Myerson and Annis are Tops at Verge NBX GP of ’Cross

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St John and Myerson battled for the whole race.

St John and Myerson battled for the whole race. ©Peter Ozolins Photography

The second-to-last round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series did not disappoint today in Warwick, Rhode Island. Coming into the weekend, the battle for the elite titles for both men and women were extremely tight with Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) and Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) wearing the jerseys. A better stage could not have been set for the NBX GP of ‘Cross at Goddard Park. Under bright sunlight with temperatures in the 40s racers tackled the course which featured a long sand run and lots of elevation change but also long power sections.

The Women get underway.

The Women get underway. ©Peter Ozolins Photography

Elite Women

The elite women’s race was hard-fought from the start, as a group of seven racers formed at the front. The group contained favorites like Laura van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes), Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club/Chaussures/Ogilvy), Sally Annis (Crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing). Also in the lead group were Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles), Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing) and Nicole Thiemann (Team CF). As the laps ticked by, the torrid pace set by the women at the front caused Thiemann to drop off the pace and eventually dropped Smith and Anthony with two to go. Bresnick-Zocchi put in some hard efforts to push Smith off the back and fell victim to the pace as well. With one to go, the race was down to three, Laura van Gilder, Natasha Elliott and Sally Annis.

Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) barely outkicked Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes)

Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) barely outkicked van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) ©Peter Ozolins Photography

Elliott drove the pace for much of the lap while van Gilder sat in, clearly looking to take advantage of a sprint finish. At the final turn though, it was Sally Annis who was able to take the sprint ahead of van Gilder. Smith came across the line fifth, behind Bresnick-Zocchi. Coming off what was clearly the best victory of her career, Annis was able to once again don the series leader’s jersey, but her lead is a scant five points going into the series finale on Sunday.

The Men start. (Peter Ozolins Photography)

The Men start. ©Peter Ozolins Photography

Elite Men

The Elite Men’s race developed in a similar fashion with a big group at the start that was slowly whittled down to a select few. Jerome Townsend (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) drove the pace for most of the first lap, carrying his teammate and series leader Justin Lindine. Also making the early selection were Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart), Derrick St John (Garneau Club/Chaussure/Ogilvy), Christian Favata (Favata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes), Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix), Andrew Wulfkuhle (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) and Manny Goguen (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott). As Townsend began to fade, Lindine took to the front and drove the pace, hoping to shed Myerson but may have put out too much and overcooked a turn, giving St John and Myerson the opportunity they needed as they shot off the front. Lindine at this point had fallen back to fifth position behind Christian Favata and Manny Goguen. Myerson and St John were both driving the pace, with St John doing the lion’s share of the work, putting total effort out of each corner trying to crack Myerson’s resolve.

Myerson’s second-ever UCI victory.

Myerson’s second-ever UCI victory. ©Peter Ozolins Photography

Though he came to the brink, Myerson would not let the gap open; closing it down each time St John entered a corner. Behind, Lindine made it up to the group of Favata and Goguen and upped the pace, dropping Goguen. On the final lap, Myerson took to the front, driving the pace towards the finish, taking advantage of the weaknesses he’d seen in St John’s riding. Coming on to the finishing straight, Myerson was on the front and was not about to let St John come around. Forty seconds later, Favata and Lindine came onto the pavement neck and neck and Lindine mashed his way to third place. The win was Myerson’s second UCI victory of the season and his career and it brought him to the brink of taking the series lead. Between Lindine and Myerson, whichever of these great racers crosses the finish line first on Sunday will take the victory in the Verge NECCS.

Elite Women’s Photo Gallery:

Elite Men’s Photo Gallery:

Women’s Results:

Elite Women
Pos Bib First Name Last Name Team Time
1 101 Sally ANNIS CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 35:33
2 100 Laura VAN GILDER C3 ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES 00:01
3 102 Natasha ELLIOTT GARNEAU CLUB CHAUSSURES – OGILVY 00:02
4 119 Sara BRESNICK-ZOCCHI CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 00:12
5 103 Andrea SMITH LADIESFIRST RACING 00:22
6 108 Crystal ANTHONY LADIESFIRST RACING 00:22
7 104 Arley KEMMERER C3 – ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES 00:56
8 106 Ann D’AMBRUOSO LADIESFIRST RACING 00:56
9 105 Carolyn POPOVIC PAVALLEYS.COM 00:59
10 107 Nicole THIEMANN TEAM CF 01:09
11 114 Catherine STERLING BIKEMAN.COM 01:34
12 110 Jennifer MAXWELL VAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM P/B STERKE MEIDEN 01:38
13 109 Christina TAMILIO LADIESFIRST RACING 01:41
14 111 Rebecca WELLONS PEDRO’S 01:59
15 113 Allison SNOOKS LADIESFIRST RACING 02:10
16 116 Laura RALSTON MIT CYCLING/FXDD 02:18
17 118 Cassandra MAXIMENKO SILVERBULL CENTRALWHEEL 02:24
18 112 Sarah KRZYSIAK NYCROSS.COM / CBRC 03:00
19 117 Jessica HAYES CONROY NORTH AMERICAN VELO 04:46
DNF 120 Frances MORRISON WHEELHOUSE/NCC CYCLING TEAM

Men’s Results:

Elite Men
Pos Bib First Name Last Name Team Points Time
1 41 Adam MYERSON CYCLE-SMART 40 1:00:00
2 2 Derrick ST JOHN GARNEAU CLUB CHAUSSURES – OGILVY 30 0:00:00
3 1 Justin LINDINE BIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / SCOTT 20 0:00:40
4 8 Christian FAVATA FAVATA’S TABLEROCK TOURS AND BIKES 15 0:00:40
5 6 Andrew WULFKUHLE C3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES 10 0:00:48
6 7 Josh DILLON RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX 8 0:00:48
7 5 Jerome TOWNSEND BIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / SCOTT 6 0:00:57
8 9 Manny GOGUEN BIKEREG.COM / JOE’S GARAGE / SCOTT 4 0:01:42
9 20 Alec DONAHUE WHEELHOUSE/NCC 2 0:01:59
10 12 Daniel CHABANOV NYCROSS.COM / CBRC 1 0:02:04
11 14 Kevin SWEENEY CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES 0:02:06
12 15 Cary FRIDRICH EMBROCATION P/B WINGMAN.COM 0:02:24
13 17 Patrick BRADLEY RUTGERS UNIVERSITY | RALEIGH | KIM’S BIKE SHOP 0:02:46
14 16 Erik BOX THE HUB RACE TEAM 0:02:50
15 40 David WILCOX PEDRO’S GRASSROOTS CYCLING CLUB 0:03:17
16 18 John BURNS BIKEMAN.COM 0:03:23
17 26 Evan HUFF BIKEREG.COM 0:03:24
18 13 Derek HARDINGE LAPDOGS CYCLING CLUB 0:03:27
19 4 Nicholas KEOUGH CHAMPION SYSTEM P/B KEOUGH CYCLOCROSS 0:03:28
20 39 Michael WISSELL B2C2 0:03:41
21 10 Nathan CHOWN HANDLEBARS CC 0:04:01
22 11 Wayne BRAY MVP HEALTH CARE 0:04:01
23 24 John HANSON SILVER BULL/CENTRAL WHEEL 0:04:02
24 28 Jesse KEOUGH CHAMPION SYSTEM P/B KEOUGH CYCLOCROSS 0:04:04
25 34 Adam SULLIVAN EMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL 0:04:12
26 32 Stephen PIERCE CAMBRIDGE BICYCLE / IGLEHEART FRAMES 0:04:59
27 27 Peter HURST AXA EQUITABLE CYCLING TEAM/CRCA 0:05:08
28 23 Christopher HAMLIN UVM CYCLING 0:05:55
29 29 Joshua LEHMANN PEDROS 0:06:08
30 36 Pierre VANDEN BORRE EMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL / MAD ALCHEMY 0:06:18
31 30 Rodrigo MORAES EDGARTOWN BICYCLES 0:06:35
32 33 Alistair SPONSEL VAN DESSEL FACTORY TEAM 0:06:36
33 22 Peter HAGERTY ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 4laps
DNF 25 Steven HOPENGARTEN WHEELWORKS RACING

 

 

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