World Cup leader Katie Compton (Planet Bike) is skipping the U.S. Grand Prix of Cyclocross race in Louisville, Kentucky. The U.S.’s most successful international ‘crosser is trying to minimize travel this season in an effort to remain fresh for the entire World Cup and into the world championships in Germany.
Even without Compton, the Louisville USGP headlines American racing for the weekend. Two days of VERGE UCI events in Maine will also hand out points on the national ’cross calendar, while regional series in California, Colorado and Oregon roll on toward Halloween weekend.
U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross Derby City Cup – Louisville, Kentucky
October 23-24 1:45 p.m. (women) / 3:00 p.m. (men)
The big sluggers will be at Bandman Park on the Ohio River this weekend for the second stop on the USGP of Cyclocross calendar. Saturday’s C1 event is the biggest UCI points grab of the weekend, but with series standings on the line, the racing should be white hot both days.
Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Compton lead the series after the first stop in Madison, Wisconsin. Johnson’s teammate Jeremy Powers sits second on the world UCI standings this week and has been on a tear, winning two of three days of the Cincinnati UCI3 festival and day one in Madison and finishing 20th in the opening World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland, from the back of the grid. Ryan Trebon (Kona-FSA) appears to the most apt David to the Canndondale Goliath and his teammate Barry Wicks looked to be coming into good fitness in Cincinnati. Chris Jones (Rapha-Focus) and Geoff Kabush (Maxxis-Rocky Mountain) should contend for the podium with Todd Wells (Specialized), who is coming off a post-Madison break.
With Compton deciding to skip Louisville, Georgia Gould (Luna) headlines the favorites. Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill) should fight it out for the podium. Youngsters Kaitlyn Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) and Teal Stetson-Lee (Cal Giant) have shown improvement all season and both should be in contention as well.
Tune into VeloNews.com for live video coverage of the elite races on Saturday and Sunday.
VERGE New England Championship Series round 3 & 4 – New Gloucester, Maine
October 23-24 2:00 p.m. (women) / 3:00 p.m. (men)
The VERGE series picks up at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, after a month’s hiatus and the weekend’s two UCI C2 events will attract the top elite riders in the region who aren’t headed to Kentucky.
Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com-Joe’s Garage) sits third in the series standings and will look to leap frog absent Tim Johnson and Luca Damiani (Kenda-Geargrinder), who will be in Louisville and Seoul, Korea, respectively. In the women’s race, overall leader Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst) and Sally Annis (crossresults.com-JRA Cycles) split wins in the series opener and will both be on hand. So too will be LadiesFirst second and third overall Crystal Anthony and Ann D’ambruoso.
Other races around the country:
Colorado Cross Cup round 3 & 4 – Longmont and Louisville, Colorado
BlueSky Cup at Xilinx
Boulder Cyclocross Series #3
Cross Crusade round 4 – Portland, Oregon
Portland International Raceway
SoCal Cross round 5 & 6 – Irvine and San Luis Obispo, California
SLO Cross #1
Saratoga Spa Cyclocross – Saratoga Springs, New York
NYRA Lowlands, Saratoga Race Course