The final round of the 2010 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series dawned to seasonably cold temperatures but surprisingly dry conditions. Once again, the series conclusion was held at the NBX GP of ‘Cross at Goddard Park in Warwick, Rhode Island. Coming in to the final day of the series, the Elite categories were too close to call with Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) holding the slimmest of leads. The leaders and their competitors knew that there would be no margin for error, today, as all the chips were on the table. Today’s course favored racers more adept at bike handling with more of the tight, rooty turns that define the course and fewer open flat sections. Also included in today’s course was a second sand run in addition to the long run from Saturday’s course. Clearly, the winner today’s final round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series would have to earn their title.
The race for the elite women started off in a similar fashion to yesterday with a large group taking off at the front. The selection included Ladies First racers Crystal Anthony and Andrea Smith, Sally Annis and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi of crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles, C3/Athletes Serving Athletes teammates Laura Van Gilder and Arley Kemmerer and the lone Canadian, Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club/Chaussures/Ogilvy). The group whittled itself down over the course of the race with Anthony falling off the pace and Kemmerer succumbing to a mechanical that forced her to abandon. At the front, Smith was keen to press the pace with Van Gilder stuck to her wheel. Annis, Bresnick-Zocchi and Ellioott were often forced to chase back as they let small gaps open through the corners. As the race wore on, those gaps grew to a point that were barely manageable and Annis was turning herself inside out to catch back on but on the final lap, the elastic began to snap. While Smith and Van Gilder were pushing the pace, Annis totally lost contact and was absorbed by Bresnick-Zocchi. The last chance for Annis was to hope for a bobble from the leaders coming out of the sand, but the bobble never came. Smith and Van Gilder hit the pavement at the same time and Van Gilder locked up the victory with a rapid sprint. Smith was able to raise her hands as she crossed the finish line, knowing that her second place would be good enough to take the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series title. Bresnick-Zocchi and Annis hit the pavement a short thirteen seconds later with Bresnick-Zocchi taking the sprint for third. Elliott came across the line alone a few seconds later for fifth.
The final women’s series podium was topped by Andrea Smith with Sally Annis second and Laura Van Gilder in third.
For the elite men, the series was down to a duel between Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) and Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott). Lindine has been the leader of the series for almost the whole season, since he took it from Tim Johnson’s shoulders in New Gloucester, Maine and had been a valiant defender of the jersey, defending it through New Gloucester, Northampton and Sterling. The series prizes consistency and that’s been Lindine’s strength this season, rarely finishing off the podium. Behind Lindine, Myerson had been gaining ground all season, following a sub-par performance in Vermont back in September, but had never quite gotten to the point where the jersey was on his shoulders. In today’s race, the early selection was a group of Myerson, Lindine, Derrick St John (Garneau Club/Chaussure/Ogilvy), Lindine’s teammate Manny Goguen, Nick Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) and Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix). Unlike the women, the race was largely not of attrition as the group stayed together for nearly the entire race. The only changes came when St John fell victim to a flat tire and slow bike change and Goguen fell off the pace. Both St John and Goguen were able to fight tooth and nail to get back on board with the lead group. St John made contact after a lap and was able to sit in. Goguen, on the other hand, regained contact with the group with two to go and immediately got to the front and launched an attack. Quickly reabsorbed, the group was held together until the second pass through the sand on the last lap. A slight bobble by someone between Myerson and Lindine was all Adam needed to launch his attack, with Keough and St John on his wheel. Lindine fought with all his might to come back into the group but was just not able to make contact in the last few hundred meters.
Coming onto the pavement, Nick Keough was able to gain a slight advantage over Myerson and held it across the line for the first-ever UCI victory for the U-23 series champion. Myerson came across second and cemented his comeback, defeating Lindine for the series title. Myerson’s series victory was an emotional one as it was his first-ever series title and came following his first two UCI victories. The podium was completed by Justin Lidine, whose performance this season has been nothing short of inspirational and, on the legs of today’s victory, Nick Keough. Following the series award presentation, Myerson addressed the New England cyclocross faithful and emotionally thanked his fellow racers and the series staff and sponsors for him and the series through the tough past week and through yet another long and successful season.
The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will return next fall with seven competitions to be contested through the whole season over eight weekends and fifteen races. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
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The 2010 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will be contested over five weekends. Rounds one and two will take place in Williston, VT at the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend on September 18 and 19. Rounds three and four will be Downeast Cyclocross in New Gloucester, Maine on October 23 and 24. The 20th Edition of the Cycle-Smart International will be rounds five and six on November 6 and 7 in Northampton, MA. Bay State Cyclocross and the NBX GP of Cross will hold the final four rounds of the series in Sterling, MA on November 28 and 29 and in Warwick, RI on December 4 and 5, respectively. This year’s series is generously supported by Verge Sport, makers of fine cycling clothing and products since 1993; by Bob’s Red Mill, producers of whole grain foods for every meal of the day; by Cycle-Smart, purveyors of personalized cycling coaching and solutions for riders across the country; by BikeReg.com, the official online registration service of the NECCS; by Pedal Power Photography, the official photographer of the NECCS; by crossresults.com, the internet’s premier race result and ranking resource; by Challenge, makers of professional level tubulars and open tubulars, by the Northampton Cycling Club Youth Development Program, helping to bring the champions of the future to the sport of bicycle racing. and by Ryders Eyewear, sport-specific and performance eyewear.
1 Nicholas Keough CHAMPION SYSTEM P/B KEOUGH CYCLOCRO 1:03:50
2 Adam Myerson Cycle-Smart 1:03:51
3 Derrick St john GARNEAU CLUB CHAUSSURES - OGILVY 1:03:52
4 Justin Lindine BIKEREG.COM / JOE'S GARAGE / SCOTT 1:03:52
5 Josh Dillon RICHARD SACHS - RGM WATCHES - RADIX 1:03:55
6 Manny Goguen BIKEREG.COM / JOE'S GARAGE / SCOTT 1:04:06
7 Erik Box THE HUB RACE TEAM 1:04:45
8 Christian Favata FAVATA'S TABLEROCK TOURS AND BIKES 1:04:45
9 Andrew Wulfkuhle C3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES 1:05:20
10 Anthony Clark NCC/WHEELHOUSE 1:05:51
11 Nathan Chown HANDLEBARS CC 1:06:09
12 Amos Brumble iv CCB Wheelworks 1:06:09
13 Daniel Chabanov NYCROSS.COM / CBRC 1:06:17
14 Kevin Sweeney CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 1:06:21
15 Alec Donahue WHEELHOUSE/NCC 1:06:45
16 Derek Hardinge LAPDOGS CYCLING CLUB 1:06:46
17 Cary Fridrich EMBROCATION P/B WINGMAN.COM 1:06:53
18 Jesse Keough CHAMPION SYSTEM P/B KEOUGH CYCLOCRO 1:06:58
19 David Wilcox Pedro's Grassroots Cycling Club 1:06:59
20 John Burns BIKEMAN.COM 1:07:27
21 Austin Pferd bikebarnracing.com 1:07:36
22 Evan Huff BIKEREG.COM 1:08:08
23 Mike Wissell B2C2 1:08:30
24 Peter Hurst AXA EQUITABLE CYCLING TEAM/CRCA 1:08:43
25 Patrick Bradley RUTGERS UNIVERSITY | RALEIGH | KIM' 1:09:06
26 John Hanson SILVER BULL/CENTRAL WHEEL 1:09:27
27 Adam Sullivan EMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL 1:09:40
28 Stephen Pierce CAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAME 1:09:40
29 Christopher Hamlin UVM CYCLING 1:09:51
30 Joshua Lehmann PEDROS 1:09:52
31 Greg Whitney B2C2 P/B BOLOCO 1:12:03
32 Joshua Friedman NYC VELO 1 lap
33 Rodrigo Moraes EDGARTOWN BICYCLES 1 lap
34 Ryan O'hara 1 lap
35 Pierre Vanden borre EMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL / MAD A 3 laps
36 Alistair Sponsel VAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM P/B STERKE 3 laps
37 Peter Hagerty ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 4 laps
DNF Wayne Bray MVP HEALTH CARE
DNF John Peterson bikebarnracing.com
1 Laura Van gilder C3 ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES 37:25
2 Andrea Smith LADIESFIRST RACING 37:25
3 Sara Bresnick-zocchi CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 37:38
4 Sally Annis CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 37:38
5 Natasha Elliott GARNEAU CLUB CHAUSSURES - OGILVY 37:40
6 Crystal Anthony LADIESFIRST RACING 38:37
7 Catherine Sterling BIKEMAN.COM 38:50
8 Rebecca Wellons PEDRO'S 38:50
9 Christina Tamilio LADIESFIRST RACING 38:52
10 Ann D'ambruoso LADIESFIRST RACING 39:31
11 Cassandra Maximenko SILVERBULL CENTRALWHEEL 39:41
12 Laura Ralston MIT CYCLING/FXDD 39:57
13 Allison Snooks LADIESFIRST RACING 40:25
14 Jena Greaser COLAVITA RACING 41:33
15 Jessica Hayes-conroy NORTH AMERICAN VELO 42:24
DNF Arley Kemmerer C3 - ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES
MEN (1. Adam Myerson, 2. Justin Lindine, 3. Nick Keough)
Women (1. Andrea Smith, 2. Sally Annis, 3. Laura Van-Guilder)
U-23 Men (L to R) Jesse Keough, Nick Keough, Ian “Little Luke” Keough
Masters 35+ (L to R) Jonny Bold, Roger Aspholm, Kevin Hines.
Series president and Elite Men' Series Champion Adam Myerson addresses the crowd.