The course claimed plenty of victims © Bob Jenney (545velo.com)

The course claimed plenty of victims © Bob Jenney (545velo.com)

by Jeffrey Bramhall

Shrewsbury, MA. – The Night Weasels Cometh presented by BikeJD.com brought New England racers a truly unique experience under the lights at the Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) and Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) took wins in the Elite races, both handily over extremely strong fields, but everyone who came to the race was treated to the first real cyclocross conditions of the season combined with a festive atmosphere more reminiscent of Portland than New England. The race, organized by Colin Reuter of crossresults.com, Linnea Koons of Embrocation Cycling Journal and Chip Baker of HUP United, was a first attempt at holding a midweek race between two of the biggest race weekends in New England – Gloucester and Providence.

Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) takes her victory. © Russ Campbell (russcam.com)

Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) takes her victory. © Russ Campbell (russcam.com)

The course wound across the Ski Ward hill, forcing racers to climb and descend across a tight, sinewy track. The two days of rain leading up to the race meant for a slick, soft, greasy course with challenging ruts throughout. The mud combined with the course’s thick grass kept the Pedro’s bike wash humming well into the night, letting the racers enjoy the fun and friendly atmosphere. The prize list reflected the atmosphere, awarding a bag of sand to the winner of the Cat 3 race, an award to the last woman on Meredith Miller’s lead lap and a prize for the worst mechanical of the night.

Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe's Garage/Scott) in lap one traffic. photo:© Russ Campbell (russcam.com)

Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe's Garage/Scott) in lap one traffic. photo:© Russ Campbell (russcam.com)

As predicted by the pre-race prize list, the Elite Women’s race was dominated by Meredith Miller. From the first lap to the last, she held a gap over a hard-charging group of chasers. Behind Miller, Crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles teammates Sarah Bresnick-Zocchi and Sally Annis were battling to complete the podium with Bresnick-Zocchi getting the edge in the final lap as Annis flatted shortly before the finish and ran across the line. Coming out of retirement for Night Weasels was Lyne Bessette (cyclocrossworld.com) who crossed the line fourth in her return to racing. Co-promoter Linnea Koons came across the line fifth for Embrocation Cycling Journal.

The Elite Men seemed a replay of the Nor’easter race 10 days prior at Loon Mountain, where Justin Lindine followed a massive start by his teammate Jerome Townsend and took victory. The difference last night at Ski Ward was that this time Townsend stayed in the race. Townsend pulled in second just ahead of Alec Donahue (Wheelhouse-NCC). Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) came across the line fourth. Mixed in with the Elites was a selection of big name Masters who were racing for a secondary prize list. In a fantastic duel, Rob Hult (Gear Works/Spin Arts) edged Masters national champ Jonny Bold (Corner Cycle) to take top honors.

Late into the night, well after the last prizes had been awarded, there was a palpable buzz about the venue. The Night Weasels Cometh clearly filled a void in the New England cyclocross calendar and will hopefully be back next year.

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Full Results:


Cat 1/2/3 Men60 minutes61starters
Place40+BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeamCityState
18010:55:08JustinLindineBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / ScottNew SalemMA
28040:56:48JeromeTownsendBikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / ScottPrincetonMA
38100:56:48AlecDonahueWheelhouse / NCCEasthamptonMA
48030:57:14AdamMyersonCycle-SmartBostonMA
58060:57:33SteveFisherRad Racing NW / Hagens Berman LLPBellinghamWA
68160:57:39AdamSnyderTeam JamisWestminsterMA
718070:58:00RobHultGear Works/Spin ArtsHarvardMA
828020:58:00JonnyBoldCorner CycleMarstons MillsMA
98080:58:36ShawnMilneSeaside Cycle – Antero ResourcesGloucesterMA
108110:58:36BrianWilichoskiCYCLOCROSSWORLD.COMDanversMA
118140:59:27MannyGoguenBikeReg,com/Joe’s Garage/ScottHopedaleMA
128120:59:27PeterBradshawEmbrocation Cycling JournalBostonMA
138240:59:54DavidWilcoxPEDROSJamaica PlainMA
148211:00:18JeremyDurrinWheelhouse / NCCAmherstMA
158501:00:18MatthewSimpsonPedro’sLondonderryNH
1638131:00:47ToddBowdenCVC Subaru of New EnglandGlastonburyCT
178281:00:47JohnFoleyBicycle ConceptsSturbridgeMA
188201:01:35PeteSmithEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad AlchemyMerrimacMA
198371:01:35JoshuaLehmannPEDROSWeareNH
208251:01:48MichaelWissellB2C2AllstonMA
218651:02:02SynjenMarroccoUnattachedHansonMA
224817lapKeithGauvinExpo/Superior EnergyEllingtonCT
235818lapMikeRowellNEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire DentalBedfordMA
24847lapTimothyDaigneaultBicycle conceptDudleyMA
25849lapNicholasMashburnSvelte CyclesCambridgeMA
26822lapCaryFridrichEmbrocation Cycling JournalCharlestownMA
27831lapSheldonMillerBikeman.comCraftsbury CommonVT
28826lapCliffKenyonExpo/Superior EnergyManchesterCT
296815lapMarkGunsalusTeam FUJI/Clif BarDudleyMA
307840lapMatthewDomnarskiHorst-Benidorm-Property Research Corp.WareMA
31842lapTomGosselinFRANK BikesOld Orchard BeachME
32866lapMukundaFeldmanWheelhouse/NCC Cycling TeamEasthamptonMA
33835lapHunterPronovostCheshire Cycle Racing – cyclistsarenotrockstars.comCheshireCT
34856lapScottGlowaSvelte CyclesProvidenceRI
358863lapAlanDouglassWilbrahamMA
36832lapStephenPierceCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart FramesSomervilleMA
37844lapMattMitchell545 VeloWestonMA
38851lapGregoryVigneauxGearworks/Spin ArtsBoltonMA
39848lapMiroKoulnisBikeReg.comWorcesterMA
40838lapCortCramerSvelte CyclesBelmontMA
41852lapRodrigoMoraesEdgartown BicyclesWest TisburyMA
429855lapEricGoodsonEMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNALWellesleyMA
43864lapHarryPrecourtTwin SixSudburyMA
4410858lapPeterAbdinoorTeam PsychoSouth HamiltonMA
45857lapJeffGeltSilver Bull/Central Wheel of Farmington CTFarmingtonCT
4611854lapPaulCoxCCB / WheelworksHaverhillMA
47867lapTimJansonRensselaer Polytechnic InstituteTroyNY
48843lapRyanKellycrossresults.com p/b JRA CyclesDoverNH
49833lapR. MichaelMcKittrickCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart FramesCambridge, MaMA
50834lapPeterRubijonoEmbrocation Cycling JournalWatertownMA
51860lapJoshuaGunnEmbrocation Cycling JournalCambridgeMA
Cat 1/2/3 Women40 minutes28starters
Placecat 3BibTimeFirst NameLast NameTeamCityState
110:35:02MeredithMillerCalifornia Giant/SpecializedFt. CollinsCO
220:35:23SarahBresnick-Zocchicrossresults.com p/b JRA CyclesArlingtonMA
330:35:59SallyAnniscrossresults.com p/b JRA CyclesNashuaNH
4230:36:26LynneBessetteCyclocrossworld.comBeverlyMA
550:37:08LinneaKoonsEmbrocation Cycling JournalSomervilleMA
660:37:38AnnaBarensfeldLadiesFirst RacingWellesleyMA
7140:37:44RebeccaBlattsilver bull/central wheelWest HartfordCT
870:37:44KateNorthcottBEAM TEAM RACINGWalpoleNH
990:39:12CatherineSterlingWorcesterMA
10280:39:32AlexandraJospeUmass Bicycle Racing ClubAmherstMA
113120:39:43ElizabethWhiteBLUE STEEL CYCLERYBedfordNH
12260:39:48FrancesMorrisonWheelhouse/NCC Cycling TeamEasthamptonMA
13270:39:48DarcyFoleyBicycle ConceptsSturbridgeMA
144130:40:41ChristineFortcrossresults.com p/b JRA CyclesSomervilleMA
15250:40:49JenniferO’DonnellCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
165110:41:26LaurenKlingB2C2 p/b BolocoAllstonMA
176140:42:31RachelBrownInternational BicycleSomervilleMA
187160:42:53CathyRowellNEBC/CycleLoft/DevonshireDentalBedfordMA
198100:43:11OliviaHarknessFRANK BikesPortlandME
209280:43:27ElizabethLukowskiNYCROSS.comAlbanyNY
211024lapKarenNashCCB RacingNorth HamptonNH
221120lapLilyRichesonCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart FramesSomervilleMA
231219lapLeahPappas-BarnesCycle-SmartArlingtonMA
241318lapTeriCarilliNEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire DentalLexingtonMA
251422lapStarrWalkerTIB / HUP / WheelworksWalthamMA