Pro CX: Anderson and Vincent clinch while men's standings up for grabs

  
  


A very muddy Jeremy Powers celebrates Saturday's victory with the assembled fans. (Photo by Weldon Weaver)
A very muddy Jeremy Powers celebrates Saturday's victory with the assembled fans. (Photo by Weldon Weaver)
The penultimate weekend of the 2013-14 USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) featured the two races of the North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C., on Dec. 14-15. After the weekend of racing, the winner of the Pro CX women's standings has been determined, but many of the top 20 places of USA Cycling's $40,000 prize purse remain up for grabs.

Pro CX men's standings supremacy will be decided at the calendar finale, Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan 5. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha-Focus) won both races in Hendersonville to collect 70 points, but Tim Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) placed second and fourth to remain within 26 points of the lead. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh-Clement) has secured third-place in the standings with 866 points. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) will finish the season in fourth place with 711 points while James Driscoll (Sandy, Utah/Raleigh-Clement) will place fifth with 530 points.

On Sunday, Sunny Gilbert won the women's race ahead of Beth Ann Orton and Erica Zaveta. (Photo by Weldon Weaver)
On Sunday, Sunny Gilbert won the women's race ahead of Beth Ann Orton and Erica Zaveta. (Photo by Weldon Weaver)
The top five of the Pro CX women's standings are unchanged after the races in North Carolina. Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) has secured the top spot with 809 points. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) will finish in second place with 755 points. Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) are locked in a battle for third place. With one race remaining, Miller holds third place with 677 points, but Anthony is in fourth place, only 24 points behind. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) is in fifth place, but Nicole Duke (Boulder, Colo./Marin Bikes-SPY) is only seven points behind her. Jessica Cutler (Seattle, Wash./Bikesport NW-Jamis) and Sunny Gilbert (Ballwin, Mo./Michelob UltraBig Shark Bicycle) won the two women's races in North Carolina.

The Pro CX juniors men's standings are unchanged after a week without competition on the Pro CX. With one race remaining, Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf) has clinched the top spot with 345 points. After a strong performance at the Deschutes Brewery Cup on Dec. 7, Lance Haidet (Bend, Ore./Bear Development Team) has surged into second place with 286 points, only 32 points ahead of Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf), who is sitting in third place with 254 points. Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) can reach second place as he is sitting in fourth place with 250 points. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./WCJ Racing) rounds out the top five with 236 points.

Results for the North Carolina Grand Prix Races 1 and 2 can be found online.

Check out photo galleries from North Carolina Grand Prix.

 

USA Cycling Pro CX Standings:

Men's Standings
1. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Rapha-Focus) — 1,015
2. Timothy Johnson (Topsfield, Mass./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 989
3. Ben Berden (BEL/Raleigh Clement) — 866
4. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 711
5. James Driscoll (Sandy, Utah/Raleigh-Clement) — 530

Women's Standings
1. Elle Anderson (San Francisco, Calif./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) — 809
2. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) — 755
3. Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant Berry Farms-Specialized) — 677
4. Crystal Anthony (Beverly, Mass./Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) — 653
5. Laura Van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers) — 493

Juniors Men's Standings
1. Austin Vincent (Simsbury, Conn./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf) — 345
2. Lance Haidet (Bend, Ore./Bear Development Team) — 286
3. Peter Goguen (Hopedale, Mass./Race Cf-Racecf.Org @Racecf) — 254
4. Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) — 250
5. David Lombardo (Crystal Lake, Ill./WCJ Racing) — 236

 

For complete standings, visit the Pro CX's official webpage at usacycling.org/procx.

The Pro CX riders will enjoy a short respite before the season culminates and the standings positions are claimed at the Kingsport Cyclo-cross Cup in Kingsport, Tenn., on Jan. 5.



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