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In its ninth year, Rochester Cyclocross delivered the first two races of the Professional Cyclocross Calendar (Pro CX) this last weekend. As the first U.S. UCI cyclocross races of the season, Rochester Cyclocross certainly had some serious racing.

On Saturday, Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com) battled with Maghalie Rochette (LUNA Pro Team), who would eventually need a bike change putting her off the podium, to take the C1 women’s win. Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) outpowered his competition to take the win in the men’s field. Day 2 saw redemption for Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement), while Powers repeated his win for Day 2 by winning a tight sprint finish.

But a weekend like Rochester is about more than just UCI racing, and we like to see what fans and racers of all ability all are talking about throughout the weekend. Here are our top Rochester Cyclocross social media moments from through the eyes of race personalities, spectators, family, and staff:

Rochester offered some great views for watching the race:

 

A local news station came out to the race, and gave it some TV and web coverage:

 
The heat was no joke for the riders:

 

Day 1 had riders battling the heat and a dust bowl – quite opposite of standard cyclocross weather:

 

Ken doll from Tow Path made an appearance this weekend; just not sure how good he was at ringing that cow bell:

 

Rebecca Fahringer Amy D Foundation partnered with the Stan’s NoTubes cross team and delivers their first podium of the year:

 

Multi-talented Steph Cholyk captured the first lap craze of the men’s race:

 

The Pro men showed how to ride the technical sections of the course during day 2:

 

After taking 9th in the women’s elite race, Amanda Nauman  SDG – Muscle Monster took it upon herself to live tweet the men’s race for those at home:

What dust?

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There were some good eats at Rochester CX: tostadas, burrito bowls, beer: