LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Crystal Anthony and Travis Livermon enjoyed another consistent weekend of racing for the Maxxis Shimano team with Anthony claiming a sixth place and Livermon finishing ninth at the Derby City Cup presented by Papa John’s.
Louisville played host to the C1 and C2 race, which offered up warm, dry conditions for the Maxxis-Shimano team. For the first time this season, Anthony and Livermon traveled to Kentucky without their third team member, Danny Summerhill, who decided to take the weekend off.
The course at Eva Bandman Park changed from the past, with the technical wood area came earlier on in the lap and the Green Monster flyover came at the end. Despite this, Anthony said the course rode similarly with a good balance of power sections, tight turns and tricky off cambers.
“I made some move in the technical sections in the beginning of the race to move into a top five position going into the first long sand pit, but got caught behind several crashes, which caused me to lose my position,” Anthony said. “Unfortunately, I didn’t have the legs to get back and ended up in 9th place.”
Katerina Nash (Clif Pro Team) took the win.
In the men’s C1 event, Livermon made the lead group of 12 riders in the early stages of the race. He also ended up in ninth place after getting caught behind a rider who punctured in the technical section. Stephen Hyde (Cylance-Cannondale Pro) won the race in 1 hour 55 seconds.
That evening, the Maxxis-Shimano team had the opportunity to dine with Maxxis engineers at “Game,” a Louisville favorite.
“We got to discuss their latest technology, direction and provide some feedback on tires,” Anthony said. “It was an awesome experience to meet directly with the people who create our tires.”
Sunday’s C2 race was held on the same course as the previous day, with one minor line change.
“It was dustier today because the riders tore up some of the dirt sections,” Anthony said. “We had good success running the Maxxis Raze tires in the dry and grassy conditions. They were fast rolling but with enough tread to grip in the corners.”
Learning from her sand pit mistake the day before, Anthony rode most of the race sitting in 6th place, where she eventually finished after a hard fought battle with Caroline Mani. Again, Nash claimed the win.
Livermon suffered misfortune at the beginning of his race, which eventually caused him to call it a day and rest his legs for the next race on the cards.
Racing shifts further west at the beginning of December for the Ruts ‘n Guts event in Broken Arrow, OK and then heads back east for North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, NC. Having lost last year to his future teammate Summerhill, Travis Livermon hopes that he’ll see the top step of the podium in 2016.
“Being from NC and having many friends in the Asheville area makes this feel like a hometown race,” Livermon said. “I’ve been second the past four times I’ve raced it really eats at me that I’ve never won. I’m working hard to try and make sure this is finally the year.”