Friday, November 2nd, Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2012 Cincinnati, Ohio
Calling this past weekend in Cincinnati a success would be an understatement. Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com
After a relatively slow start to her season, Antonneau took some much needed rest between the Gloucester and Providence race weekends in October to recover from a long road season and said her form is starting to come around.
When asked about her races in Cincinnati, Antonneau said, I was able to stay with the winner, Katie Compton, and 2nd place finisher, Katerina Nash, for the first lap, but I wasn¹t able to hold their pace. Once I lost contact with them, I just tried to ride my own race, riding as smooth and fast as possible.
Antonneau is optimistic heading to Louisville, Kentucky this coming weekend after her solid showing in Cincinnati. She finished on the podium both days in Louisville last year, beating Nash in a sprint for 2nd place in the Sunday event. It¹s a stacked field, she said of this year¹s race, and I¹m looking forward to it.
Jamey Driscoll captured his first UCI C1 win in two years by winning the Sunday event in Cincinnati ahead of his teammate, Ryan Trebon. Driscoll admitted to keeping some gas in the tank during the Friday and Saturday races once his teammate escaped from the rest of the field. Ryan was gone early on both days, he said, and since he's a teammate I wasn't going to chase him down. Plus, sometimes it¹s faster to ride within yourself on tough, muddy days like Saturday. It keeps you smoother into the technical sections, which is obviously faster.
When asked about his race on Sunday, Trebon said it was more of a tactical race than Friday¹s and Saturday¹s races. It was hard to lose people and you ended up in groups, said Trebon. Eventually it was just Jamey, Chris Jones and me at the front and after I pulled for, like, two laps, I looked at Jamey and told him to push it at the front. Jones couldn¹t match Jamey¹s speed and once Jamey got away, I just waited for Jones to make a mistake. Jones did eventually make a mistake and Trebon immediately applied the pressure and secured his second place finish behind of his teammate, Driscoll.
With both riders showing good form, they are both looking forward to racing in Louisville, Kentucky this weekend and they are hoping to learn a few things about the course for the upcoming World Championships in early 2013.