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.