Van Gilder takes two in Granogue

Laura Van Gilder (C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom) triumphed over her second consecutive victory this weekend at round two of the UCI C2 Granogue Cross held in Wilmington, Delaware. Similar to the previous day, she soloed to victory ahead of Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) in second and teammate Arlie Kemmerer (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) in third.

“It is nice to have back-to-back wins especially being at Granogue and because the season has been competitive so it is nice to have that in my suitcase,” Van Gilder told Cyclingnews. “The competition was good and everyone was gunning for a victory so it was hard-faught.”

The Elite women lined up to contest day two of the crown jewel of Mid Atlantic cyclo-cross. The event is held at the Dupont Estate, a private and scenic property on 400 acres of rolling green hills and wooded sections.

Strong winds played a factor in the race, however, riders were treated gorgeous autumn weather in the high 60 Fahrenheit. Some course changes compared to the previous day made the race slightly more challenging including a longer climb on the board of the tree line to the silo tower followed by a more technical descent down to the finish straightaway.

Top-notch riders on the start line included previous day’s winner, Van Gilder along with Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing), Kristin Gavin (Cystic Fibrosis), Nicole Thiemann and Carolyn Popovic (Team CF), Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing) and Arlie Kemmerer (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes).

“I wasn’t the fastest off the line but I was the first onto the grass today,” Van Gilder said. “Today’s course had longer stretches and more elevation. There was equally as much wind and it was a fatiguing course. I had to stay on the gas and push it from the gun. I gained a few seconds on the first lap.”

Van Gilder gained a handful of second on the first run up on the first lap and continued to increase her lead by a few seconds ahead of her competitors on each consecutive lap. The women raced for a total of six laps, slightly more compared to the typical four laps.

“I sensed people just weren’t right on my wheel like yesterday,” Van Gilder said. “I didn’t look back and I tried to keep the pressure on and see if I could crack them and ride the course to my own strengths.”

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Full Results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:42:55
2Andrea Smith (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:00:44
3Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:16
4Meghan Korol (USA) Bob'S Red Mill Cx0:01:29
5Carolyn Popovic (USA) Team Cf0:01:35
6Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team Cf0:01:41
7Patricia Buerkle (USA) Va Asset Group P/B Artemis/Trek0:01:48
8Crystal Anthony (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:02:39
9Stacey Barbossa (USA) Elite Endurance Training Systems0:02:46
10Brittlee Bowman (USA) Crossresults.Com P/B Jra Cycles0:03:13
11Katrina Dowidchuk (USA) Team Tbb/Deep Blue0:03:33
12Marne Smiley (USA) Bobs Red Mill0:03:37
13Kathleen Harding (USA)0:03:38
14Erica Yozell (USA) Pavalleys.Com0:03:39
15Molly Hurford (USA) Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles0:03:42
16Erin Silliman (USA) Alan N. America Cycling Team0:04:13
17Liz So (USA) Team Tati0:04:33
18Allyson Tufano (USA) Sportif Coaching Group/Bpb0:04:38
19Vicki Barclay (USA) Stan'S Notubes/Freezethaw0:04:40
20Kristine Church (USA) Human ZoomRow 19 - Cell 2
21Lauren Kling (USA) New England Athletic Cyclocross0:05:36
22Jennifer Maxwell (USA) Vandessel Factory Team Pb Sterke Meiden0:05:37
23Lauri Webber (USA) Secret Henrys Team0:05:55
24Alice Henriques (USA) Zanconato Racing0:06:17
25Michelle Bishop (USA) Cannondale Cadence Women'S Racing0:06:19
26Jessica Kutz (USA) Penn State Cycling0:06:43
27Jennifer Pope (USA) Vanderkitten Racing0:07:17
28Bailey Semian (USA) Team Specialized - Rising Stars P/B Bicycling Magazine0:07:43
29Rebecca Frederick (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies/Lsv0:07:45
30Erin Mascelli (USA) Elite Endurance Training Systems0:08:10
31Kelly Chang (USA) Sycip0:08:27
-1 LapKathleen Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving AthletesRow 31 - Cell 2
DNSAmy Breyla (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving AthletesRow 32 - Cell 2
DNSSelene Yeager (USA) Fitchick, InkRow 33 - Cell 2

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Kirsten Frattini
Women's Editor

Kirsten Frattini is an honours graduate of Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in Toronto, Canada. She has been involved in cycling from the community and grassroots level to professional cycling's WorldTour. She has worked in both print and digital publishing, and started with Cyclingnews as a North American Correspondent in 2006. Moving into a Production Editor's role in 2014, she produces and publishes international race coverage for all men's and women's races including Spring Classics, Grand Tours, World Championships and Olympic Games, and writes and edits news and features. As the Women's Editor at Cyclingnews, Kirsten also coordinates and oversees the global coverage of races, news, features and podcasts about women's professional cycling.

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