UNITED STATES INTERNATIONAL CYCLO-CROSS CALENDAR


January 9, 2012

USICX: Season closes with great racing at nationals

The United States International Cyclo-cross Calendar (USICX) rolled to a close on Sunday after sensational racing at the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships at Badger Prairie Park outside Madison, Wisc. With national championships up for grabs, there was no shortage of intensity throughout the week's races.

MEN

Jeremy Powers celebrates winning the national championship in the elite men's race. (Photo by Matt Moses, www.moses-images.com)
Jeremy Powers celebrates winning the national championship in the elite men's race. (Photo by Matt Moses, www.moses-images.com)
The top two riders in the USICX men's standings, Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-Focus) and Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./LTS-Felt), further solidified their top spots by finishing first and second at the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships. Trebon finished the season ranked second in the standings, 112 points behind Powers. Ben Berden (BEL/Ops Ale-Clement) placed third overall, 106 points behind Trebon and 136 points ahead of Jamey Driscoll (winooski, Vt./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), who finished seventh in the race in Wisconsin. Justin Lindine (New Salem, Mass./BikeReg.com-Joe's Garage) rounds out the top five, 38 points behind Driscoll, after finishing 11th in the national championship race.

Powers attacked the lead group of five riders with two laps remaining in the eight-lap contest and managed to hold off a charging Trebon to win the Stars-and-Stripes jersey and further solidify his spot atop the USICX men's standings.

WOMEN

Katie Compton controlled the elite women's race from the early stages. (Photo by Matt Moses, www.moses-images.com)
Katie Compton controlled the elite women's race from the early stages. (Photo by Matt Moses, www.moses-images.com)

Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom) topped the final USICX women's standings, 52 points ahead of second-place rider Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team). Meredith Miller (Boulder, Colo./California Giant-Specialized) placed third in the standings, 55 points behind Nash and 44 points behind a surging Sue Butler (Portland, Ore./River City Bicycles-Ridley). Andrea Smith (Somerville, Mass./LadiesFirst Racing) rounds out the top five, four points behind Butler and 27 points ahead of the winner of the elite women's race at the 2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships.

In the elite women's race, Compton bolted to an early lead and grew her advantage, eventually winning the race by nearly two minutes to earn her eighth consecutive national title.

JUNIORS

Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Red Zone Cycling), who clinched the top spot on the nine-event USICX junior men's standings on Nov. 14. Dillman finished 167 points ahead of second-place rider Zane Godby (Louisville, Colo./Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team) after those two riders placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the national championship race. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team) closed the calendar 33 points behind Godby and 34 points up on the junior men 17-18 national champion Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Team Redline). Owen, who won the last three USICX races to close the season in fourth, 14 points ahead of Richard Cypress Gorry (Payson, Ariz./Whole Athlete-Specialized).

Check out the full results:

2012 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships

USICX standings

 

Men
1. Jeremy Powers (Easthampton, Mass./Team Rapha-Focus) — 947
2. Ryan Trebon (Bend, Ore./LTS-Felt) — 835
3. Ben Berden (BEL/Ops Ale-Clement) — 729
4. Jamey Driscoll (Winooski, Vt./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) — 593
5. Justin Lindine (New Salem, Mass./Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage) — 555

Women
1.. Laura van Gilder (Cresco, Pa./C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom Racing) — 762
2. Katerina Nash (CZE/Luna Pro Team) — 710
3. Meredith Miller (Fort Collins, Colo./California Giant-Specialized) — 655
4. Sue Butler (Portland, Ore./Team River City Bicycles-Ridley) — 611
5. Andrea Smith (Somerville, Mass./LadiesFirst Racing) — 607

Juniors
1. Andrew Dillman (Fairdale, Ky./Bob's Red Mill) — 435
2. Zane Godby (Louisville, Colo./Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team) — 268
3. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Clif Bar Development Cyclo Cross Team) — 235
4. Logan Owen (Bremerton, Wash./Team Redline) — 201
5. Richard Cypress Gorry (Payson, Ariz./Whole Athlete-Specialized) — 187


For more information on United States International Cyclo-cross Calendar, visit www.usacycling.org/cnc.

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