DCCX: Werner wins again, Williams dethrones Kemmerer

Midatlantic local Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop) won her first UCI race of the season Sunday at DCCX, and Kerry Werner (Kona) swept the weekend with his second win in as many days.

Williams avoided an early crash on the second lap of the fast, dusty track at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C.

“It worked out well for me because I didn’t get caught in the crash and I was able to get around it,” said Williams, who is primarily an endurance mountain bike racer. “I think Arley [Kemmerer] got a little caught up but was able to get around fairly quickly. That’s how we got into the lead of the race.”

Kemmerer, who won Saturday’s DCCX race, bridged up to Williams a lap later. However, the Fearless Femme rider was stymied by mechanical issues.

“I either had a slow leak or I lost air from the heat. My back tire was super low, it was just losing air as the race went on. I thought I could finish with that but it was bad, I was dinging the rim on everything,” said Kemmerer.

Her pit bike also had a mechanical issue, which gave Williams the advantage she needed to win the day. Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel-Atom) finished third behidn Kemmerer.

Women’s top-10 results

  • 1. Carla Williams, JOE’S BIKE SHOP RACING, 45:57
  • 2. Arley Kemmerer, FEARLESS FEMME RACING, 46:39
  • 3. Cassandra Maximenko, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE, 47:03
  • 4. Allison Arensman, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 47:20
  • 5. Jennifer Malik, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 47:26
  • 6. Lily Williams, PONY SHOP CX TEAM, 47:37
  • 7. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, 47:44
  • 8. Rachel Rubino, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,47:51
  • 9. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, 47:58
  • 10. Alexandra Burton, POINT S RACING, 48:08

Elite men’s race

DCCX
Kerry Werner used DCCX’s sand to escape the lead group in day two. Photo: Bruce Buckley Photo

Werner also had difficulties with his bike on Sunday, but he was able to battle back to win ahead of Squid’s Anthony Clark.

“I flatted, maybe 45 seconds to one minute after the pit,” Werner said. “It could have been a worst time but by the time I got back around to the pit, they had just passed me and I got into the pit so I latched back onto the back of the chase group, and sat in, re-grouped. I could sit back there and watch the guys cracking where they were weak.”

After his mechanical on the fourth lap, Werner attacked with two laps to go.

“Nobody was riding the little u-turns in the sandy section,” he said. “All the other guys in the front group were running it and I knew that their legs wouldn’t feel quite as snappy after that, so they’d run that and then have to run the barriers. I felt this lull and there was a good bit of pedaling after that so I figured I’d capitalize on that section of the course.”

USA Cycling’s ProCX calendar continues October 28 and 39 at the Highland Park Cyclocross in Jamesburg, New Jersey, and the Cincinnati Cyclocross Festival. The Cincinnati race is the third of four weekends in the Sho-Air US Cup-CX series.

Women’s full results

  • 1. Carla Williams, JOE’S BIKE SHOP RACING, 45:57
  • 2. Arley Kemmerer, FEARLESS FEMME RACING, 46:39
  • 3. Cassandra Maximenko, VAN DESSEL/ATOM COMPOSITE, 47:03
  • 4. Allison Arensman, J.A. KING P/B BRC, 47:20
  • 5. Jennifer Malik, AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 47:26
  • 6. Lily Williams, PONY SHOP CX TEAM, 47:37
  • 7. Laura Van Gilder, MELLOW MUSHROOM/VAN DESSEL, 47:44
  • 8. Rachel Rubino, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,47:51
  • 9. Rebecca Gross, ZERO D RACING, 47:58
  • 10. Alexandra Burton, POINT S RACING, 48:08
  • 11. Brittlee Bowman, HOUSE IND – NOKIA HEALTH – SIMPLEHUMAN, 48:31
  • 12. Julie Hunter, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 48:43
  • 13. Julie Kuliecza, ALL-CITY/BLACK HAND, 49:00
  • 14. Avanell Scales, XXCX P/B STARLIGHT APPAREL, 49:13
  • 15. Elisabeth Sheldon, CROSSHAIRS CYCLING, 49:16
  • 16. Erica Zaveta, EASTON GARNEAU, 49:42.976
  • 17. Kathryn Cumming, 49:50
  • 18. Victoria Barclay, STAN’S KENDA WOMEN, 50:01
  • 19. Nicole Dorinzi, PRO MOUNTAIN OUTFITTER, 50:09
  • 20. Gabriella Sterne, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, 50:10
  • 21. Philicia Marion, AMERIAN CLASSIC PRO CX, 50:35
  • 22. Chelsea Weidinger, 51:05
  • 23. Taryn Mudge, FEARLESS FEMME RACING,51:28
  • 24. Alexandra Campbellforte, VANDERKITTEN ENTOURAGE RACING, 52:08
  • 25. Karen Talleymead, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 52:09
  • 26. Elisabeth Reinkordt, TEAM LASER CATS/LASER CATS FELINE ALL-STARS, 52:41
  • 27. Alex Carlson, CYCLE-SMART, 53:09
  • 28. Lindsey Crifasi, TEAM STICKY FINGERS
  • 29. Barb Blakley, CRCA/KRUISCX
  • 30. Shane Ferro, TWO SECONDS AHEAD RACING
  • 31. Tess Cunningham, PARADISE GARAGE RACING
  • 32. Hannah Bauer, J.A. KING P/B BRC
  • 33. Lisa Jancy

Men’s full results

  • 1. Kerry Werner, KONA FATORY TEAM, 1:01:09
  • 2. Anthony Clark, SQUID BIKES, 1:01:25
  • 3. Tristan Cowie, TRIPLE OAKS RACING, 1:01:26
  • 4. Travis Livermon, MAXXIS SHIMANO, 1:02:21
  • 5. Bjorn Selander, 1:02:51
  • 6. Justin Lindine, APEX/NBX/HYPERTHREADS, 1:02:57
  • 7. Merwin Davis, CYCLE-SMART, 1:03:21
  • 8. Byron Rice, STORM RACING TEAM, 1:03:21
  • 9. Patrick Collins, MINUTEMEN ROAD CLUB, 1:03:50
  • 10. Jordan Snyder, BICYCLEREALTOR/ERO VERGE SPORT, 1:04:12
  • 11. Tyler Cloutier, TRANSITION LIFECARE P/B GARNEAU-EASTON, 1:04:14
  • 12. Kevin Bouchard-Hall, WRENEGADE SPORTS/TEAM PLACID PLANET, 1:05:10
  • 13. Christopher Rabadi, 1:05:10
  • 14. Jordan Villella, CYCLE-SMART, 1:05:23
  • 15. Lucas Livermon, CRANK ARM CYCLING, 1:05:40
  • 16. Thomas Borner, NOVACARE, 1:05:53
  • 17. Jared Nieters, SEAVS/HAYMARKET, 1:06:28
  • 18. Trevor Raab, 1:06:35
  • 19. Andrew Wulfkuhle, 717 CYCLING P/B RSI PANELS, 1:06:36
  • 20. Jeremy Burkhardt, C3-TWENTY 20 BICYCLE CO., 1:07:04
  • 21. Daniel Chabanov, HOUSE IND.-NOKIA HEALTH-SIMPLEHUMAN, 1:07:18
  • 22. Andrew Giniat, PONY SHOP CX TEAM
  • 23. George Schulz, VAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM
  • 24. Scott Myers
  • 25. Molly Cameron, PORTLAND BICYCLE STUDIO
  • 26. Andrew Loaiza, CYCLEPATH PDX
  • 27. Samuel Kieffer, RED KITE COACHING
  • 28. Andrew Bailey, CYCLEWORKS
  • 29. Jesse Stauffer, EAST RIDGE OUTFITTERS/BICYCLEREALTOR

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Koksijde: van de Poel in a class of his own

After crashing out of the lead group the day before at the Telenet Superprestige in Boom, Belgium, Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) demonstrated he is in a class of his own on Sunday. The Dutchman led start to finish, as he did at the first two world cup races, to triumph at the third Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup on Sunday in Koksijde, Belgium.

After riding most of the race alone in second, Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) suffered a mechanical on the penultimate lap, which allowed Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) to bridge to him. He then missed the entrance to pit and turned around on course to go back to the entrance. The move was legal because he had not yet passed the exit of the pit.

Van Aert’s debacle with pitting also allowed Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea) back into the fray.

After seemingly being off the podium, van der Haar was able to bridge to and then attack Sweeck to capture the second position. Van Aert was able to re-pass Sweeck to salvage the podium and finish third.

Top 10

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:02:41
  • 2. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:20
  • 3. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:03:31
  • 4. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:03:56
  • 5. David Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:04:10
  • 6. Daan Soete, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:11
  • 7. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:28
  • 8. Michael Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:04:41
  • 9. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:04:53
  • 10. Jens Adams, (BEL) PAUWELS SAUZEN-VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:04:59

The third stop of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup visited the hallowed sand dunes of Koksijde. Riders were happy conditions were suitable to race, though it was a bit chilly, as last year a monstrous wind storm whipped-up overnight and made conditions impossible, forcing the organizers to cancel the event.

After the first sand run-up, it appeared a duel may unfold on the dunes of Koksijde. Van der Poel and van Aert had launched out the gate, separating themselves from the pack early. European champion Toon Aerts had managed to join them as well, but he was dispatched on the second lap.

Van Aert was unable to match the pace of van der Poel through the sand sections and thus the Dutchman slipped away. The world champion trailed the world cup leader by seven seconds at the end of lap two with Sweeck and van der Haar teaming up to lead the chase.

The chasing duo would make the junction to van Aert on the third of nine laps and the trio would be stuck together for some time. Halfway through the race van der Poel’s advantage had grown to 40 seconds and there seemed to be no hope for the trio having a chance at victory.

However, a van Aert attack on the sixth lap shattered the group. All of the sudden the chasing trio was no longer a group, but three individual riders with van Aert leading, followed by Sweeck, and then van der Haar.

Van Aert, also the Belgian national champion, came charging down the finishing straight into three laps to go. He shed 10 seconds off van der Poel’s lead that lap and with the way he was riding it appeared the victory was not of the question. Nevertheless, van der Poel would put down the power and produce one of his fastest laps of the race on the very next lap, ending the possibility of van Aert bridging the gap.

With two laps to go, van Aert was comfortably in second with Sweeck holding down the third spot and van der Haar desperately trying to bridge to have a shot at a podium place.

Suddenly, disaster struck van Aert. His gears jammed and he was forced to run with the bike. He stopped briefly and unblocked his gears, but this allowed Sweeck to pass him. His foul luck was not over though, as he missed the entrance to the pit and was forced to quickly backtrack. A commissaire watched the incident occur and made sure it was legal, which it was.

Van der Haar was also able to get by and then finally made the junction to Sweeck. He quickly attacked Sweeck to move into second position, a spot that seemed almost unimaginable less than two minutes before.

Van Aert isn’t a two-time world champion for nothing and he was able to keep his cool and move back past Sweeck for the final podium position.

The white and red of van der Poel’s world cup leader jersey didn’t appear to have any dirt on it at all, evident of a flawless race. He calmly zipped up his jersey and stuck a finger to the sky as he crossed the line. He is undefeated through the first three rounds of the world cup this year and seems well on his way to capturing the overall title for the first time.

Van der Haar held off van Aert for second with the world champion reduced to the third spot after hi late mechanical. Sweeck came home in fourth.

The Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup continues on November 19 in Bogense, Denmark, a first-time host venue.

Full results

  • 1. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:02:41
  • 2. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:20
  • 3. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:03:31
  • 4. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:03:56
  • 5. David Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:04:10
  • 6. Daan Soete, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:11
  • 7. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:04:28
  • 8. Michael Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:04:41
  • 9. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL), 1:04:53
  • 10. Jens Adams, (BEL) PAUWELS SAUZEN-VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:04:59
  • 11. Toon Aerts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:05:08
  • 12. Kevin Pauwels, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:17
  • 13. Dieter Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:05:54
  • 14. Corne Van Kessel, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:06:15
  • 15. Philipp Walsleben, (GER) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:06:28
  • 16. Diether Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:06:28
  • 17. Gianni Vermeersch, (BEL) STEYLAERTS-BETFIRST, 1:06:29
  • 18. Wietse Bosmans, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:06:32
  • 19. Klaas Vantornout, (BEL) MARLUX-NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:06:51
  • 20. Tom Meeusen, (BEL) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:06:59
  • 21. Yorben Van Tichelt, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:07:20
  • 22. Tim Merlier, (BEL) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:07:28
  • 23. Jim Aernouts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:07:32
  • 24. Steve Chainel, (FRA) TEAM CHAZAL CANYON, 1:07:37
  • 25. Marcel Meisen, (GER) STEYLAERTS-BETFIRST, 1:08:07
  • 26. Nicolas Cleppe, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:08:16
  • 27. Twan Van Den Brand, (NED), 1:08:25
  • 28. Simon Zahner, (SUI), 1:08:27
  • 29. Michael BoroŠ, (CZE) PAUWELS SAUZEN-VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:08:27
  • 30. Kevin Suarez Fernandez, (ESP), 1:08:38
  • 31. Ian Field, (GBR), 1:08:56
  • 32. Felipe Orts Lloret, (ESP) GINESTAR-DELIKIA, 1:09:04
  • 33. Fabien Canal, (FRA), 1:09:14
  • 34. Gosse Van Der Meer, (NED) TARTELETTO-ISOREX, 1:09:22
  • 35. Gioele Bertolini, (ITA), 1:09:25
  • 36. Javier Ruiz De Larrinaga IbaÑez, (ESP), 1:09:28
  • 37. Stan Godrie, (NED) CRELAN-CHARLES, 1:10:01
  • 38. Matthieu Boulo, (FRA)
  • 39. Alois Falenta, (FRA)
  • 40. Severin SÄgesser, (SUI)
  • 41. Thijs Van Amerongen, (NED)
  • 42. Nicolas Samparisi, (ITA)
  • 43. Anthonin Didier, (FRA)
  • 44. Lorenzo Samparisi, (ITA)
  • 45. Jeremy Durrin, (USA)
  • 46. Andrew Juiliano, (USA)
  • 47. Glenn Kinning, (IRL)
  • 48. Yu Takenouchi, (JPN)
  • 49. Yannick Mayer, (GER)

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Koksijde: Kaptheijns untouchable in the sand

Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles) was flawless in the sand dunes of Koksijde, Belgium on Sunday, as she took victory in the third Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup of the season. She finished fifth and 10th at the first two world cups in the United States, but since returning to Europe she has been virtually unbeatable. This is the first world cup victory of her career.

The Dutchwoman took over the lead on the opening sand section and never relented, increasing her gap to the others throughout the entire nearly 45-minute race. Sophie de Boer (Parkhotel Valkenburg-Destil) rode most of the race alone to finish second.

World champion Sanne Cant (Beobank-Corendon) and Loes Sels (Crelan-Charles) battled on the final lap for the final place on the podium. Cant powered through the final sand section before the finish and was able to open a gap over Sels. Sels would manage to get back to Cant before the finishing straight, but did not have enough energy to contest the sprint, meaning the world champion captured the final spot on the podium.

Top-10

  • 1. Maud Kaptheijns, (NED), 44:20
  • 2. Sophie De Boer, (NED), 45:12
  • 3. Sanne Cant, (BEL), 45:47
  • 4. Loes Sels, (BEL), 45:49
  • 5. Katherine Compton, (USA), 46:06
  • 6. Lucinda Brand, (NED), 46:06
  • 7. Helen Wyman, (GBR), 46:20
  • 8. Kaitlin Keough, (USA), 46:22
  • 9. Nikki Brammeier, (GBR), 46:23
  • 10. Pavla HavlÍkovÁ, (CZE), 46:24

The third stop of the Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup visited the hallowed sand dunes of Koksijde. Riders were happy conditions were suitable to race, though it was a bit chilly, as last year a monstrous wind storm whipped-up overnight and made conditions impossible, forcing the organizers to cancel the event.

Helen Wyman (Kona) took the holeshot and led the group onto the first sand section, which was a terribly steep run-up. Kaptheijns slipped by Wyman after the descent and began laying down the power once on the front. Behind her, Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) and de Boer chased with Cant having a difficult opening lap. She fell-over dismounting on one of the sand run-ups and was seen riding around 10th place.

Kaptheijns’ gap really ballooned on the opening lap when she was able to ride a sand section that most were forced to run. By the end of the lap, she had 10 seconds over de Boer followed by Keough a few seconds after.

Katie Compton (KFC Racing/Trek/Panache) was over 30 seconds behind with Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans) and Cant was a further 10 seconds back of them.

On the second lap of five, Cant began to pick-off riders, as she found her rhythm and fought to the front of the race. She would team up with Compton and Sels would latch on as well. The trio would begin to close in on the podium. However, they would never come close to the lone leader.

Entering the final lap, Cant was alone in third, but Compton and Sels were right behind. The fight for the final podium spot was fierce. Meanwhile, Keough had faded and was at risk of falling outside the top-10. De Boer and Kaptheijns were comfortable in second and first.

Sels left Compton behind on one of the many sand sections and made the junction to Cant late in the lap. Cant wouldn’t go down without a fight though and blitzed through the final uphill sand section to open a gap. Her Belgian counter-part would rejoin her, but have no energy to contest the sprint.

Kaptheijns pumped the sky multiple times as she crossed the line, to capture her first victory in cyclocross’ top series.

De Boer finished second, albeit she was nearly a minute behind and never in with a shot at victory after Kapthijns opened her initial gap.

Compton, a multi-time winner at Koksijde, nearly had heartbreak on the line as Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) charged-on late in the race. The two threw their bikes across the line and Compton’s initial reaction seemed to show she thought she had been beaten. However, she wasn’t and finished the race in fifth.

The runner-up at the first two world cups in Iowa City and Waterloo, Keough, finished eighth with fellow American Elle Anderson (Cycling.be-ALpha Motorhomes) finishing 23rd.

The Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup continues on November 19 in Bogense, Denmark, a first-time host venue.

Full results

  • 1. Maud Kaptheijns, (NED), 44:20
  • 2. Sophie De Boer, (NED), 45:12
  • 3. Sanne Cant, (BEL), 45:47
  • 4. Loes Sels, (BEL), 45:49
  • 5. Katherine Compton, (USA), 46:06
  • 6. Lucinda Brand, (NED), 46:06
  • 7. Helen Wyman, (GBR), 46:20
  • 8. Kaitlin Keough, (USA), 46:22
  • 9. Nikki Brammeier, (GBR), 46:23
  • 10. Pavla HavlÍkovÁ, (CZE), 46:24
  • 11. Eva Lechner, (ITA), 46:37
  • 12. Ellen Van Loy, (BEL), 46:38
  • 13. Annemarie Worst, (NED), 46:39
  • 14. Jolanda Neff, (SUI), 46:39
  • 15. Laura Verdonschot, (BEL), 46:50
  • 16. Lucie Chainel, (FRA), 46:53
  • 17. Joyce Vanderbeken, (BEL), 47:16
  • 18. Fleur Nagengast, (NED), 47:23
  • 19. Alice Maria Arzuffi, (ITA), 47:36
  • 20. Ceylin Del Carmen Alvarado, (NED), 47:46
  • 21. Karen Verhestraeten, (BEL), 47:52
  • 22. Nikola NoskovÁ, (CZE), 47:52
  • 23. Elle Anderson, (USA), 48:11
  • 24. Kim Van De Steene, (BEL), 48:15
  • 25. Karla ŠtĚpÁnovÁ, (CZE), 48:42
  • 26. Lucia Gonzalez Blanco, (ESP), 49:00
  • 27. Geerte Hoeke, (NED), 49:17
  • 28. Jolien Verschueren, (BEL), 50:13
  • 29. Pauline Delhaye, (FRA), 50:32
  • 30. Marlene Petit, (FRA), 50:52
  • 31. Marlène Morel Petitgirard, (FRA), 51:15
  • 32. Hannah Payton, (GBR), 51:16
  • 33. Marion Norbert Riberolle, (FRA), 51:38
  • 34. Inge Van Der Heijden, (NED), 51:52
  • 35. Anna Kay, (GBR), 52:00
  • 36. Nadja Heigl, (AUT) , 52:25
  • 37. Evita Muzic, (FRA), 52:33
  • 38. Bethany Crumpton, (GBR)
  • 39. Maina Galand, (FRA)
  • 40. Natalie Redmond, (AUS)
  • 41. Léa Curinier, (FRA)
  • 42. Elizabeth UngermanovÁ, (CZE)
  • 43. Tereza ŠvihÁlkovÁ, (CZE)
  • 44. Margriet Kloppenburg, (DEN)
  • 45. Amira Mellor, (GBR)
  • 46. Mara Schwager, (GER)

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DCCX: Werner, Kemmerer triumph solo on day one

Kerry Werner (Kona) bided his time on day one of the UCI C2 DCCX in Washington D.C. on Saturday and put in a lethal attack late in the race to solo in for the victory. The win is his second UCI win of the season.

“I was staying conservative and trying to be as efficient as I could,” Werner said. “On the small pedal sections, in between the straights, I was just sitting on and not really feeling taxed at all. I poured it onto the last effort and it worked out.”

DCCX is the only professionally sanctioned race that occurs in the nation’s capital of Washington D.C. The UCI C2 weekend takes place on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home. The races were met with a fast and loose course that saw the large fields kicking up clouds of dust in every corner.

Werner took the holeshot and pushed a hard pace for two laps, before easing up to establish a lead group that included Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes), Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Trek), Bjorn Selander (Borah Teamwear/Bingham Built) and Dan Chabanov (House Ind-Nokia Health–simplehuman). Within a lap, Selander and Chabanov had dropped off the group.

“I really wanted to get the holeshot and string it out at the beginning, really make the front group select, whittle it down to maybe five guys or so and that happened so I was stoked with that,” Werner said. “I kind of led it out the first two laps and then settled in.”

Midway through the race, Clark hit the front of the group and set a hard tempo that he held for almost three laps. Werner, Cowie, and Lindine were able to sit on, until Clark finally eased up. The group traded attacks at the front, until Werner launched his winning attack with one to go.

“Lindine came out of the pit onto the pavement on the finish straight and he attacked and I got on his wheel,” explained Werner. “Anthony came around me again right as we came through the finish line but then he came around me and sat up. I was like I have to go.”

Clark and Cowie chased Werner hard and dropped Lindine, who finished just off the podium in fourth. Clark out-sprinted Cowie for second.

Local WorldTour racer Joe Dombrowski (Cannondale Drapac), back from Europe and in the mist of his offseason before preparing for the 2018 season enjoyed a warm welcome and an opportunity to race at home. “If you think about it, I’ve ridden only a handful of times since the Vuelta [a España],” Dombrowski said. “I arrived from Europe Thursday night. I don’t really have any good reasons to be here but I had a great time. I always have a lot of fun at these cross races, the turnout is always really good.”

Dombrowski, who won DCCX in 2010 before it was a UCI-sanctioned race, continued, “When I first started racing cross here, the scene wasn’t really as big as it is now. I also feel a lot of support here when I come back home and race even at the back of the pack in a cross race. I haven’t seen a lot of people throughout the year but you come back and it was just yesterday.”

Men’s top-10

  • 1. Kerry Werner (Kona Factory Team), in 1:05:13
  • 2. Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes), 1:05:17
  • 3. Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), 1:05:18
  • 4. Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Trek), 1:05:26
  • 5. Bjorn Selander (Borah Teamwear/Bingham Built), 1:06:31
  • 6. Travis Livermon (Maxxis Shimano), 1:07:12
  • 7. Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart Inc), 1:07:16
  • 8. Daniel Chabanov (House Ind-Nokia Health-simplehuman), 1:07:17
  • 9. Jules Goguely (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads), 1:07:40
  • 10. Byron Rice (Storm Racing Team), 1:07:55

Kemmerer powers to first UCI win of the season

Photo: Bruce Buckley

Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing) attacked out of the leading group through the start/finish with two laps to go, quickly opening a gap she would never relinquish. She crossed the line alone to capture her first UCI win of the season and third DCCX title after winning in 2009 and 2010.

“It just ended up that the line I took was faster, I put myself at the front and had to go,” said Kemmerer. “It’s always a good course. It has a lot of different stuff on it and it usually ends being technical which I appreciate because there are less and less of those in the world nowadays it seems. I’ve always liked this course. This is a great place to have a race because it has more features that you would think, there are a lot of ways to utilize the area.”

Kemmerer got off to a fast start to ensure she didn’t want to get caught up in the usual first lap melee that happens in cyclocross. However, after two laps off the front, Kemmerer eased up and Jen Malik (American Classic Pro CX) and Allison Arensman (J. A. King p/b BRC) were able to bridge the gap to her.

“I wanted to get to the technical part, to the W, before anyone else did because I didn’t want to have even one person screw it up and then have to get off,” Kemmerer said.

“I had trouble getting my legs to come around, I did a pretty big training block last week,” Kemmerer added. “I figured that it might take a minute for my legs to open up and they just didn’t come around the way that they normally would have. I figured well they’re not too far back behind me, they’re only 15 seconds or something and rather than kill myself to hold a 15-second gap for the whole race. Let it come back together and see what the other two were riding like and [hang] out in the back.”

The three traded turns at the front with Arensman taking several hard pulls. “They were hammering the pace and I was like ‘oh my gosh I don’t know if I can hold this,” Malik said of the pace in the lead group.

With two laps to go, Kemmerer made her move just past the start/finish line taking the first sweeping corner off the pavement much faster than the other two. Malik tried to go with the attack, but was unable to close the gap. She continued to put the power down though, as she had shed Arensman and was solely in second place.

Kemmerer rode in for the victory with Malik able to hold-off Arensman for the second spot. Lily Williams (Pony Shop CX Team) finished fourth with Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop Racing) rounding out the top-five.

DCCX continues on Sunday with another UCI C2 event. Most of the course being run in the opposite direction, but with no rain in the forecast, it’s sure to be another dusty day of racing.

Women’s full results

  • 1. Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing), in 40:44
  • 2. Jennifer Malik (American Classic Pro CX), 40:49
  • 3. Allison Arensman (J.A. King p/b BRC), 41:09
  • 4. Lily Williams (Pony Shop CX Team), 41:15
  • 5. Carla Williams (Joe’s Bike Shop Racing), 41:15
  • 6. Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel/Atom Composite), 41:41
  • 7. Rebecca Gross (Zero D Racing), 41:50
  • 8. Rachel Rubino (Fearless Femme Racing), 41:57
  • 9. Alexandra Burton (Point S Racing), 42:15
  • 10. Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom/Van Dessel), 42:34
  • 11. Avanell Scales (XXCX p/b Starlight Apparel), 42:49
  • 12. Brittlee Bowman (House Ind – Nokia Health – simplehuman), 43:12
  • 13. Julie Kuliecza (All-City/Black Hand), 43:30
  • 14. Nicole Dorinzi (Pro Moutain Outfitters), 43:33
  • 15. Elisabeth Sheldon (Crosshairs Cycling), 43:34
  • 16. Gabriella Sterne (Vanderkitten Entourage Racing), 43:34
  • 17. Victoria Barclay (Stan’s Kenda Women), 43:44
  • 18. Erica Zaveta (Easton Garneau), 44:24
  • 19. Philicia Marion (American Classic Pro Cyclocross Team), 44:40
  • 20. Chelsea Weidinger, 44:56
  • 21. Taryn Mudge (Fearless Femme Racing), 45:07
  • 22. Tess Cunningham (Paradise Garage Racing), 45:15
  • 23. Alexandra Campbellforte (Vanderkitten Entourage Racing), 45:18
  • 24. Karen Talleymead (SEAVS/Haymarket), 45:31
  • 25. Barb Blakley (CRCA/KruisCX), 45:34
  • 26. Elisabeth Reinkordt (Team Laser Cats/Laser Cats Feline All-Stars), 45:34
  • 27. Lindsey Crifasi (Team Sticky Fingers), 45:48
  • 28. Alex Carlson (Cycle-Smart), 45:55
  • 29. Julie Hunter SEAVS/Haymarket), 46:08
  • 30. Shane Ferro (Two Seconds Ahead Racing), 48:11
  • 31. Hannah Bauer (J.A. King p/b BRC)

Men’s full results

  • 1. Kerry Werner (Kona Factory Team), in 1:05:13
  • 2. Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes), 1:05:17
  • 3. Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Racing), 1:05:18
  • 4. Justin Lindine (Apex/NBX/Trek), 1:05:26
  • 5. Bjorn Selander (Borah Teamwear/Bingham Built), 1:06:31
  • 6. Travis Livermon (Maxxis Shimano), 1:07:12
  • 7. Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart Inc), 1:07:16
  • 8. Daniel Chabanov (House Ind-Nokia Health-simplehuman), 1:07:17
  • 9. Jules Goguely (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads), 1:07:40
  • 10. Byron Rice (Storm Racing Team), 1:07:55
  • 11. Andrew Giniat (Pony Shop CX Team), 1:08:47
  • 12. Tyler Cloutier (Transitions LifeCare p/b Garneau-Easton), 1:08:56
  • 13. Jordan Snyder (@Bicyclerealtor/ERO Verge Sport), 1:08:57
  • 14. Samuel Kieffer (Red Kite Coaching), 1:09:06
  • 15. Kevin Bouchard-Hall (Wrenegade Sports/Team Placid Planet), 1:09:13
  • 16. Christopher Rabadi, 1:09:14
  • 17. Thomas Borner (Novacar), 1:09:21
  • 18. Jordan Villella (Cycle-Smart), 1:10:15
  • 19. George Schulz (Van Dessel Factory Team), 1:10:28
  • 20. Trevor Raab, 1:10:30
  • 21. Matthew Clements (Rotor Bike Componenents), 1:10:34
  • 22. Andrew Loaiza (Cyclepath PDX), 1:10:58
  • 23. Scott Myers, 1:11:04
  • 24. Andrew Wulfkuhle (717cycling p/b RSI Panels), 1:12:08
  • 25. Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (Cannondale-Drapac)
  • 26. Patrick Collins (Minuteman Road Club)
  • 27. Matthew Tyler (Laughing Dog Bicycles)
  • 28. Justin Mauch (Herbalife Natures Bakery)
  • 29. Andrew Bailey (Cycleworks)
  • 30. Clayton Travis (WASLABS)
  • 31. Colin Eustis (Sons United Racing Team)

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Boom: Van Aert finally victorious

World champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) has finally come into winning form, as he soloed to victory on Saturday at the Niels Albert CX in Boom, Belgium. Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) finished second with Lars van der Haar (Telenet Fidea) rounding out the podium.

Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, who had won the opening two rounds of the Telenet Superprestige earlier this season in Gieten and Zonhoven, recovered from an early crash and finished fourth.

Van Aert took advantage of van der Poels’ early mishap and set a high tempo for the rest of the race. He slowly rode rider after rider off his wheel until he was all alone. After not capturing a victory for all of September and most of October, the Belgian has now raised his arms in triumph his last two starts. He won the Kermiscross on Thursday.

Top 10

  • 1. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN – CHARLES, in 1:00:01
  • 2. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:00:10
  • 3. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:00:15
  • 4. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:00:23
  • 5. Jens Adams, (BEL) PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:00:23
  • 6. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:00:50
  • 7. Toon Aerts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:01:05
  • 8. Kevin Pauwels, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:01:25
  • 9. Tim Merlier, (BEL) CRELAN – CHARLES,1:01:37
  • 10. Michael BoroŠ, (CZE) PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:01:44

The third stop of the Telenet Superprestige series paid tribute to the living legend and two-time elite cyclocross world champion Niels Albert. All of the heavy hitters in the men’s field were on the start line, despite a world cup in Koksijde looming the next day. Van der Poel shot out of the starting grid, as he does most races, and led the group out on course. He was followed closely by van Aert with Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napolean Games) having an excellent start as well, sitting in the third spot.

The trio would break away from the rest of the pack and it appeared at first the podium may already be forming, but van der Haar and Quinten Hermans (Telenet Fidea) would have none of that and a large group was at the front of the race at the end of two of nine laps.

Van der Poel slide-out hard on a winding grassy descent, splitting the group. He was in fifth position at the time behind van Aert. Van Aert noticed the split and van der Poel gone. He quickly took to the front and drove the pace. By the end of the lap, it was just van Aert and Hermans in the front with Sweeck and Jens Adams (Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice) chasing.

Soon Hermans was gone and van Aert was all alone. He held a 12-second lead at the end of four laps with van der Poel out of contention nearly 50 seconds down.

On the next lap, Sweeck moved into second as Hermans, who had begun to fade, was now with Adams. Van der Haar was making a late charge but behind him, a storm of power was coming. Van der Poel had found his rhythm again and was picking riders off one-by-one.

With two laps to go Sweeck was in second only 10-seconds behind van Aert. Van der Haar made contact with his teammate Hermans and Adams, but now van der Poel was right behind them. The former under-23 world champion, van der Haar, quickly powered alone into third-place in an effort to capture the third spot on the podium and prevent van der Poel from doing so.

Van Aert was flawless through the final lap and was able to raise his arms in victory for only the second time this season, albeit the victories have come in his last two starts. Sweeck rode in for second with van der Haar holding off a hard-charging van der Poel for third. The 2015 world champion finished in fourth and the collapsed in the cooldown tent breathing heavily. He had dug deep to try to reach the podium, but had come up just short.

Adams rounded out the top-five. Hermans, who was fighting for a podium position midway through the race, finished sixth and European Champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea) came home in seventh.

The Telenet Superprestige series continues October 29 in Ruddervoorde.

Full results

  • 1. Wout Van Aert, (BEL) CRELAN – CHARLES, in 1:00:01
  • 2. Laurens Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:00:10
  • 3. Lars Van Der Haar, (NED) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:00:15
  • 4. Mathieu Van Der Poel, (NED) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:00:23
  • 5. Jens Adams, (BEL) PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:00:23
  • 6. Quinten Hermans, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:00:50
  • 7. Toon Aerts, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:01:05
  • 8. Kevin Pauwels, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:01:25
  • 9. Tim Merlier, (BEL) CRELAN – CHARLES,1:01:37
  • 10. Michael BoroŠ, (CZE) PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:01:44
  • 11. Dieter Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:01:53
  • 12. Michael Vanthourenhout, (BEL) MARLUX – NAPOLEON GAMES, 1:02:02
  • 13. Joris Nieuwenhuis, (NED) , 1:02:35
  • 14. Rob Peeters, (BEL) PAUWELS SAUZEN – VASTGOEDSERVICE, 1:02:38
  • 15. Vincent Baestaens, (BEL) ,1:03:25
  • 16. Gianni Vermeersch, (BEL) STEYLAERTS – BETFIRST,1:03:35
  • 17. Nicolas Cleppe, (BEL) TELENET FIDEA LIONS, 1:03:42
  • 18. Tom Meeusen, (BEL) BEOBANK-CORENDON, 1:03:47
  • 19. Stan Godrie, (NED) CRELAN – CHARLES, 1:04:09
  • 20. Gioele Bertolini, (ITA), 1:04:33
  • 21. Diether Sweeck, (BEL) ERA-CIRCUS, 1:05:04
  • 22. Dario Tielen, (BEL), 1:05:04
  • 23. Edwin De Wit, (BEL)
  • 24. Mathieu Willemyns, (BEL)
  • 25. Yu Takenouchi, (JPN)
  • 26. Michael Butler, (GBR)
  • 27. Glenn Kinning, (IRL)
  • 28. Wouter Goosen, (BEL)

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