Gagne took Milne at the line for the win. © Todd Prekaski

Gagne took Milne at the line for the win. © Todd Prekaski

by Cindy Brennan

Racers in 14 categories took to a newly re-designed course on first day of racing at the 23rd annual Cycle-Smart International today. The oldest UCI cyclocross race in the country is rounds 5 & 6 of the prestigious Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge, and rounds 7 & 8 of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series, the premier amateur points competition in the US.

Adam Myerson runs the Cycle-Smart stairs. © Todd Prekaski

Adam Myerson runs the Cycle-Smart stairs. © Todd Prekaski

CSI offers a special special atmosphere for racers, their families, and spectators. Aside from a world-class race course with top-notch racing, CSI featured a kid’s race organized by the local Northampton Cycling Club on a special course conveniently located beside a bouncy house. A beer and food tent, offering local brews from High & Mighty Brewing, benefited promising young cyclists through the JAM Fund. Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria), sadly sidelined due to a knee injury, was working hard serving up fries and cold beverages at the JAM Fund tent all day to benefit future generations of JAM Fund recipients. Plenty of food trucks kept spectators happily fed as they cheered for their favorites in the Elite races.

Elite Women

The group that tried to hunt down Anthony, with Kemmerer and Van Gilder leading the charge. © Todd Prekaski

The group that tried to hunt down Anthony, with Kemmerer and Van Gilder leading the charge. © Todd Prekaski

In the Elite Women’s race, Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits) quickly took the helm, showing her trademark calmness as a star-studded chase group formed to hunt her down. In the group was Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty 20 Cycling), freshly back from a very successful stint racing with the best of the best in Europe, looked sure to be dominant in today’s racing.

Maghalie Rochette leads teammate Emma White through a corner. © Todd Prekaski

Maghalie Rochette leads teammate Emma White through a corner. © Todd Prekaski

Right there with her was Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizza), teammates Emma White and Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com), Natasha Elliott (Rare Vos Racing/Stevens), and Amanda Carey (Stan’s No Tubes Elite).

Laura Van Gilder leads the charge. © Todd Prekaski

Laura Van Gilder leads the charge. © Todd Prekaski

In a demonstration of her power, Anthony only solidified her lead despite the efforts of a well-organized chase. Van Gilder bested Kemmerer in the final stretch in an explosive sprint, deciding the second and third place spots.

Calm and steady was how Anthony rode her race today. © Todd Prekaski

Calm and steady was how Anthony rode her race today. © Todd Prekaski

Elite Men

In the Elite Men’s race, Mike Garrigan (Van Dessel Factory Team) took the lead in the first lap with one of his characteristic strong starts, followed by Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory), Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefits), Dan Timmerman (House Industries-Richard Sachs-RGM), Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), and Evan McNeely (Norco Factory Team).

 Garrigan leading with Durrin on his wheel. ˙ Todd Prekaksi

Garrigan leading with Durrin on his wheel. © Todd Prekaksi

Gagne attacked early and often, pressuring the group to chase repeatedly. Meanwhile, Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycles) bridged from the chase group to connect with the leaders, proceeding to do his fair share of the work to bring Gagne’s attacks back – and then launching some of his own. Durrin suffered a front flat, and the leaders’ repeated attacks had them moving at such a fast clip that Durrin was unable to reconnect with the lead group.

Adam Myerson started CSI when he was just 19, and is still racing it 23 years later. Myerson finished seventh today. © Todd Prekaski

Adam Myerson started CSI when he was just 19, and is still racing it 23 years later. Myerson finished seventh today. © Todd Prekaski

The group leaders disintegrated under the pressure in the final two laps, leaving Gagne, Garrigan, Milne, McNeely and White in a loosely-formed group to battle for the win. Milne attacked, gaining a significant advantage until Gagne put in a tremendous surge. After an over-the-handlebars crash in the woods, Gagne astounded the crowds by reconnecting with Milne and beating the crit racer in a pavement sprint at the line. Check out our profile of Gagne’s Rocky Mountain bike here.

Curtis White bridged to the leaders, attacked, and went right through them

Curtis White bridged to the leaders, attacked, and went right through them. © Todd Prekaski

In the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge points competition, wins today from Raphael Gagne and Crystal Anthony have them gaining on the current series leaders. Should both win tomorrow, they will be fewer than five points off of the leaders and the series purse, and would hit the start line at the NEPCX finale weekend at the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross knowing the series purse was within reach. Maghalie Rochette retains her lead in the U23 women’s division, while McNeely positioned himself to be within striking distance of the U23 men’s category.

Gagne took Milne at the line for the win. © Todd Prekaski

Gagne took Milne at the line for the win. © Todd Prekaski

Watch for live race updates on Twitter from @VergeNECXS for the amateur races and @NEproCX for the Elite races. Stay tuned for links to the live streaming video coverage of the race from Gnarly Monkey here starting at 2 pm EST!

Women Elite NEPCX #5 - The Cycle-Smart International (USA_2) 2013

Rank
Name
Nat.
Age*
Result
1Crystal ANTHONYUSA3343:20:00
2Laura VAN GILDERUSA4943:24:00
3Arley KEMMERERUSA2943:24:00
4Maghalie ROCHETTECAN2043:28:00
5Amanda CAREYUSA3543:35:00
6Emma WHITEUSA1643:42:00
7Natasha ELLIOTTCAN3543:56:00
8Cassandra MAXIMENKOUSA3044:20:00
9Katerine NORTHCOTTUSA3244:30:00
10Jenny IVESUSA2844:39:00
11Christina BIRCHUSA2744:50:00
12Stacey BARBOSSAUSA4745:06:00
13Frances MORRISONUSA2645:40:00
14Catherine STERLINGUSA3745:50:00
15Lori COOKEUSA5045:56:00
16Brittlee BOWMANUSA2946:49:00
17Kathryn CUMMINGUSA2746:58:00
18Joanne GROGANUSA3847:07:00
19Stephanie WETZELUSA2747:14:00
20Nancy LABBE-GIGUERECAN3147:15:00
21Jessie DUPPLERUSA2647:17:00
22Victoria GATESUSA1647:18:00
23Melissa LAFLEURUSA2947:25:00
24Nicole PISANIUSA3547:28:00
25Vickie MONAHANUSA3847:37:00
26Rebecca WELLONSUSA3648:11:00
27Rebecca FAHRINGERUSA2448:49:00
28Kerry LITKAUSA3748:59:00
29Christine FORTUSA3449:19:00
30Abigail ISOLDAUSA3550:20:00
31Martha FANNINGUSA4350:29:00
32Stephanie THOMPSONUSA2651:06:00
33Jordan DUBƒUSA26
34Shane FERROUSA24

Men Elite NEPCX #5 - The Cycle-Smart International (USA_C2) 2013

Rank
Name
Nat.
Age*
Result
1Raphael GAGNECAN261:01:25
2Shawn MILNEUSA321:01:26
3Mike GARRIGANCAN321:01:32
4Curtis WHITEUSA181:01:33
5Evan MCNEELYCAN211:01:38
6Dan TIMMERMANUSA331:02:11
7Adam MYERSONUSA411:02:23
8Derrick ST JOHNCAN361:02:24
9Jeremy MARTINCAN211:02:24
10Jake WELLSUSA351:02:24
11Michael VAN DEN HAMCAN211:02:32
12Kevin BRADFORD-PARISHUSA311:02:43
13Anthony CLARKUSA261:02:44
14Weston SCHEMPFUSA361:03:02
15Jerome TOWNSENDUSA241:03:16
16Jean-Philippe THIBAULT-ROBERGECAN241:03:17
17Jacob SITLERUSA241:03:18
18Jared NIETERSUSA361:03:19
19Tyler WRENUSA321:03:19
20Craig RICHEYCAN291:03:26
21Daniel CHABANOVUSA261:03:29
22Thomas SAMPSONUSA241:03:30
23Peter GLASSFORDCAN291:03:33
24Matt TIMMERMANUSA371:03:35
25Nicholas KEOUGHUSA241:04:00
26Jeremy DURRINUSA251:04:24
27Jeffrey BAHNSONUSA201:04:29
28Marc-Andre DAIGLECAN321:04:33
29Jesse KEOUGHUSA211:04:34
30Joshua DILLONUSA351:04:34
31Adam ST. GERMAINUSA291:04:35
32Sam O'KEEFEUSA191:04:43
33Max JUDELSONUSA261:04:49
34Evan MURPHYUSA251:04:50
35Michael WISSELLUSA361:04:56
36Todd BOWDENCAN441:05:06
37Charles SCHUBERTUSA331:05:10
38Sylvain JEANCAN351:05:24
39Brendan RHIMUSA181:05:29
40Brendan MCCORMACKUSA191:05:29
41Kurt BELHUMEURUSA321:05:45
42Kevin SWEENEYUSA351:06:02
43Matthew MEANSUSA251:06:15
44Devin WAGNERUSA221:06:27
45Chris FIELDUSA311:06:27
46Chris JACKSONUSA251:06:33
47Andrew LYSAGHTUSA291:06:45
48Christopher HAMLINUSA261:06:51
49Cameron MCCORMACKUSA191:07:02
50Adam SULLIVANUSA301:07:03
51Ian SCHONUSA231:07:04
52Andrew LOAIZAUSA261:07:08
53Sean PANTELLEREUSA281:07:12
54Jules GOGUELYUSA201:07:34
55Aaron OAKESUSA311:07:44
56Joseph NEARUSA291:07:47
57Jesse QUAGLIAROLIUSA301:07:49
58John BURNSUSA371:07:54
59Cary FRIDRICHUSA30
60Evan COOPERUSA23
61Christopher MEROLAUSA28
62Matthew SOUSAUSA26
63Ryan DROMGOOLEUSA31
64A.J. MORANUSA25