Young riders make a statement at 2018 Elite Men’s UCI C2 race on Sunday

THOMPSON, CT – Two U23 racers stood on the podium twice after the Men’s pro race at the 2018 KMC Crossfest, Sunday, Sept. 30.

Lane Maher — Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld — won the men’s elite UCI C2 race, and the young rider also took the top step in among the U23 men at the 10th edition of the cyclo-cross race at Thompson Speedway in Thompson, CT.

Maher was part of a large group that formed early, but finally splintered in the final few laps.

“I had to be very aggressive at the start of the race, but it paid off,” said Maher. “I was able to slide into fourth or fifth wheel after the first few turns, but I had to do a big effort to get from the back to the front.”

Nick Lando — Bear Pro Team p/b Trek — took third in the men’s race, and second in the U23 category. Dirt League racer Scott Smith — winner of Saturday’s elite field — finished second in the men’s C2.

Local racer Greg Gunsalus — RSCX – House Ind – DWR – HM — took 3d in the U23 race.

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