With a course that’s roughly 90-percent grass, conditions are likely to go one of two ways: dry speedway or muddy slog. For the two-day Supercross Cup, it was both.
This year’s Supercross Cup—now part of the Vittoria Northeast cyclocross series—was held at a new venue, Rockland Community College in Suffern, N.Y. Organizers created a very challenging track, taking full advantage of the campus’ punchy pitches and off-camber options. On day one, racers hammered across a mostly firm and fast route in 60-degree temperatures, but a rain-snow mix overnight turned the turf to mush for chilly day two that never warmed up above the 30s. The course’s multiple steep climbs became muddy marches and the off-camber approaches on the venue’s numerous side-hills and embankments sent many racers tumbling.
Despite the extreme changes in conditions, the pro races saw many of the same names hit the podium both Saturday and Sunday. In the women’s field, it was a dominant weekend for Canadian champ Maghalie Rochette (CLIF Pro Team), who followed up her solo victory on Saturday with a win in the mud on Sunday, besting the rest by 1:45. After dropping her chain at the start, Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) was able to chase back on and eventually pull away from the pack to take her second second-place finish of the weekend. Rebecca Fahringer (Amy D Foundation) also showed her strength in all conditions, repeating in third. The most improved performance came from Jennifer Malik (Women’s CX Project), who finished in fourth on Sunday after a 12th place finish the previous day.
The men’s field saw more of a shuffling on the podium. Curtis White (Cannondale) was nipped at the line on Saturday, losing the day to Jack Kisseberth (Jam/NCC). On Sunday, he once again found himself racing right to the line—this time facing off against Jeremy Martin (Focus CX Canada).
From lap one, White got away from the competition and held off all chasers until the final lap, when Martin finally reeled him in. The two were shoulder to shoulder through many of the run-ups late in the lap, but in the end White had more left in the tank and he pulled away from Martin in the final turn.
Kisserberth had his struggles in the mud and finished in third. Todd Wells (SRAM/TLD/Scott)—who finished fifth on Saturday—slowly worked his way through the pack on day two to earn an impressive fourth place finish. Coop Willsey (Furman University)—who finished fourth behind Travis Livermon (Maxxis-Shimano) on Saturday—bested Livermon on day two to take the final spot on the podium.