Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) erased a 15 second deficit to Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement) to win the UCI C1 race at Genesee Valley Park. Driscoll finished in second place, while Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) rounded out the podium in third place.
Racing took place at a new venue in Genesee Valley Park. Half of the course was grassy fields where speeds were very high, but the other half was twisty wooded trails with some steep run-ups.
Temperatures around 90-degrees with very high humidity proved to be a major obstacle for most of the racers. Powers was in 14th place during the first lap and seemed content to just pick off riders one at a time.
He explained his strategy, "It was a very fast race, so much faster than in years past…there was a group of 20 at the start. I knew it was going to be bunched up and there was no reason to be forcing things with the heat. Heat management was my number one goal today since I don't typically do well in the heat."
With two laps to go, Driscoll had turned a small gap into 15 seconds. Powers explained the closing laps, "I knew Jamie looked pretty fit when I saw him this morning…so I wasn't going to let him go much longer. I did what I call a Hail Mary effort and went as hard as I could go...and with one (lap) to go I got him. That was enough to take the win."
Racing will continue on Sunday at Genesee Valley Park. Cooler temperatures are expected which will be welcomed relief for the riders.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing)||0:57:38|
|2||James Driscoll (Raleigh Clement)||0:00:05|
|3||Stephen Hyde (Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.)||0:00:12|
|4||Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing)||0:00:26|
|5||Jeremy Martin (Focus CX Team Canada)|
|6||Yannick Eckmann (Boulder Cycle Sport/ Yogaglo)|
|7||Allen Krughoff (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)||0:00:40|
|8||Andrew Dillman (Cyclocross Alliance)||0:00:54|
|9||Jonathan Page (Fuji)||0:01:26|
|10||Spencer Petrov (Cyclocross Alliance)||0:01:35|
|11||Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes)|
|12||Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.)||0:01:53|
|13||Travis Livermon (Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross)||0:02:02|
|14||Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Trek)||0:02:03|
|15||Jeremy Durrin (Neon Velo Cycling Team)||0:02:16|
|16||Jens Vandekinderen (Kalas-H.Essers-Nnof Cycling Team)||0:02:22|
|17||Derrick St John (VanDessel p/b HyperThreads)||0:02:31|
|18||Aaron Schooler (Focus CX Team Canada)||0:02:36|
|19||Kerry Werner Jr. (Kona Endurance Team)||0:02:47|
|20||Dan Chabanov (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)||0:02:51|
|21||Troy Wells (Team CLIF BAR)||0:02:58|
|22||Jack Kisseberth (JAM / NCC)||0:03:01|
|23||Samuel O'Keefe (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)||0:03:10|
|24||Tom Chapman (Focus Attaquer CX)||0:03:20|
|25||Scott Smith (JAM / NCC)||0:03:41|
|26||Lance Haidet (Raliegh Clement)||0:03:50|
|27||Jordan Snyder (C3-Twenty20 Cycling)||0:03:56|
|28||Christopher Aitken (Focus Attaquer CX Team)||0:04:07|
|29||Osmond Bakker (Wheels Of Bloor)||0:04:18|
|30||Antonin Marecaille (AVC Aix en Provence)||0:04:29|
|31||Nicolas Catlin (Sherpa)||0:04:56|
|32||Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette (Pivot Cycles on the Edge Canada)||0:05:10|
|33||Dan Timmerman (Stan's NoTubes Elite CX)||0:05:47|
|34||Robert Marion (American Classic Pro CX Team)||0:06:21|
|35||Matt Surch (Tekne Cycle Club)||0:06:46|
|36||Adam St. Germain (Apex / NBX / Trek)||0:06:53|
|37||Abe Goorskey (American Classic Pro CX Team)||0:07:00|
|38||Nathan Underwood (Euro-sports.ca)||0:07:10|
|39||Matt Perreault (Colonial Bicycle Company)||0:07:30|
|40||Gregg Griffo (Park Ave Bike Shop)||- 2 laps|
|41||Andrew Lints (Bicycle Express Racing)|
|42||Tim Willis (Bicycle Quarterly Elite Technic)||- 3 laps|
|43||Danny Summerhill (Maxxis-Shimano)|
|DNF||Scott Fitzgerald (Mariposa Bicycles)|
|DNS||Benjamin Sonntag (Team Clif Bar)|
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