GLOUCESTER Mass.New England and cyclocross have provided bicycle races that entertain and mean something for the past 18 years. The CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing did not disappoint for year 19, beginning Saturday with the first of two days of Category 2 races. It was the opening weekend of competition for the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart. Gloucester, as well a continuation for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX).

White Outlasts Noble to Win for Women

In the Elite Women’s race, Emma White (Cannondale p/b of Delanson, N.Y. would establish an early lead with Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) of Kennebunkport, Maine and Frenchwoman Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep). The group of three would exchange the lead several times. With two laps to go, White would attack, with Noble the only rider to respond.

Ellen Noble leads Emma White early on in Saturday's race in Gloucester. © C. McIntosh

Ellen Noble leads Emma White early on in Saturday’s race in Gloucester. © C. McIntosh

While Noble would put in several digs heading into the final lap, it would be White who pulled away in the final half lap at historic Stage Fort Park for her second ProCX win of the season. Noble would finish 16 seconds back in second, and Ferrier Bruneau would finish 34 seconds back in third.

Women's podium Day 1 of GLoucester GP: Emma White, Ellen Noble, Christel Ferrier-Bruneau © C. McIntosh

Women’s podium Day 1 of GLoucester GP: Emma White, Ellen Noble, Christel Ferrier-Bruneau © C. McIntosh

“There were three of us battling pretty hard throughout the race,” said White, who finished second to Noble at this event last year. “We knew had to play it smart halfway through the race when we were all feeling pretty good. Ellen (Noble) put in a pretty big attack, dropped the third rider with us. So then it was just two of us. We were both feeling pretty strong, it was clear. Going into one to go, she put in a really big dig that got me, I was feeling it for sure. Really just had to be smooth through the corners. As soon as I caught up, I saw her breathing pretty heavily, so I left.”

Ortenblad Wins Again Out East

On the Elite Men’s side, Emma’s brother Curtis (Cannondale p/b led the charge with a fast start, forcing a small group to form early on. White would later succumb to a flat tire, leaving the battle for the podium to be contested with Massachusetts teammates Jeremy Powers and Spencer Petrov of Aspire Racing against Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) of California.

Ortenblad would outkick the Aspire Racing duo in the final turns to win his fourth ProCX event this year. Petrov would finish four seconds back in second and Powers would cross the line nine seconds down for third. This was the third second-place finish for 20-year-old Petrov in a ProCX Elite Men’s race this year.

Tobin Ortenblad won again in Gloucester on Saturday. © C. McIntosh

Tobin Ortenblad won again in Gloucester on Saturday. © C. McIntosh

“I still cannot believe how the season is unfolding. I’ve always wanted a win at the legendary Gloucester,” said Ortenblad, who is the men’s point leader for ProCX. “Patience was a big part of it. You’re out there with two of the fastest guys and they’re also on the same team so they definitely are working against you. Initially, I went out a little hard, and then I saw that it was going to be a team thing at the end and really just tried to be patient.”

Men's podium on Day 1 of the Gloucester GP: Tobin Ortenblad, Spencer Petrov, Jeremy Powers © C. McIntosh

Men’s podium on Day 1 of the Gloucester GP: Tobin Ortenblad, Spencer Petrov, Jeremy Powers © C. McIntosh

Elite Category 2 races, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will be held again on Sunday for professional women and men. These races will provide points forProCX. Heading into tomorrow, both Ortenblad and White will wear the coveted Verge leaders’ jerseys as the initial Vittoria Series leaders. Watch the races unfold on day two at Gloucester in person or by following tweets at @VittoriaSeries or @USACProCX (#ProCX). For more information visit

2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1 Results - Elite Women

RankBibNameTeamTimeSplit TimeLapsCategory
12Emma WHITECannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.c44:37:008:495U23
21Ellen NOBLEAspire Racing44:53:009:055Elite
336Christel FERRIER BRUNEAUSAS-Macogep45:11:009:095Elite
43Crystal ANTHONYMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross45:59:009:285Elite
55Julie WRIGHTTeam Averica46:55:009:285Elite
69Regina LEGGETrek Cyclocross Collective47:20:009:425Elite
77Allison ARENSMANJ.A. King pb BRC47:47:009:395Elite
88Beth Ann ORTONTeam S&M CX47:54:009:355Elite
96Laura WINBERRY47:57:009:295Elite
1137Lynne BESSETTE100B7.comFELT48:30:009:345Elite
1218Erin FACCONETeam Averica48:45:009:495Elite
1311Natalie TAPIASJAM NCC48:57:009:465Elite
1414Taylor KUYK-WHITEPhiladelphia Bike Expo49:02:009:505Elite
1512Jauron VETTERMad Alchemy | Zanconato49:03:009:415Elite
1623Leslie LUPIENTeam Averica49:37:009:495Elite
1713Katie CARLSONLadies First pb Milton Caterpil49:42:009:445Elite
1825Sophie RUSSENBERGERDaH+?NGER50:02:0010:045U23
1917Andrea COXRiverside Racing50:29:0010:125Elite
204Christin REUTERMad Alchemy | Zanconato50:38:0010:105Elite
2120Alix NORRISCowbell Racing pb World Bicycle51:13:0010:225Elite
2221Magdeleine VALLIERESClub Cycliste de Sherbrooke51:22:009:525U23
2316Kayla BRANNENCowbell Racing pb World Bicycle51:39:0010:275Elite
2427Paige WILLIAMSFuji Cross Crew51:41:0010:195U23
2519Natalie FORSYTHERiverside Racing51:51:0010:125Elite
2626Kathleen WANATBikes+Life51:59:0010:215Elite
2730Alex CARLSONCycle-Smart52:03:0010:185Elite
2822Meghan OWENSUVM Cycling52:12:0010:225U23
2929Emily MOLDENNantucket Velo52:41:0010:425Elite
3028Elizabeth LUKOWSKIMad Alchemy | Zanconato53:57:0011:045Elite
3131Jenny WOJEWODApedalpowertraining.com32:24:0010:443Elite
3233Lydia HAUSLETeam Averica32:38:0010:553Elite
3335Sara MELIKIANpedalpowertraining.com33:13:0011:183Elite
DNF24Melissa SEIBUVM Cycling12:451U23

2017 Gran Prix of Gloucester Day 1 Results - Elite Men

RankBibNameTeamTimeSplit TimeCategory
11Tobin ORTENBLADSanta Cruz Donkey Label Racing1:04:048:07Elite
23Spencer PETROVAspire Racing1:04:088:09U23
329Jeremy POWERSAspire Racing1:04:138:16Elite
42Curtis WHITECannondale pb Cyclocrossworld1:04:368:10Elite
513Anthony CLARKSquid Squad1:04:418:09Elite
64Jack KISSEBERTHJAM NCC1:04:518:07Elite
75Cooper WILLSEYCannondale pb cyclocrossworld.c1:05:468:08U23
86Justin LINDINEApex NBX Hyperthreads1:05:538:15Elite
914Scott SMITHJAM NCC1:06:528:36Elite
1015Andy SCOTTRiverside Racing1:07:068:33Elite
118Peter GOGUENRace C.F.1:08:028:40U23
139Cameron BEARDCannondale Cyclocrosworld.comDe1:08:478:46U23
1410Dylan MCNICHOLASPOLARTEC1:08:498:38Elite
1526Nicholas LANDOElite Pro Factory1:08:518:37U23
1616Jules GOGUELYApex NBX Hyperthreads1:09:118:39Elite
1718Michael OWENSHands-On Cycling pb Guerciotti1:09:279:02U23
1811Brendan MCCORMACKApexNBXHyperthreads1:09:568:40Elite
1935Kale WENCZELJAM NCC1:10:058:51U23
2024Clyde LOGUEColonial Bicycle Co1:10:128:42U23
2160Marc-Andre DAIGLEGarneau Easton1:10:209:04Elite
2223Zachary CURTISBMB Racing1:10:248:38Elite
2321Patrick COLLINSMinuteman Road Club1:10:278:42Elite
2427Andrew BORDENX-Men1:10:278:52U23
2543Christopher RABADIUnattached1:10:298:51Elite
2633Chris NIESENJAM NCC1:10:539:09Elite
2734Scott MYERS1:11:079:09Elite
2831Ben POWERSRiverside Racing1:11:098:49U23
2938Bryan HORSLEYSea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor1:11:098:50Elite
3047Matthew OWENSUVM Cycling1:11:509:36U23
3158Andrew LOAIZACyclepath PDX53:03:008:55Elite
3222Trent BLACKBURNJAM NCC53:15:008:46Elite
3357Ian CLARKEUVM Cycling53:57:009:08U23
3436Bradford SMITHThe Drifters54:06:009:10Elite
3520Colin REUTERcrossresults.com54:06:009:09Elite
3641Gregg GRIFFOPark Ave Bike pb Borah Teamwear54:21:009:07Elite
3739Gennaro AMENOGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca54:23:009:17Elite
3862Evan MCNEELYRide with Rendall41:49:008:23Elite
3912Nathaniel MORSECCB - Velotooler45:12:009:49Elite
4042Matt PERREAULTColonial Bicycle Company46:15:009:14Elite
4155Benjamin COLEMANBMB Racing46:17:009:15Elite
@2Lap30Tim WILLISJAM NCC9:05Elite
@2Lap7Bjorn SELANDER9:28Elite
@2Lap52Christian SUNDQUISTNA9:09Elite
@2Lap44Wilson STEVENSLocal Openers pb Tenspeed Hero9:08Elite
@2Lap28Edouard TOUGAS9:14Elite
@2Lap48Daniel FITZGIBBONSGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipca9:08Elite
@2Lap40Matthew TYLERLaughing Dog Bicycles9:24Elite
@2Lap17Eneas FREYRETTEndurance9:00Elite
@3Lap51Doug THORPColonial Bicycle Company9:23Elite
@3Lap49Christopher MEROLALaughing Dog10:08Elite
@3Lap46Theodore WILLARDTeam Spark9:23Elite
@4Lap61Jean-Philippe THIBAULT-ROBERGETrek Cyclocross Collective9:51Elite
DNF32Benjamin RYANNew England Devo pb Cadence WeaU23
DNF45Adam MYERSONCycle-SmartElite
DNF50Alexander CHRYSTALLNew England Devo pb Cadence Wea9:13U23
DNF54Gregory COLBYB2C2JRA Cycles9:15Elite