Anderson Repeats, Summerhill Takes Win On Day 2 of Trek CXC Cup

The first day of fall at Trek Global Headquarters in Waterloo, WI brought red hot racing tactical racing in both the UCI Elite Women’s and Men’s races.

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Anderson Sprints Over the Honey Stinger Barriers

The question on everyone’s minds following Elle Anderson’s dominant performance on day 1 was if she could repeat her solo victory. Gabby Durrin (Rapha-Focus) took the hole-shot and led the field into the Bontrager run up. Durrin was the only rider who opted to ride the steep and challenging climb.

A lead group of eight that included Durrin, Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy), Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement), and Elle Anderson (Cal-Giant-Specialized) quickly established itself on the first lap. On the third lap, it looked like a repeat of day 1 as Anderson opened a small gap over the group. Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) led the chase of the group containing Durrin, Duke, Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits), and Meredith Miller (Cal-Giant/Specialized).

With 3 to go, the race settled in with Anderson sitting confidently in the front. Rochette was forced to chase alone, with Anderson’s teammate, Miller sitting on her wheel.

“Eventually it just started to thin out at the front, until it was me and Maghalie [Rochette],” said Anderson’s teammate Meredith Miller. “I was sitting on her wheel not having to do a thing, and she [Rochette] was starting to close it a little bit.  I was biding my time thinking ‘If it gets close enough…’ and I could tell she was fading, when I was going to put my attack in. Then she bobbled and slide out, so that’s when I put in the attack and didn’t look back.”

Many riders, including Saturday’s winner Elle Anderson, were having trouble in the dry & dusty conditions. “I was feeling a little bit all over the place,” said Anderson. “There was some good competition. I was definitely working really hard every single lap, right up to the line. When your heart rate gets a little elevated you tend to bobble a bit.  I had a few little mistakes but that’s cyclocross. “

At the bell lap, Anderson rolled through with a small gap with Miller in second. Mani attacked hard on the pavement to open a gap on Durrin and Anthony. At the finish, Anderson took another solo victory, teammate Miller finished second and Mani’s well-timed attack netted her third. Durrin finished fourth, Anthony fifth, and Rochette sixth.

“I was really psyched to have my teammate Meredith [Miller] right behind me, so it was a great day for the team,” said Anderson about Cal-Giants 1-2 finish. “It was great for me because I could give it everything, and almost in a sense not worry what happened, because I knew I had a teammate behind me. “

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Summerhill takes the Sprint Over Johnson, Eckman, and Berden

The more flowing and open course on day 2 of the Trek CXC Cup made for thrilling racing in the elite men’s race. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) took the hole shot, but it was Danny Summerhill (K-Edge-Felt) who went to work early to establish a lead group of eight.

Summerhill took a decidedly relaxed approach to racing on day 2, “The less pressure I can put on myself the more fun I can have with it, and generally, the better the outcome for me,” said Summerhill. “Today I didn’t even warm up or anything, I was just doing wheelies in the parking lot, not really thinking about the race, and it was heaps better than what I could pull out yesterday.”

Notably absent from the lead group was day 1 race winner Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus). On the third lap a group of three emerged containing Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), Yannick Eckman (Cal-Giant-Specialized) and the hard charging Summerhill. Raleigh-Clement riders Ben Berden and Jamie Driscoll headed up the chase group of six.

With seven to go the group of three swelled to five with Berden and Driscoll joining Summerhill, Eckman, and Johnson. At five to go Driscoll was driving the lead group with Powers surging to close the gap to the leaders.

With four laps to go the lead group was shrunk to three again with the familiar faces of Summerhill, Johnson, and Eckman at the front. At the Bontrager ride up, Trebon had nearly closed up the gap with Berden, Driscoll, and Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross p/b Felt) in close attendance.

Tim Johnson’s attack with two to go sorted out the final selection and Eckman and Summerhill were able to follow the elder statesman’s wheel. “The course was pretty relentless,” said Johnson. “Stand-up, sit down, stand-up, brake, always on the gas. Danny started off great and he finished great. Really I had no chance coming around him. I tried to get up next to him going into the final straight away, but we hit the straight away and he just powered away.”

At the bell lap, the challenging off-camber section saw a group of four emerge with Berden joining the lead group. The group of four stay together for the final and in the four-up sprint, it would be Summerhill who took the win, Johnson second, Eckman third, Berden fourth. Trebon rolled in for fifth.

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Powers & Anderson Take Wins at Day 1 of The Trek CXC Cup

With a grey and cloudy day giving way to sun for the UCI Elite Men’s and Women’s races, Elle Anderson (Cal-Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) both finessed a technical and demanding course around Trek’s Global Headquarters to stay away, and win their respective races, in Waterloo, WI.

aacx 11Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy) took the hole shot in the Elite Women’s race, but it was Anderson who went on the offensive early to open up a big gap ahead of chasing group which included Gabby Durrin (Rapha-Focus), Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement), Meredith Miller (Cal-Giant Berry Farms-Specialized), and Crystal Anthony (Team Optimum-Kelly Benefits).

With two laps to go Anderson’s lead had shrunk to 23 seconds, as Mani, Durrin, and Anthony continued to chase hard. “I was second in the hole shot and went through the little maze,” said race winner Anderson. “Right after the ride up after the Trek Factory, I decided to go for it, and built up a little gap and kept it for the whole time.”

Anderson, who works a day job as and engineer at Strava, stayed away with the slimmest of margins for the win. “Me and Caroline on the last lap got a bit of a gap, I think on the steep uphill, and I just went really hard,” said Durrin who finished four seconds down on Anderson. “We actually started catching Elle, we were really close on the sprint finish, she [Anderson] was only just ahead.”

Durrin won the sprint for second over Mani (3rd), Miller (4th), and Anthony (5th).

Group racing was the order of the day in the Elite men’s race. Jeremy Powers took the hole shot and settled into the large lead group which included Ryan Trebon (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Jeremy Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement), Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com), Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Danny Summerhill (K-Edge-Felt Bicycles), Jeremy Durrin (Team Optimum-Kelly Benefits), Yannick Eckman (Cal-Giant Berry Farms-Specialized).

aacx 55With five to go the large lead group had been whittled down with Eckman, Johnson, and Trebon. The leaders maintained a slight gap over the chase group which included Powers, Berden, and Driscoll. At three to go the lead reshuffled as Powers, Johnson, and Berden led the race. On the pavement through the start/finish, Powers launched an attack in a bid to take the win. Berden jumped on Powers wheel and the two riders dove into the dramatic ride up side by side. Powers punched it again on the steep hill section of the course to gap off Berden, while a hard-chasing Trebon passed Johnson and started to close the gap to the leaders.

With one to go, Powers was solo with a large lead over Berden and Trebon. Eckman and Johnson followed with Driscoll in pursuite. Powers held the gap for the win with Trebon 2nd, Berden 3rd, Eckman 4th, and Johnson 5th.

“I had to ride into it a little bit, I wasn’t comfortable at the beginning and that definitely showed on my face and the way I was riding,” said Powers. “I stayed out of trouble on the first lap and just suffered through it. Then, after that, I just worked my way into it and put the course together.”

For Trebon, who went toe to toe with Sven Nys for most of the night at Cross Vegas on Wednesday, it was a frustrating day. “It’s incredibly hard to pass out there because it’s so narrow and twisty. So he [Powers] got a gap, and it just took me a while to get around those two guys [Johnson and Berden]. He was riding fast, and for me on a course like this, where it’s just turn, turn, turn, Jeremy has a little bit more snap for those 20 feet between the corners.”

Racing continues on Sunday, September 22nd in Waterloo, Wisconsin.  The race, located at Trek’s Global Headquarters, is a short drive from Madison and Milwaukee, and is located at 801 West Madison St, Waterloo, WI.  The Trek CXC Cup offers events for the whole family including: the Trek Kiddie Corral, a mechanical bull, and food and drink.  The elite women’s race is scheduled for 3:30 CST and the elite men are set to go at 4:30 CST.  Live coverage can be found at Cyclingdirt.org.

For full results go to the Trek CXC Cup results page. Follow @One2go_results on Twitter for the latest updates.

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Trek CXC Cup LIVE On CyclingDirt

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Trek CXC Cup Course Video

Here is a course video shot yesterday by Greg Ferguson, Trek Midwest team member and volunteer extraordinaire. http://youtu.be/gXTEbWP1Hv8

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Trek CXC Cup Fun Zone

It goes without saying that the Trek CXC Cup on Sept 21 and 22 will feature exciting racing with top professional cyclocross racers such as Katie Compton, Kaitie Antonneau, Meredith Miller, Jeremy Powers, Danny Summerhill and many more headed to Wisconsin. However, much more than just an action packed cyclocross race is coming to the Trek headquarters in Waterloo.  Instead what was once nothing more than just an employee parking lot will be transformed into the Trek “Fun Zone”.

The Trek “Fun Zone” will feature activities for the little kids including a bouncy house, face painting and a Trek kickster bike course. Trek hasn’t forgotten about big kids either as the expo will include an adult sized bouncy house and, yes, a mechanical bull.  And after you take a ride on the mechanical bull give one of the Trek demo bikes a spin.  On Saturday don’t miss the live band from 2-5pm. KidsSchedule_

Of course all that racing and other fun is going to make you thirsty and being as this is Wisconsin the Trek CXC Cup will feature some great beer for spectator enjoyment.  Thanks to sponsorship from Brasserie V, Ale Asylum and New Belgium the race will have some great beer (See our Beer Selections, Trek CXC Cup).  Brasserie V is a European-inspired neighborhood brasserie on Madison’s near west side which is renowned for having a vast selection of beers including over 100 Belgian beers. Check them out when you head into Madison to relax after the race. Ale Asylum is a great local brewery located near the Madison airport which we know you are going to love as much as we all do.  And, of course, some New Belgium beer will be on hand as they are a huge supporter of bicycling including our local advocacy group the Wisconsin Bike Fed.

Eventually you are going to get hungry as well and don’t worry we will once again have the Market Street Diner of Sun Prairie serving up good food at a great price.  If you have been at our event before then you know the Market Street Diner as they have been a part of the race since it started back in 2008 and are located right outside our old venue in downtown Sun Prairie. Check out their race day menu.

What else is in store for you? The expo has great vendors including race sponsors Honey Stinger and Enzo’s Cycling Products. The Wisconsin Bike Fed will be there so stop by and make a donation if you didn’t make one online or make another if you did as they are doing important work to keep our state a great place to bike.  Ray’s mountain bike park will be in the expo so check out info on this great winter riding destination. Psimet wheels will be in the expo.  And Saris/PowerTap will have their popular warm up area near the start line so don’t worry if you didn’t travel with your own trainer as they’ve got you covered.  Then after the race head down towards registration where you will find the ProGold bike wash station so you get your bike ready to race again. And as is tradition, the SRAM NRS will be in the pits offering support to all racers all weekend long.

On-line registration for racers closes on Wednesday, September 18th at 5pm central time.   Race day registration will be available on-site, field size permitting and a $10 per day late charge will be charged.  On-site registration will begin Friday night from 5-7pm and will open again on Saturday and Sunday mornings at 7:30am in the Trek headquarters atrium.

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Reserved Team Space Available

Would your team like to have a course side space to congregate and warm up together?  A limited amount of space is available for team tents. For $500 your team can get a space near the finish line and expo area with easy access to the pits.  For $175 you can get a space near registration, the bike wash and within a short distance of the finish line and expo area. Basic spaces will accommodate a 10×10 tent and one team vehicle.  To find out more or reserve your space contact Renee Callaway at renee@trekcxccup.com.

Teams putting up tents course side that have not purchased a space or set up in unapproved areas will be taken down.

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Registration Opens August 16, 2013!

Pre-registration opens on Friday, August 16 at 5pm CST and ends Wednesday, September 18 at 5pm CST.
Online service fee applied based on Bikereg.com standard service fee rates.  Absolutely no refunds.

Registration for the Trek Cyclocross Collective Cup is available at  www.bikereg.com/trekcxccup

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