Lindine taking a corner, passing lapped riders as he rode to victory. Cyclocross Magazine

Lindine taking a corner, passing lapped riders as he rode to victory. © Cyclocross Magazine

NEW GLOUCESTER, MAINE—The weather cleared up and sunny skies greeted racers for day two of the Downeast race, the UCI day. While  the temperatures dropped drastically throughout the day, racers still happily took to the course.

LadiesFirst Racing took the entire podium for the Elite Women’s race, with top spot going to Andrea Smith, followed by Elle Anderson and Crystal Anthony.

In the men’s race, Justin Lindine ( p/b Joe’s Garage) retook the top spot, again soloing to an uncontested victory. Second place was scooped up by yesterday’s winner, Dylan McNicholoas (, and third place went to Luke Keough (Keough Cyclocross p/b Champion Systems), who took second on Day Jeff Bramhall

In the wake of yesterday’s mud-fest, racing today at the Downeast Cyclocross Weekend in New Gloucester, Maine was fast and furious. With precious UCI points on the line, the stars of New England cyclocross were out in force. The course once again featured the sweeping turns and undulating terrain of Pineland Farm, while the creative course design made for one of the most spectator-friendly courses in the region. With a firm top layer across almost the entire course, racers were able to really rip through several series of tight off-camber corners. With each end of the course punctuated by fast asphalt and dirt roads, today’s course was designed with the pure cyclocross racer in mind.

Elite Women
Following her dominating performance yesterday, Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) came out gangbusters, taking the holeshot off the line and leading the race through the first set of corners. She was quickly joined by two of her teammates at the front. Crystal Anthony, no stranger to the pointed end of a New England ’cross race, was able to join Smith along with new member of LadiesFirst Racing, Elle Anderson. With all chasers well off the torrid pace set by the LadiesFirst trio, it became a chess match between three very talented racers. Anthony was often at the front, putting Smith under pressure and nearly dropping Anderson several times. Smith fought back, attacking early in the final lap and was able to solo to victory. The surprise, and finest ride of the day, came from Elle Anderson, who overtook Anthony for second and easily the most impressive result of her young career. Sara Bresnick (Embrocation Cycling Journal) crossed the line fourth with Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) in fifth.

Elite Men
The Elite Men’s race started with a pileup – several riders found themselves tangled among one another before the race even left the pavement. Caught up in the crash, most notably, was the favorite of the day Justin Lindine (’s Garage). While Lindine was quick to assert himself, yesterday’s winner, Dylan McNicholas ( got to the front with Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross). Craig Richey (Renner Custom Cyclocross p/b Raleigh) came through the leaders with a full head of steam, and drove a blistering pace.

The front group formed over the first couple laps with Richey, McNicholas, Keough and breakout rider Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/NCC). As the four worked to establish a gap, Justin Lindine began to move quickly through the field, joining the leaders as they neared the end of the third lap. Lindine, never one to let someone else dictate the race, took charge with five to go, attacking in one of the few remaining sloppy sections and did what he does best – rode the race alone, gaining almost half a minute over the course of a lap.

As Lindine established his gap, only McNicholas was able to make any headway in the chase, as Richey began to lose contact. Keough repeatedly made attempts to get back to McNicholas, but the racer was having none of it. Lindine was able to cross the line first, with an advantage of 26 seconds, while McNicholas, in his best UCI result of the season, picked up second place and valuable points for staging in two weeks at the Cycle-Smart International. Luke Keough’s third place demonstrated the consistency and perseverance New England cyclocross fans are used to. Richey completed his New England campaign with a solid fourth place. Notably, Jesse Anthony proved his retirement, announced at Gloucester, to be premature, coming out and picking up fifth place in his World Bicycle Relief kit. Jeremy Powers’s protégé, Anthony Clark (JAM Fund/NCC) scored eighth place for his best-ever UCI result. Understandably, he “freaked out.”

Downeast Sunday 2011 Results

PlaceTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam / Joe's Garage
30:00:43LukeKeoughChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
40:01:21CraigRicheyRenner Custom CX Team - Raleigh
50:02:06JesseAnthonyWorld Bicycle Relief
70:02:34ShawnMilneEssex County Velo - Driven by Mazda
80:02:39AnthonyClarkJ.A.M. Fund / NCC
90:03:17JeremyDurrinJ.A.M. Fund / NCC
100:03:36AdamMyersonTeam Mountain Khakis presented by SmartStop
110:03:57AlecDonahueJoe's Garage
120:04:29DanielChabanovRGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS
140:05:07ChristianFavataRGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS
150:05:10AdamSt GermainNBX / Circle A Cycles
160:05:10Marc AndreDaigleGarneau Club
170:05:35ThierryLaliberteXprezo - Borsao
180:05:35MichaelMihalikFreddie Fu Cycling Team
190:06:12SynjenMarroccoCorner Cycle
200:06:27ShaunAdamsonCycle-Smart / Joe's Garage
230:06:59MichaelWissellB2C2/ Boloco
241LJesseKeoughChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
251LNicholasKeoughChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
271LwilliamGoodfellowBodysol-Lotto PCW
282LStephenPierceEmbrocation Cycling Journal
312LJohnBurnsBurns Racing
344LAdamSullivanEmbrocation Cycling Journal
354LPierreVanden BorreEmbrocation Cycling Journal
UCI Elite Women40 minutes21 starters
PlaceTimeFirst NameLast NameTeam
10:42:20AndreaSmithLadiesFirst Racing
20:00:09ElleAndersonLadiesFirst Racing
30:00:14CrystalAnthonyLadiesFirst Racing
50:01:56RebeccaWellonsQuad Cycles p/b JRA cycles
80:02:39FrancesMorrisonJ.A.M. Fund / NCC
90:03:03LinneaKoonsEmbrocation Cycling Journal
100:03:17EvelyneBlouin p/b JRA Cycles
130:03:54SheilaVibertSunapee Racing Team
140:04:01KathleenLysakowskiCycle Lodge
150:04:40MollyHurfordTeam Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles
160:06:12ChristinaTamilioLadiesFirst Racing
170:06:16NancyLabbe-GiguereLadiesFirst Racing
190:07:03CoreyCoogan CisekPlan C p/b Stevens
200:07:58AnnaMilkowskiWheelworks Racing