Sally Annis ( p/b JRA Cycles) takes the victory © Pedal Power Photography

Sally Annis ( p/b JRA Cycles) takes the victory

by Matt Fox and Jeffrey Bramhall

A picture perfect New England fall day greeted riders for Round 3 of the Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series Presented by Cycle-Smart. A stark contrast from last year’s mud and rain, competitors were greeted by crisp autumn air and a technical course suited to riders with better handling skills and sharp accelerations. New Gloucester, Maine’s Pineland farms proved an idyllic setting for some top notch cyclocross racing. Dylan McNicholas (Pedros) and Sally Annis ( p/b JRA Cycles) both found their ways to the top steps of the podium at Downeast Cyclocross on this sunny Saturday.

Racers were greeted with dry conditions and a course that dished out plenty of twists and turns that would challenge racers constantly. The serpentine course dished out plenty of technical racing, and the smooth grass kept speeds high and gave them little room for rest.

In the Elite Women’s race, the battle between the p/b JRA Cycles team and Ladies First Racing continued. The race wasted no time getting up to speed, and teammates Sally Annis and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi took to the front of the race early on and kept away through the end. Annis picked up her second series win by dropping her teammate on the last lap as the two had built an insurmountable gap over Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing). Anthony was able to get within 10 seconds of the leaders following a bad start and crash, but that was it. Behind Anthony in fourth was series leader Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing), whose finish was just good enough to keep her in the leader’s jersey.

In the Elite men’s race, a strong group of riders formed early.

Dylan McNicholas (Pedro’s) leads © Pedal Power Photography

Dylan McNicholas (Pedro’s) leads © Pedal Power Photography

Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) took charge along with Dylan McNicholas (Pedro’s), Nick Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross), Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix), Christian Favata (Favata’s Tablerock Tours And Bikes) and Guillaume Nelessen (Van Dessel Factory Team), who all pushed the pace in the early laps that would see multiple crashes and mechanicals. The tight technical corners and high speeds caused more than a few pile ups as things spread out. McNicholas eventually would set the pace with Myerson and Keough hanging on, but his attacks, a fading Keough and Myerson’s slow tire leak would eventually separate him from the early chasers. McNicholas was able to dictate the pace and eventually pushed Keough to the brink. Once Keough was off his wheel, McNicholas continued on, eventually stretching his lead to nearly 20 seconds. McNicholas came across the line for his first UCI victory.

Justin Lindine (’s Garage-Scott), who has been dominant force in the New England series, was a victim of one of the early pile ups and found himself racing from behind early on. Through sheer determination, he was able to navigate through the field and bring himself into the lead chase group, and he immediately shot to the front. Lindine’s high pace came at the cost of technique, and he was forced to put a foot down several times. These small bobbles added up and Lindine, despite racing faster than almost the whole field for much of the race, was never able to get closer than 10 seconds to the leader and he came across the line second. Third place went to Christian Favata, who was able to ride a high pace and steer clear of the mechanical issues that plagued many of the rest of the top racers. Behind Favata was Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix), who had to come through the pit three times in the race. Peter Bradshaw (Embrocation Cycling Journal) had the best UCI result of his career with fifth place.

In developments that were shocking to few, the Masters 35+ men’s race was dominated by 2009 35+ national champion Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo), and 2010 champions in their respective age groups and teammates at Corner Cycles, Jonny Bold and Kevin Hines. Aspholm was able to break away from the group midway through the race and held on for the victory. Hines outsprinted Bold and Rob Hult (Gear Works-Spin Arts) for second.

Racing will resume at Pineland Farms again on Sunday morning for the fourth round of the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart. The course layout is said to be changing and there’s only slightly cooler weather forecast. Stay tuned for updates from tomorrow’s action.

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Full Results:


PlaceU23BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
2 / Joe’s Garage / Scott
3 80:53:31ChristianFAVATAFavata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
5 240:54:20PeterBRADSHAWEmbrocation Cycling Journal
6 260:54:30GuillaumeNELESSENVan Dessel Factory Team
7 250:54:30AdamMYERSONCycle-Smart
81110:54:30NicholasKEOUGHChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
9 / CBRC
10 50:55:01ShawnMILNESeaside Cycles/Antero Resources
11 290:55:16ShaunADAMSONCycle-Smart
122100:55:31JesseKEOUGHChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
14 p/b JRA Cycles
15 210:56:10DavidWILCOXPEDROS
16 320:56:22GregWHITNEYB2C2 p/b Boloco
17 30:56:29MichaelJENKSHighland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop
19 40:56:42Colin H.MURPHYEmbrocation Cycling Journal
22 p/b JRA Cycles
25 330:57:15PascalBUSSIERESTeam Spirit/Cannondale pb Rhus Elementi
26 380:57:15StephenPierceCambridge Bicycle
27 120:57:42PeterRUBIJONOEmbrocation Cycling Journal
28 200:57:59AdamSULLIVANWheelhouse / NCC
29 20:58:55MatthewFOXSunnyside Sports
30 10:59:33JoshuaFRIEDMANNYC Velo
31 130:59:43TomGOSSELINFRANK Bikes
32 231:00:14PierreVANDEN BORREEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
33 181 lapR. MichaelMCKITTRICKCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
34 61 lapRodrigoMORAESEdgartown Bicycles
35 342 lapMichaelWISSELLB2C2
dnf 14dnfJohnHANSONSilver Bull/Central Wheel


PlaceBibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam p/b JRA Cycles
31100:39:11CrystalANTHONYLadiesFirst Racing
41060:39:18AndreaSMITHLadiesFirst Racing
51090:39:45ChristinaTAMILIOLadiesFirst Racing
61080:39:48AnnaBARENSFELDLadiesFirst Racing
71020:39:55RebeccaBLATTsilverbull centralwheel
81120:40:00LinneaKOONSEmbrocation Cycling Journal
101140:41:17AllisonSNOOKSLadiesFirst Racing
111070:41:17AnnD’AMBRUOSOLadiesFirst Racing
131030:41:40CoreyCOOGAN CISEKTeam Plan C
141170:41:44MarianJAMISONSeaside Cycle/Antero Resources
161200:42:15MarilynRUSECKASSeven Cycles/NoTubes/FitWerx
171010:42:40KerryLITKAFxD Coaching
181130:43:40ArielleFILIBERTIWheelhouse Racing
191150:46:00DarcyFOLEYBicycle Concepts