Schurter, Pendrel Take XC Wins at Sea Otter Classic

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Schurter, Pendrel Take XC Wins at Sea Otter Classic

Monterey, CA – April 18, 2015:  

The legendary Sea Otter Classic made its first appearance in the USA Cycling’s US CUP Presented by Cannondale Mountain Bike Race Series, stepping in as the penultimate round of the five-race series. The marathon-style course of two long laps proved a challenge for many of the world’s elite mountain bike professionals, with Nino Schurter (Scott-ODLO) and Catharine Pendrel (Luna Pro Team) taking the wins.

 

Elite Men

The men got things underway on the tarmac of the Laguna Seca raceway under clear skies and a windy but cool 60-plus degrees. A dozen of the world’s top riders formed a selection fairly soon on the opening lap, with a number of youngsters staking their claim with the more established names in mtb racing, notably Howard Grotts, Sam Gaze and Simon Andreasson (all Specialized), Andri Frischknecht (Scott-ODLO), Russell Finsterwald (SRAM 1 TLD) and Keegan Swenson (Sho-Air/Cannondale).

This group was stretched and whittled down after the first lep, when Geoff Kabush (Scott 3 Rox) was able to keep the pace set by a surging Schurter, who was admittedly not on his best day. Unfortunately for the group, Nino on a so-so day is stronger than almost any rider in the world. The previous day’s short track winner showed he had enough in the tank for the marathon race, as he hit the singletrack and pushed on alone. He would later be joined by McConnell and Grotts for a final showdown on the track. Taking the final turn towards the line, the multiple-time world champion put everything into his sprint to take a fine victory in front of a delighted crowd.

“The first lap was quite slow and we were a big group,” said Schurter. “Kabush helped me get to the front on the second lap. I attacked and got away a bit on the singletrack and got caught by McConnell and Grotts. The end was a three-up sprint that went well… great racing! It’s a good way to finish my American trip! My next race is a Bundesliga race in Heubach, a tough race with a lot of climbing, so I’m looking forward to that as well.”

 

Elite Women

The women’s field took off twenty minutes after the men for two laps of the same loop. Many of the usual names were present in the lead group of seven as they went through the first lap with Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing) in the lead. The decisive race action took place on the second time up the main climb, as Rebecca Henderson (Trek Factory Racing) pushed hard with Pendrel on her wheel. This forced the main selection which would tear the group apart steadily throughout the lap, leaving the top riders spread apart about thirty seconds from each other at the finish. Pendrel came across first, followed by Henderson, Jenny Rissveds (Scott-ODLO), Chloe Woodruff (Stan’s NoTubes-Niner) and series leader Emily Batty (Trek Factory Racing).

“Rebecca {Henderson} was first wheel and was setting a hard pace on the second time up the climb and I heard something behind us,” said Pendrel. “Emily was with us for a while but slipped off so we went for it. It was nice and cool out there today compared to Bonelli and Fontana so that was nice. Sea Otter is such a cool event. It’s great to see the kids out there on bikes, to see all our sponsors and to put on such a good show for the fans… I love it!”

 

USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series standings

After round four of the USA Cycling US Cup presented by Cannondale series, Gagne solidified his lead with a solid performance, while Batty stays in the lead in the womens’ series ahead of Pendrel by just ten points (provisional).

The USA Cycling US Cup presented by Sho-Air Cycling Group series will continue with round 5, a UCI Category HC race, in Colorado Springs, Colorado on Saturday, June 27.

 

Sea Otter cross country brief results

 

Elite men

1 Nino Schurter (Switzerland) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 01:59:56

2; Howard Grotts (United States) Specialized Factory Racing; 01:59:56

3 Dan McConnell (Australia) Trek Factory Racing; 01:59:56

4 Sam Gaze (New Zealand) Specialized Factory Racing; 02:00:58

5 Raphael Gagne (Canada) Rocky Mountain Bicycles; 02:01:25

 

Elite women

1 Catharine Pendrel (Canada) Luna Pro Team; 02:21:28

2 Rebecca Henderson (Australia) Trek Factory Racing; 02:21:40

3 Jenny Rissveds (Sweden) Scott-ODLO Mtb Racing Team; 02:22:31

4 Chloe Woodruff (United States) Stan’s NoTubes-Niner; 02:22:54

5 Emily Batty (Canada) Trek Factory Racing; 02:23:27

 

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Crystal Anthony Victorious at Resolution Cross Cup

January 5th | Minneapolis, MN

Crystal Anthony claimed her second UCI victory of the season at the Resolution Cross Cup on Saturday in Garland, TX. Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies descended upon the Dallas suburb over the weekend for one last weekend of racing in preparation for next weekend’s national championships in Austin, TX. Anthony recently returned from a block of World Cup ‘cross racing in Europe, where she claimed multiple top 20 results. Her victory in Garland was her first back stateside.
Clearly benefiting from fitness built during recent high-level European racing, Crystal won in dominant fashion on Saturday, crossing the finish a minute ahead of runner-up Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), who finished 1:32 behind Anthony on a surprisingly muddy Texas course. Crystal opted not to race Sunday to prepare for this weekend’s national championships in Austin, TX.
Anthony gradually applied the throttle on the technical course to slowly but surely outdistance her competitors.
“In the first lap, Meredith Miller took the hole shot but soon after Amanda (Miller) and I got a gap off the front. She and I traded pulls until the first woods section where I made a move to the front. When I emerged I had a gap on her and kept on the gas. Each lap I built my lead, attacking each climb. Riding the whole woods section also helped as many riders ran parts of it,” said Anthony. “I ended up winning by over a minute, which is a huge confidence boost heading into Nationals this weekend where I’ll be aiming to podium and to vie for the last spot on the Worlds team.”
Teammate Kerry Werner also raced in Garland, finishing 5th on Saturday and improving to 4th place on Sunday. Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015) was clearly on form and won the elite men’s race both days.
Sunday’s men’s race provided a much closer competition – after finishing nearly two minutes in arrears of McDonald on day one, Werner hung tough on day two, battling in the lead group of four for the entirety of the day. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld) and Justin Lindine (Redline Factory/NBX) finished 2nd and 3rd respectively with Werner settling for 4th, seven seconds back.
Next up for Anthony and Werner will be the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships this Sunday afternoon, January 11th, with the coveted stars and stripes jersey up for grabs. The elite women’s race will be held at 2:45 PM, with the elite men immediately following at 4:00 PM (CST).

Kerry Werner Victorious at Baystate Cyclocross

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December 2nd | Minneapolis, MN
Fresh off his first-ever UCI cyclocross victory last weekend at the Super Cross Cup, Kerry Werner topped another UCI podium Sunday at day two of the 2014 Baystate Cyclocross in Sterling, MA. After finishing 10th in the first day of racing after an ill-timed crash, Werner was determined to find the podium. He used the wet and muddy conditions to his advantage, staying upright in key moments on an incredibly technical course, while his top competition’s hopes for the win were derailed by mechanical issues and crashes late in the race. Werner stayed poised throughout the hectic final lap, winning a tightly contested battle with Dan Timmerman (House Industries/Simplehuman).
“With 1 lap to go I knew I needed a perfect and fast lap. I was riding the first half of the lap great and maybe put a second or two into Dan. Two long straights separated by a 180º hairpin remained, so I pinned it into the corner and went foot-out. Back in my pedals, I didn’t look back until I hit the finishing straight, realizing Dan was on my heels. I had just enough in the tank to hold him off, but he sure made me work for it!”

In his own words, Werner explains what it took to achieve victory on such a grueling course.
Crystal Anthony Concluded First World Cup Campaign of Season With Top-20 Finish

Meanwhile in Britain, Crystal Anthony landed another top-20 in the Milton Keynes World Cup. This race closed out her first trip to Europe. Crystal will return for a second trip later this season as she attempts to make the US World Championship team for the second year in a row.

Kerry Werner Claims First UCI Victory at Super Cross Cup

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November 25th | Minneapolis, MN
Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies rider Kerry Werner claimed his first-ever UCI victory on day two of the Super Cross Cup in Stony Point, NY, improving on his 3rd place finish from day one. Coincidentally, Werner outkicked Dan Timmerman (House Industries/Simplehuman) and newly signed Optum p/b KBS road rider Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) who finished 3rd. Kerry claimed his first-ever UCI podium two weeks ago at Iowa’s Jingle Cross.

 

“My fitness level is beginning to come around after a tough start to the season. I earned my first UCI podium last weekend, and now my first UCI victory, so I’m excited to continue my good form heading into my big late season goals,” said Werner.

 

After bridging across to Timmerman and White with three laps to go, Werner made his “now or never” attack midway through the last lap and held his advantage to the finish.

 

Read Werner’s own words on a memorable weekend of racing in New York.

DRISCOLL, NASH DOUBLE UP AT CXLA DAY 2

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It’s not often that pro cyclocross riders get to work on their tans between race days. Then again, it’s not often that pro ‘cross racers get to collect their pay and UCI points in SoCal. Day 2 of CXLA was another day in paradise for those who elected to head southwest this weekend; a warm, dry, dusty and sometimes wildly gusty day at the famed Greek Theatre in Griffith Park. Sunday in the heart of the country’s second largest city was in many ways much like the day before. Some of the obstacles on this climb-heavy 2.5km course were moved, some were rearranged, traction was diminished, but it made little difference to the big winners.

The highly decorated Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) produced a Hollywood sequel by charging past early leaders Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic), Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) and Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy) on the second of six laps and then riding into the sunset. Just like the day before, the four-time Olympian and World Cup winner built on her lead every time around to eventually win by 42 seconds. The rest of the Elite Women’s field was spread out all over the park, with McFadden holding on for second, Miller third at one minute, Duke fourth and local heroine Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter) rounding out the podium.

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In the Men’s Elite event, Saturday winner Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) appeared to be a box-office bust after completing the first lap in eighth place with a very uncomfortable look on his face. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team), meanwhile, sporting a stylish Tom Sellick-like ‘stache, looked ready to improve his previous day’s runner-up position by moving into the spotlight alone for for several laps. But Belgian transplant Ben Berden was having none of that, chasing down and then capturing Craig at the halfway mark.

Third at this point was—plot twist!—Driscoll. He had found his legs and with four to go and had clawed his way not only into the picture, but to the top of the credits. Like Nash, once at the fore he was smoothly and decisively gone. Unlike the day prior, this time Berden was able to turn the tables on Craig for second at 36 seconds. Craig’s teammate Carl Decker scored a podium in fourth, with Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015) completing the final scene.

Sunday’s Junior 17-18 UCI event had Bear Development Team’s Lance Haidet escaping breakaway partner Brennan Fix (Boo Bicycles/TrainingPeaks) on the last lap. Third went to Saturday’s winner, Liam Dunn (Clif Bar Development CX Team).

UCI Elite Women:

1. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)

2. Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic)

3. Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)

4. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy)

5. Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter)

6. Emily Kachorek (Squid)

7. Carolina Gomez Villafane (Vanderkitten CX)

8. Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Sellwood Cycle Repair)

9. Lauren Rathbun (Raleigh/Clement)

10. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)

UCI Elite Men:

1. James Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement)

2. Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement)

3. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

4. Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)

5. Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015)

6. Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck Racing p/b Mosaic Home)

7. Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized)

8. Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)

9. Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing)

10. Kevin Bradford-Parrish (SET Coaching/Specialized)

NASH, DRISCOLL SEIZE CXLA DAY 1

 

Pro ‘cross racing returned to Los Angeles this weekend, for the first time at the Greek Theater in Griffith Park. Day 1 of CXLA was conducted under blue skies and dry, short-sleeve conditions on a 2.5km course featuring considerable climbing and enough technical trickiness to keep even the most savvy bike handlers on their toes.

nashcxlasatKaterina Nash (Luna Pro Team) wasted little time jumping to the fore of the 20-rider UCI Elite Women’s field and was never headed in the 45-minute foray. At the conclusion of her six laps, Nash had more than a minute on Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo), who had gapped Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic). Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy) and Emily Kachorek (Squid) rounded out the podium.

driscollcxlasatJamie Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) escaped a group of six that had formed at the front of the UCI Elite Men’s race around the halfway point of that hour-long event. Two laps later he was able to climb away to a solo lead on the course’s longest, hardest ascent. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team) and Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement) got the better of Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo) to form the final chase group. Craig dropped Berden on the final lap, but both were well behind Driscoll, who cruised in with a 20-second cushion. Milne held on for fourth, with Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized) completing the top five.

Saturday at CXLA also included a UCI-point-scoring Junior 17-18 event, captured by Liam Dunn (Clif Bar Development CX Team). Brannan Fix was runner-up, followed by Eric Brunner.

Photos by Philip Beckman/PB Creative

UCI Elite Women:

  1. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team)
  2. Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)
  3. Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital/American Classic)
  4. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/Spy)
  5. Emily Kachorek (Squid)
  6. Carolina Gomez Villafane (Vanderkitten CX)
  7. Beth Ann Orton (Team S&M Sellwood Cycle Repair)
  8. Amanda Nauman (SDG/Bellwether/Krema Peanut Butter)
  9. Caroline Dezendorf (Marin Bikes)
  10. Ellen Sherrill (RockLobster Cyclocross)

UCI Elite Men:

  1. Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement)
  2. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)
  3. Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement)
  4. Shawn Milne (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo)
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  6. Tobin Ortenblad (California Giant/Specialized)
  7. Michael van den Ham (Trek Red Truck Racing)
  8. Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015)
  9. Carl Decker (Giant Factory Off-Road Team)
  10. Craig Richey (Trek Red Truck Racing)

 

UCI CXLA WEEKEND LIVE AT THE GREEK!

 

 

Altadena, California, Nov. 13, 2014 — World-class cyclocross returns to the Los Angeles’ largest park: Griffith Park at the Greek Theater in the Hollywood Hills! CXLA is back! Enjoy a full weekend of festivities leading into the Thanksgiving weekend! Highlights include the LA Bike Fest: CXLA Bicycle Expo and Swap Meet and Food Truck Festival, benefiting the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition!

 

Athletes will be competing for points in several important race series, including California Cyclocross (CACX), the SoCalCross Prestige Series and, most vitally, UCI internationally-sanctioned elite racing as part of the USA Cycling PRO CX Tour! That’s right, UCI Elite Men, Women and Juniors 17-18 as well as factory teams from around the country will once again be going wheel to wheel in our own back yard.

 

JUST FOR THE LADIES: Equal prize money to the UCI Elite Women’s races from top to bottom will be provided thanks to Knobbe Martens IP Law. There will also be a Women’s Lounge hosted by the She Wolf Attack Team! Ladies Ride, as well as Women on Bikes web radio Q&A.

 

RIDE WITH THE PROs: On Friday at 3 p.m. we’ll be gathering at Golden Saddle Cyclery to ride with a few of the fast guys and gals in town, over to Griffith Park for a CX clinic. Everyone’s invited!

 

PARTY TIME: Friday evening after riding with the Pros, let’s enjoy Happy Hour food and drinks at Mowhawk Bend. Saturday evening everyone is invited to an After Party Social at Golden Road Brewing.

 

Hope you can make it to CXLA Weekend at Griffith Park – Vermont Canyon – Greek Theatre! Saturday and Sunday November 22-23!

 

Register at BikeReg.com and all SoCalCross events at: www.SoCalCross.org/register. Complete race info at: www.SoCalCross.org http://socalcross.org/events/cxla-weekend/

 

Special thanks to the following parties for helping to make it all happen: Voler Team Apparel, Jenson USA, Knobbe Martens, Clif Bar, TRP Brakes, CENTRICsport, Castex, American Classic, Union Sport, Squareone, Montrose Bike Shop, H&S Bicycles, Golden Saddle Cyclery, Rock N Road Cyclery, Bike Effect, The Mob Shop, SoCalCycling.com, 10 Speed Coffee, Pedalers Fork, Empire Bikes, Craig Abrams, D.C., SoCalCycling.com, Sock Guy, Pasadena Cyclery, The Mob Shop, Cadence, The Bike Shop of Temecula Valley, Orange Bikes, Road Runner Bags, NUUN, Road Runner Bags, American Classic, Magic Cycle Werks, Pro Gold, and Velo Allegro.

 

For more information, the weekend schedule and to stay up to date, visit Facebook.com/SoCalCross and follow us on Twitter: @SoCalCross. For complete details, check out SoCalCross.org/events/cxla.

 

ABOUT THE SERIES: Cyclocross is a historic form of bicycle racing that typically takes place in the autumn and winter. It is a timed event consisting of multiple laps of a 1.5- to 2-mile course consisting of pavement, wooded trails, grass, hills, sand, mud and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry their bike, and then remount. The SoCalCross Prestige Series was launched in 2006 and has grown over 500% in terms of participation since its inception to become one of the nation’s leading cyclocross racing organizations.

 

SPYCLOCROSS HEADS TO HODGES FOR SECOND ANNUAL UDOCROSS

SPY® is Happy to announce the second round of the SPYclocross Series will take place on Sunday, November 9 at San Dieguito River Park near Lake Hodges in Escondido, CA. The event will also serve as both the State/District Championships and the second annual edition of Udocross—an event created to celebrate the spirit of fallen San Diego cyclist Udo Heinz who was struck and killed near Camp Pendleton in 2013.

 

A crusty 2.6km spectator-friendly course, Udocross will feature dirt, sand, grass and pavement that’s fast and furious, difficult and delirious, with downhill and BMX like sections of varying speed and width, tight sandy turns, a unique “beach” section that runs along the shore of Lake Hodges, a sand mound and long, steady uphill sections with agonizingly placed barriers. This course will challenge every muscle in your body, every cubic inch of your lungs, and test just how good you are at handling your bike, and somewhere in the mix of it all, you will realize just how much fun pain and suffering can be.

 

To register for Udocross, go to www.usacycling.org/register/2014-3134. For additional details about the SPYclocross Series, log-on at www.usacycling.org and www.facebook.com/spyclocrossseries. For more information about SPY, go to www.spyoptic.com, www.facebook.com/spyoptic, @spyoptic on Twitter and @spyoptic on Instagram.

 

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Miller, Nys Win Crossvegas

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Meredith Miller takes the win at Crossvegas

I’m as surprised as you are,” Miller said after the race. “I didn’t take a lot of pulls at the front, a lot of the credit goes to those girls.” Credit, yes, but victory? No.

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Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) Repeats as Cross Vegas Champion.

With one lap to go Sven Nys (Crelan-Aa Drinks) hit the gas and gapped the remaining riders of his group by 200 meters and his horse power was more than any one could handle.

Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Enters 3rd Cyclocross Campaign

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Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Enters 3rd Cyclocross Campaign
Crystal Anthony returns following standout ’13 season. Kerry Werner flies Orange & Black flag for the men
September 10th | Minneapolis, MN
The Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team announced the lineup today for the 2014 Cyclocross Campaign. Leading the charge will be Crystal Anthony who returns following a standout season last year. Winner of the Cycle-Smart International and Baystate Cyclocross events in ’13, Anthony also claimed 8 other UCI podiums, 4th at the American National Championships, multiple top 20 results in World Cup races in Europe and earned a ticket to the World Championships in the Netherlands. Anthony looks to the 2014 season as one fully dedicated to cross as she takes a step away from her teaching position.
“I’m super excited to be representing Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies for a second season starting with Cross Vegas tomorrow.  Last year was a huge opportunity for me to have amazing team support all season, and this year, with my leave of absence from teaching, I’m thrilled to be able capitalize on that opportunity even more by being able to focus on racing.”
Joining Anthony will be a new addition on the men’s side, Kerry Werner. Werner comes with a strong mountain bike background but has successfully dipped his feet into the muddy side of cyclocross as well. The three time US Collegiate National D1 Cyclocross Champion also grabbed a silver medal in this year’s MTB US National Championships in Cross Country. A well rounded rider, Werner looks toward his first full season of cross to make further inroads to the discipline.
“This will be my first full season of cross and I couldn’t be more excited to be on board with Optum p/b KBS. The last two years of cross I have had some partial support, which was great while I was still in school pursuing a degree. However, this year with no collegiate requirements and full support from a great program like Optum p/b KSB, I am really excited to see how I match up against the top level of competition.”
Jesse Anthony and Leah Kirchmann signed up for limited cross duty
Jesse Anthony put his cyclocross ambitions on hold last season to focus solely on his road career. However his hometown race in Gloucester will pull him out of retirement, for just one race. The Rapha Supercross of Gloucester, September 27/28 is a race that Jesse has attended every year since it first began in 1999.
Meanwhile, the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships are in Leah Kirchmann’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba this year. The triple Canadian champion finds the proximity of the event and possibility of claiming 4 national championships in one season too good to pass up.
Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2014 Cyclocross Schedule

September 10 – Clif Bar Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, NV

September 13 – US Open of Cyclocross, Boulder, CO

September 14 – Boulder Cup, Boulder, CO

September 20-21 – Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, WI

September 27-28 – Gran Prix of Gloucester, Gloucester, MA

October 4-5 – Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, RI

October 11-12 – Full Moon Vista Cyclocross, Rochester, NY

October 25 – Canadian National Championships, Winnipeg, MB

October 31-Nov 2 – Cincy3 Harbin Park, Cincinnati, OH

November 8-9 – Derby City Cup, Louisville, KY

November 14-16 – Jingle Cross, Iowa City, IA

December 6-7 – NEPCX-NBX Gran Prix of Cross, Warwick, RI

January 3-4 – Resolution ‘Cross Cup, Dallas, TX

January 11 – USA National Championships, Austin, TX