If there is one beer that is synonymous with cyclocross it is Deschutes Brewery craft beer. With a history of cyclocross races right at their brewery and sponsorship of numerous other cyclocross races the staff at Deschutes Brewery know and love cyclocross. Luckily for cyclocross fans in Wisconsin Deschutes Brewery just started distributing their great beer in Wisconsin this summer. Now everyone at the Trek CXC Cup has an opportunity to enjoy their great craft beer while cheering on their friends, family and the great elite riders.
The Trek CXC Cup will have the following Deschutes Beer available for your responsible drinking enjoyment:
Beer sales will be happening at the edge of the parking lot just a short stroll away from the run-up and the barriers.
The 2nd annual Trek CXC Cup will once again feature equal prize money for both the elite men’s and women’s races. At Saturday’s C1 race women and men will both race for over $8,500 with payouts going to 30 places and at Sunday’s C2 race women and men will both race for over $2,000 with payouts going to 25 places.
“I’ve been involved with women’s cycling locally for over twenty years and it is very important to me to pay equal prize money,” said Race Director Renee Callaway, ‘I’m happy to have great race sponsors that make it possible.”
The Trek CXC Cup Women’s Elite race should be an exciting race to watch. Trek Factory Rider Katie Compton will be making her first appearance at the race after missing last year’s event due to illness and will certainly be looking for a win at Trek Headquarters. University of Wisconsin alumni Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Yoghurt) will also be a crowd favorite especially after her win at Cross Vegas and second place at the Boulder Cup. Of course, Wisconsin native Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) will draw some of the loudest cheers from the crowd as many in attendance have watched her develop from a top local junior standout into the top ranked international racer she is today. In addition riders like Georgia Gould (Luna Chix), Nicole Duke (Marin/Spy) and Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo) will be adding to the racing excitement.
The elite women will race at 3:30pm and the elite men at 4:30pm.
Borah Teamwear joins the Trek CXC Cup as the official clothing company of the 2014 Trek CXC Cup. Race attendees will be able to buy Borah Teamwear tech hoodies and caps with great Trek CXC Cup graphics in the race expo. “We are thrilled to partner with Borah Teamwear which is another great Wisconsin company whose products we can showcase at the race,” says Renee Callaway, Trek CXC Cup Race Director. Racers will want to stop by the merchandise sales booth as early as possible as supplies of the tech hoody and cap are limited.
Profits from the sale of merchandise will go to support the Dane County Walk or Wheel Challenge, and other great projects that support walking and biking in the region. “I’m excited to be able to use the race weekend as a way to raise funds for promoting walking and biking projects like the WOW Challenge,” says Callaway. “It’s a natural fit for the event given Trek’s commitment to bicycle advocacy and the fact that my actual paying job involves promoting biking, walking, transit and ridesharing.”
Borah Teamwear was founded in 1997 by Chris Jackson, an avid cyclist and Nordic skier, Borah Teamwear has quickly become one of the leading custom sports apparel companies in North America. Starting out with the development of one style of mountain bike shorts, to selling thousands of custom items, Borah Teamwear has always stood bytheir mission, “never giving the customer an excuse to go anywhere else.” Today, Borah Teamwear employs a team of apparel enthusiasts and manufactures one hundred percent of their product line in their Wisconsin, USA factory. By maintaining total control of the manufacturing process, they are able to ensure each and every customer the luxury of a high quality, USA made product, delivered on-time as expected.
(Waterloo, WI) – For the second consecutive year, Trek Bicycle will host the Trek CXC Cup in its own backyard at the company’s global headquarters and domestic manufacturing facility in Waterloo, WI. Registration for one of the US’ most unique cyclocross events, held September 20-21, will open at 5:00 pm CDT August 13. Amateur races for USAC licensed riders will be held throughout the weekend with a UCI C1 race scheduled for Saturday and C2 race that will be held on Sunday. Competitors can register for the Trek CXC Cup at usacycling.com.
With equal prize money on the line for both men and women racers, the Trek CXC Cup is expected to draw considerable talent not only from the midwest but the entire country as the race is part of USA Cycling’s Pro CX Calendar series. Reigning US Champion and Trek athlete Katie Compton is scheduled to toe the start line of the race’s 2014 edition after being absent from the event’s inaugural event. “I’m excited to race the Trek CXC Cup this year,” said Compton. “I was bummed to miss the event last season and happy to be riding well and feeling great now. Trek’s enthusiasm for cross grows every year and I know they’ll put on another great race that’s super fun for racers and spectators.”
In addition to a fantastic course laid out by Trek’s own collection of cyclocross experts, spectators will be treated to a Fun Zone with activities to keep kids and adults between the races. On-site concessions will be available as well including nutritional samples by race sponsor Honey Stinger and a beer garden exclusively serving craft beer selections from Deschutes Brewery.
You can follow the race on Facebook and twitter (@trekcxccup) for the latest developments.
Mark your calendar now to be in Waterloo on September 20 and 21, 2014 for the Trek CXC Cup. The second year at the Trek World Headquarters promises to be bigger, better and a not to be missed weekend of racing and spectating. Plans are in the works to add some new features to the course (might there be a flyover???) and some huge adjustments to the team and expo areas to make them more accessible. The Trek Fun Zone promises even more fun and since this is Wisconsin we promise to continue offering a great selection of beer. Stay tuned for more details and registration information later this summer.
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.
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. “
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.
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.
Nicole 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).
With 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.