Last weekend, the three days of the KMC Cyclo-Cross Festival, with two days being UCI races, wrapped up the long stretch of New England’s Holy Week.
In Issue 26, we declared this weekend at Providence the best racing destination in the United States for participants and spectators alike. Did this year’s event change our mind? Although there were disagreements about the sheer number of flyovers and the curb at the start of the race forcing riders with mid-row call-ups to slam on their brakes, these issues were trite compared to the accessibility of watching the full event take place, and the natural perfection of Roger Williams Park as a course that provides everything for a rider.
For our full list of top racing destinations, make sure you order a backcopy of Cyclocross Magazine, Issue 26 today! The following is a gallery of the weekend, photos by Wil Matthews unless otherwise stated:
Mo Bruno Roy dominated the Single-Speed Women’s Race on Friday. © Andrew Reimann
Stephen Hyde had a win of his career on Day Two, although Jamey Driscoll fared extremely well, taking second places in Gloucester and Providence. © Wil Matthews
Rain or Shine, Katie Compton knows how to get the job done. © Wil Matthews
Jamey Driscoll and Ben Berden have been using team tactics to their advantage so far this season. © Wil Matthews
Hyde put in a solid dig early in the race, and wore pain all day long. © Wil Matthews
Compton won both days, with Rachel Llyod looking like she never left the sport. © Wil Matthews
Hyde, a full thirty seconds ahead at one point in Day Two, crossed the finish line with just enough time to celebrate. © Wil Matthews
The flyovers made the course easily accessible for spectators, but took a little innovation for some riders to get over. © Andrew Reimann
The rain hammered riders, although Arley Kemmerer and Emma White powered through their races. © Andrew Reimann
Powers opted to bunny-hop the barriers while others ran. © Andrew Reimann
Tim Johnson put on a clinic with his technical ability Day One, taking second place far and away. © Andrew Reimann
Cody Kaiser shows off his LangeTwins team jersey in New England as he runs up the stairs. © Andrew Reimann