Raleigh-Clement Team Launches 2013 Season
The cyclocross season is under full sail and charging toward the legendary seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts for this weekend’s much anticipated races. Dubbed the “New England Worlds,” the Gloucester event is a major highlight of the opening month of cyclocross season. The Raleigh-Clement team is off to a promising start and intent on claiming podium time yet again in Gloucester.
North America’s professional cyclocross circuit kicked-off in Seattle two weeks ago with the return of Star Crossed. Founded in 2002, it’s the nation’s first twilight cyclocross race. Belgian Ben Berden, the oldest and most decorated member of the squad, got the season underway with a 3rd place finish despite a trip over the handlebars thanks to aggressive racing by his rivals. The chop move that sent Berden flying was a bit controversial, but he shrugged it off and stormed to a fantastic comeback. Newest Raleigh-Clement team member Jamey Driscoll showed his reliability with a 6th, followed by Allen Krughoff in 7th. Fan fave Caroline Mani was 7th in the woman’s race.
Next the team hit sin city for the spectacle of Cross Vegas. Bigger and better than ever, the race featured world champion Sven Nys and the most daunting field of the season. Raleigh contributed to the glitz this year by sponsoring the construction of a wall-ride which sent riders horizontal thru a Daytona-style turn.
Raleigh-Clement’s Craig Etheridge took the W in the singlespeed event, putting to rest any worries that his popular video blog has cut into his preparations. Berden could not match last year’s 3rd but his 9th place was well-earned in a stacked international peloton. The rest of the team all notched top 20 placements, including Mani’s 12th in the women’s race.
Three days later the team toed the line again, this time in Waterloo, Wisconsin for two days of UCI racing. On a high-speed course that rewarded strategy and a powerful sprint, Caroline Mani took a pair of 3rd places. Ben Berden also took 3rd, and notched 4th on day two. Driscoll churned his way to 6th and 7th. Allen Krughoff earned a gold star for his 10th place (and valuable UCI points) after riding thru the field from last position following a slipped chain at the gun. He bettered it with 9th on day two. Not to be outdone, Etheridge stole two more wins in the singlespeed races, and is proving once again to be an anchor for the squad.
Now in its second season, the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team rides the Raleigh RXC Pro, an innovative full carbon frame featuring disc brakes. They roll on innovative tires from Clement, drivetrains by Shimano, brakes by TRP, and FSA provides components. Wheels are by Vision, clothing by Castelli, helmets by Giro, and K-edge provides its essential chain watchers.