Last weekend featured snowy, muddy races in North Carolina and at Druivencross and a hot, dusty race at the Resolution Cross Cup in Texas. We caught wind of some other impressive finishes by familiar names we wanted to share in our latest Rumors and Rumblings roundup.
Elle Anderson Gets First European Win in Spain
While other riders were slipping and sliding around the Vlaamse Druivencross course, Elle Anderson (Cycling.be – Alphamotorhomes Ladies) headed to the Igorre, Spain UCI C2 race. Her reward for the trip to Basque Country was her first career European win on Sunday.
Her other reward, if you scroll through the photos, is a pretty sweet podium hat.
Racing in the Basque Country was good to me! Two fun courses, one snowy and one muddy, two sweet results, including my first European win (!!), and great company with trainer extraordinaire @leeuwpet and family and my #1 @nielsmus. Sunny training rides, epic race conditions, laughs and cookies, new friends (including horses), good competition, and a new hat (pictured) are just some of the highlights. A true cyclocross adventure and I cannot wait for the next one.
If you missed seeing Anderson race in Belgium over the weekend, a replay of her win in Spain is available on YouTube.
Gage Hecht Wins Colorado State Championship, Young Women Star in Elite Race
Fresh off two podiums at the Ruts N’ Guts weekend, U23 Pan-American Champion Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle – Groove Subaru) opted to stay close to home before heading over to Europe for the December block of EuroCrossCamp.
The Colorado State Championships have gotten a rep for attracting impressive Elite fields, and Sunday’s race was no different. Hecht topped an impressive field that included his teammate Brannan Fix (Alpha Bicycle – Groove Subaru), Allen Krughoff (Allen Krughoff Racing), Jake Wells, Ross Ellwood (Boulder Cycle Sport) and Maxx Chance (Evol Racing), among others.
And an unbelievable race to finish off the day. Gage kept the race in control from the gun and Brannan played the role of the perfect teammate. Gage took the W and Brannan the bronze! Throughout the day Lauren took home some Silver hardware in the Women's Open and Turner took 5th after riding in the lead group for the first half of the race. She was able to recover and have a blazing last half lap catching and sprinting for a strong top 5. We are incredibly proud of the entire team and support staff that makes days like this possible. . . #dreamteam #cantstopwontstop #howwedo @alphabicycle #mootscx #titanium #psychloxrsl @mootscycles #ridedonnelly @donnelly_cycling #z1 @lazersportusa #showyourcuore @cuoreofswiss #webuildbearings #madeinusa @chriskingbuzz #dtswiss @dtswiss #rideshimano @rideshimano @wickwerks #gnarwolf @wolf_tooth_comp #groovesubaru @grooveauto #partnersinadventure @subaru_usa #powerisking @pioneercycleusa
ICYMI, take a look at Hecht’s Moots Psychlo X RSL he will be riding in Sunday’s U23 World Cup in Namur.
The Women’s race was won by Amy D. rider Christa Ghent.
Second and third went to two young talented stars. Alpha Bicycle – Groove Subaru’s Lauren Zoerner (racing age: 15) finished second and Van Dessel’s Petra Schmidtmann (racing age: 17) took third.
Marianne Vos Returns on Saturday
Seven-time world champion and defending Worlds runner-up Marianne Vos will be making her return on Saturday at the IJsboerke Ladies Trofee Scheldecross Antwerp. Her Waow Deals Pro Cycling Team announced her schedule for 2017:
- Saturday 16 December: Scheldecross Antwerp
- Saturday 23 December: Waaslandcross Sint-Niklaas
- Tuesday 26 December: WorldCup-cross Heusden-Zolder
- Saturday 30 December: Superprestige Cross Diegem
In the article linked above, Vos said, “The ’cross has been itching for a while.”
The itch must be strong because she went from this:
Sadly, our trip to Western Australia is coming to an end, but we will take great memories back with us. Thanks @tourofmr for all you've done to make us feel so welcome. #ToMR2017 #justanotherdayinwa #RideWA Next stop for me: @cyclingtips #GirodellaDonna. Looking forward to another week of riding in Victoria before I will head back to Europe to get into the cx-races. #RideWithPassion
Videos from this year’s Singlespeed World Championships in Verona, Italy have, to this point, been tougher to find than in year’s past. We used our crack Google-Fu to find this one from Martino Vincenzi. It captures some live action of the scene Francesco Bartoli Avveduti brought us earlier this week in his photo gallery from #sscxwcita.