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Canada’s Van den Ham 3rd on Day 2 of Resolution Cross Cup in Texas – Gilligan 20th in Women’s Race

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December 11, 2017 (Garland, Texas) – When the dust had settled on a hot, dry Texas Sunday, two Californians came away with titles, and significant UCI points, at the Resolution Cross Cup. In the Elite Women’s race, Crystal Anthony (Maxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross) of Newbury Park, Calif. would reign supreme and give her enough points to move her into second overall in the Professional Cyclocross (ProCX) standings. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) Santa Cruz, Calif. would go two-for-two on the weekend and secure his hold on the ProCX overall standings for Elite Men.

Men’s podium (l-r) Kisseberth 2nd, Ortenblad 1st, van den Ham 3rd  ©  Heather Sawtelle
For a second day in a row unusually warm and dry conditions greeted riders for the Category 2 races at W. Cecil Winter Park, but most riders opted to power through the course without water bottles. Anthony remembered racing a muddy UCI event at the 2015 Resolution Cross Cup when the race was in January. She won that 2015 race. On Sunday returned to the top step of the podium.

Women’s podium (l-r) McFadden 2nd, Anthony 1st, Gilbert 3rd  ©  Heather Sawtelle
“It was great. Both of these races have great vibes, great courses,” Anthony said, who finished second to Courtenay McFadden (Pivot Cycles DNA Cycling) on Saturday. “After a very close battle with Courtenay yesterday, which came down to a sprint, I anticipated another challenging duel today. The course had aspects that suited both of us, so I tried to use the power sections to my advantage.”

Women’s crash in sand lap 1  ©  Heather Sawtelle
The back-and-forth battle was underway again by the second lap. Each rider tried to control the pace at the front, but could not create a significant gap.

“We traded a few turns at the front,” Anthony explained. “I attacked every hill and would get a small gap, but Courtenay managed to reel me back in until my attack up the hill to the sand pit on the final lap. I know we both left it all out there, and I am psyched to head into nationals with a win.”

Anthony leads McFadden early  ©  Heather Sawtelle
The sprint went to Anthony on Sunday, who edged McFadden by three seconds. Missouri’s Sunny Gilbert (Van Dessel Factory Team) would recover from a minor crash on the technical downhill section out of the woods on the second lap and win a sprint with Clara Honsinger (Team S&M CX) of Oregon for third place. Honsinger would settle for fourth, just as she did on Saturday.

Anthony back in lead over McFadden – 2 to go  ©  Heather Sawtelle
It is the second ProCX win for Anthony this season, and the 13th race to finish in the Top Five. With the win and second-place finish at Resolution Cross Cup, Anthony should have enough ProCX points to overtake Kaitie Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) for second place overall in the season-long standings.

Ortenblad wins Day 2  ©  Heather Sawtelle
The ProCX crown for Elite Men was wrapped up with the two wins in Texas by Ortenblad. He came into the weekend with a 140-point advantage over Kerry Werner (Kona Factory CX Team). Werner tried to make a dent in the standings by winning both days of Category 2 races in Hendersonville, N.C. at the Hunter Subaru North Carolina Grand Prix, but could gain no ground on the California rider who dominated in Texas.

“I feel really good coming out of the weekend,” Ortenblad said about his double wins. “That’s a couple of consecutive UCI races, which is a good build for Nationals (in January).”

Tobin Ortenblad leads  ©  Heather Sawtelle
By the second lap of the men’s race, the field was strung out in single file. Slowly a few riders created separation. Sunday’s reversed direction on the course took the new sand pit out of play for Ortenblad. He said the group just couldn’t attack in the sand on Sunday.

“The technical parts were uphill, so everyone could stick together more. So I think it was harder in that aspect because everyone was either attacking or sitting in and not attacking, so there were more group tactics,” he said. “I definitely wanted to try and break it up again, but this time without that sand into the uphill. That was definitely a favorable section for me yesterday because it was a big effort.”

Kaiser attacks in sand – 1 to go  ©  Heather Sawtelle
With two laps to go Ortenblad was looking to shake three riders, Canadian Michael van den Ham (Garneau-Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare), Jack Kisseberth (JAM Fund / NCC) of Westhampton, Mass., and Cody Kaiser (LangeTwins/Specialized Title) of El Dorado Hills, Calif. Kaiser was the first one to attack with one to go, but his engine would run out of gas and he would finish fourth. A three-way battle for podium spots ensued, with Ortenblad taking the sprint over Kisseberth, and van den Ham finishing third.

“Today towards the end it was still three of us going right into the finish,” Ortenblad said. “I was behind Michael (van den Ham) and he ran a little wider in the slippery corners before the end and I was able to get under him. Then Jack (Kisseberth) actually passed him too. So he and I held off Michael for first and second.”

It was a reverse of the second and third spots from Saturday, when Kisseberth settled for the bronze.

“Van den Ham and I were taking turns attacking Tobin,” Kisseberth said. “We were trying to tire him out because he won yesterday, and he is the obvious favorite. So we were both trying to work together. It didn’t quite work, but we all stayed together to the final. Tobin just had a bigger kick on the last sprint. I am still happy with second. It was a great race.”

Van den Ham said he stuck to his plan, but came up short. “Of course, I would have liked to have come up with a win,” he added. “On the last lap I was riding the sand really well. Unfortunately, I just ran out of gas. I got stuck in one of the corners on that slippery turn near the finish. That was that. It was a great way to end the domestic season.”

It was the fourth consecutive season that the Resolution Cross Cup has been part of USA Cycling Professional Cyclocross (ProCX). It is the only UCI cyclocross race in Texas this year. In addition, Saturday’s amateur races were the fifth and final event of the statewide 2017/18 TXBRA Texas Grand Prix of Cyclocross Race Series (GPoTX).

The final ProCX standings for Elite Women and Elite Men will be confirmed by USA Cycling by December 13, 2017, and will be posted here.

Results

Men
1. Tobin Ortenblad (USA) Santa Cruz Factory Racing 58:09
2. Jack Kisseberth (USA) Jam Fund / NCC 00:01
3. Michael Van Den Ham (Can) Garneau-Easton Cycling 00:06
4. Cody Kaiser (USA) Langetwins/Specialized Title 00:16
5. Eric Brunner (USA) Evol Devoelite Racing 00:48
6. Troy Wells (USA) Team Clif Bar Cycling 00:51
7. Kevin Bradford-Parish (USA) 00:52
8. Brian Matter (USA) Linear Sport MTB 01:02
9. Tristan Uhl (USA) Team Ccr Roofing 01:44
10. Jeremy Powers (USA) New England Bicycle Racing 01:56
11. Cody Cupp (USA) 02:18
12. Sean Babcock (USA) 02:21
13. Scott Smith (USA) Jam Fund / NCC 02:47
14. Brandon Melott (USA) Bike Lab Racing Team 02:58
15. Josh Direen (USA) Groove Subaru Excel Sports 03:10
16. Nicolas Gaurin (Fra) Pacc Racing 03:41
17. Dylan Postier (USA) Garneau-Easton P/B Transition 03:57
18. Erik Tonkin (USA) 04:04
19. Christopher Ganter (USA) 04:21
20. Alec Donahue (USA) Jam Fund / NCC 04:53
21. Stefan Rothe (USA) 787 Racing 05:02
22. Kyle Johnson (USA) Team Yacht Club 05:18
23. Colin Bromley (USA) Phenom P/B Phobio 05:29
24. Nathan Winkelmann (USA) Bike Lane / Alloy Wheel Repair 05:43
25. Tyler Cloutier (USA) Transitions Lifecare P/B Garnea 06:08
26. Derrick Saunders (USA) Colonel’S /Fred’s Texas 06:20
27. Ian Gielar (USA) Jam Fund / NCC 07:34
28. Robert Kane (USA) Bicycle Heaven / PVA 08:43
29. Katriel Statman (USA) Bayou City Racing
30. Steven Williams (USA) Recycled Cycles Racing
DNF Mat Stephens (USA) Bicycles Plus Racing
DNS Andrew Frank (USA) Montana Velo
DNS Ryan Hobbs (USA) Matrix/RBM
DNS Jonathan Rawlings (USA) GS Tenzing

Women
1. Crystal Anthony (USA) Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocros 47:02
2. Courtenay McFadden (USA) Pivot Cycles P/b DNA Cycling 00:03
3. Sunny Gilbert (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team 00:45
4. Clara Honsinger (USA) 00:47
5. Amanda Nauman (USA) SDG – Muscle Monster 01:31
6. Samantha Runnels (USA) Squid Bikes 01:42
7. Erica Zaveta (USA) Garneau-Easton p/b Transition 01:44
8. Laura Winberry (USA) Speedvagen Family Racing 01:47
9. Christina Gokey-Smith (USA) RBM/Matrix Racing 02:36
10. Rebecca Gross (USA) Zero D Racing 02:42
11. Beth Ann Orton (USA) SDG – Muscle Monster 03:05
12. Susan Livingston (USA) Team Topo CX 03:29
13. Catherine Moore (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 03:48
14. Anya Malarski (USA) Transitions Lifecare p/b Easton 04:03
15. Meghan Newlin (USA) 04:13
16. Anna Megale (USA) Team Upcycle 04:30
17. Natalie Smith (USA) Bicycle Heaven / PVA 05:13
18. Jolene Holland (USA) Ultra Violet 05:39
19. Carol Seipp (USA) Orion Racing p/b K’Ul Chocolate 06:13
20. Dana Gilligan (Can) Transitions Lifecare p/b Garnea 07:56
21. Leslie Ethridge (USA) Topo Designs Cycling Club 08:37





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