Riders were jumping for joy that the season is underway. © laurakozlowski.com

Riders were jumping for joy that the season is underway. © laurakozlowski.com

by Jeffrey Bramhall

The second race in the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle Smart saw a repeat of Tim Johnson’s (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) domination while Andrea Smith (Ladies First) took her first-ever UCI win.

The Elite Women’s race was clearly owned by the Ladies First cycling team, with Andrea Smith taking victory and teammates Ann D’Ambruoso and Christina Tamilio second and third, respectively. Yet another Ladies First racer, yesterday’s runner-up, Crystal Anthony, took fourth place. For Smith, the victory was sweet, but her team’s showing was even more important. “Today was three years in the making,” said Smith, referring to the team’s beginnings as several women related to Landry’s Bicycles, members of Minuteman Road Club and coached by Larry Felton. For each racer on the podium, today’s was each racer’s best result in a UCI race. While Smith was solo off the front, having taken advantage of mishaps by Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com-pedalpowercoaching.com) and Rebecca Blatt (Silver Bull-Central Wheel), the remaining three Ladies First racers were forced to sprint for the second and third steps of the podium. Anthony, having bested Mo Bruno-Roy yesterday in a sprint, was overtaken by her teammates today and finished fourth. For the first time in her cycling career, the Verge NECCS leader’s jersey moved to the shoulders of Andrea Smith.

The Elite Men’s race was almost a carbon copy of yesterday’s race, with Tim Johnson taking an early lead and holding it the whole day. Behind Johnson, the chase today was more dynamic with a strong trio of racers working to bring the leader back. Luca Damiani (El Gato CX p/b Podium Cycling) once again was on the hunt, today joined by Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com-Cannondale) and Justin Spinelli (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix). Like yesterday, Damiani was the strongest of the chase and came through second after dropping his companions on the last lap. Lindine managed to put some space behind him, taking third and relegating the resurgent Spinelli to fourth. The sprint for fifth place determined today’s U-23 winner as Luke Keough (Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross) held off Jerome Townsend (bikereg.com-Joe’s Garage-Scott) with Jesse Keough (Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross) third.

Once again, Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) imposed his will on the Masters 35+ field for his second victory of the weekend. Behind him was Kevin Hines (Corner Cycle) with bikeman.com-pbmcoaching.com’s Kurt Perham coming across third. Jonny Bold’s (Corner Cycle) fourth brought up thoughts that he hasn’t fully healed from his crash at Masters Nationals.

The 45+ field was once again won by Erich Gutbier (CCC Keltic Construction-Zane’s Cycles), today beating out Mark Gunsalus (Team Fuji-Clif Bar) and John Mosher (Wheelworks Racing) in a three-way sprint. The 55+ victor was, once again, CCB’s Tim Groesback and he, once again, bested Ed Hamel (Joe’s Garage), though today in a sprint, and David Rath (Corner Cycle). Karl Hoppner (EMD Serono-Specialized) took a solo victory in the U-19 field. Behind him, Curtis White (Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team) came across in second for the second time on the weekend, and Nate Morse (CL
Noonan) finished third.

The Women’s 3/4 field continued to prove itself an exciting new addition to the series. Today’s race finished with an elite group of four powering away. Emma White (nycross.com-VoMax-CBRC) bested Kathy Savary (Blue Steel Cyclery), Elizabeth Lukowshi (nycross.com-VoMax-CBRC) and Nancy Labbe-Giguere (Ladies First), who finished second, third and fourth respectively.

Full Results

Elite Women

PlaceFirst NameLast NameTeam
1AndreaSmithLadiesFirst Racing
2AnnD’AmbruosoLadiesFirst Racing
3ChristinaTamilioLadiesFirst Racing
4CrystalAnthonyLadiesFirst Racing
6RebeccaBlattSilver Bull/Central Wheel
9AnnaBarensfeldLadiesFirst Racing
11SophieMatteStevens Racing p/b The Cyclery
12AllisonSnooksLadiesFirst Racing
13MarilynRuseckasSeven Cycles
14JoanneThomsonRide With Rendall
15SarahKrzysiakNYCross.com / CBRC
16MelissaBunnStevens Racing p/b The Cyclery
17JessicaHayes ConroyNorth American Velo
18GiuliaRighiSilver Bull/Central Wheel
20LinneaKoonsEmbrocation Cycling Journal

Elite Men

PlaceU23TimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
21:00:03LucaDamianiColavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight
31:00:06JustinLindineBikeReg.com / Cannondale
41:01:14JustinSpinelliRichard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix
511:01:51LukeKeoughChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross
621:01:51JeromeTownsendBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
71:02:02PhilipWongAntero Resources – Seaside Cycle
81:02:49JoachimParboKCH Leopard Cycles
121:03:42PeterBradshawEmbrocation Cycling Journal
131:03:42KevinSweeneycrossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
141:04:00ChristianFavataFavata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
151:04:28IanBrownTonicFab.com/River City Bicycles/Oatmeal Enthusiast Quarterly
1631:04:33JesseKeoughChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross
1741:04:33MannyGoguenBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
181:04:45NoahNiwinskiBoone Velo
201:04:45AdamSullivanWheelhouse / NCC
211:05:17BrianLawneyCambridge Bicycle
231:05:34GregWhitneyB2C2 p/b Boloco
241:06:08CaryFridrichEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
251:06:26EvanHuffWheelhouse / NCC
261:07:20JoshDillonRichard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix
271:07:37StephenPierceCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
281:09:37DanChabanovNYCross.com / CBRC
292 lapsGrahamGarberSilver Bull/Central Wheel
3052 lapsNicholasKeoughChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross
312 lapsDavidWilcoxPEDROS
3262 lapsMatteoDal-CinEuro-sports.ca
332 lapsColinReutercrossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
3472 lapsMatthewGreenSpooky Bikes
352 lapsJohnBurnsBikeman.com
3682 lapsCollinHustonMoots
373 lapsJohnHansonSilver Bull/Central Wheel
3893 lapsJoshuaLehmannPedro’s Race Team
39104 lapsSeamusPowell
404 lapsPierreVanden BorreEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
41114 lapsKiernanOrangeRide with Rendall
42125 lapsConorO’BrienEMD Serono Specialized
436 lapsDannyZotterTeam ROG
44dnfJakeKeoughChampion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross

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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 and by Ryders Eyewear, sport-specific and performance eyewear. You can visit these sponsors and get more information on the series by going to the web at http://www.cycle-smart.com/neccs. The series can also be followed on Facebook and Twitter.