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).