Trebon and Nash Win Series Titles at CXLA Finale
Ryan Trebon (Cannondale- Cyclocross World) and Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) captured the overall titles of the Cross After Dark series following wins at the Los Angeles finale race CXLA. It was Trebon's first win of the national series title after taking second to Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) in 2012. Berden was leading the series standings heading into Los Angeles but finished off the podium in 5th giving the advantage to Trebon. Tim Johnson (Cannondale- Cyclocross World) finished 3rd in the series.
For Nash it was her second Cross After Dark series title after taking the 2011 series win. Nash bested Nicole Duke (Marin-Spy Optic) who moved intothe 2nd spot. Courtenay McFadden took 3rd place honors for the series.
The Cross After Dark series includes Clif Bar CrossVegas held in Las Vegas in September, Gateway Cross Cup held in St. Louis in October, Lionhearts International Cross held in Cincinnati during November and CXLA held in Los Angeles in late November.
Complete final standings HERE
Compton and Johnson Take Cincy Victories
Nash and Berden Carry Leaders Jerseys to Series Final at CXLA
Ben Berden and Amanda Miller Take Gateway Cross Cup
The third year of the Gateway Cross Cup, part of the Cross After Dark Series, saw a date change and a second day of racing added to its new weekend position. Moved from the early season midweek slot of the previous years, the race brought a bigger field than years past and the bone dry conditions led to racing that was heavy on tactics.
Both the men’s and the women’s field had big groups together through the opening laps as the blistering fast and relatively non technical course forced racers to choose their efforts wisely and race as much with their heads as their legs.
In the women’s race, a large group together through the opening lap was broken up by a surge from early season dominator, Elle Anderson of Specialized-Cal Giant. When Anderson accelerated, Nicole Duke of Marin/Spy Optics said “I knew at some point she’d take off and unfortunately at that point, I was behind Amanda Miller so Elle was able to gap us. I finally came around and tried to catch her, but I felt like I was maybe going to put too much out there so I was waiting for her to come back a bit.” As Duke was reeling Anderson in, the Cal Giant rider flatted and was forced to pit, opening the door for the chase group that also contained Miller and Courtenay McFadden. Once Anderson was gapped, the leading trio worked to keep her at bay, trying to do as much as possible to hold the gap while still conserving a bit for the sprint. A bobble in one the final corners led Duke to give a bit of space to Miller and she used her powerful road sprint to hold the advantage for the win. With her win Miller ties Katerina Nash for the Cross After Dark series lead.
For the first two laps of the men’s race, nearly the entire field was stuck together, wheels to wheel in what looked more like a road race than a cross. The ultra fast course didn’t provide many opportunities for big attacks, but a group of ten eventually peeled clear of the head of the race and stormed through the third and fourth laps, snaking through the course. Through the middle of the race, the elastic began to stretch to a quartet of Ben Berden, Zach McDonald, Cody Kaiser and Troy Wells. 2012 Gateway Cross Cup winner, Berden, had slowly ground his way to the front from midfield and worked comfortably with his younger rivals. Their gap to the chase grew steadily and eventually, Kaiser was dropped to fight it out by himself in no man’s land, the gap to the leaders around eight seconds for the rest of the race. In the front group, Berden commented, “Troy Wells was really strong and pulled a lot, but I knew I had something left. The guys up front probably thought I would wait for the finish, but I did a surprise attack with one half lap to go. I have a fast sprint so I didn’t need to attack, but if you can drop them with one to go, it’s more secure.”
After Berden left his breakaway companions, McDonald came in for second with Troy Wells taking the third step of the podium. Cody Kaiser hung on for fourth.
With his win Berden took over the Cross After Dark series lead.
Complete Series Standings HERE
Nys and Nash Take Cross After Dark Lead
With convincing wins at Clif Bar CrossVegas Sven Nys (Crelan-Euphony) and Katerina Nash (Luna Chix) took the lead of the 2013 Cross After Dark Series both capturing the Vermarc Series Leaders Jersey. But expect changes after race number two, the Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis on October 26 since neither Nys nor Nash will be racing. Nys returned to Europe to continue his defense of the rainbow jersey he wore at CrossVegas while Nash announced her retirement from cyclocross.
Complete series standings after Clif Bar CrossVegas are HERE
Clif Bar CrossVegas Winner Sven Nys Takes the Vermarc Leaders Jersey
Katerina Nash Captured the Vermarc Cross After Dark Leaders Jersey
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