by Keith Hower
Mary McConneloug took Laura Van Gilder in a sprint for the line, after the duo jockeyed with Sally Annis for the better part of the race. McConneloug and Van Gilder were able to distance Annis towards the end, leading to a two-up battle on the uphill road section to the finish.
Benefiting from the wind, Annis drove the pace at the start of the race and tore apart the field. However, even with Annis adding firepower, there were roughly ten racers in the front through the early laps. The group grew sparser as racers tired in the hot conditions. Van Gilder and McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) then took over pace-setting, while racers including Annis (crossresults.com-JRA Cycles), Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing), Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing) stayed on the powerhouse paceline.
In the final, heated laps of the race, Annis, McConneloug, Van Gilder and Smith were all that remained of the lead group. In the pavement section, Van Gilder made her moved and McConneloug clung to her wheel.
Van Gilder went into the lead before the downhill.
McConneloug soon countered the move. “Mary attacked me coming into the side of the pit,” Van Gilder said. “I overtook her on the backside and got to the barriers first, but I had a bit of a shifting issue over the barrier and that created just enough of a gap for Mary.”
After suffering from shifting issues on the barrier, Van Gilder put in a strong move to try and close the gap.
“Mary got to the pavement first after the barrier,” Van Gilder said. However, she nearly managed to catch McConneloug by the finish. To spectators, it looked like a sprint finale.”We bumped a little at the end, but it’s just the nature of the road. It was just racing. It wasn’t anything aggressive,” Van Gilder said.
The win was McConneloug’s first of the year. Annis was able to claim third, with fourth going to Smith. Arley Kemmerer, who pushed the pace for much of the race, finished in fifth, followed by Crystal Anthony. Throughout the race, Anthony was pointed out as New England cyclocross royalty, thanks to brother Jesse Anthony’s successes in cyclocross and subsequent recent retirement from cyclocross to pursue a career on the road this year. Seventh was other hometown favorite, Mo Bruno Roy, who suffered a crash on Saturday that knocked her out of the lead group.
Place U23 Bib Time First Name Last Name Team City State 1 1113 0:37:48 Mary McConneloug KENDA-Seven-NoTubes Chilmark MA 2 1101 0:37:48 LAURA VAN GILDER C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom 3 1102 0:37:57 sally annis crossresults.com p/b JRA cycles Nashua NH 4 1103 0:38:03 Andrea Smith LadiesFirst Racing Somerville MA 5 1105 0:38:09 arley kemmerer C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes Saylorsburg PA 6 1107 0:38:15 Crystal Anthony LadiesFirst Racing Beverly MA 7 1104 0:38:18 Maureen Bruno Roy Bob's Red Mill pb Seven Cycles Arlington MA 8 1120 0:38:25 Elle Anderson LadiesFirst Racing LEBANON NH 9 1106 0:38:25 Sara Bresnick-Zocchi Embrocationcycling.com Arlington MA 10 1116 0:38:54 catherine sterling Bikeman.com worcester MA 11 1112 0:39:02 Rebecca Wellons Quad Cycles Woburn MA 12 1114 0:39:20 Anna Barensfeld Sterling CX p/b Sendmail Wellesley MA 13 1109 0:39:34 Carolyn Popovic Team CF East Norriton PA 14 1129 0:39:37 Jena Greaser NorEast Cycling Newton MA 15 1115 0:39:37 Patty Buerkle VA Asset Group p/b Artemis/Trek Pittsburgh PA 16 1111 0:39:46 Christina Tamilio LadiesFirst Racing Brighton MA 17 1123 0:39:51 Stacey Barbossa Elite Endurance Training Systems Rutherford NJ 18 1141 0:40:15 Melissa Ross Team Kenda Presented by GearGrinder Norwood MA 19 1136 0:40:24 cassandra maximenko silverbull centralwheel naugatuck CT 20 1125 0:40:29 BrittLee Bowman crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles New York NY 21 1145 0:40:36 Nancy Labbe-Giguere LadiesFirst Racing Arlington MA 22 1143 0:40:48 Kathleen Lysakowski Cycle Lodge Ware MA 23 1118 0:40:53 Frances Morrison J.A.M. Fund/NCC Easthampton MA 24 1122 0:41:14 LEX ALBRECHT Juvederm-Specialized-Mazda LAVAL QC 25 1124 0:41:22 Bryna Blanchard North American Velo Troy NY 26 1119 0:41:29 Kristine Church Human Zoom Philadelphia PA 27 1139 0:41:37 Laura Ralston NorEast Cycling Cambridge MA 28 1 1142 0:41:37 Elizabeth White BLUE STEEL CYCLERY Bedford NH 29 1131 0:41:37 Jenny Ives Verge Sport/ Test Pilot Saratoga Springs NY 30 1137 0:42:00 Vanessa McCaffery Corning/NoTubes Race Team/Swan Cycles Newfield NY 31 1133 0:42:16 Lauren Kling New England Athletic Cyclocross Somerville MA 32 1130 0:42:22 Molly Hurford Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles Hampton NJ 33 1144 0:42:40 Kerry Litka NorEast Nashua NH 34 1132 0:42:57 Marian Jamison LadiesFirst Racing Gloucester MA 35 1126 0:43:14 KELLY CHANG SyCip Oakland CA 36 1138 0:44:47 Anna Milkowski Wheelworks Racing Andover MA