Much like they did on day one, Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) confirmed their great mid-season form, winning the second day of CXLA on Sunday to make it a clean sweep.
In addition to collecting their pay and UCI points in SoCal, Driscoll, Nash, and the rest of the racers worked on their late-season tans on a warm, dry, dusty, and sometimes wildly gusty day at the Greek Theatre in Griffith Park.
The highly-decorated Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) produced a Hollywood sequel to Saturday’s win by charging past early leaders Courtenay McFadden (GE Capital-American Classic), Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport-YogaGlo), and Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes-Spy) on the second of six laps. Just like the day before, the four-time Olympian built on her lead every lap to eventually win by 42 seconds. The rest of the elite women’s field was spread out all over the park, with McFadden holding on for second, Miller third at one minute, Duke fourth, and local rider Amanda Nauman (SDG-Bellwether) rounding out the top five.
In the men’s elite event, Saturday winner Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement) looked to be in trouble after the first lap, sitting eighth place with an uncomfortable look on his face. Adam Craig (Giant Factory Off-Road Team), on the other hand, looked ready to improve on his previous day’s runner-up finish, moving into the spotlight alone for for several laps. But Belgian transplant Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement) was having none of that, chasing down and then capturing Craig at the halfway mark.
Driscoll then found his legs, and with four to go, clawed his way to the front. Like Nash, once on the front, he was gone. Unlike the day prior, Berden was able to turn the tables on Craig for second place, 36 seconds behind the winner. Craig’s teammate, Carl Decker, was fourth, and Zach McDonald (Cyclocross Project 2015) was fifth.
Bear Development Team’s Lance Haidet won Sunday’s Junior 17-18 UCI event ahead of Brennan Fix (Boo Bicycles/TrainingPeaks) and Liam Dunn (Clif Bar Development CX Team).