GLOUCESTER, Mass.The CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing continued today with Category 2 races at historic Fort Stage Park on Gloucester Harbor. It was the opening weekend of competition for the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) would outsmart his competitors down the final turns to win his fifth race of USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) would solo her way to victory, her second of the year, in a confident and aggressive race on the women’s side.

Ellen Noble Turns in Dominant Ride

Noble controlled the race from the start. She established an early lead with Emma White (Cannondale p/b, and would then ride away from White with four laps remaining. White would suffer a mechanical, but hung on for second place. The third step of the podium would go to Beverly, Massachusetts native Crystal Anthony (Maxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross), after surpassing yesterday’s third place-finisher Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep).

Emma White and Ellen Noble battle early in Sunday's race. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Lauren LeClaire

Emma White and Ellen Noble battle early in Sunday’s race. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Lauren LeClaire

Noble will take over the Vittoria Series leader’s jersey, while White will still remain in a Verge leader’s jersey as the top U23 woman. Together with Anthony, the three riders are currently ranked in the Top Five of the ProCX women’s standings.

“I felt like yesterday I kind of a raced a little complacently,” said Noble. “I didn’t plan on riding on the front the whole day, but I felt really, really strong technically today, much more focused than yesterday. So I just led through the technical sections, and I noticed that I was getting small gaps. So I just wanted to keep those gaps going, and eventually I was able to get one that stuck.”

Womens podium: Ellen Noble, Emma White, Crystal Anthony. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Chris McIntosh

Womens podium: Ellen Noble, Emma White, Crystal Anthony. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Chris McIntosh

Ortenblad Wins Again on Sunday

For the Elite Men, it would be Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), like his teammate Noble, who seemed motivated to lead the charge early on and control the pace. Powers and Day 1 winner Ortenblad would go head to head for nearly the entire race, separating from the bunch on the second lap.

Powers and Ortenblad race up a run-up. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Chris McIntosh

Powers and Ortenblad race up a run-up. 2017 GP of Gloucester Day 2. photo: Chris McIntosh

Ortenblad got the jump on Powers taking the inside line on the final turn onto the pavement. He would use a tailwind on the finishing sprint to win by 12 seconds over Powers. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b would fight for third, escaping teammate Cooper Willsey and riding away to the final podium spot. Ortenblad now leads the Vittoria Series for the Elite Men, with Cooper Willsey leading the U23 men’s competition.

“Jeremy was definitely riding super aggressive today, you could tell he didn’t want it to be a group again,” said Ortenblad, who currently leads the ProCX standings for men. “He split it up pretty early. He and I just kind of went back and forth for the most part. Last lap, I kinda wanted to lead through the beginning and Jeremy also wanted to, so he came around me on the technical stuff. We both rode the stairs and this run-up thing really well, and I was able to kinda hang on his wheel again. Coming into the sprint, he definitely tried to slow down and make me come through and I did, but I was able to just hold it from there.”

Tobin Ortenblad won again on Sunday. 2017 GP of Gloucester. photo: Chris McIntosh

Tobin Ortenblad won again on Sunday. 2017 GP of Gloucester. photo: Chris McIntosh

The Vittoria Series will continue in Northampton, Mass. with the Verge Northampton International Nov. 11-12. For more information on the Vittoria Series visit

ProCX racing continues Oct. 21-22 at DCCX in metro Washington, D.C. Races are part of the BikeReg Cyclocross Super Series, and Elite Women and Elite Men competitions are part of USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). DCCX was named the “best local bike race” of 2017 by Washington City Paper, noting that the venue used for the two-day event, The Armed Forces Retirement Home, is normally closed to the public.

Women's Results - 2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 2

11Ellen NOBLEAspire Racing48:10
22Emma WHITECannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c48:56
33Crystal ANTHONYMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross49:20
436Christel FERRIER BRUNEAUSAS-Macogep50:00
57Allison ARENSMANJ.A. King pb BRC51:07
621Magdeleine VALLIERESClub Cycliste de Sherbrooke51:12
75Julie WRIGHTTeam Averica51:17
838Kathryn CUMMINGJalapeno Cycling51:33
96Laura WINBERRYSpeedvagen Family Racing51:49
1037Lynne BESSETTE100B7.comFELT52:25
129Regina LEGGETrek Cyclocross Collective53:08
1318Erin FACCONETeam Averica53:37
1423Leslie LUPIENTeam Averica53:49
1511Natalie TAPIASJAM NCC54:23
1613Katie CARLSONLadies First pb Milton Caterpil55:01
1725Sophie RUSSENBERGERDaHanger55:29
184Christin REUTERMad Alchemy | Zanconato55:32
1919Natalie FORSYTHERiverside Racing55:49
2030Alex CARLSONCycle-Smart56:04
2129Emily MOLDENNantucket Velo56:18
2239Katelyn PARHIALAJRA Cycles@2Lap
2327Paige WILLIAMSFuji Cross Crew@2Lap
DNF14Taylor KUYK-WHITEPhiladelphia Bike Expo
DNF20Alix NORRISCowbell Racing pb World Bicycle

Men's Results - 2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 2

11Tobin ORTENBLADSanta Cruz Donkey Label Racing58:15
229Jeremy POWERSAspire Racing58:27
32Curtis WHITECannondale pb Cyclocrossworld59:02
45Cooper WILLSEYCannondale pb cyclocrossworld.c59:29
56Justin LINDINEApex NBX Hyperthreads59:37
614Scott SMITHJAM NCC59:53
713Anthony CLARKSquid Squad1:00:05
87Bjorn SELANDERBorah Teamwear1:00:26
93Spencer PETROVAspire Racing1:00:45
1011Brendan MCCORMACKApexNBXHyperthreads1:00:56
119Cameron BEARDCannondale Cyclocrosworld.comDe1:01:10
1318Michael OWENSHands-On Cycling pb Guerciotti1:01:39
1426Nicholas LANDOElite Pro Factory1:02:07
1515Andy SCOTTRiverside Racing1:02:08
1662Evan MCNEELYRide with Rendall1:02:38
1760Marc-Andre DAIGLEGarneau Easton1:02:46
1816Jules GOGUELYApex NBX Hyperthreads1:02:46
1924Clyde LOGUEColonial Bicycle Co1:03:28
2023Zachary CURTISBridgewater University1:03:55
2145Adam MYERSONCycle-Smart1:04:23
2243Christopher RABADIUnattached1:04:24
2347Matthew OWENSUVM Cycling1:04:26
2458Andrew LOAIZACyclepath PDX1:04:43
2530Tim WILLISJAM NCC1:05:00
2631Ben POWERSRiverside Racing1:05:04
2738Bryan HORSLEYSea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor@2Lap
2841Gregg GRIFFOPark Ave Bike pb Borah Teamwear@2Lap
2927Andrew BORDENX-Men@2Lap
3012Nathaniel MORSECCB - Velotooler@2Lap
3228Edouard TOUGAS@2Lap
3336Bradford SMITHThe Drifters@2Lap
3663Patrick COLLINSMinuteman Road Club@2Lap
3739Gennaro AMENOGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca@2Lap
3834Scott MYERS@3Lap
3952Christian SUNDQUISTNA@3Lap
4044Wilson STEVENSLocal Openers pb Tenspeed Hero@3Lap
4133Chris NIESENJAM NCC@3Lap
4240Matthew TYLERLaughing Dog Bicycles@3Lap
4357Ian CLARKEUVM Cycling@3Lap
4442Matt PERREAULTColonial Bicycle Company@3Lap
4554Gregory COLBYB2C2JRA Cycles@3Lap
4646Theodore WILLARDTeam Spark@4Lap
4764Andrew REIMANNJalapeno Cycling@5Lap
DQ8Peter GOGUENRace C.F.