Powers takes the win day 2 of Gloucester. © Todd Prekaski

Powers takes the win day 2 of Gloucester. © Todd Prekaski

by Cynthia Brennan

Today marked the second and final day of the 15th annual Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester, the race nicknamed “The New England World Championships,” due in large part to the serious contingent of world-class athletes who show up to race here. Hosts Essex County Velo and race promoter Paul Boudreau orchestrated a masterpiece for the opening weekend of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge.

A stunning seaside backdrop, Stage Fort Park set the scene for almost a thousand racers in eleven categories of racing, who, along with their families and race fans from all over, enjoyed the racing on this expertly-designed, fast, dry course all day long. Throngs of fans gathered for the Elite races this afternoon, waiting to see who would take the series lead in the Elite men’s, Elite women’s, men’s U23 and women’s U23 categories.

The strongest and the fastest Elite women appeared motivated for a win today. Right from the whistle, a group of the top racers formed: Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing), Crystal Anthony (Optum Racing p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS), Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Courtenay McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster), Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom), yesterday’s winner Elle Anderson (California Giant – Specialized) and her teammate Meredith Miller. Brimming with confidence after her win over a solid field yesterday, Anderson attacked the lead group repeatedly, eventually launching an attack only Wyman could follow. The chase group organized and mustered what they could to reel in the leaders. For laps, Wyman sat second wheel, controlling Anderson’s subsequent attacks with the calm of an experienced racer; however, Anderson proved too much for Wyman to handle. Anderson made her winning move within the final half lap, dropping Wyman for good to make a clean sweep of the weekend as Wyman rolled across in second. The chase group, meanwhile, shifted their focus from chasing to jockeying for that final podium spot. It was Meredith Miller around that last corner and onto the pavement first, securing the third podium step.

Anderson takes the win day 2 of Gloucester. © Todd Prekaski

Anderson takes the win day 2 of Gloucester. © Todd Prekaski

“I really love this race, so this is a very special win for me!” says New England born and bred Elle Anderson of her wins at Gloucester, which are now numbers three and four in a four-win streak.

The Elite men kicked up dust as a long, uninterrupted line of racers snaked through the course in the first lap. The front of the race began to organize, with Ben Berden and Jamey Driscoll of Raleigh-Clement, Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld, Yannick Eckmann (California Giant-Specialized), and Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) forming a powerful train to leave the rest of the field in the dust. The group never stayed comfortable, however; Johnson and Trebon made repeated valiant attacks, each looking like it could succeed. Johnson’s attack with two to go gained him almost ten seconds on the other leaders, and the crowd roared for what seemed like a winning move. Powers cranked it into overdrive and led the chase, closing down Johnson’s gap with an alacrity only Trebon could match. The rest of the leaders’ group shattered and were left to fend for themselves as the three leaders crossed the line with one to go. It was Powers who launched the next attack, Johnson on his wheel, Trebon losing some time on them. Johnson chased hard but was forced into the pit with a half lap remaining, leaving Powers to claim the victory. Trebon crossed the line second, Johnson third. Behind them, Berden took fourth while Hyde took fifth.

“I’ve done a lot of racing here, and I have a lot of memories,” said Powers of his double win at Gloucester. “I’m glad for the community and the support I find here. I’m just happy to be here at Gloucester!”

In the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge Elite points competition, our two-day winners Powers and Anderson wear the leaders’ jerseys, while Antonneau and Eckmann wear the jerseys for U23 women and men.

The series continues next weekend at the Providence Cyclocross Festival, where New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross continues. Expect a strong showing of the nation’s top racers once again, as battles continue in the Shimano series and in the USA Cycling Pro CX series.

Check out this great video from Andrew Pattinson of the weekend:

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Results below gallery

Gloucester Day 2 Elite Womens Results 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1ElleAndersonCalifornia Giant Strawberries/ Spec0:38:14
2HelenWymanKona Factory Racing0:38:20
3MeredithMillerCalifornia Giant/Specialized0:38:35
5CrystalAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:38:38
6LauraVan gilderVan Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom0:38:39
7CourtenayMcfaddenBicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster0:38:41
8KaitlinAntonneauCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld0:38:47
9NicoleDukeMarin Bikes/SPY0:38:53
11AmyDombroskiYoung Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:39:17
12ArleyKemmererC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:39:33
14MaureenBruno royBob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:40:05
15AmandaCareyStan's NoTubes Elite0:40:12
16CassandraMaximenkoRare Vos Racing0:40:15
17KathleenLysakowskiCycle Lodge0:40:21
18ChristinaBirchJAM Fund/NCC0:40:25
19EllenNobleTrek Cyclocross Collective0:40:33
20NatashaElliottRare Vos Racing/Stevens0:40:34
22StaceyBarbossaNJ/NY Colavita Women's Team0:40:59
23JamieGilgenInfinit Canada / Cyclepower0:41:12
24JulieHunterPHAUP ST. JOURNAL0:41:18
25LoriCookeCycle Lodge0:41:20
26CarolinaGomezvillafaneTeam Rambuski Law0:41:34
27VictoriaGatesJAM Fund / NCC0:41:41
28RebeccaWellonsSeaside Cycle0:41:46
29JennyIvesVerge Sport/Test Pilot0:41:50
31StephanieWetzelParadise Racing0:41:56
32ElizabethWhiteUVM Cycling0:41:58
33MelodyChaseRaleigh Bicycles/Gus' Bike Shop0:42:21
34FrancesMorrisonC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:42:31
35NinaBaumStan's NoTubes Women's Elite0:42:54
37JessicaDupplerTrek Portsmouth0:43:03
38NicolePisaniHealthy Kids Happy Kids0:43:08
39KathrynCummingTeam Yacht Club0:43:15
40JocelynMauldinNEBC p/b Cycle Loft0:43:44
41Katrina (Trina)BaumsteigerTeam Rambuski Law0:43:56
42VickieMonahanRare Vos Racing0:44:20
44FrederiqueLarose-gingrasOpus OGC0:45:07
45KatrinaNiezCentral Wheel/ GHCC0:45:18
47StephanieThompsonWD Racing / NYC Velo0:46:07
DNFCarolineManiRaleigh ClementDNF
DNFCatherineSterlingBikeman.comDNF p/b VOmaxDNF
DNFMelissaLafleurBONK! SupportDNF
DNFStaceySpencerPhillips Brewing Company/Code PerfoDNF
DNFDeirdreSmithB2C2 p/b BolocoDNF

Gloucester Day 2 Elite Mens Results 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
2RyanTrebonCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:01:22
3TimJohnsonCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:01:25
4BenBerdenRaleigh Clement1:01:35
5StephenHydeJAM Fund / NCC1:01:36
6YannickEckmannCalifornia Giant/Specialized1:02:04
7JameyDriscollRaleigh Clement1:02:28
8TroyWellsTeam CLIF BAR1:02:40
9ShawnMilneKeough Cyclocross1:02:48
10TristanSchoutenOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:03:01
11LukasWinterbergMiller Landscape / BH Bikes1:03:02
12AllenKrughoffRaleigh Clement1:03:22
13MichaelGarriganVan Dessel1:03:25
14RaphaelGagneRocky Mountain Factory1:03:28
15CraigRicheyVOmax - p/b No1:03:30
16AnthonyClarkJAM Fund / NCC1:03:31
17JeremyyMartinRocky Mountain Factory team1:03:36
18CurtisWhiteCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld1:03:40
19LeandreBouchardCyclone d'Alma/ Devinci1:03:41
20BrendanRhimKMS/Start House Cycling Team1:03:42
21AdamMyersonTeam SmartStop-Mountain Khakis1:03:42
22ChristianFavataTRT BICYCLES p/b STANS NO TUBES1:03:45
23GarrettMcleodTeam H&R BLOCK1:04:00
24EvanMcneelyNorco Factory Team1:04:03
25CameronDodgeSCOTT BIKES1:04:10 / Joe's Garage1:04:29
27NicholasKeoughKeough Cyclocross1:04:42
28DerrickSt johnStevens p/b The Cyclery1:04:43
29ThomasSampsonadigga racing1:05:02
30MannyGoguenRACE CF | @racecf1:05:08
31PeterGlassfordTrek Canada1:05:19
33MichaelVan den hamCycle-Smart1:05:31
34JesseKeoughKeough Cyclocross1:05:40
35AdamSt. germainENGVT / Specialized1:05:43
36AndrewL'esperanceNorco Factory Team1:05:45
37RobertMarionAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:05:52
38SamuelO'keefeC3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:05:54
39MaxJudelsonGiant Cycling World Boston1:06:09
40TylerWrenJamis Hagens Berman p/b Sutter Home1:06:30
43SeanPantellereSTAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike Works1:06:41
44EvanMurphyNYC Velo p/b The Cannibal1:06:47
48AlexandreVialleEspresso Sport1:07:17
51ChristopherHamlinBicycle Express/Kona Bikes1:07:57
53MatthewMeansC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:08:08
54ChrisFieldEssex County Velo1:08:37
55ConorO'brienStevens Racing P/B the Cyclery1:09:08
57AdamSullivanEmbrocation / Gaulzetti Cicli1L
58JohnBurnsBurns Racing1L p/b VOmax1L / Joe's Garage1L
62CaryFridrichMad Alchemy/ Verge Rider Cooperativ2L
66ChrisAlgarCape Cod Cycling Club3L
69JosephNearMassachusetts Institute of Technolo4L
DNFAlistairSponselCumberland Transit Cycling4L
DNFJustinLindineRedline / NBXDNF
DNFJeremyDurrinOptum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesDNF
DNFJesseAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit StrategiesDNF
DNFEdwinBullVan Dessel Factory TeamDNF
DNFLukeKeoughKeough CyclocrossDNF
DNFJean-philippeThibault-robergeTrek Cyclocross CollectiveDNF