Anthony and Summerhill on fire at Pan Am Championships and Cincy CX

Covington, Ky. – The Maxxis Shimano cyclocross team continues to notch up stellar results this 2016/17 season and last weekend was no exception. Crystal Anthony claimed second place at the Pan American Continental Cyclocross Championships and Danny Summerhill brought home third in the men’s race. The next day at Cincy CX, Summerhill did one better and finished second. All Maxxis Shimano athletes were within the top 10 in both races.

During the Pan Am Championships, Anthony alternated between 3rd and 4th position the majority of the race. With three laps to go, she pulled out all the stops and eventually moved into second on the last lap. Anthony held her position to the line with plenty of room to spare. Katie Compton nabbed the win.

In the men’s race, Summerhill pushed the pace hard right from the word “go” and pulled out a gap for the first two laps. He was joined by four riders, Stephen Hyde, Jeremy Powers, Kerry Werner and Tobin Ortenblad. Summerhill’s teammate, Travis Livermon unfortunately crashed out of the lead group and spent most of the race regaining the positions he lost.

“I steadily moved back through riders and got back up to sixth place, which was were I was when I crashed,” Livermon said.

With two laps to go, Powers and Hyde broke away, which left Summerhill and Werner to fight for third place. The sprint for the line saw Summerhill claim another podium for Maxxis Shimano.

The next day, the team lined up for the Cincinnati Kings Cross held in Mason, Ohio.

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Anthony enjoyed another stellar start, but was shuttled back on a steep run-up, leaving her a few seconds back of the front group. Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) and Compton rode away from that group and held their advantage to finish first and second, respectively. Anthony rode into sixth place.

It started raining lightly for the start of the men’s event, however most of the riders in the race opted to keep their dry tires on. After a couple laps, a lead group of about 10 riders formed. Drizzle turned to heavy rain mid-race which saw the majority of the field dipping into the pits to switch to mud tires.

After the scramble, Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) had an advantage over a group of five riders: Summerhill, Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Powers (Aspire Racing), Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) and Werner (Kona Endurance Team). Again, Livermon found himself just of the back of the group of favorites. Summerhill topped the previous day’s result by winning the sprint for second place. Livermon caught onto stragglers, passing Powers and sprinting against White to secure another 6th place.

Next, the team heads to Louisville, Kentucky for the Derby City Cup on November 5-6.

“One of my favorite races of the season is the Louisville weekend, probably because I’ve raced there so many years in a row.” says Summerhill. “I pretty much have a second family that I can count on anytime I’m in Kentucky. It has one of the most fun race atmospheres to (experience) and I wouldn’t miss it for anything.”

Summerhill, Anthony Podium at Gran Prix of Gloucester

GLOUCESTER, Ma. –Danny Summerhill and Crystal Anthony brought home an impressive 2nd and 3rd place in their respective races for the Maxxis-Shimano team at CRAFT SPORTSWEAR Gran Prix of Gloucester UCI C2 this past weekend.

“Having the home crowd advantage, along with my family here to watch made it all the more motivating for me to do well here,” said Anthony, a Massachusetts native. “The course was practically in my backyard.”

During the pro men’s event on Saturday, the race settled in after first lap with eventual winner Curtis White riding clear. Summerhill was part of a small chase that he outsprinted up the finishing ascent to take an impressive second place. His teammate, Travis Livermon racked up another solid result, finishing in 9th place.

“The course proved to be difficult and challenging in many ways,” Summerhill said. “Yesterday all of us were really nervous because of the bad luck we had last year. This year, our tires held up phenomenally. We had no flats thanks to the new Maxxis Raze tubular tires we rode.”

In the women’s race, Anthony missed her pedal at the start and had to fight hard the entire race to make up for her lost position.  After a long battle with Christelle Ferrier (SAS-MACOGEP-Acquisio) and Ruby West (Cannondale Cyclocrossworld), Anthony rallied hard to take fifth place by attacking with one and a half laps to go.

Anthony made up for Saturday’s blunder by getting a good start the next day, shooting into the front group that contained eventual winner Helen Wyman, Emma White and other race favorites. Wyman broke away with White, leaving Anthony in a chase group with Ferrier, Maghalie Rochette (Luna) and Natasha Elliot (Garneau – Easton Cycling).

After West faded, Anthony shook off Ferrier over the top of the long run up in the last lap and hung on to snag third place.

“I’m so happy to win my first podium of the season for Maxxis-Shimano in front of a home crowd,” Anthony said.

The men’s race started with a large group of around 10 riders that included Summerhill and Livermon. It gradually whittled down over the course of the race with Summerhill managing to break clear, resulting with Summerhill earning his second podium of the weekend with a third place. Livermon crossed the line in 10th place.

“Today was more of a team dynamic with Travis and I riding really well together,” Summerhill said. “We went back and forth for a while until Curtis White put in a big attack which separated the race.”

But it wasn’t just great results that Maxxis-Shimano enjoyed during their time in Gloucester. Anthony, whose brother is professional road rider Jesse Anthony, had the rare opportunity to have her family present to support the team over the weekend.

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“We hung out with the Anthony’s, who are a huge clan,” Summerhill said. “I like Jesse (Anthony) a lot, but the fact that we race on different road teams means I don’t get the chance to hang out with him very much. I really enjoyed spending time with him off the bike.”

The team also had the chance to have dinner with the owner of Parlee Bikes, Bob Parlee.

“We had a fantastic time having dinner with Bob Parlee and some of the company employees,” Summerhill said. “They’re a big sponsor of Gloucester GP, as is another one of our team sponsors, Shimano. It was great to get three podiums in front of our sponsors this weekend.”

Looking forward, Maxxis-Shimano has a much-needed week off before the team set off to Mason, Ohio to tackle Cincinnati Kings Cross.

“We’re all looking forward to a week off and pressing the reset button,” said a motivated Summerhill. “We plan on hitting Cincy with full gas, especially coming off of an intense chunk of racing over the past few weeks. We’re all looking forward to seeing how we come out of it and what is to come from here.”

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Summerhill, Anthony take fourth at Charm City Cross

 

BALTIMORE, Md. – Team Maxxis-Shimano had another exciting weekend of racing in Baltimore, Maryland this past weekend, with Danny Summerhill and Crystal Anthony both claiming fourth place in their respective races.

On day 1, Summerhill took home sixth place in the C2 race. Stephen Hyde (Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld) was the winner on both day 1 and 2.

“It was an interesting weekend to say the least,” Summerhill said. “Two polar opposite days of racing, with slick and sloppy rain and mud conditions on Saturday.On Sunday there were gale force winds, warm temperatures and a dry course. I’m disappointed that I didn’t get on the podium, but wasn’t from lack of trying. I left it all out there and happy with how well our equipment performed.”

Livermon was aggressive early and got a small gap on the field. However, he called it quits after a trip to the pits that took longer than usual leaving him out of contention.

“It was super windy and a group of about ten riders stayed together for most of the race,” he said. “The last lap was a hard drag with not a lot of tactical riding.”

Anthony described Saturday’s course as having a great flow, allowing the riders to keep a good momentum and rhythm. During the race, Anthony had a good start and ended up in a battle for fourth with her friend, Caroline Mani.

“One of the great things I love about cross is that we can have intense battles on the course with each other but be great friends off the course,” Anthony said. “She put in a big effort with two laps to go that I couldn’t match and finished fifth.”

The next day there was confusion at the start after a spectator blew a whistle right before the officials did. Anthony was caught behind a huge amount of traffic and couldn’t get back into contention. She finished in 26th place while Katie Compton (KFC Racing) took the win.

The next race on tap is CRAFT SPORTSWEAR Grand Prix of Gloucester onOctober 15-16.

“(Gloucester) is another iconic race in the U.S.,” says Livermon. “It may seem crazy but I’m hoping for rain this year. It’s been dry and dusty every time I’ve raced it and those conditions are very hard to deal with. But either way, I’m looking forward to spending time at the awesome venue.”

Summerhill claims podium spot at KMC Cross Fest

THOMPSON, Conn. – The Maxxis-Shimano Cyclocross Team claimed top 10 finishes across the board over two days of racing at the KMC Cross Festival in Thompson, Connecticut last weekend (Oct 2-3). Best placed was Danny Summerhill, who took third after Sunday’s C2 race.

During Saturday’s C1 pro women’s race, Anthony blew out of the gates in the top 10 and passed several riders by the time she arrived at the technical sections. She then battled with Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement), who she gapped on the third lap in the same technical section and held her off to the line to claim sixth place. Katie Compton (KFC Racing) claimed first place.

“The mud that was more slick than sticky, and the course had some long pavement sections with barriers and tight turns, then some off camber and steep pitch sections that required good bike handling skills,” Anthony said. “It suited me.”

In the men’s race, Summerhill shot off the line and nabbed the hole shot. He led the field through the first off-road section and into the pavement, but unfortunately suffered a crash that left him in 12th place. His teammate, Livermon, worked his way up from the top 10 and battled for a well-earned fifth place. Stephen Hyde was the eventual winner.

On the second day the course was a bit drier, but some muddy spots remained. The technical sections were reversed so the Maxxis-Shimano team had a testing sand run up and tricky off-camber descents to negotiate. The road sections were even faster on Sunday for the C2 race, which led to some tactical group racing.

Like the day before, Anthony had a good start, earning the hole shot for part of the first lap.

“I may have given a little too much pulling for much of the road section, so I lost contact with the lead group after some attacks went,” Anthony said.

Katie Compton overcame a missed pedal at the start and eventually pulled away from the rest of the field to win the race. Mani followed, then Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D Foundation) and Emma White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld). Anthony ended up in a battle with Courtenay McFadden and Amanda Miller. Anthony and Miller gapped McFadden after the second sand run-up and went back and forth until the final lap, when a minor falter caused Anthony to lose contact with Miller and finish in sixth place.

In the men’s event, Summerhill and Livermon were in a large group of 20 riders during the early stages of the race. Eventually, the group whittled down as some of the riders ran out of matches after losing contact on the technical sections. Summerhill managed to remain solid in the lead group of four and took home third place. Livermon wasn’t far behind, finishing in eighth place. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) took top honors at the end of the day.

“I’m happy to get a podium out of it and excited to see how the race evolves for next year. I believe it has the potential to be one of the greatest race courses in all of US cross racing,” Summerhill said after the race. “My Maxxis tires came through in a big way, providing ample grip in sloppy and slick conditions.”

Charm City Cross in Baltimore (October 8-9) will play host to the next race on the Maxxis-Shimano team schedule.