Nash doubled up at Providence Cyclocross Festival. © Meg McMahon

Nash doubled up at Providence Cyclocross Festival. © Meg McMahon

by Cindy Brennan

New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross came to a spectacular close today, as racers battled for dominance on the second day of the Providence Cyclocross Festival. Record numbers of racers participated in – categories of racing, including six amateur, junior, and masters categories that are part of the season-long Verge New England Cyclocross Series. Elite racers competed this weekend for series points in the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge.

The Elite women took to a course slick from rain earlier in the day, presenting a technical twist. Helen Wyman (Kona) took the hole shot, while Crystal Anthony slipped out on a corner, causing her to drop from third to last spot. Wyman joined forces with Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized), Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective), and yesterday’s winner Katerina Nash (Luna). Nicole Duke, Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized), Courtenay McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster), and Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles). Compton and Nash traded attacks, pressing the pace until the lead group dissolved. Nash made an attack Compton couldn’t reel in with one to go. Nash claimed her second win this weekend, defeating reigning cyclocross queen Compton two races in a row. Helen Wyman crossed the line in third.

Elle Anderson claimed fourth, a result which is enough to retain her lead in the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series. Maghalie Rochette ( finished just ahead of Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b, claiming the U23 women’s leaders’ jersey.

“I love the Shimano series, and I’m tempted to come back East to try to win it,” says former NECXer Elle Anderson, who now lives on the West Coast.

Berden carving around the course on Day 2 of Providence. © Meg McMahon

Berden carving around the course on Day 2 of Providence. © Meg McMahon

With Jeremy Powers not racing today, the Elite men’s winner today was anything but clear. Zach McDonald made an early charge in an attempt to repeat his landslide win in the Providence mud last year. McDonald proved himself adept in the slick conditions; however, the course became ever drier, and a pack of chasers was hunting him down. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b, Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b, Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC), Lukas Winterberg, and Ben Berden – all the heavy hitters – organized to catch McDonald. Berden and Johnson launched a screaming fast attack, catching and passing McDonald and leaving the rest of the chase behind. Their lead grew to over 20 seconds, as the chase dissolved into Hyde, Gagne, and Winterberg as Trebon suffered a flat. Gagne used his mountain biking skills to nimbly ride the stair section, dropping Hyde and Winterberg. Berden and Johnson rode together, each unable to shake the other, and headed into the finishing stretch. Berden bested Johnson in the sprint, while Gagne rode onto the third spot on the UCI podium. Trebon clawed back up for a fourth-place finish, with Hyde behind for fifth.

“I felt very fresh after my mountain bike racing season, so I knew I was ready for ’cross season,” says Gagne. “I’ll take some time off now, but I hope to make it back for Baystate Cyclocross, since I love that race.”

Even though he stayed home sick today, Powers has a solid enough lead to retain his lead in the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series. Yannick Eckmann (California Giant-Specialized) keeps his U23 men’s leader jersey as well.

Meanwhile, in the Verge New England Cyclocross Series, Lizzie Gunsalus (Team Gunsalus) and DanielJohn Vaughn (Corning/No Tubes/Swan Cycles) newly lay claim to the 10-14 Juniors jerseys in the girls’ and boys’ divisions. Stephen Pierce and teammate Alec Donahue of JAM Fund/NCC retain their leaders’ jerseys in the Category 3 men’s and 35+ Masters men’s categories. Melissa Seib is the season standout in the amateur women’s field, as is Alisa Allegrini in the 35+ masters women’s field, both of whom grew their series leads this weekend. In the masters competitions, 45+ leader Roger Aspholm (Finkraft Cycling Team) and 55+ leader Al Blanchard (Blue Ribbon Restaurants) finished strong enough to maintain their points margin, but watch for close races in those categories in the coming series races.

Next, the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge heads to the Cycle-Smart International, the oldest UCI cyclocross race in the US, bringing world-class racing to quaint Northampton, MA on November 2 & 3. On the weekend of November 30, the Verge NECXS makes a stop at Baystate Cyclocross, bringing explosive action to this notorious race course in Sterling, MA.

The New England cyclocross season culminates as racers converge at the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross on December 7 & 8 in Warwick, RI. Not only an exciting weekend of racing, this event is the final reckoning in the season-long competition for Elite and Amateur championship in the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge and the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series.

Results below gallery.

Elite Women Day 2 Providence Day 1 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1KaterinaNashLuna Pro Team0:37:39
2KatieComptonTrek Cyclocross Collective0:37:51
3HelenWymanKona Factory Racing0:38:10
4ElleAndersonCalifornia Giant Strawberries/ Spec0:38:26
5MeredithMillerCalifornia Giant/Specialized0:38:44
6CourtenayMcfaddenBicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster0:38:45
7MaureenBruno royBob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:38:54
10KaitlinAntonneauCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com0:39:10
11ArleyKemmererC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:39:26
12LauraVan gilderVan Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizz0:39:38
13MaryMcconnelougTeam Kenda / Stan's NoTubes0:39:49
14CarolineManiRaleigh / Clement0:39:58
16NatashaElliottRare Vos Racing/Stevens0:40:23
17AmandaCareyStan's NoTubes Elite0:40:34
18CassandraMaximenkoRare Vos Racing/Van Dessel0:40:44
19CrystalAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:40:55
21ChristinaBirchJAM Fund / NCC0:41:01
22CarolinaGomez-villafaneTeam Rambuski Law0:41:25
23FrancesMorrisonC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:41:27
24AllisonArensmanSophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red0:41:35
25JennyIvesVerge Sport/Test Pilot0:41:42
26LoriCookeCycle Lodge0:42:08
27JamieGilgenBlacksmith Cycle0:42:12
29LaurenDagostinoNJ/NY COLAVITA WOMEN'S TEAM0:42:21
30JessicaKutzTeam EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell0:42:22
32NicolePisaniHealthy Kids Happy Kids0:42:44
33VickiBarclayStan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team0:42:46
35KathrynCummingTeam Yacht Club0:43:15
36MelodyChaseRaleigh Bicycles/Gus' Bike Shop0:43:16
37StephanieWetzelParadise Racing0:43:29
38VictoriaGatesJAM Fund / NCC0:43:30
39ShannonGibsonStan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Tea0:43:38
40JocelynMauldinNEBC p/b CycleLoft0:43:52
41JessicaDupplerTrek Portsmouth0:44:01
42ErinMascelliPeanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom0:44:07
43Katrina (Trina)BaumsteigerTeam Rambuski Law0:44:48
44HeatherHeinrichWooden Wheels Racing0:45:23
45StephanieThompsonWD Racing / NYC Velo2L
46MelissaLafleurBONK! Support2L
47AmyBreylaC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.2L
50KatrinaNiezCentral Wheel/ GHCC2L
51JordanDub?Keough Cyclocross2L

Elite Men Day 2 Providence Day 1 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1BenBerdenRaleigh / Clement1:00:48
2TimJohnsonCannondale pb Cyclocrossworld.com1:00:48
3RaphaelGagneRocky Mountain factory1:01:29
5StephenHydeJAM Fund / NCC1:01:40
6WinterbergLukasM?ller Landscape / BH Bikes1:01:44
7JeremyDurrinOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:01:50
8JameyDriscollRaleigh / Clement1:01:55
9EvanMcneelyNorco Factory Team1:01:56
10ShawnMilneKeough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle1:02:29
11YannickEckmannCalifornia Giant/Specialized1:02:43
12TobinOrtenbladCalifornia Giant/ Specialized1:02:50
13CodyKaiserCalifornia Giant/Specialized1:03:00
14AnthonyClarkJAM Fund / NCC1:03:03
15AllenKrughoffRaleigh Clement1:03:27 / Joe's Garage1:03:28
17ChristianFavataTRT BICYCLES p/b STANS NO TUBES1:03:30
18CameronDodgeSCOTT BIKES1:03:33
19DerrickSt johnStevens Racing p/b The Cyclery1:03:47
20SpencerPaxsonKona Bicycles1:03:47
21AdamMyersonTeam SmartStop/Mountain Khakis1:03:51
22CurtisWhiteCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:04:24
23SamO'keefeC3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:04:30
25JakeWellsStan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Tea1:04:36
26BenjaminSonntagTeam Clif Bar1:04:38
27MichaelVan den ham1:04:42
28Jean-philippeThibault-robergeTrek Cyclocross Collective1:04:43
29EdwinBullVan Dessel Factory Team1:04:53
30JesseKeoughKeough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle1:05:06
32AdamSt. germainENGVT / Specialized1:05:30
33MichaelGarriganVan Dessel1:05:46
34CraigRicheyVOmax - p/b No1:05:47
35RobertMarionAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:05:56
36MitchellHokeOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:06:21
38MannyGoguenRACE CF | @racecf3L
39NateMorseCYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM3L / Joe's Garage3L
41CraigEtheridgeRaleigh / Clement3L
43MatthewMeansC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.3L
44SeanPantellereSTAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike Works3L
45JeffBahnsonVan Dessel Factory Team3L
46EvanMurphyNYC Velo p/b The Cannibal3L
47BrendanRhimKMS/Start House Cycling Team3L
48SpencerDowningHorizon Organic3L
49ChristopherHamlinBicycle Express/Kona Bikes3L
51ColinDunlapHutches HD/Bend Dental4L
52WilliamEllistonVan Dessel Factory Team4L
55ChrisFieldEssex County Velo4L
56ThierryLaliberteTeam Xprezo Borsao4L
57ChrisJacksonCastex Racing p/b Felt5L
58EvanCooperHudson Furniture Cyclocross5L
60AdamSullivanEmbrocation / Gaulzetti Cicli5L
61KurtBelhumeurBCD Racing P/B Bern Unlimited/Pedro5L
63CharlieSchubertGPM Sport5L
65JohnHansonNBX/Narragansett Beer/Apex5L
66JosephNearMassachusetts Institute of Technolo5L
68JohnBurnsBurns Racing5L
69TylerSteinFond du lac/ oshkosh cyclery5L
70JosephO'brien-applegateTHE 5TH FLOOR NYC5L