Maghalie Rochette kept her early-season momentum going on Day 1 of FayetteCross. The race venue in Fayetteville, Arkansas will host the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in 2022. On a rainy Day 2, the grass course was turned to mud making for a much different race. Jenn Jackson was the top Canadian in the women’s race finishing fifth followed by Ruby West in sixth and Rochette in seventh. Meanwhile, Canadian champion Michael van den Ham secured two top-10 placings including a top-5 on Day 2.
Pan Am and Canadian champion Rochette has enjoyed a dynamite start to her 2019-2020 season with a sweep of the Rochester Cyclocross weekend before her breakthrough result, the win at the opening round of the UCI World Cup in Iowa City which was closely followed the next day with the win in the UCI C1. She slowed down a bit with a fifth place at the Waterloo World Cup but has regained momentum by convincingly winning Day 1 in Fayetteville. Rochette rode away from the field like she has to take each of her wins this season. Caroline Mani and Clara Hosinger were the closest chasers with Mani crossing the line 22 seconds behind with Honsinger in third at 37 seconds.
In other Canadian results, under-23 national champion Ruby West had a solid ride to finish sixth while Jenn Jackson was ninth. In the men’s race, Kerry Warner took the win ahead of Lance Daidet and Curtis White. Van den Ham finished in ninth.
The course was dramatically changed on Day 2 at FayetteCross with the rain turning the course into a muddy, soggy mess. Perfect conditions for a cyclocross race. The elite women raced half the distance as the day before only doing 3 laps of the slow and heavy course. Rochette struggled to seventh place but Jackson had a strong showing to finish fifth 1:21 behind winner Honsinger who excelled in the mud. Mani was once again second with Waterloo World Cup winner Katherina Nash in third. West repeated her sixth place for the day before for a solid weekend for the Canadians.
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White won the men’s race with Gauge Hecht in second and Warner in third. Van den Ham rode strong to finish fifth behind WorldTour pro Logan Owen who was one spot behind van den Ham the day before.