Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano) and Carolyn Mani (Van Dessel Factory Team) have the early leads in the 2018 USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar after the first two weekends of racing in Virginia and New York starting on Labor Day weekend.
Virginia's Blue Ridge GO Cross Race in Roanoke featured two UCI C2 races on September 1 and 2, while the 11th annual Rochester Cyclocross in New York hosted the first of seven US Pro CX C1 races on Saturday, September 8, and a C2 race on Sunday, September 9.
With 186 series points, Werner took the early lead for elite men with consecutive victories in Roanoke and two podiums in Rochester, where he finished second on Saturday and third on Sunday.
US champion Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld) missed Virginia but won both days in Rochester and is currently third the standings, Hyde is 10 points behind 2017 series winner Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label Racing), who has 160 points based on two podiums in Roanoke and a podium and seventh-place finish in Rochester. Jack Kisseberth (Garneau-EastonI is currently fourth with 115 points, followed by Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co-Groove Subaru) with 83.
In the women's rankings, Mani has a four-point lead over Crystal Anthony (LIV Cycling) and 17 over Maghalie Rochette (CXFever-Specialized). Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) is 37 points off Mani's pace, followed by Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano), another five points in arrears.
Mani took the early lead with first and second in Virginia, then followed it up with two fourth-place finishes in Rochester. Anthony is breathing down Mani's neck with third and first in Roanoke, then third place and eighth in Rochester. Rochette missed Roanoke, but her consecutive wins the following weekend in Rochester lifted her to third in the series standings.
The Pro CX races continue September 15 and 16 with the Nittany Lion Cross in Breinigsville, Pennsylvania, with two days of C2 races for elite women and men. Reno Cross returns n September 19, followed quickly by the Trek Cup in Wisonsin on September 21 and the opening UCI World Cup race in Waterloo on September 23. Three Jingle Cross races in Iowa are the following weekend, including the second round of the UCI World Cup on Saturday, September 29.
The 2018 USA Cycling Pro CX calendar includes a total of 39 UCI-inscripted category 1 and 2 races across 19 states and the District of Columbia. The calendar spans from September to December, culminating with the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky, from December 11-16.
2018 USA Cycling Pro CX Calendar Standings
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|3||Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld)||140|
|4||Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund / NCC )||115|
|5||Gage Hecht (Aevolo Cycling, Inc.)||83|
|8||Lance Haidet (Aevolo Cycling, Inc.)||68|
|9||Troy Wells (Team Clif Car Cycling)||51|
|11||Brannan Fix (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru)||48|
|13||Spencer Petrov (CCB Foundation - Sicleri)||47|
|18||Ian Gielar (JAM Fund / NCC )||24|
|19||Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart)||19|
|22||Greg Wittwer (Sweet Spot Cycling)||14|
|23||George Schulz (Van Dessel Factory Team)||13|
|24||Dylan Postier (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)||12|
|24||Patrick Collins (CCB Foundation - Sicleri)||12|
|28||Trent Blackburn (JAM Fund / NCC )||10|
|28||Daniel Chabanov (House Industries-Withings-Simplehuman )||10|
|32||Lucas Livermon (Crank Arm Brewing Cycling Team)||6|
|32||Lane Maher (Hot Tubes Development Cycling )||6|
|35||Jon Okenfuss (L5Flyers Cycling Team)||5|
|35||Alex Ryan (Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX)||5|
|35||Derrick St John||5|
|39||Scott Albaugh (3T/Q+M)||4|
|40||Tyler Smith (Van Dessel Factory Team)||3|
|41||Kevin Ellsworth (Team Type 1 Foundation)||1|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|6||Erica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)||104|
|8||Kaitlin Keough (Cylance Pro Cycling)||68|
|10||Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team)||56|
|15||Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing)||35|
|16||Carla Williams (Deschutes Brewery)||34|
|16||Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team)||34|
|19||BrittLee Bowman (House Industries-Withings-Simplehuman)||18|
|21||Anna Megale (Team UpCycle)||15|
|22||Corey Coogan Cisek (Amy D. Foundation)||14|
|26||Kathryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling)||12|
|28||Natalie Tapias (JAM Fund / NCC )||9|
|30||Bridget Tooley (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)||8|
|31||Avanell Scales (Deschutes Brewery)||5|
|32||Elizabeth Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling)||5|
|32||Alexandra CampbellForte (Vanderkitten)||5|
|37||Emily Werner (Amy D. Foundation)||1|