Caroline Mani and Jeremy Powers sit atop the USA Cycling Pro CX standings after last weekend’s racing, and opportunities to earn more points just got reduced with the cancellation of the Deschutes Brewery Cup, in Bend, Oreon. USA Cycling press release below:
Two podium finishes over the weekend at the Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis, Mo., propelled Caroline Mani (Littleton, Colo./Raleigh-Clement) to the top of the 2014-15 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) women’s standings.
Mani placed third on Saturday, one minute and two seconds back of winner Erica Zaveta (Brevard, N.C./Team Redline). She followed that up with a second-place ride in Sunday’s race, coming in just 22 seconds behind Sunny Gilbert (Ballwin, Mo./Michelob Ultra – Big Shark Racing).
Those performances give Mani a season-total of 536 points, moving her past both Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing) and Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./Noosa Professional Cyclocross) into first place in the women’s standings. Compton remains in second place with 498 points, followed by Miller in third with 489 points.
Courtney McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./GE Capital – American Classic) used a third-place ride on Sunday to jump from fifth place to fourth place in the standings with 392 points. She passes Gabby Durrin (Westhampton, Mass./Neon Velo Cycling Team) who rounds out the women’s top five with 387 points.
In men’s action, James Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Raleigh-Clement) closed the gap on leader Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha Focus) by winning Saturday’s race and placing second on Sunday. Powers remains atop the men’s standings with 638, but Driscoll picked up 65 points over the weekend to increase his season total to 477.
Ben Berden (Boulder, Colo.Raleigh-Clement) also used a pair of podium finishes to jump from fourth place to third place in the standings. Berden finished second on Saturday, 15 seconds behind Driscoll, and third on Sunday, 37 seconds off the pace of winner Brian Matter (Sheboygan, Wis./Team Wisconsin – Clif Bar). He now has a total of 428 points for the season.Cameron Dodge (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Pure Energy-Scott Bikes) drops to fourth in the men’s standings with 393 points, followed by Lukas Winterberg (SUI/Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) in fifth with 368.
The juniors standings remain unchanged as they did not contest the Gateway Cross Cup for Pro CX points. The next Pro CX race for the juniors will take place on Nov. 1 at the Cincy3 @ Kings CX After Dark in Mason, Ohio.
USA Cycling Pro CX Standings:
1. Caroline Mani (Littleton, Colo./Raleigh-Clement) – 536
2. Katie Compton (Colorado Springs, Colo./Trek Factory Racing) – 498
3. Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./Noosa Professional Cyclocross) – 489
4. Courtney McFadden (Bellingham, Wash./GE Capital – American Classic) – 392
5. Gabby Durrin (Westhampton, Mass./Neon Velo Cycling Team) – 387
1. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha Focus) – 638
2. James Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Raleigh-Clement) – 477
3. Ben Berden (Boulder, Colo.Raleigh-Clement) – 428
4. Cameron Dodge (Huntingdon Valley, Pa./Pure Energy-Scott Bikes) – 393
5. Lukas Winterberg (SUI/Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) – 368
1. Gage Hecht (Parker, Colo./Alpha Bicycle Company Vista Sub) – 65
2. Cameron Beard (Bend, Ore./CyclocrossWorld.com Devo) – 49
3. Spencer Petrov (Mason, Ohio/Element Cycles) – 47
4. Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./CyclocrossWorld.com Devo) – 42
5. Michael Owens (Richmond, Vt./CyclocrossWorld.com Devo) – 41