Matter wins second day of Gateway Cross Cup

Day two of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup brought a revamped course and a renewed aggression from both of the opening day's runners up in the men and women's races.

The women's race opened with a storming attack from GE Capitol's Courtney McFadden, looking to make amends for the disappointment of Saturday's race. Her fearsome pace off the line split the field to pieces, with only the favorites from day one clustered up five seconds behind her. After two laps, she was caught by the chase led by Michelob Ultra/Big Shark's Sunny Gilbert who towed Nicole Duke and Caroline Mani behind her. Notable in her absence in the group was Saturday's winner, Erica Zaveta, perhaps feeling the efforts of the previous day.

Halfway through the race, with McFadden caught, there was a momentary cease-fire before Gilbert launched clear with three laps to go. Initially, her lead was tenuous as her pursuers looked to each other to make chase. McFadden took the reigns but faded in the end as she was passed by the steady efforts of Caroline Mani who pushed McFadden into third on the day. Nicole Duke secured fourth while Zaveta clawed her way back to the top five.

In the men's race, the field set an explosive pace from the line, much like Saturday's race. Again, Cody Kaiser drove the front with Soundpony's Jacob Lasley to force the opening splits while the top five of the previous day waited in the wings. Once the initial selection was made, Travis Livermon of Mock Orange Racing took to the front, trading pulls with Troy Wells to pare down the field as Brain Matter, Ben Berden and day one winner Jamey Driscoll sat in, marking moves with the race falling apart behind them.

At midpoint, a group of five was clear with Wells on an obvious mission to light up the front at every opportunity. He attacked repeatedly, but was only given a scant five second lead by the break, patrolled primarily by the Raleigh Clement duo.

With three to go, Berden countered Wells after the stairs before Driscoll set off on his own, hoping to replicate his solo win from the day before. As soon as Driscoll jumped, Matter followed and held his wheel into the closing lap. On the final descent and steep climb, Matter made his move and held his advantage to the line with Driscoll coming in second ahead of his teammate Ben Berden, who rounded out the podium. Early aggressors Troy Wells and Travis Livermon took fourth and fifth respectively.

With its new venue and more challenging course, the Gateway Cup's fourth year served up dramatic racing. With a quality field returning each year, the race looks set to become a mainstay on the domestic UCI calendar for many years.


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Men's result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Brian Matter (USA) Team Wisconsin / Clif Bar1:02:26
2James Driscoll (USA) Raleigh / Clement0:00:02
3Ben Berden (Bel) Raleigh / Clement0:00:37
4Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar0:01:02
5Travis Livermon (USA) Mock Orange Pro Cx0:01:32
6Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar0:01:46
7Christopher Jones (USA) The Athletic0:01:51
8Tristan Uhl (USA) 787 Racing0:01:57
9Robert Marion (USA) American Classic Pro Team0:02:30
10Steve Fisher (USA) Raleigh/Fsa Cx0:02:48
11Jacob Lasley (USA) Team Soundpony0:02:56
12Eric Thompson (USA) Mt. Borah Epic Team0:03:02
13Cody Kaiser (USA) Langetwins/Specialized0:03:45
14Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) Set Coaching/Specialized0:03:56
15Lewis Gaffney (USA) American Classic Pro Cyclocross0:04:15
16Braden Kappius (USA) Team Clif Bar0:04:27
17Maxx Chance (USA) The Pro's Closet Cx0:04:28
18Ian McPherson (USA) The Pro's Closet Cx0:04:44
19Nicholas Lemke (USA) Hifi/Thefeed/Crafthairstudio0:05:00
20Alex Ryan (USA) Mock Orange Bikes Pro Cx Team0:05:35
21David Reyes (USA) Heritage Race Club0:05:57
22Skyler Mackey (USA) Soundpony0:06:00
23Adam York (USA) Cyclocross Network Racing0:06:10
24Andrew Reardon (USA) Sonic Cycling0:06:13
25Joshua Johnson (USA) Michelob Ultra - Big Shark Racing0:06:29
26Ian Haupt (USA) Milwaukee Bicycle Company0:06:37
27Travis Braun (USA) Revolution Cycles0:06:45
28Kyle Russ (USA) Brazen Dropouts0:07:01
29Josh Bauer (USA) Twin Six0:07:47
30Taylor Squillaci (USA) Get Out!- 2 laps
31Maxwell Ackermann (USA) Iscorp Cycling TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Isaac Neff (USA) 5nines/Motorless Motion BicyclesRow 31 - Cell 2
33Mark Norton (USA) Ks Energy Services/Team WisconsinRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gabriel Varela (USA) Vertical EarthRow 33 - Cell 2
35Michael Dutczak (USA) South Chicago Wheelman- 3 laps
36Dylan Postier (USA) Evoke RacingRow 35 - Cell 2
37Andrew Giniat (USA) On The RouteRow 36 - Cell 2
38Zachary Carlson (USA) Rbm/MatrixRow 37 - Cell 2
39Kailin Waterman (USA) Voler/Hrs/RocklobsterRow 38 - Cell 2
40Craig Wohlschlaeger (USA) Giant Southwest RacingRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jay Strothman (USA) Off The Front RacingRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jp Brocket (USA) Ethos RacingRow 41 - Cell 2
43Matthew Kelley (USA) Quantum Mesa CyclesRow 42 - Cell 2
44Adam Finck (USA) Team Velocity Bike Shop- 4 laps
45Brandon Feehery (USA) AstellasRow 44 - Cell 2
46Michael Saunders (USA) Dogfish- 5 laps
47Travis Werts (USA)Row 46 - Cell 2
48Tyler Cloutier (USA) Cutaway Usa P/B Blackhand Coffee- 6 laps
DNFZach McDonald (USA) KccxRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFJake Wells (USA) Stan's Notubes Elite CxRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Knapp (USA) Pony Shop CyclocrossRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFMitchell Hoke (USA) The Pro's Closet CxRow 51 - Cell 2
DNSGerald Drummond (USA) De Pijp RacingRow 52 - Cell 2
DNSSpencer Downing (USA) Hoke Racing LlcRow 53 - Cell 2
DNSNathan Brown (USA) CycletonRow 54 - Cell 2
DNSJim Wood (USA) Alki/Rubicon RacingRow 55 - Cell 2
DNSBrett Heuring (USA) Dogfish Racing/Team NoahRow 56 - Cell 2
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Women's result
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Sunny Gilbert (USA) Michelob Ultra/Big Shark0:47:17
2Caroline Mani (Fra) Raleigh / Clement0:00:22
3Courtenay McFadden (USA) Ge Capital/American Classic0:00:37
4Nicole Duke (USA) Marin Bikes/Spy0:00:54
5Erica Zaveta (USA) Amy D. Racing0:01:46
6Samantha Schneider (USA) Iscorp0:01:58
7Amanda Miller (USA) Boulder Cycle Sport/Yogaglo0:02:19
8Amanda Carey (USA) Team Rhino Rush0:02:32
9Emily Kachorek (USA) Squid0:02:45
10Samantha Runnels (USA) Atc Racing0:02:54
11Carol Jeane Sansome (USA) County Cycles Masters Cx P/B Trek0:03:12
12Nicole Brandt (USA) La Grange0:03:31
13Laurel Rathbun (USA) Raleigh / Clement0:04:09
14Ksenia Lepikhina (USA) SDG-Bellwether P.B. Krema Peanut0:04:22
15Elizabeth So (USA)0:05:02
16Mackenzie Woodring (USA) Foundry Cycles0:05:36
17Katherine Kelter (USA) Team Colavita/Parisi Coffee0:06:30
18Heidi Wood (USA) 333fab Cx Factory Team0:06:44
19Sarah Szefi (USA) Psimet Racing0:07:45
20Katherine Santos (USA) Red Zone Elite U230:08:33
21Rachel Dobrozsi (USA) Red Zone Elite U230:09:08
22Katie Isermann (USA) Psimet Racing- 1 lap
23Mackenzie Green (USA) Red Zone Elite U23- 2 laps
DNFJennifer Nichols (USA) Birmingham Velo/Infinity RacingRow 23 - Cell 2
DNSLindsay Zucco (USA) Psimet RacingRow 24 - Cell 2

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