2016 EPTC CX Classic
by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.
Racers woke up rejoicing on Sunday—finally, some cold and windy cyclocross weather! Break out the long sleeve skinsuits! The East Point Track Club put together a fast course at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in Hampton, GA for the first ever cx race held at this venue. The track started off with a bit of blacktop (an elusive thing in GACX) to a sweeping right hand turn across a field and into a short woods section. It briefly popped back out onto the field before introducing riders to the Death Drop, a really fun drop off that added some excitement to a few of the races. The course weaved in and out of the woods a couple of times ending with a downhill that did a 180 and turned straight up a short hill. Riders were split on whether to it was faster to ride or run it. A fast section preceded a short climb with a series of turns coming down the hill. The course then came out onto a gravel road and popped riders over the barriers before going back on the blacktop to the finish line.
Eleven Elite Women were on hand to contest for the win. Jean Miller (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) took off like a rocket from the start line and got the holeshot into the woods. Shortly thereafter Sorellas Brittany Hopson and Jenna Downey came to the pointy end of the CX peloton along with 706 Project’s Maria Carrelli. The four hung at the front for next couple of laps, and eventually Jean dropped off of the lead group. With 2 to go, Jenna put in a surge on that gravel section before going into the barriers. Maria and Brittany did not follow. Jenna dug in and got a good gap over the chasers despite battling the headwinds by herself. She took the well-earned win with Maria and Brittany rounding out the podium.
Jenny Downey (Sorella Cycling p/b Hincapie Sportswear) emerges from the woods in the Women’s CX1/2/3. Photo by Travis Neumuller.
A sizable field of Elite Men took to the starting line. The wind died down for the start of their race, but it would come back about half way in. For the first 3-4 laps Frank Trevieso (706 Project), Ty Magner (United HealthCare), Artur Sagat (SCAD Cycling), and Andy Scarano (706 Project) hung together with 1-2 others rejoining and falling back off here and there. Less than half way into the race Frank used his crit skills on a flat section to accelerate and put his rivals behind him. He never had to look back. By the 45-minute mark, Frank had over 60 seconds on the chasers. The headwind coming down the pavement did not see to be bothering him. He rolled in with time for a victory salute to the crowd. Back in the woods, Artur attacked Ty, but Ty was able to hang on and beat Artur by a bike length in a sprint for second.
Frank Treveiso (706 Project) rounds a corner in the CX1/2. Photo by Trish Albert/Southeastern Cycling.