Keough, Van Gilder Claim Cycle-Smart International Day 1 – UPDATED: Photo Gallery

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The men attack the run-up on lap one © Dave Chiu

The men attack the run-up on lap one © Dave Chiu

Northampton, Massachusetts – What began as a cold and wet morning blossomed into another beautiful fall day in New England as the Cycle-Smart International came back to Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts, for its 20th anniversary. In keeping with custom, today’s fifth round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart gave a record crowd a course that required consistent power but also deft handling skills. Much the same as in New Gloucester two weeks ago, Saturday’s racing was action packed with a tense atmosphere as the crowds rushed around the course to catch all the action.

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) came back to New England for the second time this season and notched yet another win for her impressive resume.

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) hits the sand first © Dave Chiu

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) hits the sand first © Dave Chiu

The world’s top-ranked woman started in an elite group with her teammate Arley Kemmerer, Sally Annis ( p/b JRA Cycles) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles). As the race developed, Kemmerer began to fall off the pace, leaving Annis, Van Gilder and Bruno-Roy to contest at the front. Each racer took her risks to create space but, as Bruno-Roy said, it was a race of mistakes. The mistake that made the decision came with two to go when Bruno-Roy and Annis both bobbled the steep ride-up, giving Van Gilder the edge she needed to take her victory. Behind, Annis had lost time to Bruno-Roy and put forth a fevered chase, eventually making contact and riding away, coming across the line solo for second, leaving Bruno-Roy third. With yet another UCI podium and previous series leader Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) coming across fifth, Annis was able to pull on the illustrious Verge NECCS leader’s jersey.

The Elite Men’s podium. (L to R) Damiani, Keough and Keough © Dave Chiu

The Elite Men’s podium. (L to R) Damiani, Keough and Keough © Dave Chiu

The Elite Men saw yet another great fight for victory, this time between Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) and Luca Damiani (El Gato CX). The two leaders were trading barbs for much of the race with Damiani turning himself inside out to drop the Champion System racer. With three laps to go, Damiani was able to find some space, but Keough managed to bring him back, and the two rode a false tempo until the final lap when once again Damiani was on the attack, trying to lock the victory in the final set of corners, but Keough was glued to the wheel, able to taste victory. The two hit the pavement together and Keough had the kick to pick up his first-ever UCI victory. Damiani once again finished just a few pedal strokes from the win.

The podium was rounded out with a second Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross racer in Nick Keough, who outkicked an elite chase group including Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart), Weston Schempf (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes), Justin Lindine (’s Garage/Scott) and Jerome Townsend (’s Garage/Scott). With his sixth place, Lindine maintained his control on the Elite series jersey while Nick Keough held onto his jersey in the U-23 series. This being the 20th edition of the race, both of the Keoughs on the elite podium are younger than the race itself.

Racing continues on Sunday as Annis will try to prove that Van Gilder is beatable in New England, while Andrea Smith will fight to take back the jersey. Luca Damiani will try to break the curse of constant runner-up and finally show New England the good Luz Show.

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Full Results:

Elite Men

UCI Elite/U23 Men54 starters
PlaceU23BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
1150:59:51LukeKEOUGHChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
220:59:52LucaDAMIANIKenda p/b Geargrinder
32101:00:26NicholasKEOUGHChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
5131:00:29WestonSCHEMPFC3-Athletes Serving Athletes / Joe’s Garage / Scott / Joe’s Garage / Scott
8121:00:50ChristianFAVATAFavata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
10461:02:03JonnySUNDTKenda Pro Cycling
12111:02:18AndrewWULFKUHLEC3-Athletes Serving Athletes
13141:02:18PeterBRADSHAWEmbrocation Cycling Journal
154411:02:43JesseKEOUGHChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
16161:03:00WayneBRAYMVP Health Care
17421:03:01SeanSMITH p/b JRA Cycles
21301:03:31MichaelJENKSHighland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop p/b JRA Cycles
235441:03:40SeamusPOWELLollett coaching
25351:03:54PeterRUBIJONOEmbrocation Cycling Journal
28531:04:23GregWHITNEYB2C2 p/b Boloco
30501:04:51JohnHANSONSilver Bull/Central Wheel
31381:05:05CoryBURNSFull Moon Vista
32371:05:10ChristopherHAMLINUVM Cycling
346471:05:51MattMAINERUVM Cycling
357511:06:36MatthewGREENSpooky bikes
36331:06:42AdamSULLIVANEmbrocation Cycling Journal
37481:06:44StephenPIERCECambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
38521:07:16JamesHARMON503 Cycleworx/LHCC
39431:07:36GrahamGARBERSilver Bull/Central Wheel
40241:07:41MichaelBARTLETTCompetitive Edge/Power Bar
42221:08:18R. MichaelMCKITTRICKCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
43341:08:20JeffGELTSilver Bull/Central Wheel of Farmington CT
44551:08:27PierreVANDEN BORREEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
458321:09:34NoahTautfestVermont Tech
46949at onelapJoshuaLEHMANNPEDROS
471039at onelapCollinHUSTONMoots
4829at p/b The Bike Hub
DQ26DQ illfeePeterHAGERTYRochester Institute of Technology
DNF6DNFPhilipWONGSeaside Cycle – Antero Resources / Joe’s Garage / Scott / CBRC
DNF23DNFCoreyCOLLIERShaver Sport
DNF31DNFRodrigoMORAESEdgartown Bicycles

Elite Women

UCI Elite Women33 starters
PlaceBibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
110:41:44LauraVAN GILDERC3 Athletes Serving Athletes p/b JRA Cycles
370:41:56MaureenBRUNO ROYBob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
460:42:33ArleyKEMMERERC3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
530:42:48AndreaSMITHLadiesFirst Racing
6120:42:57ChristinaTAMILIOLadiesFirst Racing
8180:43:07LaraKROEPSCHHudz Subaru
940:43:23AnnD’AMBRUOSOLadiesFirst Racing
10130:43:41LinneaKOONSEmbrocation Cycling Journal
11150:44:04AnnaBARENSFELDLadiesFirst Racing
1390:44:37RebeccaBLATTsilverbull centralwheel
14290:44:40SarahKAUFMANNelete/Roaring Mouse / CBRC
16250:45:04MarilynRUSECKASSeven Cycles/NoTubes/FitWerx
17190:45:07AllisonSNOOKSLadiesFirst Racing
1950:45:35CrystalANTHONYLadiesFirst Racing
20110:45:40NicoleTHIEMANNTeam CF
21230:45:44ArielleFILIBERTIDartmouth College
22320:45:46SheilaVIBERTNew Hampshire Cycling Club
23260:45:52CassandraMAXIMENKOsilverbull centralwheel
24210:46:22AmyCUTLERTeam EPS/CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery
25350:46:26GiuliaRIGHIsilverbull centralwheel
26310:46:44LauraRALSTONMIT Cycling/FXDD
27330:46:53JenaGREASERColavita Racing
28300:47:00JessicaHAYES CONROYNorth American Velo
29270:47:45JanTANNERBenidorm Bikes / Eastern Bloc Cycling Club
30340:48:32AnnaMCLOONHarvard University Cycling Association
31170:48:39FrancesMORRISONWheelhouse / NCC
DNF22DNFLauraSUMMERSsilverbull centralwheel



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