Pro CX: Bazin & Wyman sweep first weekend to take early lead
The USA Cycling Professional Cyclo-cross Calendar (Pro CX) started last weekend in Rochester, N.Y. with the Rohrbach's Ellison Park Cyclocross. The riders faced stern challenges among their competitors as well as the race conditions. A storm over the weekend forced the riders to overcome weather conditions typical for later in the cyclo-cross season.
Nicolas Bazin (FRA) is off to a fast start atop the Pro CX men's standings after winning both races in Rochester. After collecting the maximum 120 points over the weekend, Bazin holds a 62-point cushion on second-place Jeremy Durrin (Amherst, Mass./Tenet Racing-J.A.M. Fund-NCC), who finished second on Sunday after placing sixth in Saturday's contest. Jonathan Page (Northfield, N.H./Planet Bike), who finished second on Saturday and seventh on Sunday, sits in third place with 56 points, only two points behind Durrin. There is a three-rider logjam with 50 points apiece as Justin Lindine (New Salem, N.H./BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage), Troy Wells (Twin Falls, Idaho/Team Clif Bar) and Craig Richey (CAN) finished in the front part of the weekend's races. Lindine and Wells hold a slight edge by virtue of each rider owning a third-place finish and Richey has a pair of fourth-place results.
The top two spots of the initial Pro CX women's standings are indisputable as Helen Wyman (GBR) and Gabriella Day (GBR) finished first and second, respectively, in each of the weekend's races. Wyman earned 120 points while Day collected 80. Patricia Buerkle (Philadelphia, Pa./VA Asset Group p/b Artemis-Trek) finished third on Saturday and fifth on Sunday sits in fifth place of the standings with 50 points. Nicole Thiemann (Philadelphia, Pa./Team CF-Elite) placed third on Sunday and sixth on Sunday to register 48 points and sit five points ahead of the fifth-place Arley Kemmerer (Saylorsburg, Pa./C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).
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USA Cycling Pro CX Standings:
For complete standings, visit the Pro CX's official webpage at usacycling.org/cnc.
The Pro CX calendar continues with a pair of two-day events next weekend. Nittany Lion Cross in Breinigsville, Pa., and Catamount Grand Prix NECX in Williston, Vt., will each take place on Sept. 15-16. On Sept. 19, the riders will contest CrossVegas in Las Vegas, Nev. On the ensuing weekend, there will be another pair of two-day events as the riders will compete in Sun Prairie, Wisc., at the USGP of Cyclocross-Planet Bike Cup and Baltimore, Md., at the Charm City Cross on Sept. 22-23.
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