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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