The 2013 Top Banana Competition is heating up, and Big M bumped BISSELL’s Alex Vanias even closer to the lead. 

The narrow of margin for Ryan Cross just got a little tighter after Alex Vanias stormed away to take the win at Sunday’s Big M Resurrection. The Lion of Leroy is closing in on the Top Banana lead with a slew of races on deck. Vanias was the big winner Sunday, not only taking the win but moving into a tie for second place in the Competition standings, 14 points behind Cross.

Dan Korienek took a few points as well, though he’s off the pace and may need to try for a top ten finish. That’s certainly a possibility if he rides as well as he did in 2012, with four or five big races left to take points in.

Second place at Big M, Tom Burke moved up 16 places to 30th overall. If he can nab a few more in September, he may still be able to threaten the top ten as well. His cyclocross starts could well be the difference come December, and the Einstein racer is looking like a points-hauler to help defend teammate Cross’ lead.

Sue Stephens got her fruit-fueled campaign off on the right foot, taking the full five points on offer for the C race. She’s on the same pattern as last year, starting late but picking up boat loads of points throughout the fall, though it will be impossible to catch the current leader, Lauri Brockmiller. Stephens can still move a long way up the overall, especially if she can take the full points at Battle at the Burg.

Melissa Colflesh jumped up into the top 30 with her points from fourth place. There’s a slew of A races on the horizon, and if she can ride at that level through the fall, she could easily be the biggest mover and shaker of the season.

The next Top Banana race is the X100 on August 24. The gravel race will count for results. Be sure to check back next week for the Fall Forecast, covering August through September.

Ryan Cross 55
Alexey Vermuelen 41
Alex Vanias 41
Mike Anderson 40
Adam York 39
Jordan Diekema 36
Rudy Peterson 33
Scott Hoffner 33
Christopher Gottwald 32
Jorden Wakeley 32
Alexey Vermuelen 30
Scott Quiring 28
Cruise Bogedin 27
Sven Baumann 26
Matt Acker 25
Derek Graham 25
Mac Brennan 22
Kirk Albers 20
Nathan Williams 19
Steve Broglio 19
Matt Light 19
John Cowan 19
Robert Smallman 18
Cruise Bogedin 18
Daniel Yankus 18
Paul Martin 16
Ryan Kennedy 16
Ron Sanborn 16
Kevin DePasse 16
Tom Burke 15
Justin Lindine 15
Peter Beels 15
Tom Linck 15
Martin Vecchio 14
Randy Rodd 13
Cam Timmer 13
Andrew Florian 12
David Nies 12
Chris Kushman 12
Robert Foshag 12
Chad Wells 11
Matt Bole 10
Ron Catlin 10
Jason Young 10
Mitchell DeYoung 9
Hogan Sills 9
Cory Stange 9
Jeremy Karel 8
Sean Piper 8
Brian Kozeliski 8
Brent Krmotich 8
Nate St. Onge 7
Jay Click 7
Dan Lam 7
Jason Hess 7
Dustin Morici 7
David Silvers 6
Geoff Kuyper 6
David Williams 6
Dan Korienek 6
Matt Silvia 6
Mike Simonson 6
Dan Korienek 6
Chris Fisher 5
Shawn Adams 5
Craig Gietzen 5
Greg Kuhn 4
Brent Goetz 3
John Leach 3
Shawn Davison 3
Nate Versluis 3
Jason Lowetz 3
Anthony Prentice 2
Mickey Humpula 2
Dan Lam 2
Thomas Beebe 2
Paul Borden 1
Dan Wilson 1
Mike Jones 1
Andy Holly 1
Cody Sovis 1

Women’s Top Banana Competition 

Lauri Brockmiller 60
Bridgit Widrig 56
Zoe Reeves 36
Melissa Ryba 34
Chelsea Strate 31
Sarah Demerly 31
Amanda Schaap 28
Dori Lieb 20
Alicia Trevino 20
Kayla Starr 20
Jane Van Hof 20
Erin Disterheft 19
Amy Stauffer 19
Marie Dersham 16
Kati Krikke 16
Mackenzie Woordring 15
Kim Chapman 14
Samantha Brode 13
Janet Edwards 12
Danielle Mullis 11
Patricia DeVost 10
Angela Bowers 10
Wendy Zamzow 10
Stephanie Swan 10
JoAnn Cranson 10
Danielle Musto 9
Victoria Steen 9
Bobbie Liegl 8
Michael Mihelich 8
Elizabeth Hiser 8
Melissa Colflesh 7
Summer Olmstead 7
Kathy Kirk 7
Katie Mann 7
Molly Wolf 7
Keri Sederberg 6
Sarah Fredrickson 6
Janelle Cole 5
Sue Stephens 5
Kristen Arnold 5
Mindy Fernando 4
Erin Vicary 3
Merry Van Der Lind 3
Gabriella Sterne 3
Maddi Miller 3
Rachel Decker 3
Angie O’Brien 2
Kathy Roche-Wallace 2
Christina Peek 2
Gail Ranville 1
Elizabeth So 1
Michelle Ryan 1