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.”