Werner and Mani take early leads in US Pro CX Calendar

National cyclo-cross series continues this weekend in Pennsylvania

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

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kerry Werner186 pts
2Tobin Ortenblad150 
3Stephen Hyde (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld)140 
4Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund / NCC )115 
5Gage Hecht (Aevolo Cycling, Inc.)83 
6Cody Kaiser81 
7Jeremy Powers78 
8Lance Haidet (Aevolo Cycling, Inc.)68 
9Troy Wells (Team Clif Car Cycling)51 
10matthieu Boulo49 
11Brannan Fix (Alpha Bicycle Co.- Groove Subaru)48 
11James Driscoll8 
13Spencer Petrov (CCB Foundation - Sicleri)47 
14Tristan Cowie41 
15Eric Thompson36 
16Andrew Dillman32 
17Bjorn Selander25 
18Ian Gielar (JAM Fund / NCC )24 
19Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart)19 
20Brody Sanderson18 
21Trevor O'Donnell16 
22Greg Wittwer (Sweet Spot Cycling)14 
23George Schulz (Van Dessel Factory Team)13 
24Dylan Postier (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)12 
24Patrick Collins (CCB Foundation - Sicleri)12 
26Terol Pursell11 
26Scott Smith11 
28Trent Blackburn (JAM Fund / NCC )10 
28Daniel Chabanov (House Industries-Withings-Simplehuman )10 
3Michael Owens9 
31Jared Nieters8 
32Keith Mullaly6 
32Lucas Livermon (Crank Arm Brewing Cycling Team)6 
32Lane Maher (Hot Tubes Development Cycling )6 
35Jon Okenfuss (L5Flyers Cycling Team)5 
35Alex Ryan (Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX)5 
35Michael Potter5 
35Derrick St John5 
39Scott Albaugh (3T/Q+M)4 
40Tyler Smith (Van Dessel Factory Team)3 
41Kevin Ellsworth (Team Type 1 Foundation)1 
41Shawn Geiger1 
Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Caroline Mani157 pts
2Crystal Anthony153 
3Maghalie Rochette140 
4Ellen Noble120 
5Rebecca Fahringer115 
6Erica Zaveta (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)104 
7Raylyn Nuss76 
8Kaitlin Keough (Cylance Pro Cycling)68 
9Ruby West58 
10Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team)56 
11Jenn Jackson52 
12Jennifer Malik51 
13Caroline Nolan43 
14Amanda Nauman37 
15Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing)35 
16Carla Williams (Deschutes Brewery)34 
16Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team)34 
18Sarah Sturm23 
19BrittLee Bowman (House Industries-Withings-Simplehuman)18 
20Natasha Elliott17 
21Anna Megale (Team UpCycle)15 
22Allison Arensman14 
22Katherine Santos14 
22Taylor Kuyk-White14 
22Corey Coogan Cisek (Amy D. Foundation)14 
26Kathryn Cumming (Jalapeno Cycling)12 
27Julie Hunter10 
28Natalie Tapias (JAM Fund / NCC )9 
28Laurel Rathbun9 
30Bridget Tooley (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare)8 
31Avanell Scales (Deschutes Brewery)5 
32Elizabeth Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling)5 
32Alexandra CampbellForte (Vanderkitten)5 
34Philicia Marion4 
35Erica Leonard2 
35Jane Rossi2 
37Marianna Williams1 
37Emily Werner (Amy D. Foundation)1 


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