TREK US GRAN PRIX of Cyclocross p/b Greenware and WD-40 Bike- Day One in Sun Prairie.
Compton and Powers Dominate Day One of the Planet Bike Cup
September 22nd, 2012 (Sun Prairie, WI) On a day featuring classic cyclocross weather, Katie Compton (Trek World Racing) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS) soloed to victory in front of enthusiastic crowds at Angelll Park Speedway to claim valuable C1 points on the first day of the Planet Bike Cup.
In the Elite women's race, Julie Krasniak (Rapha FOCUS) shot off the line to claim the hole shot. Teammate Gabby Day along with Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berry Farms) and Caroline Mani had strong starts while eventual winner Katie Compton had a rough go off the line. However, mid-way through the second lap Compton had recovered and pulled clear of the field, quickly opening a large advantage on the rest of the field. For a number of laps teammates Day and Krasniak held off the chase of Georgia Gould (LUNA), Meredith Miller (Cal. Giant Berry) and Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com). Olympic Bronze medalist Gould surged ahead of Miller and Antonneau, bridging to and passing Day and Kraskniak. This left the battle for third between Day, Krasniak and Miller. As Krasniak faded, Day battled Miller right to the last lap with Day finally pulling clear in the last 500 meters to claim the third step of the podium.
The men's race featured a matchup between the new-style Cannondale p/b CyclocrossWorld.com team of Tim Johnson, Ryan Trebon and Jamey Driscoll versus defending USGP series champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha FOCUS) and teammate Chris Jones. Swiss rider Lukas Fluckiger (Trek World), who dropped a chain and rolled a tire, continuously animated the race lap after lap as he gained and lost places. Eventually Powers rode free of the field and maintained a strong 18-second lead for the remainder of the race while behind him Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon battled for second until Trebon suffered a flat that knocked him out of podium contention. Chris Jones was third with 2 laps to go while Fluckiger surged back, methodically picking his way back through the field catching and passing Jonathan Page and Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) and Driscoll to draw even with Jones. With half a lap to go Fluckiger got clear of Jones to finish a strong third.
Long-time Sponsor Supports Junior Initiatives
Louisville, KY — Organizers of the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross announced that long-time sponsor CLIF® Bar is returning as a sponsor of the 2012 Series. CLIF® Bar will be present at all USGP events providing sports nutrition for racers and enthusiasts, including CLIF® Bar energy bars, CLIF SHOT® Energy Gel, CLIF SHOT BLOKS®, and CLIF SHOT® Electrolyte Replacement Drink. Created with a passion for the outdoors, CLIF Bar supports some of the world’s top cyclists, including USGP competitors Troy Wells, Todd Wells, Brady Kappius, Mitch Hoke and Tyler Wren.
In addition to the Series sponsorship, CLIF Bar is once again supporting the USGP Junior Cyclocross Scholarship initiative designed to support Junior athletes selected to race at this year’s Elite World Championships. In collaboration with the USGP and Lizzy’s Fresh Coffee, CLIF Bar will offer 8oz bags of coffee with commemorative labels at each of the USGP events. Proceeds from the coffee sales with go directly the Junior Cyclocross Scholarship Fund and help offset the costs of competing at the World Championships for un-funded Junior team members.
TREK US GRAN PRIX of Cx p/b Greenware & WD-40 Bike Kicks Off This Weekend in Sun Prairie, WI
Planet Bike Cup Hosts top Professional Racers for Two Days of non-stop Cyclocross Action.
SUN PRAIRIE, WI (September 18m 2012) - The TREK US Gran Prix of Cyclocross presented by Greenware® and WD-40 Bike kicks off the start of the Series at it's traditional opening weekend - the Planet Bike Cup - at Angell Park Speedway in Sun Prairie, WI on Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23rd.
Taking place in title sponsor Trek's own backyard, the weekend will feature the top professional cyclocross racers from the US and abroad in two days of exciting head to head competition. In a season that concludes with the World Championships taking place on American soil for the first time in the history of the sport, the fight for spots on the World Championship team starts now with racers vying for the important C1 UCI points that factor into the team selections.
Trek Becomes Title Sponsor of USGP of Cyclocross
Trek Cyclocross Collective ready to conquer domestic scene
(Waterloo, WI) – Trek Bicycle has become the title sponsor of the United States Gran Prix of Cyclocross, securing the future of North America’s premier ‘cross racing series. Trek’s investment will ensure the series’ popularity continues to skyrocket, bringing cowbell-clanging bike racing to the masses in some the US’ fastest-growing hotbeds of ‘cross racing. Registration for the entire series will open September 6th.
“Trek is full of big ‘cross fans and racers and there has been a huge swell of internal support around the sport, so when the opportunity presented itself, we rallied, passed the hat around and asked who could help,” said Trek’s Road Bike Brand Manager and Lead Skinsuit Advocate Michael Mayer. “Plus, the first race is in our backyard and we couldn’t pass up the chance to throw a really good party and help grow the sport’s popularity.”
The first stop of the 2012 USGP, held in Sun Prairie, WI, a bike throw from Trek’s Waterloo, WI-based global headquarters, will see the debut of the Trek Cyclocross Collective, a new racing program headlined by American ‘cross superstar Katie Compton. The remainder of the Collective is comprised of the coolest cats of local and regional ‘cross racing, who will be bringing the pain and the party to their local CX scenes and spreading the sport in their communities.
"We are tremendously excited to have Trek Bicycle picking up the mantle of title sponsor for the 2012 USGP season. By doing so, Trek is making a whole lot of cyclocross racers and cyclocross fans extremely happy. And the timing couldn't be better. In the year of our own homegrown World Championships, Trek is joining us in playing in the mud at just the right time!"
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