WATERLOO, Wisc. – The Maxxis-Shimano team continued to produce consistent results at the Trek CXC Cup in Waterloo, Wisconsin this past weekend. Travis Livermon, Danny Summerhill and Crystal Anthony all placed within the top 20, mixing it up with some of the best cyclocross riders in the world.
Livermon claimed 15th place in Saturday’s C2 race and Summerhill finished in 17thplace after a challenging first lap. French rider Steve Chainel (Cross Team By G4) was the day’s winner.
“I was much more comfortable racing this weekend,” Livermon said. “Sunday went much smoother for me, but the field was even stronger since several top guys sat out the first race.”
On Sunday, Livermon and Summerhill both finished in the top 20, taking 16th and 18th place, respectively. World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice Cycling) was the winner of the C1 race.
“In general it was a solid weekend, no mechanicals or flats, but hard and hot,” Summerhill said. “We’re going to keep building from this race forward throughout the season. There were a lot of good European riders at this race, which made it more competitive than usual. They’re here for the Vegas World Cup then Jingle Cross World Cup, so I hope to see more podiums once it gets back to be a mostly American field. That being said, every race we give it our all.”
In the pro women’s field, Anthony delivered another solid weekend of top 10 results for Maxxis-Shimano, taking an impressive sixth place on Saturday. Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing) was the winner. Anthony said she thought the course, featuring new woods sections with tricky off cambers and tough run ups, played to her strengths.
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“My legs are starting to come around, but I still feel I’m building up the speed,” Anthony said. “My results have been very consistent which is encouraging. I’m just hoping to find that last bit of speed as the season goes along. I felt strong both days, but Sunday I missed a pedal at the start and had to fight back from pretty far back in the field.”
Despite her start line misfortune, Anthony still finished a respectable seventh place out of a talented and stacked field that saw Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld) come out on top.
After a long weekend of racing, it’s not a Maxxis-Shimano cross weekend without stopping at Red Robin for burgers, frozen custard and some decompressing time. Summerhill said the riders and mechanics have inadvertently created a new tradition, which all started at the Rochester Cup.
“Little did we know that we’d really look forward to going to this place after racing,” Summerhill said. “We’re going to have to find one after every race we go to now.”
Next on schedule for Maxxis-Shimano is the famed UCI World Cup Cliff Bar Cross Vegas. The event will be celebrating its 10th anniversary when the riders roll out on the 21st of September. Featuring aggressive racing and all the flair you’d expect from a race held in Las Vegas, this event is one of the most anticipated of the season by fans and competitors.