Jeremy Powers celebrates with the spectators after winning the first Planet Bike Cup USGP in Wisconsin. © Wil Matthews

Jeremy Powers shown here celebrating after winning the first Planet Bike Cup USGP in Wisconsin © Wil Matthews

by Marion Hambrick

Gloucester, MA – Tropical Storm Nicole welcomed racers to Gloucester with torrential rains and winds but proved no match for Laura van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Jeremy Powers (, who battled to victories in the Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester Elite Women’s and Men’s races. Van Gilder currently leads both the Champion System MAC Series and the National Calendar Cyclo-Cross Series standings while Powers came in to the race second only to teammate Tim Johnson in the US Gran Prix overall standings.

Elite Men
After delivering the one-two punch at last weekend’s USGP Planet Bike Cup, Jeremy Powers and Tim Johnson of came to Gloucester primed to continue their dominance in the North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) series.

Jeremy Powers gained the early lead with Johnson, Ryan Trebon (Kona), Luca Damiani (Kenda Pro Cycling) and Davide Frattini (Hudz-Subaru) in pursuit. Trebon launched an attack and took the lead with teammates Powers and Johnson giving chase. Tristan Schouten (Planet Bike-Blue Competition Cycles) moved up to join the chase group with Frattini and Damiani. Trebon, Powers and Johnson continued to lead the race, putting several seconds between themselves and the chasers.

Not to be outdone by his teammates, Jamey Driscoll ( moved his way up through the pack and bridged to join the chase group with Schouten and Frattini. Trebon continued to push the pace and held the lead until Johnson made a key pass at the barriers. Powers later took the lead with Trebon and Johnson in close proximity. Teammates Powers and Johnson continued to trade positions while pushing the pace. The two eventually created a 22-second gap between themselves and chasers, leaving Trebon and Schouten to solo in for third and fourth positions, respectively. Johnson held the lead until his untimely bike change in the last lap gave Powers a 13-second gap and the win.

Commenting on the race, Frattini Tweeted, “Happy for my 6th place at Gloucester Day One after a week where I spent more time driving my car than riding my bike.” Frattini will join Johnson, Trebon, and others at the start Sunday as Powers goes for back-to-back wins at Gloucester.

Elite Women
Coming off top-10 finishes in the Planet Bike Cup, Amy Dombroski (Luna) took the early lead at the start. Maureen Bruno-Roy (Seven Cycles-Bob’s Red Mill) and Meredith Miller (Cal Giant-Specialized) gave chase, catching Dombroski near the end of the first lap. Miller later put some distance between herself and Bruno-Roy to turn up the heat on Dombroski. At the run-up, the two created a gap with chasers van Gilder, Bruno-Roy, Andrea Smith and Natasha Elliott in hot pursuit. However, they proved no match for the two leaders. The fast pace shattered the field and split the riders into smaller groups.

Dombroski and Miller continued to push, trading places for first and second positions, until a bike-handling miscue caused Miller to drop from first to fourth. Dombroski capitalized on the slip and regained the lead. She along with Miller, Bruno-Roy, Sally Annis ( Cycles) and van Gilder put seven seconds between themselves and chasers Wendy Simms, Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) and Kaitlin Antonneau ( The young Antonneau would go on to take an impressive sixth place in the race affectionately known as “The New England World Championships.”

Miller later powered back to the front with Simms on her wheel, then attacked to leave Simms behind. Van Gilder continued her pursuit of Miller, while Annis attempted to bridge up to the leaders. Miller and van Gilder created a three-second gap on Annis, while Dombroski remained further back and Elliott a distant fourth. A flat tire took Annis out of the running for the podium. Miller and van Gilder continued to push, creating a small buffer between themselves and Elliott. In the battle to the line, van Gilder attacked in the last quarter-lap and took the win.

Dombroski Tweeted, “Tough race in Gloucester today. Laura van Gilder took the big win. She is pure class.” In her post-race blog, Dombroski indicated she would not compete in Sunday’s race. However, expect the fireworks to continue as van Gilder, Miller, Annis, and others return for a second day of action in Gloucester.

Photo Gallery:

Elite Men:

3Ryan Trebon1:03:00Kona
4Tristan Prima
6Davide Frattini1:04:09HUDZ-Subaru
7Valentin Scherz1:04:40Cyfac-Champion System p/b Revolution Wheelworks
8Justin’s Garage-Scott
9Derrick St John1:05:05Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy
10Jesse Anthony1:05:23California Giant-Specialized
11Luca Damiani1:05:55Kenda p/b Geargrinder
12Dylan Mcnicholas1:06:04PEDROS
13Jerome’s Garage-Scott
14Adam Myerson1:06:21Team Mountain Khakis fueled by Jittery Joe’s
15Philip Wong1:06:22Antero Resources – Seaside Cycle
16Evan McNeely1:06:39EMD Serono-Specialized
17Dave Hackworthy1:06:46Clement CX
18Matthew O’Keefe1:07:17CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM
19Simon Lambert Lemay1:07:36SpiderTech powered by Planet Energy
20Pascal Bussieres1:07:40Team Spirit-Cannondale pb Rhus Elementi
21Anthony Grand1:07:48Cyfac-Champion System p/b Revolution Wheelworks
22Christian Favata1:08:03Favata’s Tablerock Tours and Bikes
24Emmanuel’s Garage
25Adam Snyder1:08:32Team Jamis
26Brian Wilichoski1:08:46CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM
27Erik Box1:09:04Cycles Devinci
28Luke Keough1:09:11Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
29Shawn Milne1:09:25Antero Resources – Seaside Cycle
30Shawn Adamson1:09:39Cycle-Smart
31Steve Fisher1:09:43Rad Racing NW-Hagens Berman LLP
32Zachary Hughes1:09:46
33Aroussen LaFlamme1:09:48Xprezo-Borsao
34Graham Garber1:09:49Silver Bull
35Jesse Keough1:10:00Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
36Kevin Wolfson1:10:10Independent Fabrication
37Gregory Whitney1:10:26B2C2 p/b Boloco
38Cary Fridrich1:10:34EMBROCATION CYCLING JOURNAL p/b Mad Alchemy
39Joshua Lehmann1:12:56Pedro’s Race Team
40John Hanson1 lapSilver Bull-Central Wheel
41Colin Reuter1
42Thierry Laliberte1 lapXprezo-Borsao
43James Harmon1 lap503 Cycleworx-LHCC
44Stephen Pierce1 lapCambridge Bicycle-Igleheart Frames
45Patrick Goguen1 lapTEAM CF
46John Burns1
47Colin Murphy1 lapEmbrocation Cycling Journal
48Peter Hurst1 lapAXA Equitable Cycling Team-CRCA
49Michael Hemme1 lapCourage
50Nicholas Weighall1 lapCalifornia Giant-Specialized
51Kiernan Orange1 lapRide with Rendall
52Corey Knowles1 lapTeam ROG
53Adam Sullivan1 lapWheelhouse-NCC
54David Wilcox2 lapsPEDROS
55Collin Huston2 lapsMoots
56Tom Gosselin2 lapsFRANK Bikes p/b Kennebunkport Bicycle Co.
57Ryan O’Hara2 laps
58Jonathan Awerbuch2
59Pierre Vanden Borre2 lapsEmbrocation Cycling Journal-Mad Alchemy
60Conor O\’Brien2 lapsEMD Serono Specialized
61Cort Cramer2 lapsSvelte Cycles
62Myles Romanow3 lapsKissena
63Rodrigo Moraes3 lapsEdgartown Bicycles
64Christopher Ragusa3 lapsCCB Racing-Wheelworks
65Antoine Duchesne3 lapsCycle Regis
66Daniel Zotter4 lapsTeam ROG
67Peter MacLeod4 lapsBlue Hills Cycling Club
68Michael Wissell4 lapsB2C2
69Ryan Kelly4
70David Sommerville4 lapsCyfac-Champion System Racing Team p/b Revolution Wheelworks
DNFJustin SpinelliRichard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix
DNFPierrick NaudRocky Mountain
DNFPeter BradshawEmbrocation Cycling Journal
DNFMarc-Andre DaigleGarneau-ClubChaussures-OgilyRenaud
DNFNicholas KeoughChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
DNFwilliam GoodfellowRide with Rendall
DNFChristopher DaleRaleigh All Stars p/b Southeastern Ortho
DNFIsaac HoweTeam Mountain Khakis
DNFPierre-etienne BoivinTeam Spirit p/b Cannondale

Elite Women:

1Laura van Gilder0:45:01C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
2Meredith Miller0:45:03California Giant-Specialized
3Natasha Elliott0:45:21Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy
4Wendy Simms0:45:39
5Amy Dombroski0:45:45Luna Pro Team
7Andrea Smith0:46:02LadiesFirst Racing
8Sally p/b JRA Cycles
9Crystal Anthony0:46:21LadiesFirst Racing
11Maureen Bruno Roy0:46:26Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
12Linnea Koons0:46:28Embrocation Cycling Journal
13Ann D’Ambruoso0:46:33LadiesFirst Racing
14Rebecca Blatt0:46:47Silver Bull-Central Wheel
15Arley Kemmerer0:46:55C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
16Anna Barensfeld0:46:58LadiesFirst Racing
17Christina Tamilio0:47:02LadiesFirst Racing
18Kristin Gavin0:47:44Team CF
19Lara Kroepsch0:47:47Hudz-Subaru
20Nicole Thiemann0:48:01Team CF
21Melissa Ross0:48:09Team MMWR-Landry’s Bicycles
22Cassandra Maximenko0:48:22silverbull centralwheel
23Marilyn Ruseckas0:48:25Seven Cycles-NoTubes-FitWerx
24Sheila Vibert0:48:28New Hampshire Cycling Club
25Rebecca Wellons0:48:31Pedro’s
26Lenore Pipes0:48:59The Wistar Institute
27Allison Snooks0:49:07LadiesFirst Racing
29Frances Morrison0:50:24Wheelhouse-NCC
30Giulia Righi0:51:00Silver Bull
31Laura Ralston0:51:42MIT
32Jessica Hayes-Conroy0:51:57North Atlantic
33Marian Jamison0:52:20Seaside Cycle
34Jocelyn Mauldin0:52:24Mock Orange Bikes
35Clara Kelly0:52:31NEBC-Cycle Loft-Devonshire Dental
36Janis Sandlin0:52:58Tough Girl-Scott
37Danielle Ruane0:53:46Sunapee-Continental Paving-Revolution Cyclery
38Kerry Barnholt1 lapScott Ritchey
DNFKari StudleyRedline
DNFKristine ChurchHuman Zoom-Pabst Blue Ribbon
DNFEvie EdwardsPerformance Bicycle Racing
DNFPauline FrasconeBicycle Concepts
DNFAmy CutlerTeam EPS-CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery