RALEIGH-CLEMENT SEASON KICKS OFF AT MIDSUMMER NIGHTS RACE

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PHOTO: Caroline Mani en route to victory (Cyclocross magazine)

Raleigh Bicycles and Clement Cycling kicked off their 2013 American cyclocross season at Raleigh’s third annual Midsummer Nights CX Race at DealerCamp with three podium finishes. Mani took first place in the elite women’s category and Berden took third place in the men’s elite behind Carl Decker and Jonathan Page. Craig Etheridge took first place in the singlespeed 3/4 division.

This 2014 season, the Raleigh-Clement team will be traveling coast-to-coast, competing in more than 35 races including Cross Vegas, the U.S. Gran Prix series, the Cross After Dark series, and many other top events.

With more than 15 years of experience, Berden is back for his second year of cross racing in the United States. Last season Berden performed with excellent results including nearly a dozen top-five finishes, a first place finish at the Cross After Dark Series and ended his season with a fourth-place overall standing in the U.S. Prix of Cyclocross.

Mani is back for her third season with the Raleigh-Clement Cyclocross Team. She kicked off the season at the Midsummer Nights race with a 1st place finish in the women’s elite race, claiming a cash purse of $1500. The Frenchwoman emerged onto the U.S. scene in 2011 and quickly became a favorite with many top place finishes. Last season Mani’s season started slowly, but as the season progressed, she gained traction with a pair of third-place finishes at the U.S. Gran Prix finals and a fourth-place finish at the French National Championships.

These accomplishments were all done while completing her university degree and interning in the marketing department at Crank Brothers.

Single-speed specialist and viral sensation, Etheridge is back for another year of racing and another season of “Hot Laps With Craig.” With an impressive season last year, Etheridge won 17 races, which crowned him the overall leader of the U.S. Gran Prix. While not on the cross circuit, Etheridge is also a professional bike messenger and two-time winner of the coveted Messenger World Championships.

Krughoff, who initially earned his post on the team by finishing as the top privateer at the Raleigh Midsummer Nights CX last July, is back for his second year of racing. The 30-year old from Boulder Colo. produced steady results last year with eight, top-10 finishes and a career-best national ranking.

Midsummer Nights Race Results:

Elite Women’s

1.   Caroline Mani, Raleigh-Clement

2.   Amanda Carey, Stan’s NoTubes

3.   Erica Zaveta, Redline

4.   Rebecca Gross, Raleigh-Clement

Elite Men’s

1.   Carl Decker, Giant Bicycles

2.   Jonathan Page, Fuji/Competitive Cyclist

3.   Ben Berden, Raleigh-Clement

4.   Allen Krughoff, Raleigh-Clement

5.   Justin Lindine, Redline

6.   Jared Nieter, Raleigh-Clement