Cyclocross

Schempf, Buerkle claim DCCX ‘cross crowns

Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.com) claimed his second consecutive victory in the DCCX Cyclocross Race on Sunday in Washington, D.C. The race, held on the grounds of the historic Armed Forces Retirement Home and presented by DCMTB-City Bikes, is the third in the BikeReg.com MABRA cyclocross series.

Weston Schempf (C3-Sollay.com) claimed his second consecutive victory in the DCCX Cyclocross Race on Sunday in Washington, D.C.

The race, held on the grounds of the historic Armed Forces Retirement Home and presented by DCMTB-City Bikes, is the third in the BikeReg.com MABRA cyclocross series.

Schempf rode away from the field early in last year’s race, but had a tougher path to victory the second time around. The hard work of teammate Mike Gallagher and untimely crashes by two other members of the five-man lead group allowed him to pull away for the victory. Gallagher held off U.S. Olympian Bobby Lea for his second runner-up finish of the day (his first came in the masters race, behind Blair Saunders of the Secret Henry’s team).

“It’s a deceptive course,” Schempf said. “It was nice to know I didn’t have to do all the work alone.”

In the Whole Foods’ women’s elite race Patty Buerkle (Vanderkitten) escaped the lead group and got into a two-woman breakaway with Kristin Gavin (Human Zoom-Pabst Blue Ribbon). Buerkle dropped Gavin later in the race to win it all. Sobe-Cannondale’s Betsy Shogren, who won the event last year, ended up third.