Elle Anderson taking the win at Baystate on Day 1. © Todd Prekaski

Elle Anderson taking the win at Baystate on Day 1. © Todd Prekaski

by Cindy Brennan

Baystate Cyclocross weekend, Rounds 9 & 10 of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series, stands out as one of the toughest cyclocross courses in the country, drawing top-notch racers from around the country to test themselves against Baystate’s challenging terrain. Notorious course designer Tom Stevens weaves together difficult off-camber stretches, barely rideable punchy climbs, and twisting turns to form a classic New England cyclocross race course. At day one of racing here today, frigid morning temperatures, midday warming sun, and a return to brutal cold by the afternoon caused the course to change lap by lap for each of the ten races today.

Elite Women

Emma White ( took the holeshot in the Elite women’s race, and immediately took command of the field. Elle Anderson (California Giant/Specialized), USA Cycling’s ProCX points leader, stuck to White’s wheel as the two created a gap.The pressure splintered the field, and Crystal Anthony (Optum P/B Kelly Benefit Strategies) was left alone trying to chase the leaders in third spot. An organized chase formed behind Anthony, including other favorites: Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel P/B Mellow Mushroom Pizza), Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Arley Kemmerer (C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.), and Amanda Carey (Stan’s NoTubes Elite).

Anderson made a decisive move with two to go, launching an attack to leave White behind. Meanwhile, the chase group was unable to reel in the charging Anthony despite increasing their pace in the final laps, although that pace forced Carey to lose contact with the group. Anderson rode into a clean and controlled win, White claimed second, and Anthony third. Laura Van Gilder took the sprint ahead of Kemmerer and Bruno Roy.

Emma White took the hole shot in the Elite Women's race at Baystate 2013. © Todd Prekaski

Emma White took the hole shot in the Elite Women’s race at Baystate 2013. © Russ Campbell

“The level of racing here is incredible,” said Crystal Anthony of her peers in today’s race. “This is really a quality field today. All my favorite new England racers are here!” agreed Elle Anderson.

Elite Men

Like his sister, Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld) was the first into the twisting corners of the course in the Elite men’s race, with a very motivated Jeremy Durrin (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) just behind him. The two were quickly joined to form a lead group including Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), Robert Marion (American Classic Pro CX Team), Christian Favata (TRT Bicycles p/b Stans No Tubes), Dan Timmerman (House Industries – Richard Sachs), and Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle), who traded attacks until White escaped in the fifth lap. White’s gap grew, but Durrin mustered to chase down the young racer.

Once Powers also committed to the chase, the lead group split as the chase hurtled toward White. White would not be overtaken easily, hanging on for another lap, but Powers prevailed. Powers attacked repeatedly, eventually dropping White as Durrin also slid a few seconds back. Powers rode alone for the final lap leading into his victory, with White following for second. Durrin continued his turn-around following a frustrating early season with a third-place podium finish.

Powers takes another win at Baystate 2013. © Todd Prekaski

Powers takes another win at Baystate 2013. © Russ Campbell

In the premier amateur cyclocross series in the US, the Verge New England Cyclocross Series, today’s racers exhibited amazing prowess in technically challenging conditions. Ryley Mosher (WheelWorks) and Daniel John Vaughn (Corning/No Tubes/Swan Cycles) retain the 10-14 Juniors jerseys in the girls’ and boys’ divisions. Stephen Pierce (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) retains his lead in the category 3 men’s division, while teammate Alec Donahue relinquishes his command in the 35+ men’s category to Mike Magur (Verge Sport). Ian Keough (Keough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycles) retains the lead in the Juniors 15-18 category. Former points leader Peter Goguen and teammate Austin Vincent held over a minute lead on third place in today’s race, though, so look for Goguen to make a resurgence. Melissa Seib (Bikeman) holds a strong lead in the amateur women’s field, while Alisa Allegrini (Nantucket Velo) appears similarly unstoppable in the 35+ masters women’s field. 45+ leader Roger Aspholm (Finkraft Cycling Team) retains the series jersey, and 55+ leader Al Blanchard (Finkraft Cycling Team) also keeps that jersey.

2013 Bay State Cyclocross (Day One) Elite Women's Results

1Elle ANDERSONUSA39:26:00
2Emma WHITEUSA39:59:00
3Crystal ANTHONYUSA40:08:00
4Laura VAN GILDERUSA40:59:00
5Arley KEMMERERUSA41:00:00
6Maureen BRUNO ROYUSA41:00:00
7Amanda CAREYUSA41:21:00
8Christina BIRCHUSA41:39:00
9Ellen NOBLEUSA42:08:00
10Cassandra MAXIMENKOUSA42:08:00
11Jenny IVESUSA42:25:00
12Lori COOKEUSA43:16:00
13Julie HUNTERUSA43:25:00
14Elizabeth WHITEUSA43:39:00
15Brittlee BOWMANUSA43:41:00
16Carol Jeane SANSOMEUSA43:43:00
17Joanne GROGANUSA43:59:00
18Nicole PISANIUSA44:12:00
19Catherine STERLINGUSA44:27:00
20Rebecca FAHRINGERUSA44:29:00
21Erin FACCONEUSA44:36:00
22Ellen SHERRILLUSA44:37:00
23Victoria GATESUSA44:55:00
24Bryna BLANCHARDUSA45:25:00
25Molly HURFORDUSA46:14:00
26Frances MORRISONUSA46:22:00
27Melissa LAFLEURUSA46:52:00
28Christine FORTUSA
30Jordan DUBƒUSA

2013 Bay State Cyclocross (Day One) Elite Men's Results

1Jeremy POWERSUSA1:02:24
2Curtis WHITEUSA1:02:46
3Jeremy DURRINUSA1:03:10
4Shawn MILNEUSA1:03:18
5Robert MARIONUSA1:03:22
6Christian FAVATAUSA1:03:59
8Anthony CLARKUSA1:04:29
9Adam MYERSONUSA1:04:39
10Joachim PARBODEN1:04:53
11Jerome TOWNSENDUSA1:05:11
12Joshua DILLONUSA1:05:12
13Jean-Philippe THIBAULT-ROBERGECAN1:05:23
14Travis LIVERMONUSA1:05:25
15Bradford PERLEYUSA1:05:25
16Nathaniel MORSEUSA1:06:12
17Brendan RHIMUSA1:06:23
18Daniel CHABANOVUSA1:06:23
19Peter GLASSFORDCAN1:06:46
20Lewis GAFFNEYUSA1:06:52
21Charles SCHUBERTUSA1:06:54
22Michael WISSELLUSA1:07:37
23Evan MURPHYUSA1:08:28
24Manny GOGUENUSA1:08:45
25Evan HUFFUSA1:08:50
40Matthew SOUSAUSA

Baystate Cyclocross 2013 Gallery by Russ Campbell