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GLOUCESTER, Mass.—Light rain and cool temperatures in the 40s provided New England-style weather for the first New England cyclocross race of USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX).

The 20th edition of the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester took place Saturday at Stage Fort Park, and kicked off the 2018 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart.

A day of unpredictable course conditions made for a wet and greasy course for the Elite Women, then became dry and fast for the Elite Men. Past winners took advantage of the conditions to climb back up to the top step of the Gloucester podium.

Ellen Noble dominates 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

Ellen Noble dominates 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

Maine’s Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) took a commanding win for the Elite Women, riding away solo for her seventh podium finish this ProCX season. Curtis White (Delanson, N.Y./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) took the win in the Elite Men, his first ProCX victory of the year.

Noble was victorious in dominant fashion, leading the race from start to finish. She finished the five-lap event in 46 minutes, 28 seconds.

“Starting the race, it was still really slick,” noted Noble. “It got super tacky by the end, but at the beginning it was really slippery. I wanted to be able to have my choice of lines and be able to dictate the pace, so I started hard. I was able to get a small lead and it felt good to just know that I had some wiggle room. I just wanted to leave it all out there.”

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Erica Zaveta (Brevard, N.C./Garneau-Easton p/b TLC), who was last on the ProCX podium as the winner both days at Nittany Lion Cross, raced to second place, 1 minute and 28 seconds behind Noble. She had to whittle down a small group of riders later in the race.

L to R: Zaveta, Noble and Anthony. 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

L to R: Zaveta, Noble and Anthony. 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

“I feel like sometimes before the start it’s so nervous, that you have to get into the race before you can actually relax. So about two laps, I calmed down and then I just attacked the group and just rode good lines,” said Zaveta. “The key to this was not going too fast on just the fitness parts, so you are focused and smooth through all the technical parts. That’s what helped.”

A local favorite from Beverly, Mass., Crystal Anthony (Liv Cycling), fought hard in the 29-rider field to place third, 27 seconds behind Zaveta.

“I had a good start off the line, and then sort of got swarmed on the hill. My legs were not great today,” said Anthony. “Ellen had a really good jump on all of us. I was able to get a gap in the last lap, had enough of a gap to pull it off.”

With the course drying out for the men’s race, the fast conditions were prime for group racing dynamics.

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White put the pressure on late in the race, taking Jack Kisseberth (Westhampton, Mass./Garneau Easton p/b Transitions) with him to the lead. But a late-race effort from Cooper Willsey (Hinesburg, Vt./Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) and Jamey Driscoll (Park City, Utah/Pivot-Maxxis p/b Stans-DNA Cycling) made the final half of a lap a four-up sprint to the line.

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“I wanted to make sure the position was good, to watch the other guys, see where they were strong, where they were weak,” said White about the early laps of the race. “With three to go, I hit it over the climb and the pavement. Jack (Kisseberth) was the only one who could stay with me. Then for the last lap, lap and a half, it was pretty tactical.”

White would claim the win in 57 minutes, 45 seconds.

Curtis White wins 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

Curtis White wins 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

Kisseberth would follow three seconds back for second place. The ride of the day came from Driscoll, who worked his way through most of the 52-rider field to the front of the race. He would need afterburners to edge Willsey at the line for third.

“It was one of the worst first minutes of a race I can remember,” said Driscoll with a laugh. “Off the line, feeling a little out-gunned on the pavement. It was a hot mess for me out there. And then when I finally settled in through the zig-zags up here, it was single file and I was close to 30th. It was full gas, as hard as I could and trying to (chase) those guys.

Curtis White wins 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

Curtis White wins 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

“I was essentially at the mercy of them resting up, because it ended up being a fast day in terms of conditions for us. When I caught those guys, I knew that first and second (riders) were up the road, and so the best thing for me to do was rest up there and try to wait for the last podium spot, which I, fortunately, did get.”

L to R: Kisseberth, White, and Driscoll. 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

L to R: Kisseberth, White, and Driscoll. 2018 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1. © Peter Pellizzi

UCI Elite Class 2 races will be held again on Sunday for the professional women and men. These races will also provide points for ProCX national standings. Heading into tomorrow, Noble and White will wear the coveted Verge leader’s jerseys for the Vittoria Series.

ProCX races will also continue in Boulder, Colo. on Sunday. Two days of C2 races are part of the weekend schedule for the Alfalfa’s Eldora US Open of Cyclocross at Valmont Bike Park.

2018 GP of Gloucester Day 1 Results - Elite Women - UCI C2

RankBibNameAffiliationTimeSplit Time
11Ellen NOBLETrek Factory Racing46:28:009:19
27Erica ZAVETAGarneau-Easton p/b TLC47:56:009:33
32Crystal ANTHONYLiv Cycling48:23:009:38
43Cassandra MAXIMENKOVan Dessel Factory Team48:35:009:49
55Regina LEGGETrek Cyclocross Collective49:15:009:46
64Natasha ELLIOTTVan Dessel p/b Hyperthreads49:16:009:50
78Natalie TAPIASJAM / NCC49:56:009:57
813Taylor KUYK-WHITEPhilly Bike Expo50:10:009:55
910Katherine NORTHCOTT50:16:009:59
109Brittlee BOWMANRSCX - House Ind - DWR - HM50:21:009:54
1111Kelly CATALEState 9 Racing p/b Vittoria50:25:0010:03
1215Elizabeth SHELDONCXHAIRS DEVO : TREK BIKES50:29:009:55
1324Jane ROSSIRhode Island School of Design51:10:0010:24
1418Meghan OWENSHands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti51:49:0010:35
156Erin FACCONEVelocio NECX52:13:0010:27
1616Leslie LUPIENVelocio NECX52:20:0010:14
1712Jauron VETTERMad Alchemy | Zanconato52:25:0010:23
1814Christin REUTERMad Alchemy | Zanconato53:06:0010:42
1922Heather RICHARDLadies First Cycling53:25:0010:31
2020Jenny WOJEWODApedalpowertraining.com53:52:0010:45
2123Clio DINAN54:31:0010:57
2229Kayla BRANNENCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycl54:40:0010:53
2321Alix NORRISCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycl54:48:0010:56
2428Alex CARLSONB2C255:16:0010:58
2519Lily PECKAether Racing33:33:0010:53
2617Valerie HOPKINSRiverside Racing33:45:0010:59
2730Anna SAVAGEJAM Fund / NCC33:50:0011:14
2827Emily MOLDENNantucket Velo34:40:0011:15
2926Paige WILLIAMSBCA/Linen34:44:0011:23

2018 GP of Gloucester Day 1 Results - Elite Men - UCI C2

RankBibNameTeamTimeLaps
13Curtis WHITECannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.57:45:007
24Jack KISSEBERTHGarneau Easton p/b Transitions57:48:007
36James DRISCOLLPivot-Maxxis p/b Stans-DNA Cycl57:49:007
47Cooper WILLSEYCannodale pb CYCLOCROSSWORLD.CO57:50:007
55Spencer PETROVCannondale Pb cyclocrossworld.c57:58:007
618Lane MAHERCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld57:59:007
71Tobin ORTENBLADSanta Cruz / Donkey Label Racin58:16:007
813Anthony CLARKSquid Squad58:22:007
920Sam NOELCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld59:47:007
1019Benjamin GOMEZ VILLAFANEGarneau - Easton p/b Transition1:00:197
1110Michael OWENSRSCX - House Ind - DWR - HM1:00:307
1221Nicholas LANDOUVM Cycling1:00:337
139Merwin DAVISKomodo Collective p/b Cycle-Sma1:01:067
1424Ben FREDERICK1:01:107
1559Marc-Andre DAIGLE1:01:127
1626Andrew BORDENYour Name Here1:01:147
1714Patrick COLLINSkb PHOTO cx / A-D Bikes1:01:397
188Derrick ST JOHNVan Dessel p/b Hyperthreads1:01:527
1912Kevin BOUCHARD-HALLVelocio Northeast1:01:567
2017Ian GIELARJAM / NCC1:02:027
2123Michael LANDRYVoler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster1:02:047
2236Bryan HORSLEYSea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor1:02:057
2337Travis WOLDSpin Arts Cycling1:02:137
2431Zachary CURTISBMB Racing1:02:527
2511Adam MYERSONCycle-Smart1:02:597
2632Benjamin RYANNew England Devo p/b Cadence We1:03:027
2738Gregg GRIFFOPark Ave Bike p/b Borah Teamwea1:03:047
2843Gennaro AMENOGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca1:03:127
2930Kale WENCZELJAM / NCC1:03:187
3015Mathieu BELANGER BARRETTEPivot Cycles Ote Canada1:03:217
312Jeremy POWERSPactimo / Fuji / SRAM1:03:487
3246David MALTAISTeam Gris1:04:047
3342Jacob LEBLANCComp Edge Racing1:04:137
3435Christian SUNDQUISTTwin Six Metal1:04:167
3534Niles GAGNONGrey Ghost Bicycles1:04:237
3648Andrew LOAIZACyclepath PDX1:04:317
3727Christopher NIESENJAM / NCC1:04:347
3852Daniel FITZGIBBONSGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca1:04:497
3944Matthew OWENSUVM Cycling1:04:537
4049Camden BROOKSHands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti1:05:167
4116Andy SCOTTRiverside Racing1:05:307
@2Lap45Sean CURRANBicycle Express Racing5
@2Lap40Finnegan OCONNORUVM Cycling5
@2Lap55Christian NORVOLDJAM / NCC5
@2Lap41Addison MINOTTDaedalus & Allstonvelo5
@3Lap29Ben POWERSRiverside Racing4
@3Lap25Clyde LOGUEColonial Bicycle Co4
@3Lap22Matthew OKEEFERIVERSIDE RACING4
@3Lap54Erik SAUNDERSMad Alchemy | Zanconato4
@3Lap53Alistair SPONSELRed Kite Bicycle Studio4
@3Lap56Shawn MOTTRAMSherpa4
@3Lap58Gregory COLBYB2C2 p/b JRA Cycles4
DNF39Scott YAROSHCyclonauts Racers2
DNF51Colin REUTERB2C2 p/b JRA Cycles1
DNF50Scott MYERS3
DQ47James NORRISCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycl7
DNS28Joseph SCHMALZTradeWind Energy Cycling Team0
DNS33Garrick VALVERDETradeWind Energy Cycling Team0
DNS57Camden BLACK INGERSOLLDowneast Racing0