Jamie Driscoll and Erin Huck were victorious on day one of the U.S. Open of Cyclocross in Boulder, Colorado on Saturday.

Jamey Driscoll (Donnelly Sports) captured his first victory of the season on Saturday at the first day of the UCI C2 U.S. Open of Cyclocross in Boulder, Colorado. Canadian Michael van den Ham (Garneau Easton) finished second by mere centimeters with Keegan Swenson (Cannondale/3Rox) rounding out the podium in third.

Strongs winds and a fast dry course made for pack racing most of the day, as the fatigue of the hour-long effort helped to slowly whittle down the lead group. Driscoll was able to time his bike throw to perfection in the end and capture the victory.

“It was just fast and bumpy out there. I had the classic diesel engine, but I thought I’d have a little more pop,” Driscoll said. “I was able to climb my way back after many accelerations, so I knew it wouldn’t be a late move that would give me any success.

“I went full gas the entire (last) lap. Because of the headwind on the sprint, I was expecting people to come around me. It was a short enough sprint that I held them off. Honestly, when I crossed the line, I didn’t know I took it (the win). Michael was there. We both threw the bike and it was inches.”

Elite men top-10

Huck attacks to victory

Erin Huck (3Rox Racing/Cannondale) attacked on the final half lap of the race to cross the finish line alone and claim victory. Photo: Michael Better

The elite women’s race was won by 2017 U.S. National Short-Track Cross-Country Champion Erin Huck (3Rox Racing/Cannondale). She made her move in the final half lap of the women’s event to outdistance France’s Caroline Mani (Van Dessel/Atom Composites) and 17-year-old Katie Clouse (Alpha Bicycle Co.).

“I figured I might as well go for it,” said Huck, who was racing her first cyclocross race of the year. “I was using my mountain bike skills to descend pretty well. Definitely noticed that I had a lack of some cyclocross skills, any time it came to a dismount section. So I figured the girls would catch up to me on the back side (final lap), but fortunately, I was able to keep my distance.”

The U.S. Open of Cyclocross also held UCI-level races for the junior and under-23 men. Benjamin Gomez Villafane (Top Club CycloCross) claimed his second junior victory of the 2017 season, adding to a win and a third place he earned at KMC Cross Fest two weeks ago.

Gage Hecht (Alpha Bicycle Co./Groove Subaru) was well off the front on the bell lap and won the under-23 contest. Among the chasers were a Boulder duo of Grant Ellwood (Boulder Cycle Sport) and Eric Brunner (EVOL Racing), who would finish second and third, respectively.

“Today was a super fun race. It’s probably the best I have felt this season,” said Hecht. “I was excited to put some power into it today. It was so windy out there. A couple of sections out there I was actually having to run just because you couldn’t keep the bike underneath you. It definitely made it a huge challenge out there. It was a blast.”

Women’s full results

Elite Men full results

Under-23 men full results

Junior 17-18 men full results