2 p/b Boloco
@5Lap44DRIESSamNo. 22 CX TEAM
@5Lap51CARLSONEricTeam Edge
@5Lap54TANNERColinBreismeister Factory Racing
@5Lap57ENGLERTKennethArmy West Point Cycling Team
DNS38CLEMENTSMattBike Doctor Frederick
DNS40MARGARITEMichaelCRCA/The Weather Channel Giant
DNS19ST. GERMAINAdamApex / NBX / Trek Pro Cycling
DNS3TIMMERMANDanielStan's NoTubes Elite CX
DNS2WERNER JR.KerryKona Factory CX Team