North American Cyclocross Weekend Preview: Chicago

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Chicago Cyclocross Cup New Year’s Resolution (C2/C2)

The inaugural New Year’s Resolution race is the final UCI race in the United States before the National Championships next weekend in Madison, Wisconsin. The two-day UCI C2 race will be held at the Hilton Indian Lakes Resort in Bloomingdale, Ill. After a few weeks off following a pair of victories in Bend, Oregon, Jeremy Powers will be in action as he finalizes preparations for what he hopes is his first elite National Championship. After a leg injury knocked him out of the USGP finale, and overall lead, Ryan Trebon will return to action where he hopes to prove he’s still the man to beat in the US.

Standing in their way is a strong crew of Canadian, New England and Mid-West riders, who are all hoping to be on form as they prepare for nationals. Dylan McNicholas has shown his strengths as the season has progressed and should be in the mix this weekend. Travis Livermon got the best of McNicholas and the rest of the field in Tennessee a few weeks back and could podium in Bloomingdale. Powers’ teammate, Chris Jones had a pair of top-ten finishes in Bend and could stay close to the leaders if he has the legs. Finally, Justin Lindine will be in action before he heads to nationals where he will start on the front row. The last half of Lindine’s season hasn’t been as spectacular as the first part, where he rattled of one UCI victory after another.

 
Given the break in North American racing since the final USGP race in Bend, the Chicago two-up will be a great check in to see if there may be any surprise performances at Nationals. The restful past couple of weeks could be just the opportunity for some surprise riders to get in some strong training in advance of Nationals. 
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