Trek CXC Cup cyclocross race to become World Cup in 2017

Full weekend of events September 22-24 to culminate with inaugural World Cup Waterloo


(Waterloo, WI) – Trek Bicycle will host a UCI World Cup cyclocross race on Trek’s home course in Waterloo, WI, September 24 2017. The Trek CXC Cup, set to become the inaugural World Cup Waterloo, will feature a full weekend of events, including amateur and professional racing beginning Friday, September 22, culminating with elite men’s and women’s World Cup events on Sunday, September 24.


Trek has hosted UCI C1 and amateur racing on its home course since 2013 under the Trek CXC Cup banner, which included visits by the Telenet-Fidea team and reigning World Champion, Wout Van Aert in 2016. The course, located steps from Trek Bicycle’s Waterloo, Wisconsin-based headquarters, will be enhanced throughout the spring and summer to meet the prestige that accompanies a World Cup event. “We felt like we took a huge step in 2016 with the CXC Cup,” said Trek Race Shop Manager Scott Daubert. “After it was over, we asked ourselves, ‘What’s next?’ Trek is a place that always pushes for bigger and better, and the World Cup will be no exception.”


In accordance with Trek’s longstanding support of equality, the company has ensured the men’s and women’s fields of this World Cup event will feature equal payouts. As in the past, the event will be free to attend with food, beverages, merchandise, and plenty of amenities available onsite.


After several years operating under the successful management of Renee Callaway, Trek has hired longtime race organizer Brook Watts to organize Trek’s cyclocross races as it steps onto the World Cup stage. “The US continues to break new ground in cross and World Cup Waterloo is proof,” said Watts. “It’s a joy to oversee what will be a great celebration of cross driven by Trek’s enthusiasm. We will have lots of announcements to make as we get closer to September.”


“We are delighted to welcome Waterloo as a new round of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup in 2017. With the support of the local community, we are confident that this event will be a great addition to our series”, said UCI Deputy Sports Director Peter Van den Abeele.


Plans for the weekend, including a live webcast schedule, are currently ongoing and Trek will be communicating details regularly as they become available.

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Merchandise Online

Wish you had picked up some of the Trek CXC Cup merchandise but missed out – then check out our new online store where you can still get a custom Trek CXC Cup cap, hoodie or tech tee from Borah Designs or the great simple CXC Cup tshirt. We also have two great tees that promote women in cyclocross – our Katie Cross like a f’n Girl shirt and our Cross is Queen shirt.  For a limited time shipping is free. Check out our online store.

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Trek CXC Cup – Sunday C1


UCI Elite Women’s C1 Recap

The Elite Women put on a show Sunday for the UCI C1 race at Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisc., and the Wisconsin crowd was thrilled to see Racine-native Katie Antonneau of Cannondale Cyclocrossworld grab the win. Antonneau, who entered the weekend as the current leader of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), took the victory in a time of 46 minutes and 18 seconds.

For the second day in a row, Ellen Noble (USA) of Aspire Racing claimed second place, 15 seconds back. And French National Cyclo-cross champion Caroline Mani of Raleigh-Clement rode a back-up bike for third, 28 seconds in arears.

“I got a lot of sleep yesterday, and I think I just needed to have a good night’s rest. Racing in the heat takes a lot out of you. And racing ‘cross two days in a row takes a lot out of you,” said Antonneau, who finished eighth on Saturday in the UCI C2 Elite Women’s race in Waterloo. “So, it took me a bit longer to recover from last weekend (Rochester Cyclocross). So I know my finish is there and I just needed my head there.

“Today versus yesterday proved that if I am relaxed and just having fun, I can do well. So doing this race today and knowing how I should be, helps leading into the big two world cups.  And racing in front of my friends and family, having them all cheer for me really helped motivate me.”

Six women jumped to the early lead among the 29 riders in the six-lap course, with Mani driving at the front. She was joined by Antonneau, Noble, Ellen Van Loy (Belgium) of Telenet-Fidea, Courtenay McFadden (USA) of American Classic/Zones and Saturday’s winner Katie Compton (USA) of KFC Racing p/b Trek/Panache. While the skies were clear and the course was dry, a small miscue by Mani caused her to crash on the back side of the course and relinquish her lead.

“Katie (Antonneau) passed me, probably with three laps to go. “I made a mistake. I was maybe too confident. Sometimes you have to learn from your mistakes. I changed my line in the off camber.  I don’t know why. Then I just flipped so hard. Then my handlebar ended up having my shifter all the way up, and it was impossible to ride properly. My saddle (shifted) to the wrong side. So I was just riding like a tourist, and it was a long way to the pit,” Mani explained about her crash in the middle of the race. “So Kaitie passed me and I ended up changing my bike. She was super strong. I couldn’t go at that time. She was smart enough to just attack me after doing a lot of work. And Ellen passed me too, so I said ’OK, I am done’. It was my fault. I cannot blame anybody.

Van Loy finished fourth for a second day in a row, and Compton came in fifth overall. McFadden was sixth. Noble was recognized for a second day as the top U23 women’s rider.She is the reigning US national  u23 champion.

“I am really, really happy. This is really an exciting weekend leading up to the world cups. I am super pleased and thankful for my team’s support this week and last week. It has made a huge difference,” said Noble about two second-place finishes in at the Trek CXC Cup, and the UCI World Cup races this week in Las Vegas, Nev. and Iowa City, Iowa. “I think today’s result was a testament to the fact that I have been trying to ride a little more intelligently, and conserve for some efforts at the end. So I tried to ride within myself for the first couple of laps, and then really let it go.  I am really happy to come away with second after changing my race tactics a little bit.”

The Trek CXC Cup is the second of eight events for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) in the country for 2016-17. Equal prize money is offered for men and women in the elite categories both days. The event is hosted at the headquarters for Trek Bicycles in Waterloo, Wisc.

UCI Elite Men’s C1 Recap

It was an all-Belgian finish for the C1 Elite Men’s race. Wout Van Aert of Crelan-Vastgoedservice took his UCI world champion’s rainbow jersey to the top step of the podium and easily won the C1 Elite Men’s race at Sunday’s Trek CXC Cup in a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds. Three Telenet-Fidea teammates crossed the line behind Van Aert, Jim Aernouts (Belgium) in second, Quinten Hermans (Belgium) in third and Corne Van Kessel (Netherlands) in fourth. It was the second consecutive runner-up finish for Aernouts in Waterloo.

“Last week I did my first race (of the 2016-17 season) in Belgium and I was feeling good. Coming here is always a little bit of a surprise because you’re not sure how you deal with the jetlag and the long trip. After today, I am more confident for the next World Cup,” said Van Aert about taking the momentum of his win in Waterloo to Las Vegas for the start of the World Cup season. He finished third at Cross Vegas last year. “I had good feeling on this course (in Waterloo), which was very tough. So the feeling is good and I hope to continue it for the season.”

The highest placed American in the 48-rider field was Stephen Hyde of Cannondale Cyclocrossworld, who entered the weekend second overall in the Pro CX men’s individual standings.

“Today was great.  It was a really hard race. The course was fantastic. The guys here at Trek did  an excellent job. They really brought up the caliber of the course for the caliber of the riders. I was really happy to be able to race well in front of the U.S. crowd, and in front of Cannondale and my sponsors,” said Hyde. He noted that it was tough to race against a big European team like Telenet-Fidea that brought seven strong riders to the U.S. race. “It’s not often I get mixed up against a (big) team (like Telenet-Fidea). I had to think a little harder and try to play my cards right. I tried not to get yo-yo’ed off the back, like they want to put whoever is in the group with them off the back. They tried it a few times, and I made the right efforts. It was good.”

A significant crash on the first lap ended the day for American Jeremy Powers, who was leading the men’s individual standings for Pro CX. He did not finish the race. Saturday’s UCI C2 race winner Steve Chainel (France) of Cross Team by G4, finished sixth.

American Tobin Ortenblad, who won the U.S. U23 national cyclo-cross title last year, finished 10th Sunday. Now 24, he did not factor in today’s U23 podium for the elite men, which was won by Hermans.

“Man, it was rough. I was up in the front group for a while, then Woots decided to go for it. And  it just started rubber banding and snapping into little groups. But I was pretty happy, I was up there with the Telenet guys. So that is the goal going into Vegas,” added American Tobin, who was fourth overall in the Pro CX Men’s standings. “I don’t think I’ve ever been this fast in my life. Every race I have done has been a top 10 so far, or a top five, so I’ve never placed like that before, so I am thrilled.”

Next on the race calendar for many of these riders will be a World Cup event at Cross Vegas on Sept. 21, which will open the World Cup series for the second consecutive year. This will be followed by Jingle Cross in Iowa City, Iowa, Sept. 24-26. This year Jingle Cross will host the Volkswagen UCI Elite C1 and C2 races on Friday and Sunday, and the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup races for elite men and women will be on Saturday.

Follow the Pro CX all season on Twitter – @USACProCX.

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Trek CXC Cup – Saturday C2



Women on the Trek Factory Hill


Katie Compton showed the crowds that she has great form going into the US World Cups




Women’s Podium Day One



French rider Steve Chainel leads a group of Telnet-Fidea riders through the log steps


Telnet-Fidea riders lead the charge on the Trek Factory Hill



Steve Chainel wins the sprint for the win on day one

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Women’s Race Preview

The Trek CXC Cup has always attracted a stacked elite women’s field and 2016 will once again showcase the top talent.  The 2016 Elite Women’s race includes all the former winners of the Trek CXC Cup. In 2013 Elle APodiumnderson (Elle Anderson Racing) won both days of the inaugural Trek CXC Cup and she returns to Waterloo for the first time since her domination of the inaugural event.

In 2014 Katie Compton raced her first Trek CXC Cup where she brought home the win both days.  “The  Trek CXC Cup will be my first race of the season and I c_MG_1732_editan’t wait to get it started. Trek always puts on a fun race and I really enjoy coming back to WI to experience it,” says Compton. “We have quite a few changes this year which I’m excited to show off for the first time,  and I’m feeling much stronger and healthier now than ever so hopefully all will go well, and I’ll have some fast legs for a hard technical course. ”

In 2015 the UCI C1 race was won by Wisconsin native Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocross World) and the UCI C2 race was won by Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano). Antonneau is excited to return to defend her 2016 C1 win and says, “Important races wIMG_1104ith world class competition like the Trek CXC Cup are always a bit nerve racking but I find that it makes it a bit better when I get to come back every year and race in front of home crowds.” With a win at the Rochester Cyclocross C1 UCI race last weekend Antonneau looks ready to repeat her success in front of family and friends in Wisconsin.

These four women have to be considered favorites given their success on the Trek CXC Cup course in the past. However, Belgian Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea) and France’s Lucie Chainel (Cross Team by G4) hope to spoil the party.  Although Van Loy finished behind the top Americans at the World Championships she finished ahead of them at the Hoogerheide World Cup so she could be the one to upset the field. Chainel is certainly familiar with performing at the highest level while racing in the US as she won the bronze medal at the World Championships in Louisville.  However, the spoiler may actually come from French rider Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement) who has been a regular on the Trek CXC Cup podium. With a win at day two of last weekend’s Rochester UCI race Mani certainly has to be considered a strong contender for a win at this year’s Trek CXC Cup.

The Elite Women’s race is at Noon both Sat, Sept 17 and Sun, Sept 18. Fans catch come out to Trek Bicycles to watch the racing for free or watch live video coverage at Trek Bicycles website.

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2016 Expo

Here are the vendors in our 2016 Expo area:

Food and Drink

  • Lakefront Brewery – This year we will be selling Fixed Gear, SMaSH, IPA, Riverwest, and Oktoberfest at the Lakefront tent.
  • Colectivo – Once again Colectivo will be on hand with free coffee for everyone.
  • Market Street Diner – MSD was our original way back in 2008 when we held our first UCI cyclocross race in Wisconsin. market-street-diner-menu
  • Wisconsin Fried Cheese – Just what you will need – fresh cheese curds, fried cheese curds, grilled cheese. Basically what you expect in the dairy state!
  • Frites and More – Sven might not serve them but there will be frites and Vienna dogs too.


  • Borah Teamwear – Stop by and see samples of their custom clothing, find out about pre-season deals and sign up to win some cool schwag.
  • CXC Cup Merchandise – The merchandise tent will have some great custom pieces from Borah Teamwear including a longsleeve hoodie, caps, and the marathon tee. There will also be shortsleeve tees and a few longsleeve tees. In addition, you can find a couple of great tees celebrating women and cyclocross produced by MadCross Promotions.
  • Yum Butter – Makers of mouth rockin’, world changing nut butters Yum Butter will be on hand sampling their great product made in Madison.  Their Go-Anywhere™ pouches are packed with the highest quality, sustainably sourced nuts and seeds to fuel your dream and everyday adventure. When you buy Yumbutter, you feed a child in need, through their Buy One | Feed One business model.
  • Rapha – Come check out their line of clothing and grab an espresso.
  • Pro Motion Chiropractic & Rehab – Look for the Pro Motion Chiropractic & Rehabilitation Tent and receive a complimentary 15-minute soft tissue and stretching treatment before, during, or after the event! Dr. Dee King has provided Active Release Technique (ART), Graston, and other rehab techniques to professional cyclists, triathletes, Olympic athletes and coaches, and “weekend warriors” with excellent results!  Call/text Dr. King at (608) 630-3925 ahead of time to reserve your spot!  “Pro Motion is Medicine.”  
  • Central Cross Country Ski Association (ironically also known as CXC) – CXC Skiing is focused on sport development; athlete, coach and official education, training athletes for National and International competitions and hosting events. CXC and Kent Eriksen Cycles are partnering to support the CXC Adaptive Program for children with physical disabilities and visual impairments.  Make a donation to have a chance to win a custom designed, hand crafted, Eriksen titanium road bike! CXC’s goal this season is to outfit 20-30 sets of sit-skis to be distributed to adaptive youth around the Midwest. Join us in this mission!

Look for the following –

  • Michael Valenti won’t be in the expo but he will be out and about at the Trek CXC Cup with his sketchbook looking for inspiration for cyclocross art. You may recognize some of his work from the Trek US Gran Prix of Cyclocross or his work at the Ride Across Wisconsin. We are excited to have him at the race and can’t wait to see what inspires him! Check out his amazing work from other cycling events!
  • Extreme Photo – Extreme Photo will be back again to capture participant photos.
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Stop by the merchandise booth on Friday in the Trek Atrium or look for it on Saturday and Sunday in the expo area. We will be selling a number of items from Borah Teamwear including the popular tech hoodie and tassle cap. This year we will also be selling a limited number of SS Marathon Tees in both the men’s and women’s. We also will have great short sleeve tees commemorating the Trek CXC Cup. A small number of longsleeve tees from last year will also be available while supplies last.










In addition MadCross Promotions will have two great tees celebrating Women in Cyclocross! A small number of Katie Compton tees were on sale last year and due to their popularity another batch will be available.


Katie Cross like an f’n girl


The second tee was designed by Nicole Mertz of No Coast Racing. This awesome design celebrates celebrates cyclocross and the women who are ripping up the course.

Cross is Queen



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Cat 4 Women’s Cycling Social

Calling all Cat 4 women – would you like to meet other Cat 4 women, would you like to pre-ride the race course with experienced elite racers, and would you like to have some fun? Then don’t miss the Women’s Cycling Social at the Trek CXC Cup on Fri, Sept 16 at 5:30pm. This clinic will help you as you decide how to approach tricky sections that might seem intimidating. If you are feeling nervous about signing up to race then this pre-ride clinic might be just what you need to know that you can do it. Pre-register online (space is limited).


Meghan Korol in action

This year’s Women’s Cycling Social pre-ride will once again feature

Maghalie Rochette in action

Maghalie Rochette in action

Luna Chix pro Maghalie Rochette. Maghalie hails from Quebec, Canada and has raced the Trek CXC Cup twice before. She is also well known for her CXFever socks and shorts.

In addition, this year the Women’s Cycling Social will be co-lead by Meghan Korol who rides for Team Handmade – a cyclocross team based in Louisville, Kentucky that represents the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) and honors the craft of handmade bicycles and components. Meghan got her started as a Cat 4 racing the Wisconsin Cycling Associatinon series. She quickly moved up the ranks and has raced the elite women’s race all four years of the Trek CXC Cup.


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Junior Girls Clinic

In cooperation with the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew we are pleased to announce the fourth annual Trek CXC Cup Junior

Kaitie at the 2005 CX Nationals as a Junior

Kaitie at the 2005 CX Nationals as a Junior

Girls Cyclocross Clinic. Racine, Wisconsin native Kaitie Antonneau who won last year’s Trek CXC Cup C1 race will be leading this course pre-ride with junior girls. Kaitie, who got her start racing cyclocross in Wisconsin and in Chicago, will provide tips and tricks to help junior girls build confidence on the Trek CXC Cup course.

  • When: Friday, September 16 at 5.30pm. The clinic will last 1 hour with some time for questions for Kaitie.
  • Where: Trek CXC Cup at the Trek Bicycle headquarters in Waterloo, Wisconsin. Clinic check-in will take place at the Regional Trailhead Building located across the street from the start/finish (address is 760 McKay Way, Waterloo, WI).
  • Cost: FREE but space is limited so please pre-register.
  • You must be:
    Kaitie takes the win in 2015

    Kaitie takes the win in 2015

    • A junior girl aged 9-18
  • You must bring:
    • A cyclocross bike (preferred) or Mountain Bike.
    • A helmet.
    • A USAC license (if you don’t have a license you can purchase a one day license online when registering or day of)
  • What to expect:
    • Doing drills and skills on the challenging UCI course set up for the weekend’s racing to prepare you to get out and race.
    • Multiple time (junior and U23) National Champion, and 2015 World Cup podium finisher Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) who won the UCI C1 race at the Trek CXC Cup in 2015.
    • PIZZA. We know you’ll be rushing out to the clinic after (or during) school on Friday so we will provide water and snacks for the riders after the clinic. If you have any dietary restrictions please email Maria and the Chicago Cuttin’ Crew at
  • In addition to the clinic Juniors have the opportunity to race in the 20 minute Junior races which are split up into 2 year age groups or in a longer 30 minute race for any girl 18 & Under who would like a bigger challenge. Junior girls are also able to race the Category races. We encourage you to give it a try!
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Top international cyclocross talent to begin season at Trek CXC Cup

Cyclocross World Champion Wout Van Aert will join much of the world’s top ‘cross talent at this year’s Trek CXC Cup. Taking place September 17-18, the Trek CXC Cup brings a weekend of World Cup-level competition to Trek’s global headquarters in Waterloo, WI. The event will kick off an American tour for the sport’s top competitors followed shortly by Cross Vegas and Jingle Cross.

“I’m excited to race in Waterloo. It is an honor for me to show my rainbow jersey to the ‘cross fans of Wisconsin and beyond,” said Van Aert. “I see it as a perfect rehearsal for the first World Cup races in the States.”

The race will be no cakewalk for the reigning World Champion as much of the world’s top ranked competition, including Trek-sponsored Telenet-Fidea’s Tom Muesen, will join in the weekend’s competition.

The women’s professional race promises to be just as exciting as 12-time US National Champion Katie Compton will bring her talents to the ‘Loo to race against upcoming stars like local favorite Kaitlin Antonneu, winner of last year’s C1 race at the Trek CXC Cup. They will be joined by international riders like Belgian Ellen Van Loy.

In response to growing national interest in the race, along with the international appeal of Europe’s premier talent beginning their seasons, the weekend’s racing will be broadcast live globally on

Also in attendance will be former World Champion Sven Nys. Nys, one of the most widely-recognized and beloved ‘cross racers in the world, provided important feedback to Trek’s course designers in early August during the site’s preparation to host the world’s best. This year’s CXC Cup is a unique opportunity to see, and compete alongside, the best talents of today, tomorrow, and yesterday all at one awesome celebration of cyclocross right in Trek Bicycle’s backyard.

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