Raphael Gagne, Laura Van Gilder win opener at Ellison Park

Gagne and Van Gilder take the flowers in round one of the upstate New York cyclocross

Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory) and Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel-Mellow Mushroom) won round one of the Full Moon Vista Ellison Park Cyclocross on Saturday.

The UCI C2 races were run on a grassy, hilly 3km circuit in Rochester, New York.

Gagne won the men’s race ahead of Zack McDonald (Rapha-Focus) with Anthony Clark (JAM Fund-NCC) third.

“It went pretty well,” Gagne said. “I felt strong. I’m usually stronger on day two.”

In women’s racing, Van Gilder took the victory ahead of Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven Cycles) and Natasha Elliott (Rare Vos Racing-Stevens).

Racing continues with round two on Sunday.