The elite women’s event took place in a cold, drizzling rain at Harbin Park in Cincinnati. From the gun, a chain mishap sent Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) to the back of the field and running for the pits. Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) took full advantage and stretched her lead to 25 seconds for the win over teammate Maghalie Rochette.
With mud splattered up her back, regional favorite Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) rounded out the podium in third, only seven seconds in front of the Luna Pro Team duo of Catherine Pendrel and Georgia Gould.
Compton eventually finished sixth, ahead of Rachel Lloyd (California Giant-Specialized), Caroline Mani (Raleigh-Clement), Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital-American Classic), and Crystal Anthony (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies).
The cold front moved into the area as the men took the start. With the temperature plummeting to 41 degrees, Danny Summerhill (K-Edge-Felt) found solid lines in the disintegrating muddy corners and took the win in front of Jamie Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) and Justin Lindine (Redline Factory-NBX).
Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) was fourth, and Cody Kaiser (Lange Twins-Specialized) rounded out the top five.
The top 10 also included Kerry Werner (Optum-Kelly Benefit Strategies), Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing), Geoff Kabush (Scott-3Rox Racing), Allen Krughoff (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team), and Benjamin Sonntag (Team CLIF BAR), sixth through 10th place, respectively.
The Toyota Cincy3 CX Festival continues with a UCI C1 night race at Kings park on Saturday, and concludes Sunday with the first-ever Pan American Continental Championships for elite women and under-23 and junior 17-18 men.
The inclusion of the Pan American Championships on Sunday throws in some interesting weekend dynamics. European riders like Nash (CZE), Ben Berden (BEL), and Gabby Durrin (GBR) will contest the events at Harbin and Kings, but will have to sit out the Pan-Am events at Devou since they are not part of the 43-nation Pan American Confederation. U23 men and women will race Harbin and Kings with the older elites, but will have their own races in smaller fields on the final day at Devou. The Pan American race will be held on the hardest course of the weekend.