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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 (crossrestuls.com 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 (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) and Jerome Townsend (bikereg.com/Joe’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 Men 54 starters
Place U23 Bib Time First Name Last Name Team
1 1 5 0:59:51 Luke KEOUGH Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
2 2 0:59:52 Luca DAMIANI Kenda p/b Geargrinder
3 2 10 1:00:26 Nicholas KEOUGH Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
4 3 1:00:27 Adam MYERSON Cycle-Smart
5 13 1:00:29 Weston SCHEMPF C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
6 1 1:00:30 Justin LINDINE BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
7 3 8 1:00:30 Jerome TOWNSEND BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
8 12 1:00:50 Christian FAVATA Favata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
9 7 1:01:39 Ryan KNAPP BikeReg.com
10 46 1:02:03 Jonny SUNDT Kenda Pro Cycling
11 4 1:02:16 Dylan MCNICHOLAS PEDROS
12 11 1:02:18 Andrew WULFKUHLE C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
13 14 1:02:18 Peter BRADSHAW Embrocation Cycling Journal
14 21 1:02:32 David WILCOX PEDROS
15 4 41 1:02:43 Jesse KEOUGH Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
16 16 1:03:00 Wayne BRAY MVP Health Care
17 42 1:03:01 Sean SMITH
18 40 1:03:04 Evan HUFF BikeReg.com
19 19 1:03:12 Kevin SWEENEY crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
20 54 1:03:22 Anthony CLARK nebikeconsulting.com
21 30 1:03:31 Michael JENKS Highland Park Hermes p/b Kim’s Bike Shop
22 27 1:03:35 Colin REUTER crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
23 5 44 1:03:40 Seamus POWELL ollett coaching
25 35 1:03:54 Peter RUBIJONO Embrocation Cycling Journal
27 45 1:04:23 Ryan KELLY crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
28 53 1:04:23 Greg WHITNEY B2C2 p/b Boloco
29 36 1:04:39 John BURNS Bikeman.com
30 50 1:04:51 John HANSON Silver Bull/Central Wheel
31 38 1:05:05 Cory BURNS Full Moon Vista
32 37 1:05:10 Christopher HAMLIN UVM Cycling
33 25 1:05:22 Michael WISSELL B2C2
34 6 47 1:05:51 Matt MAINER UVM Cycling
35 7 51 1:06:36 Matthew GREEN Spooky bikes
36 33 1:06:42 Adam SULLIVAN Embrocation Cycling Journal
37 48 1:06:44 Stephen PIERCE Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
38 52 1:07:16 James HARMON 503 Cycleworx/LHCC
39 43 1:07:36 Graham GARBER Silver Bull/Central Wheel
40 24 1:07:41 Michael BARTLETT Competitive Edge/Power Bar
41 28 1:08:08 Ryan O’HARA
42 22 1:08:18 R. Michael MCKITTRICK Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
43 34 1:08:20 Jeff GELT Silver Bull/Central Wheel of Farmington CT
44 55 1:08:27 Pierre VANDEN BORRE Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
45 8 32 1:09:34 Noah Tautfest Vermont Tech
46 9 49 at one lapJoshua LEHMANN PEDROS
47 10 39 at one lapCollin HUSTON Moots
48 29 at one lapJonathan AWERBUCH SweetOpenRoads.com p/b The Bike Hub
DQ 26 DQ ill feePeter HAGERTY Rochester Institute of Technology
DNF 6 DNF Philip WONG Seaside Cycle – Antero Resources
DNF 15 DNF Manny GOGUEN BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott
DNF 23 DNF Corey COLLIER Shaver Sport
DNF 31 DNF Rodrigo MORAES Edgartown Bicycles

Elite Women

UCI Elite Women 33 starters
Place Bib Time First Name Last Name Team
1 1 0:41:44 Laura VAN GILDER C3 Athletes Serving Athletes
2 2 0:41:50 Sally ANNIS crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles
3 7 0:41:56 Maureen BRUNO ROY Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
4 6 0:42:33 Arley KEMMERER C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes
5 3 0:42:48 Andrea SMITH LadiesFirst Racing
6 12 0:42:57 Christina TAMILIO LadiesFirst Racing
7 10 0:43:06 Carolyn POPOVIC PAValleys.com
8 18 0:43:07 Lara KROEPSCH Hudz Subaru
9 4 0:43:23 Ann D’AMBRUOSO LadiesFirst Racing
10 13 0:43:41 Linnea KOONS Embrocation Cycling Journal
11 15 0:44:04 Anna BARENSFELD LadiesFirst Racing
12 14 0:44:25 Rebecca WELLONS PEDRO’S
13 9 0:44:37 Rebecca BLATT silverbull centralwheel
14 29 0:44:40 Sarah KAUFMANN elete/Roaring Mouse
15 16 0:44:50 Sarah KRZYSIAK NYCROSS.com / CBRC
16 25 0:45:04 Marilyn RUSECKAS Seven Cycles/NoTubes/FitWerx
17 19 0:45:07 Allison SNOOKS LadiesFirst Racing
18 24 0:45:08 Catherine STERLING Bikeman.com
19 5 0:45:35 Crystal ANTHONY LadiesFirst Racing
20 11 0:45:40 Nicole THIEMANN Team CF
21 23 0:45:44 Arielle FILIBERTI Dartmouth College
22 32 0:45:46 Sheila VIBERT New Hampshire Cycling Club
23 26 0:45:52 Cassandra MAXIMENKO silverbull centralwheel
24 21 0:46:22 Amy CUTLER Team EPS/CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery
25 35 0:46:26 Giulia RIGHI silverbull centralwheel
26 31 0:46:44 Laura RALSTON MIT Cycling/FXDD
27 33 0:46:53 Jena GREASER Colavita Racing
28 30 0:47:00 Jessica HAYES CONROY North American Velo
29 27 0:47:45 Jan TANNER Benidorm Bikes / Eastern Bloc Cycling Club
30 34 0:48:32 Anna MCLOON Harvard University Cycling Association
31 17 0:48:39 Frances MORRISON Wheelhouse / NCC
DNF 8 DNF Sara BRESNICK-ZOCCHI crossresults.com/Pedalpowercoaching.com
DNF 22 DNF Laura SUMMERS silverbull centralwheel