the third and final NUVO CX cyclocross race at the Velodrome this season, familiar
faces dominated Saturday's muddy contest.
Universitystudent and pro rider Coryn Rivera, wearing her Exergy TWENTY12
kit, scorched the muddy course to take first place. With the air pressure
too low in her tires and clumps of sticky mud clogging her bike, Rivera grabbed
her pit bike two laps in.
planned to grab it anyway, as practice for nationals," Rivera said. "I was
using this as a practice race so I could experiment. After I got back on
the bike, I focused on picking off the (male) riders in front of me."
fellow Marian Student Jackie Kurth rolled in 2:45 later, followed shortly by
Bob's Red Mill racer Nicole Borem.
two previous races at the velodrome, Rivera had come in second to her Marian
Antonneau didn't race Saturday, but was on-hand to pit for Rivera and cheer on
the men's elite race, Marian student Weston Luzadder, racing for NUVO, Bissell
Cycling's new feeder team, managed to hold off the double-barreled assault of
Eric Anderson and Josh Johnson. Luzadder took the hole shot, but wasn't able to
create a large gap, allowing the two to work their way up to his wheel. The
three stuck together for nearly seven laps, until Luzadder was able to create
been throwing down small attacks (throughout the race)," Luzadder said. "About
halfway through the seventh lap, I attacked again and Josh went off the back.
On the next lap, I attacked again, right before the big hill (on the course),
and I managed to get a gap."
was able to hold the gap to take the win, with Anderson coming in nine seconds
later. Johnson had won his last two races on the course, but had to be content
with the third spot on the podium.
Luzadder and Rivera praised the course, which featured a couple of steep
climbs, more than a quarter-mile of pavement and lots of mud.
NUVO CX race was the third and final cyclocross race at the Velodrome this
season. Full results can be found here. The next
Indiana Cup series race, the Fort Wayne Outfitters-Depot Cross, will be held
this Saturday, followed by the Backyard Cross in Bargersville on Sunday. Racers
can pre-register here.
Editor's note: this article, by Robert Annis, was produced for Planet Adventure.