Travis Livermon selected for Cyclocross World Championship team

USA Cycling has selected Maxxis-Shimano’s Travis Livermon to compete at the 2017 UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg on January 28-29.

The selection marks Livermon’s second time racing for the United States at the world championships.

“Last year in Zolder, Belgium was my first time racing worlds,” Livermon said. “Although I have raced many world cup events, I have never raced in Luxembourg. Like last year, I’ll go over to Europe a week early to race the final world cup in Hoogerheide. I’m excited to keep racing these final three weeks in the world’s most elite races.”


Anthony nabs sixth place at USA Cyclo-cross National Championships

HARTFORD, Conn. – Crystal Anthony took home sixth place for Maxxis-Shimano at the USA Cyclo-cross National Championships in Hartford, Connecticut last Sunday. After bursting off the start line in third position, the New England native battled with Courtenay McFadden (American Classic/Zones) while enjoying a race in front of a home crowd.

“I was happy with a solid sixth place and had a ton of fun racing in the snow in front of so many friends and family,” Anthony said. “The New England cheering squad was amazing.”

Anthony said she was excited to discover that snow and freezing temperatures would dominate the weekend weather.

“I train in this kind of weather all the time and am most comfortable in tough conditions like this,” Anthony said. “It was the kind of course that you had to focus every single second. At any point you could hit an icy rut and take a tumble.”

Katie Compton (KFC Racing) won the pro women’s race, her 13th championship victory at USA Cyclo-cross nationals.

Anthony’s Maxxis- Shimano teammates, Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon, did not fare as well on the testing course. Despite slotting into third after a good start, Summerhill suffered a crash that took him out of the race that was eventually won by Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld). Livermon also had a run of unfortunate mishaps forcing him to abandon.

“The course was a blast to ride but very tricky to get through at full speed,” Livermon said. “There were a lot of out of control moments. Bad luck and weather conditions didn’t play in our favor and I was eventually overwhelmed by the bad luck and pulled the plug on the race.”

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Livermon wins North Carolina Grand Prix

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – Travis Livermon sealed a stellar victory for the Maxxis-Shimano team this past Sunday at the North Carolina Grand Prix. Targeting this event as a top priority this season, the North Carolina native was over the moon to finally secure a win at Jackson Park.

“I’ve been so close to winning this race so many times,” Livermon said. “It feels incredible to get the win at home with all my friends and family watching.”

Sunday’s course was a challenging one. The ground had thawed from the day before, making it slick in spots on the course. Livermon and Kerry Werner (Kona Endurance Team) pushed the pace early and within a couple of laps they had made a separation from their competitors. The duo traded laps, keeping the pace high until two and a half laps to go when Livermon faltered in a corner, giving Werner a five second advantage.

“I was able to close the gap a few corners from the finish,” Livermon said. “On a tricky off camber section I made the pass coming into the final corner.  I sprinted with everything I had and ended up crossing the line with a healthy gap.”

The day before his win, Livermon said Saturday’s C2 race shook out as expected with a lead group forming quickly.

“It wasn’t a particularly hard pace and clearly was going to shake out in the last lap. I took the lead coming into the final hill but made a silly mistake and slid out, losing position and the opportunity to attack,” Livermon said. “I made it back to second place, but as I tried to set up for the pass with two corners to go, I slipped up again. I ended up a frustrating third, but my good friend Tristan Cowie (Triple Oaks Cycling) took the win so it was great to see him do well.”

In the women’s race, Crystal Anthony also delivered, claiming second place on Saturday after a long battle with Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D. Foundation). The next day, Anthony finished in fourth place after an ill-timed gaffe took her out of pole position.


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Team Maxxis-Shimano excel at Ruts n’ Guts UCI event

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon narrowly missed the top step of the podium this past weekend at Ruts N’ Guts with Summerhill claiming second place on Saturday and Livermon grabbing the same result the next day

Summerhill, fresh off a three-week break, said he was completely surprised by his result.

“Prior to the race, I had didn’t think I could crack the top ten, but somehow after the first lap I found myself off the front by about 20 seconds. That lasted for all but the last two laps,” Summerhill said. “It came down to tactics, luck and some guts, but unfortunately heading in the last corner, luck was not totally on my side.”

“I’m still in shock and pleased with second although after putting in the work for the whole race, a win would’ve felt much better,” he added.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Factory Racing) took the win while Maxxis-Shimano’s Livermon picked up a solid fifth place.

Despite being new to Ruts N’ Guts, Crystal Anthony held her own in the UCI women’s event. Anthony claimed fifth place on Saturday after a crash set her back a few crucial positions.

“The course was fun to race, with several choose-your-own-adventure creek crossings and twisty technical sections,” she said. “There was a pretty cool up and downhill sand pit and a few power grass sections.”

Katie Compton went off the front from the start on Saturday, with Anthony making the lead chase group. A strong acceleration on the final lap saw her finish in fifth.

Sunday’s C2 race belonged to Livermon, who crushed the competition to finish a close second behind Ortenblad.

“I felt like I had better legs than everyone in the front group, but just couldn’t get separation,” Livermon said. “I led the last few laps and could tell I had everyone on the ropes but Tobin was able to come around me with a couple turns to go and that was it. I’m happy with the result, but frustrated to miss out on the win by so little.”

In the women’s event, Compton rode away again while Anthony had a back and forth battle with Becca Fahringer, Katie Antonneau and Sunny Gilbert before a few unfortunate crashes had her chasing hard and left her in sixth place.

“The bikes worked great and the support was awesome as always,” Anthony said. “I’m looking forward to getting back on my game next weekend in Asheville.”

Next weekend, the racing heads back east for North Carolina Grand Prix in Hendersonville, N.C. Having lost last year to his Summerville, 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 says. “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.”

With Summerhill and Anthony both hoping to repeat their 2015 wins in Hendersonville, this event could turn into a fantastic success for the Maxxis-Shimano squad and a great way to lead into the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Hartford Connecticut once the calendar clicks over into 2017 a few weeks later.

Livermon & Anthony claim top-tens at Derby City Cup

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.”

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Anthony and Summerhill on fire at Pan Am Championships and Cincy CX

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.”

Summerhill, Anthony Podium at Gran Prix of Gloucester

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.”

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