Waterloo’s Trek hosts world cup cyclo-cross bike races
WATERLOO -- Pleasant and mild weather conditions welcomed thousands of spectators, bicycle enthusiasts and riders that attended the Trek CX Cup and Telenet Union Cycliste Internationale Cyclo-Cross World Cup at Trek Bicycle this past weekend.
Cyclo-cross racing, which originated in Europe, is a form of bicycle racing that consists of a number of short course laps featuring grass, steep hills, pavement, wooded trails and obstacles. Race participants often carry their bikes while navigating certain course obstructions and then quickly remount and continue the race in one quick motion.
2018 marks the second consecutive year that Trek Bicycle has been selected to be host for the UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup which features both amateur and professional bicycle racers from around the world.
A 60-minute race usually consists of 10 laps and the Trek Cyclo-Cross World Cup course involved 1.8 miles of hills, man-made obstacles, a forest section called “Junkyard Drop” and a steep hill referred to as “Factory Hill” a nod to the Trek Bicycle grounds and facility.
Bikers returning to this year’s event were treated to a three day reprieve from hot and humid weather conditions. This year’s event saw mild weather conditions with temperatures in the 60-70 degree range in comparison to the sweltering mid-90 degree temperatures that dominated the 2017 event.
The Men Elite UCI C2 winners from Friday’s race included Quinten Hermans of Belgium representing Team Telenet Fidea Lions with a time of 1:00:54, Daan Soet of Belgium representing Team Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice with a time of 1:01:35 and Corne Van Kessel of the Netherlands representing Team Telenet Fidea Lions with a time of 1:02:06.
The Women Elite UCI C2 winners from Friday’s race included Evie Richards of Great Britain representing Team Trek Factory Racing CX with a time of 43:48, Ellen Noble of the United States representing Team Trek Factory Racing CX with a time of 44:09 and Ellen Van Loy of Belgium representing Team Telenet Fidea Lions with a time of 44:45.
Saturday’s highlighted race was the men’s single-speed open which featured more than 100 riders navigating short course laps featuring grass, muddy terrain, steep hills, wooded trails and pavement.
Single-speed bicycle racing consists of a bicycle with a single gear ratio. The bicycle does not have derailleur gears or hub gearings and a single free wheel cog is located on the back of the bicycle and a single chain ring is in the front of the bicycle.
The men’s single-speed open winners from Saturday’s race included Jacob Huizenga representing Team Chicago Cutting Crew with a time of 39:42, Carlos Casali representing Team Intelligentsia Coffee with a time of 40:21 and Adam Saban representing Team Parallel 44 Racing P/B Sanford with a time of 40:22.
The women’s single-speed open winners from Saturday’s race included Catherine Moore representing Team Trek Cyclocross Collective with a time of 31:39, Vanessa Curtis representing Team University of Iowa Heart and VA with a time of 35:58 and Brook Bailey representing Spin Racing with a time of 36:32.
The Trek CX Cup and Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup concluded on Sunday with a number of men and women races.
The men category 1-3 results from Sunday’s race included Nick Carter of Team KCCX Elite Cyclocross with a time of 37:05, Lucas Stierwalt of Team Lionhearts Junior Racing with a time of 37:05 and Cole House of Team Petes Garage/Cannondale with a time of 37:08.
The men category 4-5 results from Sunday’s race included Mark Schiess (no team affiliation) with a time of 28:17 Alonzo Christensen representing Team Parallel 44 Racing P/B Sanford with a time of 28:17 and Jakub Truska representing team TRUXXIK Cycling with a time of 28:31.
The women category 1-2 results from Sunday’s race included Megan Barr of Team Save the BWCA Cycling Team P/B with a time of 42:57, Corey Coogan Ciskek of Team Amy D. Foundation with a time of 43:13 and Kelly Lawson of Team Hardwood Next Wave Cycling with a time of 44:07.
The women category 3 results from Sunday’s race included Jennifer Mettler representing Team NorthStar Development Cycling with a time of 45:22, Maeghan Easler representing Team Ames Velo with a time of 46:12 and Danielle Larson representing Team Holiday Camp Cycling Club with a time of 46:25.
The women category 4-5 results from Sunday’s race included Kaitlyn Agnew representing Brazen Dropouts Cycling Teams with a time of 31:39, Alexa Stierwalt representing Team Lionhearts Junior Racing with a time of 32:52 and Amy Lauer representing Team Rebel West CX with a time of 35:55.
The 2018-19 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup men winners included Aerts Toon of Belgium with a time of 1:02:49, Wout Van Aert of Belgium with a time of 1:03:40 and Laurens Sweeck of Belgium with a time of 1:03:40.
The 2018-19 Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup women winners included Marianne Vos of the Netherlands with a time of 48:42, Ellen Noble of the United States with a time of 48:46 and Katerina Nash of Czechoslovakia with a time of 49:09.
Bikers and visitors enjoyed a variety of food and beverages and vendor booths with clothing, bicycles and biking supplies during the event.
Trek CX Cup and Telenet UCI Cyclo-Cross World Cup sponsors included Trek Bicycle, Telenet UCI, Bontrager, Segafredo Zanetti, Sauk Prairie Healthcare, Skratch Labs, Lakefront Brewery, Service Course, Wisconsin Public Radio, Play Sports, Shimano and Asbest Partners Belgie.
The UCI World Cup Cyclo-Cross Tour continues on Sept. 28-30 with the Jingle Cross World Cup in Iowa City, Iowa.