GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS – The first day of the Gran Prix of Gloucester in Gloucester, MA drew top-tier racers from all over the world, lured by today’s UCI Category 1 race on the opening day of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series. World-class competitors are drawn to New England for the Holy Week of Cyclocross, featuring two of North America’s best races, both including UCI Category 1 races: the Gran Prix of Gloucester and the Providence Cyclocross Festival, only about 70 miles and one week apart.
Racers at the first day of the 2012 Gran Prix of Gloucester faced the course’s trademark off-camber hillside spirals, but with the added challenge of slick mud and deep ruts formed by the wheels of racers in the sold-out races earlier in the day. A long, steep run-up from the beach to the top level of the course sent the riders into thick, tire-gripping mud and challenging turns best suited to the technically proficient racers.
The women’s race got underway under cloudy skies along the ocean’s edge as Great Britain National Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman, on a stateside winning streak, lined up front and center, with fellow British racer Gabby Day right alongside her. Wyman, in her trademark style, opened a gap early on, with a group of Day, Meredith Miller (Cal Giant/Specialized), hometown sweetheart Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com), and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst) working together to chase Wyman down. Wyman’s gap was strong, however, and she maintained a solid lead until Day launched a flaming attack mid-race. Miller and Anthony, meanwhile, broke away from the field in a race for the final podium spot. Day’s amazing move got her within sight of Wyman, but was not enough to take the win away, and Miller eventually dropped her hammer on Anthony, a newcomer to the front of the Elite race, and took the third podium spot. This surely won’t be the last we hear from Anthony, however, who appears to be only improving this season.
Next up, the Elite men took to the start grid and launched their first race of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series. The fight at the front of the race pitted the giants of North American cyclocross, including two New Englanders, Tim Johnson (Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale) and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) along with Oregonian Ryan Trebon (Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale) against top European talent, including Frenchman Nicolas Bazin, British National Cyclocross Champion Ian Field, and Belgian Ben Berden. Although Powers started the race a ways back due to a missed pedal at the start, he eventually worked his way up to make a group of six leaders. It was apparent that crowd favorite Johnson was on top of his form and wanted the win as he led the group around the off-cambers and over the barriers. With the help of teammate Trebon and US Cyclocross Champion Powers, Johnson broke from the Europeans, creating a gap that would endure for the remainder of the race. Trebon first moved into the lead, and Powers followed, gapping Johnson. Berden looked strong, threatening to edge his way up to challenge Johnson for the last podium spot, but Johnson’s excellent form and smooth riding held Berden off. Powers rode away from Trebon to win it, with Johnson not far behind for third.
GP Gloucester not only kicks off the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series, it also launches New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross, the biggest week of cyclocross racing in the US. Next weekend, October 6 & 7, the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series heads to the 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships venue for the Providence Cyclocross Festival. With the first day of the Providence Cyclocross Festival also ranked as a UCI Category 1 race, Gloucester and Providence offer two Category 1 races within 75 miles of each other in one week.
For more series information and to follow the action as it unfolds, follow @NEproCX on Twitter for live race tweets and visit www.NEPCX.com. The title sponsor of GP Gloucester is Great Brewers, an online community of beer enthusiasts, providing the famous Gloucester beer garden, a favorite spot for fans to watch their favorite racers take on the barriers on both Saturday and Sunday. Additional support is provided by Verge, offering quality clothing to the cycling community since 1996; manufacturer of wheels and cycling accessories Mavic; Hammer Nutrition, Gloucester-area cycling organization Essex County Velo, Pedro’s, and Craft. For more information about GP Gloucester, visitwww.gpgloucester.com and follow @gpgloucester on Twitter.
GP Gloucester Elite Women
1 Helen Wyman Kona Factory Racing 0:43:09 2 Gabriella Day Rapha - Focus 0:43:15 3 Meredith Miller Cal Giant/Specialized 0:43:33 4 Crystal Anthony Cyclocrossworld 0:43:41 5 Mary Mcconneloug Team KENDA-Seven-NoTubes 0:43:42 6 Julie Krasniak Rapha - Focus 0:43:44 7 Andrea Smith LadiesFirst Racing 0:43:44 8 Kaitlin Antonneau Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 0:44:21 9 Elle Anderson LadiesFirst Racing 0:44:21 10 Arley Kemmerer C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 0:44:44 11 Maureen Bruno roy Bob's Red Mill pb Seven Cycles 0:44:53 12 Wendy Simms FRONTRUNNERS 0:44:53 13 Nikki Thiemann Team CF 0:45:35 14 Laura Van gilder Mellow Mushroom 0:46:07 15 Amanda Carey Volkswagon Boise Cycling 0:46:16 16 Catherine Sterling Bikeman.com 0:46:22 17 Natasha Elliott The Cyclery 0:46:27 18 Ellen Noble Trek Cyclocross Collective 0:46:52 19 Sally Annis pedalpowertraining.com 0:46:53 20 Julie Lafreniere Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery 0:46:58 21 Evelyn Blouin 0:47:15 22 Rebecca Blatt Van Dessel 0:47:18 23 Brittlee Bowman pedalpowertraining.com 0:47:19 24 Jamie Gilgen Kallisto / Wheels of Oakville 0:47:19 25 Bethann Orton Team S&M 0:47:20 26 Stacey Barbossa Colavita/espnW NJ 0:47:27 27 Anna Barensfeld pedalpowertraining.com 0:47:43 28 Christina Tamilio LadiesFirst Racing 0:47:47 29 Christina Birch JAM / NCC / Vittoria 0:47:48 30 Cassandra Maximenko Silverbull targettraining 0:47:53 31 Allyson Tufano Sportif Coaching Group/BPB 0:47:54 32 Karin Holmes Riverside Racing 0:48:16 33 Sheila Vibert Sunapee Racing Team 0:48:35 34 Kathleen Lysakowski Cycle Lodge 0:48:36 35 Marian Jamison LadiesFirst Racing 0:48:40 36 Erica Yozell South Mountain Cycles 0:48:44 37 Lori Cooke Cycle Lodge 0:48:52 38 Jennifer Tillman C3-Athletes Serving Athletes 0:49:08 39 Vickie Monahan Expo Wheelmen 0:49:42 40 Emily Flynn Tommy & Lefebvre Cycling 0:49:55 41 Giulia Righi Central Wheel 0:50:16 42 Rebecca Wellons Seaside Cycle 0:50:54 43 Deirdre Smith Unattached 0:51:01 44 Elizabeth Lukowski NYCROSS.com p/b VOmax 2L 45 Becca Schepps Team Type 1 2L 46 Jocelyn Mauldin NEBC p/b Cycle Loft 2L 47 Christine Fort pedalpowertraining.com 2L 48 Patricia Dowd CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM 3L DNF Caroline Mani Raleigh / Clement DNF DNF Cait Dooley Geekhouse Bikes DNF DNF Nicole Duke Raleigh / Clement DNF DNF Nancy Labbe-giguere LadiesFirst Racing DNF
GP Gloucester Elite Men
1 Jeremy Powers RAPHA-FOCUS 1:00:13 2 Ryan Trebon Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 1:00:29 3 Tim Johnson Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 1:00:35 4 Ben Berden Raleigh / Clement 1:00:52 5 Ian Field Hargroves Cycles - Specialized 1:00:59 6 Jamey Driscoll Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com 1:01:23 7 Zach Mcdonald Rapha - Focus 1:01:50 8 Nicolas Bazin Team AUBER 93 1:02:07 9 Brian Matter Gear Grinder / Clif Bar 1:02:12 10 Jesse Anthony Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:02:13 11 Dylan Mcnicholas cyclocrossworld.com 1:02:20 12 Tristan Schouten Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies 1:02:41 13 Christopher Jones Rapha - Focus 1:03:06 14 Yannick Eckmann Cal Giant/Specialized 1:03:12 15 Dan Timmerman RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS 1:03:15 16 Evan Mcneely Specialized Canada 1:03:26 17 Anthony Clark JAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria 1:03:28 18 Bradley White Moms in Tow Cyclocross 1:03:50 19 Travis Livermon Mock Orange Bikes 1:03:56 20 Justin Lindine Redline 1:03:59 21 Jeremy Durrin JAM Fund / NCC 1:04:07 22 Barry Wicks Kona 1:04:11 23 Craig Richey SponsorConnected.com 1:04:13 24 Christian Favata RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS 1:04:16 25 Manny Goguen C.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth 1:04:34 26 Daniel Chabanov RGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS 1:05:08 27 Nicholas Keough www.keoughcyclocross.com 1:05:21 28 Adam Myerson Team SmartStop/Mountain Khakis 1:05:47 29 Erik Tonkin Kona/Team S&M 1:05:51 30 Jeff Bahnson Van Dessel Factory Team 1:06:21 31 Thomas Sampson JAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria 1:06:26 32 Andrew L'esperance Norco Factory Team 1:06:26 33 Joel Desgreniers Ride With Rendall 1:06:26 34 Michael Garrigan stagerace 1:06:28 35 Sheldon Miller Bikeman.com 1:06:30 36 Adam St. germain NBX / Narragansett Beer / Circle A 1:06:37 37 Marc-andre Daigle Garneau-Qu+?becor 1:06:38 38 Michael Broderick Team KENDA-Seven-NoTubes 1:06:58 39 Chase Dickens AMERICAN CLASSIC PRO CYCLOCROSS TEA 1:10:31 40 Jesse Keough www.keoughcyclocross.com 1L 41 Troy Wells Team CLIF BAR 1L 42 Garrett Mcleod Team H&R BLOCK 1L 43 Josh Thornton St. Pete Bike and Fitness 1L 44 Jonathan Schottler Cannondale 1L 45 Synjen Marrocco CyclocrossWorld.com 1L 46 Joachim Parbo Challenge Tires 1L 47 Luke Demoe Evviva/Stoemper 1L 48 Mark Mccormack Clif Bar/Pactimo 1L 49 Patrick Chartrand Les Yables / Rocky Mountain 1L 50 Jean-philippe Thibault-roberge Trek-Bontrager 1L 51 Benjamin Padilla Unattached 2L 52 Felix Wilberg 2L 53 Sylvain Jean 2L 54 Jonathan Hamblen Mock Orange Cyclocross 2L 55 Geoffrey Bouchard nbx bikes/narragansett beer PB : AP 2L 56 John Herrick University of Vermont 2L 57 Evan Huff BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage 2L 58 John Burns Burns Racing 2L 59 Charles Schubert Bikes Not Bombs / Circle A Cycles 2L 60 Maksym Shepitko Hudson Furniture Racing Team 2L 61 Jeffrey Elie Riverside Racing 2L 62 Matteo Dal-cin Ride With Rendall 2L 63 Johannes Huseby Cannondale 2L 64 Thierry Laliberte Xprezo - Borsao 2L 65 Alex Cox CCB Racing 3L 66 Pierre-olivier Boily Siboire 3L 67 Colin Reuter pedalpowertraining.com 3L 68 Adam Sullivan Embrocation Cycling Journal 3L 69 Ian Schon B2C2 3L 70 Donny Green Cycle-Smart Inc. 3L 71 Timothy Durrin NYCROSS 3L 72 Cary Fridrich Mad Alchemy / Verge Rider Cooperati 3L 73 Evan Murphy NYC Velo 3L 74 Noah Tautfest Bicycle ExpressKona Bikes 3L 75 Eric Lundgren JBV Coaching 3L 76 Matthew Green Radical Enterprises 3L 77 Kiernan Orange Ride with Rendall 4L 78 Donald Snoop jr Essex County Velo 4L 79 Andrew Lysaght MIT Cycling p/b FXDD 4L 80 Michael Garrett MIT-FXDD 4L 81 Mike Wissell B2C2 p/b Boloco 4L 82 Gordon Daniell CRCA/W+D Racing 5L 83 Alex Grabau Spin Arts Cycling 5L DNF Joshua Lehmann Sunapee Racing Team DNF DNF Graham Garber Central Wheel DNF DNF Conor O'brien Stevens Racing P/B the Cyclery DNF DNF Derrick St john Stevens p/b The Cyclery DNF DNF Robert Marion American Classic Pro Team DNF DNF Flavien Dassonville Team AUBER 93 DNF
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