Elite men in 4 inches of thick mud on the first lap. © Paul Weiss

Elite men in 4 inches of thick mud on the first lap. © Paul Weiss

by Jeff Bramhall

The New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series made its return to New Gloucester, Maine today with the first day of the Downeast Cyclocross Weekend. Racers were greeted with a nagging, persistent rain, deep, slick mud and cold temperatures. Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) and Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix) proved to be the toughest through the storm.

A bit of chaos in the start of the elite women’s race left Mo Bruno-Roy and Amanda Carey (Kenda/trainwitheric.com) chasing from the back. Taking advantage, Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussures/Ogilvy), Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven Cycles/NoTubes) and Minuteman Road Club riders Andrea Smith and Anna Barensfeld quickly formed a group and opened a gap on the rest of the field. It appeared that there would be a repeat of the first two rounds of the series in Vermont as Elliott began to ride away from the group. Right at home in the mud, Bruno-Roy fought back to reach the chase group and she, McConneloug, Smith and Carey began to put pressure on Elliott. With some aggressive riding from Bruno-Roy, Smith was dropped from the chase group shortly before they brought back Elliott. Once the catch was made, there was no stopping the mud-loving Bruno-Roy who came into the last set of sloppy off-camber turns with Carey and Elliott on her wheel. She managed to navigate the corners smoothly and put some space behind her as Carey muscled away from Elliott for second.

Unlike the women’s race, the men’s race was, in fact, a repeat of the weekend in Vermont with Ryan Timmerman powering away from the field on the first lap, creating a gap of fifteen seconds and never looking back. Behind Timmerman was a serious battle between Luke Keough (Team Champion System) and Derrick St. John (Garneau/Club Chassures/Ogilvy). Behind them was a powerful group with Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) and bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/IF riders Jerome Townsend and Justin Lindine. With two to go, St. John had faded and it seemed that the podium would be sealed but Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix) put on a charge of epic proportions, blowing through seemingly comfortable gaps into third position on the road. As Dillon passed Lindine, there was still a minute up the road to Keough, but Dillon was seeing red and closed into within mere bike lengths at the finish with an emphatic third.

The Masters was a race among three giants in the field. Westwood Velo’s national champion Roger Aspholm and Corner Cycle’s dynamic duo, Johnny Bold and Kevin Hines took off from the gun and left the rest of the field in their wake. Knowing the Corner Cycle riders to be stronger handlers and with the course rapidly deteriorating, Aspholm put the pressure on early in the race and at one point, it looked like he may have had Bold on the verge of falling away. After his spot of bother, Bold returned with a vengeance, regaining the pair at the front and riding away from Aspholm with his teammate. The last three laps had Bold and Hines matching each other move for move, extending their lead over Aspholm. At the finish, the pair crossed the line together, hands in the air with Bold crossing first and pulling on the leader’s jersey. Aspholm maintained his third place to keep him in second in the overall standings.

The U-19 juniors race was quickly sorted out as the Joshua Lehmann show, with the Sunapee/S&W/Continental Paving racer riding away from everyone. The chase was led by Jesse Keough (Corner Cycle) and Tommy Goguen (Minuteman Road Club) with Keough dropping Goguen with two to go. When it all finished, Lehmann had over a minute on Keough with Goguen over two and a half minutes back.

The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will be contested over 7 weekends in 2009, starting with the New England Cross-toberfest of Cycling:  3 straights weekends of UCI calendar racing to be held in Williston VT, Gloucester MA, and Providence RI.  After a weekend of much needed rest, the series will continue with stops in New Gloucester ME on Oct 24, Northampton MA on Nov 7, Sterling MA on Nov 28, and the series finale in Warwick RI on Dec 5.  This year series is generously supported by Verge Sport, makers of fine cycling clothing and products since 1993; 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 Paul Weiss Photo/Video, the official photographer of the NECCS, by October Handmade Bicycles, and by Ryders 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. Full results below.

Photo Gallery:

Full Results:

UCI Elite/U23 Men43 starters
PlaceU23BibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1201DANTIMMERMANRICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX0:55:36
21205LUKEKEOUGHTEAM CHAMPION SYSTEM0:00:12
3204JOSHDILLONRICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX0:00:12
4208JUSTINLINDINEBIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / IF0:01:10
5202DERRICKST JOHNGARNEAU-CLUB CHAUSSURES-OGILVY0:01:28
6203ADAMMYERSONCYCLE-SMART0:02:19
72206JEROMETOWNSENDBIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / IF0:02:49
8209JAKEKEOUGHTEAM CHAMPION SYSTEM0:03:01
93211GAVINMANNIONHOT TUBES JUNIOR DEVELOPMENT TEAM0:03:32
10228IANBROWNRIVER CITY/TONICFAB.COM0:03:32
11212KIRTFITZPATRICKSEXUAL CAMEL0:03:59
12217TODDWHEELDENKONA/OA/CYCLEMANIA0:05:06
13219SHAUNADAMSONJUVENTUS0:05:43
14213MICHAELBRODERICKKENDA-SEVEN-NOTUBES0:05:51
15210RICKEYVISINSKIECHAPPE EQUIPMENT ELITE TEAM0:06:01
16214NATHANIELWARDBIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / IF0:06:34
17223DAVYYEATERRIVER CITY BICYCLES0:07:06
18215JOHNBURNSBIKEMAN.COM0:07:37
19235DAVIDWILCOXGEEKHOUSE BIKES / BOSTON ROCK GYM0:07:37
20230MICHAELJENKSHIGHLAND PARK HERMES P/B KIM’S BIKE SHOP0:07:50
21232PETESMITHEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL / MAD ALCHEMY0:08:11
224239ZACHADAMSC3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES0:08:31
235226NICKKEOUGHTEAM CHAMPION SYSTEM0:08:51
24234GREGWHITNEYBACK BAY BICYCLES / ESPRESSO ROYALE CAFFE0:08:43
25218ADAMSULLIVANCYCLE-SMART / NCC0:08:43
266233MATTHEWGREENSPOOKY BIKES0:09:41
27221KEVINSWEENEYINTERNATIONAL BICYCLE CENTER0:10:15
28229PIERREVANDEN BORREEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL / MAD ALCHEMY0:10:38
29225COREYPISCOPOMOOTS0:11:55
30242KevinWolfsonIF/Lionette’s Cycling Teamlap
31222CORTCRAMERSVELTE CYCLESlap
32241MichaelReaAmerican Flatbread Cycling p/b GMBClap
33227RYANKELLYNOREAST CYCLINGlap
34237JAMESNEWTONMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUBlap
35243GregMontelloIF/Lionette’s Cycling Teamlap
36220TOMGOSSELINPEAK PERFORMANCE MULTISPORTlap
UCI Elite Women19 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1402MAUREENBRUNO ROYMM RACING P/B SEVEN CYCLES0:32:50
2403AMANDACAREYKENDA/TRAINWITHERIC.COM0:00:05
3401NATASHAELLIOTTGARNEAU-CLUB CHAUSSURES-OGILVY0:00:09
4405MARYMCCONNELOUGKENDA-SEVEN-NOTUBES0:00:31
5404ANDREASMITHMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:02:21
6407LINNEAKOONSOCTOBER FACTORY RACING0:02:37
7408ANNABARENSFELDMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:02:46
8406SARABRESNICK-ZOCCHIPEDALPOWERCOACHING.COM/ LANDRYS BICYCLES0:03:25
9410ANND’AMBRUOSOMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:03:29
10412PERRIMERTENSEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL / MAD ALCHEMY0:03:36
11409EMMABASTCYCLE-SMART / NCC0:03:54
12413REBECCABLATTUS ARMY/ CENTRAL WHEEL0:03:54
13415CHRISTINATAMILIOMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:05:07
14414KATEHARRISOCTOBER FACTORY RACING0:05:22
15420KARINHOLMESSUNAPEE S&W0:05:35
16416CALLIEGORDONCYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM0:05:54
17419EMILYCURRYJOE’S GARAGE0:07:05
18417ALLISONSNOOKSMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:07:57
19418NATALIAGARDIOLCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:09:22
Juniors 15-1810 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1772JOSHUALEHMANNSUNAPEE/S&W/CONTINENTAL PAVING RACING TEAM0:40:44
2778JesseKeoughCorner Cycle Cycling Club0:01:38
3775TOMMYGOGUENMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:02:47
4774RYANPACKARDQUADCYCLES JUNIOR TEAM0:02:59
5773CURTISWHITECLIF BAR DEVELOPMENT CYCLOCROSS TEAM0:03:51
6777AARONHOUSEHOUSATONIC WHEEL CLUB0:05:33
7771NATEMORSECLIF BAR DEVELOPMENT CYCLOCROSS TEAM0:06:55
8776KELLANHUMPHRIESBIKEMAN.COM0:12:15
9780IanMooreBIKEMAN.COM0:12:47
Juniors 10-145 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
161AUSTINVINCENTCLNOONAN/KAM/COAST TO COAST0:30:21
262PETERGOGUENMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:00:28
363COOPERWILLSEYWHITES BIKES/GMBC/CATAMOUNT0:08:40
464KEVINGOGUENMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUBlap
565GREGGUNSALUSTEAM FUJIlap
Cat 3 Men62 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1336GREGBURBIDGECLAREMONT CYCLE DEPOT0:41:22
2331COLLINHUSTONCL NOONAN/COAST TO COAST/KAM0:00:00
3340R. MICHAELMCKITTRICKCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:00:00
4332CARYFRIDRICHEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL0:00:00
5395JoshAustinNorEast Cycling0:00:56
6343RICHARDBROOKSNANTUCKET VELO0:00:56
7392ChristopherLaflammeSouthern Maine Cycling Club0:01:09
8337EVANHUFFCYCLE SMART / NCC0:01:34
9346ERICGOODSONBOSTON ROAD CLUB0:01:34
10347TREVOREIDENOREAST CYCLING0:02:01
11389COLINROWANCORNER CYCLE0:02:01
12338MICHAELWISSELLBACK BAY BICYCLES/ ESPRESSO ROYALE CAFFE0:02:13
13344NICHOLASMASHBURNCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:02:13
14368CHRISHAENIMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:02:37
15345STEPHENWRIGHTMINUTEMAN ROAD CLUB0:03:09
16351JOHNGIBBONSNEBC / CYCLE LOFT / DEVONSHIRE DENTAL0:03:09
17365RYANLITTLEFIELDBASE36/SMCC/GORHAM BIKE & SKI0:03:09
18348TIMOTHYYOUNGNOREAST CYCLING0:03:24
19380ZACHMAGOONBIKEMAN.COM0:03:30
20373COSMOCATALANOCYCLOCOSM.COM0:03:36
21384LEEPETERSWATTS UP RACING0:03:55
22362KYLESMITHEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL0:04:19
23370MORGANHILLERCLNOONAN/KAM/COAST TO COAST0:04:19
24382JEFFREYBRAMHALLTHE GEEKHOUSE FACTORY SQUADRON PB BOSTON ROCK GYM0:04:42
25360JASONMORIARTYCOLAVITA RACING INC.0:04:42
26363TODDJAKUBEKCOLAVITA RACING INC.0:04:58
27361CHRISTIANEAGERMAIETTA FACTORY RACING0:04:58
28391ETHANPARSONSJOE’S GARAGE0:05:08
29386ROBERTMAYERCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE  WWW.IGLEBIKE.COM0:05:08
30342GREGORYVIGNEAUXSPIN ARTS/GEARWORKS CYCLERY0:05:17
31376ROBERTPOOLEBIKEBARNRACING.COM0:05:40
32358GREGORYBROWNCAPE COD CYCLING CLUB C40:06:04
33372JEFFZIEGLERTEAM WHEELWORKS0:06:09
34374PETERABDUCLAREMONT CYCLE DEPOT0:06:15
35367STEVENHOPENGARTENTEAM WHEELWORKS0:06:25
36379PATRICKCAFFERKYUVM CYCLING0:06:44
37390MATTHEWCASSERLYBU0:06:55
38349JEREMYJOTEAM WHEELWORKS0:07:05
39354CHUCKNGUYENBIKEMAN.COM0:07:05
40388SCOTTGLOWACAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:08:29
41393JohnMenardASU Cycling0:08:29
42366PATRICKSNOOPVERGE SPORT TEST PILOT0:08:44
43369JOHNFENNELINTERNATIONAL BICYCLE/GLOBAL0:08:58
44353MIKEZANCONATOZANCONATO RACING0:09:45
45355GARYBAVOLARCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:09:45
46381PAULMCMAHONSEASIDE CYCLE / ESSEX COUNTY VELO0:10:09
Cat 3/4 Women22 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1921FRANCESMORRISONCYCLE-SMART/NCC0:33:11
2915KATHLEENMONAHAN0:01:12
3904HOPESTRODECAMBRIDGE BICYCLES0:01:12
4907ERINBRENNANLINSCOTT REAL ESTATE RACING0:01:28
5911OLIVIAHARKNESS0:02:07
6920SARAHHARTCOLBY COLLEGE0:03:16
7906STEPHANIECHASEINTERNATIONAL BICYCLE/GLOBAL0:04:07
8905LORIKOHLSBACK BAY BICYCLES/ ESPRESSO ROYALE CAFFE0:04:20
9903REBECCALOWE0:04:41
10918LEAHPAPPAS-BARNESINDEPENDENT FABRICATION0:05:40
11951RosalouKimball0:07:46
12917KERRYCOMBSHUP UNITED-ZANCONATO RACING0:08:43
13908LAURENTRACYCOLBY COLLEGE0:08:52
14919MARGARETMOORE0:09:13
15910JULIELOCKHARTNEBC/CYCLE LOFT/DEVONSHIRE DENTAL / MCRAlap
16913CARRIEHANSENSPECIALIZED D4W/BICYCLE HAUSlap
Cat 4 Men28 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1137DUNCANMASLANDBOWDOIN COLLEGE0:36:45
2153PAULMAGOONMATHIEUS P/B INSIGHT CENTRAL MAINE CYCLING0:00:00
3141CHRISESPOSITO0:00:36
4154DANIELHOMEIERCOLBY COLLEGE0:00:43
5139JORGEMARTINEZBOSTON TRIATHLON TEAM0:02:48
6146CHRISTOPHERGENDRON0:02:55
7156IANSCHONBOSTON UNIVERSITY0:03:00
8132GEORGELOWE0:04:30
9159BenGossUnattached0:04:30
10148NATHANIELSMITHLINSCOTT REAL ESTATE RACING0:05:07
11149ROBERTMORGANGEEKHOUSE BIKES0:05:47
12138LOUISMONTGRAIN0:06:14
13131THEODOREPAULHUP UNITED0:06:56
14150JOSHGARLICHCAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES0:07:01
15151ERICWHEWELLCOMPREHENSIVE RACING0:07:47
16157ALEXANDERTWOMBLYBIKES NOT BOMBS0:08:12
17134DAVIDSHEDDSMCC/BASE 360:10:57
18145ROYBRYANTSMCC / GORHAM BIKE0:11:12
19161LIAMSOMERSCOLAVATA0:12:18
20135GEORGETHOMPSONlap
21158RamiEl RayessNorEast Cyclinglap
22140KARLGEIBlap
Cat 1-3 Masters 35+37 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1608JONNYBOLDCORNER CYCLE0:51:20
2623KEVINHINESCORNER CYCLE0:00:00
3601ROGERASPHOLMWESTWOOD VELO0:01:12
4649JOHNFOLEYGARY FISHER 29ER CREW/BICYCLE CONCEPTS0:03:05
5646CURTISBOIVINPLANET BIKE0:03:26
6647RYANRUMSEYBIKEMAN.COM0:03:38
7645BILLSHATTUCKBIKEBARNRACING.COM0:04:01
8643ROBHULTGEAR WORKS / SPIN ARTS0:04:07
9650JEFFMOLONGOSKIJOE,S GARAGE0:04:18
10631STEVEPROULXSTEVENS RACING0:04:32
11652JONBERNHARDCCB RACING0:05:02
12665AARONMILLETTECV0:05:15
13666MATTHEWMYETTEZANCONATO RACING0:05:15
14653PETERSULLIVANSVELTE CYCLES0:05:41
15654TODDBURNSNANTUCKET VELO0:06:14
16657JOHNMEERSEOA/CYCLEMANIA/PVC0:07:38
17651ALANSTARRETTBIKEMAN.COM0:08:23
18661BRANTHORNBERGERBIKEREG.COM0:08:35
19663ROBERTKRAMERRIDLEY FACTORY TEAM0:09:56
20658GARYASPNESHORST-BENIDORM-PROPERTY RESEARCH CORP.0:10:33
21662GEOFFREYHOUSEHOUSATONIC WHEEL CLUB0:10:50
22675FredericThomasOA/CycleMania0:10:57
23673BrianQuigleyColavita Racing Inc.0:11:14
24674ChristopherWhiteB.O.B. Cycling0:11:14
25669CARLRINGNHCC/TEAM NH – SEVEN CYCLES0:11:29
26660ARTDAVISOA/CYCLEMANIAlap
27659JERRYCHABOTPLANET BIKElap
28668JASONPETTENGILLLOUIS GARNEAU CUSTOMlap
Cat 4 Masters 35+26 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1562MARKBURNS0:39:48
2582ARONBUTERBAUGHOA/CYCLEMANIA0:00:43
3570JAMESWILLSEYGMBC/CATAMOUNT0:00:56
4561MICHAELBRIERREFUNDS NOW0:01:08
5564MICHAELZIMICKI0:01:50
6580KEITHKASTELICTEAM SOLO0:02:26
7568PETERRHODESON & OFF RHODES CYCLING0:02:37
8559MIKEGOLAYSMCC/GORHAM BIKE0:02:43
9553KEITHLIMBERGNOREAST CYCLING0:03:06
10573RONHINESQUADCYCLES0:03:06
11565STEFANWAWERSIKNEBC/CYCLE LOFT/DEVONSHIRE DENTAL0:03:06
12566JOHNWITMERGMBC/CATAMOUNT0:03:57
13557JOEPARENTUNATTACHED0:04:04
14581PETERBARRETT0:04:18
15554TIMOTHYMETZGERNOREAST CYCLING0:04:32
16558DANIELLANDRYOA/CYCLEMANIA0:05:10
17577MICHAELHORRISBERGERLINSCOTT REAL ESTATE RACING0:05:35
18576FREDDELGROSSOQUAD CYCLE0:06:08
19567JOHNSUMNER0:06:14
20583SVENCOLETEAM BIKEMAN.COM0:07:09
21584MarcD’AmourMaine Cycling Club0:07:52
22575GEORGEBABIKIAN0:08:52
23585ANGLESILVAlap
24578DAVIDRUDNICKLANDRY’S BICYCLESlap
Masters 45+30 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1832MARKGUNSALUSTEAM FUJI CLIF BAR0:47:09
2831SAMUELMORSECORNER CYCLE0:01:30
3833JOHNMOSHERWHEEL WORKS0:01:37
4839DONSEIBBIKEMAN.COM0:02:52
5837TIMGROESBECKCCB0:03:10
6836PAULNYBERGHORST-BENIDORM-PROPERTY RESEARCH CORP.0:03:59
7860ANDERSLARSONBIKEMAN.COM0:04:42
8835ERICMARROBOB/SHIFT-STONYFIELD FARM-ARIZA-GOODALES0:04:59
9844DAVIDFOLEYBOB/STONYFIELD FARM/GOODALES BIKE SHOPS0:05:41
10841KEITHBUTTONNOREAST CYCLING0:05:41
11842WAYNEBARLOWNH CYCLING CLUB0:06:23
12838KEVINCALLAHANBICYCLE LINK/MBRC0:06:55
13845PAULWEISSOA/CYCLEMANIA MASTERS CYCLING TEAM/PORTLAND VELO0:07:17
14859CHARLESBOURDAGESNOREAST CYCLING0:07:42
15840PAULLYNCHBICYCLELINK/MBRC0:08:07
16848MICHAELBRADFORDNAULTS CYCLERY/NAULTS.COM0:08:12
17851CHRISTOPHERBURKEPROVIDENCE VELO CLUB/PLANET BIKE0:08:12
18847JOHNGRENIERTEAM FUJI FUELED BY CLIF BAR0:08:12
19856ERICLARSSONOA CENTERS FOR ORTHOPAEDICS/CYCLEMAINAlap
20857STUARTBOYDECVlap
Masters 55+18 starters
PlaceBibFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
141WILLIAMSAWYERGEARWORKS – SPINARTS0:55:20
246BARRYDOUBLEDAYMASS BAY ROAD CLUB0:01:09
349GARYPASSLERESSEX COUNTY VELO (ECV)0:01:52
445DAVEBEALSNYCROSS.COM / VO MAX / CBRC
543RICHARDSACHSRGM WATCHES – RICHARD SACHS – RADIX
642DAVIDGOODWINNORTHAMPTON CYCLING CLUB
755TERRYCOWMANCYCLOCROSSWORLD/PLUS3NETWORK
844DUSTYADAMSMOSAICSMALTI.COM
947GARABEDMINASIANBOB CYCLING/STONEYFIELD /GOODALES
1050JACKCHAPMANNAULTS CYCLERY/NAULTS.COM
1153JIMQUINNTHE BICYCLE LINK/MBRC
1258JIMDOWLINGMAINE CYCLING CLUB
1351DAVIDHOLMANDERNAULTS CYCLERY/NAULTS.COM. (NHCC)
1452HERBERTBATESNAULTS CYCLERY/NAULTS.COMlap
1554DONALDSNOOPVICIOUS CYCLESlap