Elle Anderson leading early on. © Todd Prekaski

Elle Anderson leading early on. © Todd Prekaski

Elle Anderson (Cal Giant) used a last lap surge to first drop Helen Wyman (Kona), then Crystal Anthony (CyclocrossWorld) and then finally Gabby Durrin (Rapha Focus) to continue her impressive winning streak at Day 1 of the 2013 Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester. Her win, following two impressive wins on day 1 and day 2 of the Trek CXC Cup, proved that her performance last weekend was no fluke.

Last year's winner, Helen Wyman, in the lead. © Todd Prekaski

Last year’s winner, Helen Wyman, in the lead. © Todd Prekaski

With a strong showing of top-level racers, the Elite women’s race was anything but decided. Bets were on Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) who took the helm immediately. The crowd waited for the European Cyclocross Champion’s signature move: riding away from the field early for a decisive win of thirty seconds; however, Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS), Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Optum Racing p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) matched Wyman move for move. Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) and Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) formed a chase group in an attempt to reel in the leaders, but a fire was lit under the lead group as Anderson made a bold attack with one lap to go.

Gabby Durrin chased but a crash put her in second. © Todd Prekaski

Gabby Durrin chased but a crash put her in second. © Todd Prekaski

Her gap stuck, the pressure caused Wyman to fall off Durrin and Anthony. Anderson’s hard work paid off, as she crossed the line with a solid lead on Durrin in second and Anthony in third. In fourth was Wyman, with Miller besting Mani for fifth.

“I wasn’t sure how I was feeling, but my legs came around in that last lap,” said Anderson, who works for Strava and cemented her title as QOM for the day. “I really love this race, so this is a very special win for me!” she exclaimed.

Elle Anderson takes the win at Gloucester Day 1. © Todd Prekaski

Elle Anderson takes the win at Gloucester Day 1. © Todd Prekaski

Anderson, who was featured in Cyclocross Magazine’s “Quick and Dirty” interviews last season, has clearly made the leap into the top echelon of US cyclocrossers.

The Day 1 Women's Podium. © Todd Prekaski

The Day 1 Women’s Podium. © Todd Prekaski

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Reports by Cynthia Brennan, Andrew Yee and Molly Hurford

Gloucester Day 1 Elite Womens Results 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeam
1ElleAndersonCalifornia Giant Strawberries/ Spec
3CrystalAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies
4HelenWymanKona Factory Racing
5MeredithMillerCalifornia Giant/Specialized
6CarolineManiRaleigh Clement
7CourtenayMcfaddenBicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster
8AmyDombroskiYoung Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
9LauraVan gilderVan Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom
10NicoleDukeMarin Bikes/SPY
11ArleyKemmererC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.
13MaureenBruno royBob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
14KaitlinAntonneauCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld
15KathleenLysakowskiCycle Lodge
17EllenNobleTrek Cyclocross Collective
18AmandaCareyStan's NoTubes Elite
20JamieGilgenInfinit Canada / Cyclepower
21NatashaElliottRare Vos Racing/Stevens
23ChristinaBirchJAM Fund/NCC
24StephanieWetzelParadise Racing
25StaceyBarbossaNJ/NY Colavita Women's Team
26LoriCookeCycle Lodge
27FrancesMorrisonC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.
28CarolinaGomez-villafaneTeam Rambuski Law
29NinaBaumStan's NoTubes Women's Elite
30ElizabethWhiteUVM Cycling
31MelodyChaseRaleigh Bicycles/Gus' Bike Shop
33VictoriaGatesJAM Fund / NCC
34VickieMonahanRare Vos Racing
36RebeccaWellonsSeaside Cycle
37NicolePisaniHealthy Kids Happy Kids
38JessicaDupplerTrek Portsmouth
40MelissaLafleurBONK! Support
41StaceySpencerPhillips Brewing Company/Code Perfo
42AmyBreylaC3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.
43KathrynCummingTeam Yacht Club
44JocelynMauldinNEBC p/b Cycle Loft p/b VOmax
46Katrina (Trina)BaumsteigerTeam Rambuski Law
47CassandraMaximenkoRare Vos Racing
48JennyIvesVerge Sport/Test Pilot
50FrederiqueLarose-gingrasOpus OGC
51MarianJamisonSeaside Cycle
53DeirdreSmithB2C2 p/b Boloco
54StephanieThompsonWD Racing / NYC Velo