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 Anderson (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 can’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 with 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.