by Cindy Brennan
Top racers exhibited boundless skill on a snowy, frozen course today in Sterling, MA, for day one of Baystate Cyclocross Weekend, also Round 5 of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stan’s NoTubes and Cycle-Smart. Today’s edition of Baystate will surely be the stuff of legend, some racers saying they haven’t seen conditions like this in recent years.
A thick blanket of snow covered the course today, making every corner tricky and every straightaway a power drain. Conditions changed lap by lap throughout the day as ruts formed and froze, while winter sun softened the ground into mud in a few spots. Snow limited line selection, making passing riders difficult in many places. Course designer and Race Director Tom Stevens included his trademark off-cambers on today’s course, especially tricky with the snow and ice.
Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) came into the weekend wanting badly to claim her first UCI victory after coming so close to achieving a win last weekend. Her goal was clear from the start straight: she charged up the pavement, then continued onto the tricky course with fierce determination, leaving her competition behind almost immediately.
As Noble quickly grew a gap, Libby White (UVM Cycling) and Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) chased, but Noble’s riding was so strong that even great riders with such technical skill as White and Bruno Roy couldn’t bring her back. Cassandra Maximenko (Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel/PowerBar), within reach of the Verge NECX Series lead today, fought for position with Kate Northcott (NESS Team New England) and Corey Coogan Cisek (The Fix Studio) behind Amanda Carey (Team Rhino Rush).
White surged with one to go, but couldn’t get within ten seconds of Noble, as Bruno Roy rode smooth and strong in third spot. Noble claimed that much-deserved win with a great ride, White second, and Bruno Roy finished third. Carey claimed fourth, while Northcott crossed the line in fifth ahead of Maximenko in sixth and Coogan Cisek in seventh. Maximenko’s finish wasn’t strong enough to claim the Series lead; however, Noble’s tremendous win means she now wears both the U23 and overall Series crowns.
“This win means even more after coming so close last week,” an elated Noble said of her win today.
The Elite Men hit the course as the sun descended lower in the sky, icing up the corners and freezing ruts in the snow. Leading the charge were Series leader Dan Timmerman (House Industries/SimpleHuman/Richard Sachs), Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com), Jerome Townsend (Joe’s Garage CX p/b BikeReg.com), Christian Favata (TRT Bicycles), Justin Lindine (Redline Factory/NBX), and Kerry Werner (Optum Pro Cycling). Groups broke apart as quickly as they formed, with the course changing lap by lap and the challenging conditions causing bobbles and crashes left and right.
After Timmerman led the group for a few laps and fell back to follow a wheel, Werner and White escaped the group and forced Timmerman to chase. Werner and White bobbled up a tricky climb, and the group was together again. White attacked again, this time with Favata, permanently shattering the group and gapping the chase. Lindine and Livermon chased with Timmerman behind them. Lindine motored up as Favata fell back, making contact within the final two laps. White’s lead grew as Lindine and Favata traded blows, while Timmerman moved into fourth with the hope of retaining his Series lead.
White claimed a solid victory, while Lindine charged for second. Favata was third, and Timmerman took the fourth place finish he needed to retain his lead. JAM Fund’s Scott Smith, having a consistently strong season, was the next U23 to finish after White. Smith reclaims the Series leader’s jersey in the U23 category.
Follow the Elite races tomorrow with a live video feed starting at 1:45 pm at GnarlyMonkey.com. Live tweets of the Elite races will be at @VergeNECXS. Results will be posted live throughout the day on CrossResults.com courtesy of Pioneer Event Productions.
2014 Baystate Women's Elite Race Day One
|1||Ellen||Noble||JAM Fund / NCC||0:34:47|
|3||Maureen||Bruno roy||Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles||0:35:40|
|4||Amanda||Carey||Team Rhino Rush||0:37:17|
|5||Kate||Northcott||NESS Team New England||0:37:36|
|6||Cassandra||Maximenko||Rare Vos Racing/Van Dessel/PowerBar||0:37:42|
|7||Corey||Coogan cisek||The Fix Studio||0:37:43|
|9||Jenny||Ives||Verge Sport-Test Pilot||0:38:21|
|10||Rebecca||Fahringer||JAM Fund / NCC||0:39:22|
|11||Natasha||Elliott||Cycle-Smart Elite Team||0:39:24|
|12||Jessica||Duppler||Colonial Bicycle Company||0:39:25|
|13||Victoria||Gates||JAM Fund / NCC||0:39:27|
|16||Jessica||Cutler||Jamis Bikesport p/b WA Bike Law||0:40:04|
|17||Emily||Shields||Ken's Bike Shop||0:40:15|
|18||Julie||Wright||B2C2 p/b Boloco||0:40:27|
|19||Christin||Reuter||NYCROSS p/b Craft||0:40:31|
|20||Emily||Reynolds||Ladies First Racing||0:40:50|
|21||Roni||Vetter||Blue Steel Cyclery/Mad Alchemy Ride||0:40:56|
|24||Stacey||Barbossa||MidAtlantic Colavita Women's Team||0:41:27|
|27||Melody||Chase||Gus cx / Raleigh||0:41:39|
|28||Vicki||Barclay||Stan's NoTubes Elite Women's Team||0:42:41|
|29||Vickie||Monahan||NYCROSS p/b Craft||0:43:46|
|DNF||Leslie||Timm||Ladies First Racing|
2014 Baystate Men's Elite Race Day One
|1||Curtis||White||Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com||1:00:58|
|2||Justin||Lindine||Redline Factory / NBX||1:01:06|
|5||Travis||Livermon||Mock Orange Pro CX||1:01:45|
|6||Jerome||Townsend||Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg.com||1:01:46|
|7||Anthony||Clark||JAM Fund / NCC||1:02:01|
|8||Ben||Frederick||Hefler Performance Coaching pb Bicy||1:02:03|
|10||Kerry||Werner||Optum PRO Cycling CX Team p/b KBS||1:02:28|
|11||Robert||Marion||American Classic Pro CX Team||1:02:56|
|12||Kevin||Noiles||Voler/Steven's Creek B.M.W./HRS/Roc||1:03:05|
|13||Scott||Smith||JAM Fund / NCC / Family Bike||1:03:18|
|15||Nate||Morse||Cyclocrossworld.com Devo Team||1:03:44|
|16||Jeremy||Martin||Rocky Mountain Bicycles||1:03:53|
|19||Eric||Thompson||Mt. Borah Epic Team||1:04:22|
|20||Lewis||Gaffney||American Classic Pro Cyclocross Tea||1:04:24|
|21||Alex||Ryan||Mock Orange PRO CX Team||1:04:24|
|23||Kyle||Russ||Brazen Dropouts Cycling Team||1:05:13|
|25||Jake||Wells||Stan's NoTubes Elite CX||1:06:19|
|26||Jules||Goguely||Rhode Island School of Design||1:06:19|
|27||Josh||Thornton||Giant Regional On Road Team||1:06:54|
|29||Michael||Mihalik||Freddie Fu Cycling Team||1:07:33|
|30||Austin||Vincent||CyclocrossWorld.com Devo Team||1:07:42|
|32||Josh||Dillon||Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg.com||1:08:55|
|33||Jonah||Meadvancort||KMS Cycling- Killington Mountain Sc||1L|
|34||Derrick||St john||TRP Racing||1L|
|37||Aaron||Oakes||NYCROSS p/b Craft||1L|
|38||Trent||Blackburn||Mock Orange Bikes Pro CX Team||1L|
|39||Chris||Algar||Cape Cod Racing/C4||1L|
|41||Jean-philippe||Thibault-roberge||Trek Cyclocross Collective||2L|
|44||Andrew||Loaiza||Thump Cycling p/b Turin||3L|
|45||Nathan||Dugan||CRCA/Chimps in Training||3L|
|48||Adam||Sullivan||Grinta Cycling Team||3L|
|DNF||Devin||Wagner||NYCROSS p/b Craft|
|DNF||Alec||Hoover||Table Rock Tours|
|DNF||Jonathan||Anderson||Fort Lewis College|
|DNF||Tyler||Berliner||Joe's Garage p/b BikeReg.com|