Katie Compton and Stephen Hyde earned victories as the KMC Cyclocross Festival continued for a second round of UCI-ranked racing Sunday in Providence, R.I.
Following the pattern she set in her winning ride Saturday, Compton rode away from the women’s field early then held out solo to the finish where she had plenty of time to soak in the party atmosphere. Helen Wyman followed early on, but could not hold the wheel of the Trek Factory Racing rider and had to settle for second. Rachel Lloyd attacked out of a small group behind to claim the final podium spot. Canada’s Maghalie Rochette finished sixth, the best espoir in the race. Mical Dyck, also of Canada, finished 15th.
Sunday’s winner Jeremy Powers opted not to take the start in the men’s race, leaving the top step of the podium open to a new contender. Stephen Hyde seized the opportunity, attacking from the gun to open up a sizeable gap. Lukas Winterberg soon bridged across and the two began to work together as a chasing group formed behind. That situation remained unchanged until Winterberg fumbled with a few laps to go, leaving Hyde alone in front. Jamey Driscoll led a charge from behind, sweeping up Winterberg with Ben Berden and Justin Lindine dragging behind. That group came just short of catching Hyde, who crossed the line first, just moments before second-placed Driscoll. Ben Berden rounded out the podium. Canada’s Evan McNeely put in a strong ride, finishing 15th on the day. Andrew L’Esperance finished in 30th, followed by Leandre Bouchard in 31st. Another Canadian pair came in almost two minutes later, Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge in 41st and Peter Glassford in 42nd. Felix Belhumeur was 51st. Saturday’s top Canadian in the elite men’s race, Mike Garrigan, had to settle for 53rd. Thomas Gauthier was 59th.
Ruby West, a Canadian junior, was first in the Cat. 3/4 women’s race. Elsie Torresan was 22nd. Canadian junior men included Willem Boersma, who finished 12th, and Raphael Auclair, who finished 13th.