Cyclo-cross elite coming to Providence for Holy Week finale


Providence, R.I. (October 2, 2013) - The stage is set for another epic weekend of racing as the Providence Cyclo-cross Festival comes to Roger Williams Park. The Festival is part of the USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX), Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross Series and the Verge New England Cyclocross Series, and the anchor of the Holy Week of Cyclo-cross. 

Start of 2012 Providence CX men's race
The Providence Cyclo-cross Festival promises to exciting with competitive fields featuring proven veterans and young talent. (Photo by Natalia Boltukhova, Pedal Power Photography)
Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) has to be a favorite for the weekend, after a strong showing at ‘Cross Vegas, finishing second to world champion Sven Nys, and his sweep of the Great Brewers Gran Prix in Gloucester. Powers currently leads the standings for the Shimano NEPCX Series.  Rival Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b would love to add another victory to his win on the opening day at Green Mountain. Raleigh-Clement is bringing old hand Ben Berden of Belgium and Jamie Driscoll, the newest addition to this year’s roster. Yannick Eckmann (Cal Giant-Specialized) has finished consistently in the top ten this season, but is still hunting for the big win. 

The elite women’s field will be racing for equal podium payouts again this year. Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective), makes her UCI ‘cross debut on Saturday. America’s most successful cyclo-cross racer, Compton is sure to bring some heavy firepower to the fight. And what a fight it will be. CrossVegas winner Katerina Nash (LUNA Pro Team) is racing, along with Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing). Wyman went undefeated in her U.S. campaign last year and already has five victories under her belt this season.  But her dominance was broken twice by Elle Anderson (Cal Giant/Specialized), experiencing a breakout season and stunning the crowds in Gloucester with her weekend sweep. Anderson will be joined by teammate Meredith Miller.

The UCI juniors elite race for consideration for world championship positions on Saturday and the unprecedented $2,600 weekend purse. Race has dominated the New England junior calendar so far this year. Team members Peter Goguen, Austin Vincent and Matthew Owens currently hold the top three positions in the Verge Series. The one man to throw a wrench in the works of the CF powerhouse is Cooper Willsey (, who took top spot on day 1 in Green Mountain and Gloucester.

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