Major Taylor Velodrome Race #3 wrap-up

Marian University student and pro rider Coryn Rivera took first place.

In

the third and final NUVO CX cyclocross race at the Velodrome this season, familiar

faces dominated Saturday's muddy contest.

Marian

University

student 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.

"I'd

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."

Rivera's

fellow Marian Student Jackie Kurth rolled in 2:45 later, followed shortly by

Bob's Red Mill racer Nicole Borem.

In

two previous races at the velodrome, Rivera had come in second to her Marian

teammate and Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com racer Katie Antonneau.

Antonneau didn't race Saturday, but was on-hand to pit for Rivera and cheer on

her teammates.

In

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

some distance.

"I'd

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."

Luzadder

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.

Both

Luzadder and Rivera praised the course, which featured a couple of steep

climbs, more than a quarter-mile of pavement and lots of mud.

The

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.

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