The mid-October heat in Middleton Ohio was matched only by the hot racing action at the Java Johnny’s / Lionhearts International UCI C2 race on Saturday.
The women’s race saw Katie Compton power away from the field of the country’s top ‘crossers, including Rachel Lloyd, who finished second on the day, and eventual third-place finisher Sue Butler.
Georgia Gould finished sixth after putting in a huge effort overcoming a flat, and was assisted in the pits by none other than Mark Legg-Compton, Katie’s husband, and Kris Auer, mechanic for fourth place finishing Laura Van Gilder of C3-Sollay.com. Sportsmanship reigns supreme in cross.
The men’s race saw a flurry of attacks. Barry Wicks, Jeremy Powers and Jeremiah Bishop each took flyers at the front, none of which were successful until two laps to go when Powers was able to accelerate away from his rivals and take the win.
Both Bishop and Powers used their crowd-pleasing bunny hopping skills to separate themselves from the pack. Bishop, the current U.S. MTB short track champion finished second while Wicks, rounded out the podium. It was an identical podium to the previous day’s Darkhorse Cyclo-Stampede.
Next up is the Cincinnati International Cyclocross Festival’s Grand Finale: the Bio-Wheel / United Dairy Farmers Harbin Park International, a C1 event for both men and women. As a C1 event paying top finishing women equal to men according to the Gould Formula, the race in Fairfield Ohio’s Harbin Park will be one of the world’s richest women’s cyclocross races n 2008.
1. Jeremy Powers – Cyclocrossworld.com
2. Jeremiah Bishop – Trek/VW
3. Barry Wicks – Kona
1. Katie Compton – Spike Professional/Primus Mootry
2. Rachel Lloyd – California Giant Berry Farms/Specialized
3. Sue Butler – MonavieCannondale.com