Optum Pro Cycling presented by Kelly Benefit Strategies Enters 3rd Cyclocross Campaign

Crystal Anthony returns following standout ’13 season. Kerry Werner flies Orange & Black flag for the men

The Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies team announced the lineup today for the 2014 Cyclocross Campaign. Leading the charge will be Crystal Anthony who returns following a standout season last year. Winner of the Cycle-Smart International and Baystate Cyclocross events in ’13, Anthony also claimed 8 other UCI podiums, 4th at the American National Championships, multiple top 20 results in World Cup races in Europe and earned a ticket to the World Championships in the Netherlands. Anthony looks to the 2014 season as one fully dedicated to cross as she takes a step away from her teaching position.

“I’m super excited to be representing Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies for a second season starting with Cross Vegas tomorrow.  Last year was a huge opportunity for me to have amazing team support all season, and this year, with my leave of absence from teaching, I’m thrilled to be able capitalize on that opportunity even more by being able to focus on racing.”

Joining Anthony will be a new addition on the men’s side, Kerry Werner. Werner comes with a strong mountain bike background but has successfully dipped his feet into the muddy side of cyclocross as well. The three time US Collegiate National D1 Cyclocross Champion also grabbed a silver medal in this year’s MTB US National Championships in Cross Country. A well rounded rider, Werner looks toward his first full season of cross to make further inroads to the discipline.

“This will be my first full season of cross and I couldn’t be more excited to be on board with Optum p/b KBS. The last two years of cross I have had some partial support, which was great while I was still in school pursuing a degree. However, this year with no collegiate requirements and full support from a great program like Optum p/b KSB, I am really excited to see how I match up against the top level of competition.”

Jesse Anthony and Leah Kirchmann signed up for limited cross duty

Jesse Anthony put his cyclocross ambitions on hold last season to focus solely on his road career. However his hometown race in Gloucester will pull him out of retirement, for just one race. The Rapha Supercross of Gloucester, September 27/28 is a race that Jesse has attended every year since it first began in 1999. 

Meanwhile, the Canadian National Cyclocross Championships are in Leah Kirchmann’s hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba this year. The triple Canadian champion finds the proximity of the event and possibility of claiming 4 national championships in one season too good to pass up.

Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 2014 Cyclocross Schedule
September 10 – Clif Bar Cross Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
September 13 – US Open of Cyclocross, Boulder, CO             
September 14 – Boulder Cup, Boulder, CO              
September 20-21 – Trek CXC Cup, Waterloo, WI            
September 27-28 – Gran Prix of Gloucester, Gloucester, MA            
October 4-5 – Providence Cyclocross Festival, Providence, RI           
October 11-12 – Full Moon Vista Cyclocross, Rochester, NY           
October 25 – Canadian National Championships, Winnipeg, MB           
October 31-Nov 2 – Cincy3 Harbin Park, Cincinnati, OH            
November 8-9 – Derby City Cup, Louisville, KY            
November 14-16 – Jingle Cross, Iowa City, IA            
December 6-7 – NEPCX-NBX Gran Prix of Cross, Warwick, RI                  
January 3-4 – Resolution ‘Cross Cup, Dallas, TX                     
January 11 – USA National Championships, Austin, TX

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