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.”