Mary McConneloug once again clobbers the elite women. Baystate Cyclocross, Day 1. © Paul Weiss

Mary McConneloug once again clobbers the elite women. Baystate Cyclocross, Day 1. © Paul Weiss

Sterling, MA – Temperatures in the mid-40s with whipping winds greeted racers today in Sterling, Massachusetts for the eleventh round of the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series. Some very impressive performances came from all sides, elite and amateur, men and women. Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) dominated the elite women while Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/ was on top of the elite men.

The women’s race shook out quickly with McConneloug, Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) and series leader Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing) off the front by the time they reached the horse jump only a third of a lap in. A bottleneck in the set of turns directly after the horse jump helped to make the selection, allowing the four women in the front to create an insurmountable lead.

From there on, it was a game of strength with McConneloug able to extend herself beyond her chasers. Behind her Smith broke free only a few seconds behind but was never able to close the gap. In pursuit of her, Wellons and Bruno Roy matched each other on their strengths, but were never able to close down the space to Smith who ended up second.

Coming into the finishing straight, Bruno Roy attempted to put some space between herself and Wellons but was unable to shake her. Wellons timed her sprint perfectly and came around for a podium finish. Despite her fourth place, Bruno Roy maintained her hold on the leader’s jersey for another day.

In the elite men, last-minute registrant Jeremy Powers took control of the race quickly, starting at the front of a group containing Adam Myerson (Cycle Smart), elite series leader Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix), and U-23 series leader Luke Keough.

A bobble by Keough in front of Myerson gave Powers and Timmerman the space they needed to make this a two-horse race. Behind them formed a strong and motivated chase group of Myerson, Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix), Justin Lindine (’s Garage/IF), Will Dugan (Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix), Justin Spinelli (Svelte Cycles) and Mike Broderick (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) at bay.

Dan Timmerman leads lap 1. Baystate Cyclocross, Day 1. © Paul Weiss

Dan Timmerman leads lap 1. Baystate Cyclocross, Day 1. © Paul Weiss

Powers and Timmerman held the chase at arm’s length for much of the race, despite a brutal headwind that stopped them both dead in their tracks at one point. Taking advantage of the wind, Lindine attacked his group and made contact with the two leaders. The catch was met with great enthusiasm from the crowd, but it was short-lived as Powers and Timmerman had no interest in a passenger on their train, pulling away before Lindine had a chance to recover.

In a similar fashion, Powers turned on his afterburners and very slowly rode Timmerman off his wheel, little by little, Timmerman found himself alone. Powers cruised home for yet another victory on his stellar season. Timmerman maintained his second through the finish with Lindine rounding out the podium. Jerome Townsend (’s Garage/IF) fought his way up and won a four-way sprint for seventh and the U-23 victory.

The Masters 35+ race was, once again, a battle between series leader Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) and the Corner Cycle duo of Johnny Bold and Kevin Hines. Today, they had company in the lead group in the person of Kurt Perham ( who took the holeshot, avoiding the bottleneck on the run-up and making the selection at the front.

Bold, Hines and Aspholm were able to ride tempo and away from the rest of the field, per usual, and shedding Perham. With two to go, Hines made a huge dig going into a technical set of corners with Bold on the front of the group. With his teammate unwilling to chase, he gained nearly ten seconds before Aspholm was able to counter the move. Once it came back together, Aspholm rode the group like a chess match. Coming onto the straightaway finish, Aspholm was able to hold off Bold for another series victory, with Bold in second and Hines third.

The U-19 race showed, once again, the dominance of EMD Serono/Specialized racer Evan McNeely from Kingston, Ontario. Behind him, Jesse Keough (CL Noonan/KAM/Coast to Coast) and Joshua Lehmann (Sunapee) battled for the second and third steps of the podium. McNeely’s victory is his seventh in eight attempts in Verge races this season.

In the U-15 race, Peter Goguen (Minuteman Road Club) and Austin Vincent (CL Noonan/KAM/Coast to Coast) once again battled for the top. In what is proving to be one of the best competitions of the series, Goguen got the best of Vincent for the fourth time this season. Vincent, who had been a bit under the weather, managed to keep a hold on second place despite a hard rush from Joshua Anderson, who finished third in only the third bike race he’s ever entered.

Racing on Sunday begins at 8:30am with the Cat4 and Cat4 35+ race. Tom Stevens’s new course for the Sunday race is expected to add a number of new features and take even better advantage of the Chocksett Middle School grounds. It will be the last race before the decisive series finale next weekend in Warwick, Rhode Island.

Photo Gallery, by Paul Weiss:

Photo Gallery, by Natasha McKittrick:


Elite Men

1Jeremy PowersCannondale-Cyclocrossworld
2Dan TimmermanRichard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix
3Justin / Joe’s Garage / IF
4Josh DillonRichard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix
6Justin SpinelliSvelte Cycles
7Jerome / Joe’s Garage / IF
8Adam MyersonCycle-Smart
9Nathaniel / Joe’s Garage / IF
10Michael BroderickKENDA-Seven-NoTubes
11Luke KeoughTeam Champion System
12Alec DonahueCycle-Smart / NCC
13Peter BradshawEmbrocation Cycling Journal
15Adam SnyderTeam Jamis
16Damian SchmittSunnyside Sports
17Adam SullivanCycle-Smart / NCC
19Colin ReuterInternational Bicycle/
20Pete SmithEmbrocation Cycling Journal
21Chad WellsHUDZ- Subaru
22Thierry LaliberteXprezo
23Ryan O’HaraCambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames
24Kevin SweeneyInternational Bicycle Center
25Jeremy GardnerHUDZ- Subaru
26Ryan KellyNorEast Cycling
27Hunter PronovostCheshire Cycle Racing
dnfManny / Joe’s Garage / IF
dnfMichael ReaNorEast Cycling

Elite Women

2AndreaSmithMinuteman Road Club
3RebeccaWellonsTeam Plan C
4MaureenBruno RoyMM Racing p/b Seven Cycles
5AnnaBarensfeldMinuteman Road Club
7AnnD’AmbruosoMinuteman Road Club
8ArielleFilibertiDartmouth College
9SallyAnnisHub Racing
10RebeccaBlattUS Army/ Central Wheel / Joe’s Garage / IF
12PerriMertensEmbrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
13EmmaBastCycle-Smart / NCC
14JenniferMaxwellATAC Sportswear p/b Bike Rack DC
15MarilynRuseckasSeven Cycles
17ChristinaTamilioMinuteman Road Club
18NataliaGardiolCambridge Bicycle/Igleheart Frames
19BethMasonVerge Test Pilot
20AllisonSnooksMinuteman Road Club
21EmilyCurryJoe’s Garage
22CrystalAnthonyMinuteman Road Club