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.”