Fending off Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) took her second win in two days at the final race in the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series with teammate Sally Annis (Crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) finishing second and Van Gilder chasing for third after suffering an untimely crash near the finish.
As with the men’s race, the lead group remained intact and large for most of the race with thirteen riders contending for the win. Smith and Annis patrolled the front with Van Gilder and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) watching closely for the majority of the race.
With a lap and a half remaining, the faster paced had whittled the field down to five riders. Smith, Bruno Roy, Annis, Van Gilder and Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing) were the only ones to make the selection. Soon, the pace proved too much for Bruno Roy and Anthony, who both slipped out of the lead group on the final lap.
Exiting from the sand, Smith was first wheel and Van Gilder crashed on a rooted corner. Seizing the opportunity, Smith attacked and instantly had a gap of ten seconds. Van Gilder chased but was unable to reach Smith or react to an acceleration by Annis. However, Van Gilder’s third place finish was enough to give her the Shimano Series overall victory, netting her a paycheck of $5000.
Results after the gallery.
1 100 0:37:59 ANDREA SMITH LADIESFIRST RACING SOMERVILLE MA 40 2 101 0:38:01 SALLY ANNIS CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES NASHUA NH 30 3 129 0:38:01 LAURA VAN GILDER C3 PB MELLOW MUSHROOM CRESCO PA 20 4 103 0:38:02 CRYSTAL ANTHONY LADIESFIRST RACING BEVERLY MA 15 5 117 0:38:05 MAUREEN BRUNO ROY TEAM BOB'S RED MILL PB SEVEN CYCLES ARLINGTON MA 10 6 104 0:38:39 ARLEY KEMMERER C3 - ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES SAYLORSBURG PA 8 7 102 0:38:39 NICOLE THIEMANN TEAM CF PHILADELPHIA PA 6 8 125 0:38:40 CASSANDRA MAXIMENKO SILVERBULL CENTRALWHEEL NAUGATUCK CT 4 9 107 0:38:42 CATHERINE STERLING BIKEMAN.COM WORCESTER MA 2 10 109 0:38:42 REBECCA WELLONS QUAD CYCLES WOBURN MA 1 11 105 0:39:05 CAROLYN POPOVIC TEAM CF EAST NORRITON PA 12 106 0:39:33 ELLE ANDERSON LADIESFIRST RACING LEBANON NH 13 111 0:39:36 FRANCES MORRISON J.A.M. FUND / NCC EASTHAMPTON MA 14 126 0:39:45 LAURA RALSTON MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY P/B FXDD CAMBRIDGE MA 15 123 0:39:51 KATHLEEN LYSAKOWSKI CYCLE LODGE WARE MA 16 131 0:40:10 LIZ LUKOWSKI NYCROSS.COM ALBANY NY 17 110 0:40:17 BRITTLEE BOWMAN CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES NEW YORK NY 18 108 0:40:22 STACEY BARBOSSA ELITE ENDURANCE TRAINING SYSTEMS RUTHERFORD NJ 19 115 0:40:25 CHRISTINA BIRCH MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY / FXDD SOMERVILLE MA 20 113 0:40:25 CHRISTINA TAMILIO LADIESFIRST RACING BRIGHTON MA 21 122 0:40:28 JULIE LAFRENIERE STEVENS RACING P/B THE CYCLERY GRACEFIELD QC 22 119 0:40:30 MOLLY HURFORD TEAM ROCKSTAR GAMES / SIGNATURE CYCLES HAMPTON NJ 23 128 0:41:18 KATHRYN ROSZKO BIKEREG.COM / JOE'S GARAGE NORTHAMPTON MA 24 116 0:41:28 BRYNA BLANCHARD NORTH AMERICAN VELO TROY NY 25 121 0:41:55 NANCY LABBE-GIGUERE LADIESFIRST RACING ARLINGTON MA 26 124 0:42:49 JOCELYN MAULDIN NEBC P/B CYCLELOFT WATERTOWN MA 27 127 0:43:48 MELISSA ROSS TEAM KENDA PRESENTED BY GEARGRINDER NORWOOD MA 28 130 0:44:48 KATHLEEN WULFKUHLE C3-ATHLETES SERVING ATHLETES LANCASTER PA 29 118 0:45:18 CHRISTINE FORT CROSSRESULTS.COM P/B JRA CYCLES SOMERVILLE MA DNF 132 LINNEA KOONS EMBROCATION ROXBURY MA DNS 112 LAUREN KLING NEW ENGLAND ATHLETIC CYCLOCROSS SOMERVILLE MA DNS 114 JENA GREASER NOREAST CYCLING NEWTON MA DNS 120 SARAH KRZYSIAK NYCROSS.COM UTICA NY