Today's women's podium: Mani wins, Noble second, Compton third. Photo by Todd Prekaski Today's women's podium: Mani wins, Noble second, Compton third. Photo by Todd Prekaski

Full Report by Cindy Brennan

Gloucester, MA-The 2015 Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series got underway today at Gloucester, Massachusetts' Stage Fort Park, the scenic venue of the Craft Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester. Course designer Tom Stevens and Race Director Paul Boudreau redesigned this classic cyclo-cross course by the sea, taking advantage of the sandy terrain to build a challenging, technical course. A new run-up, tougher than any seen before at Gloucester, and plenty of pedaling sections meant today was a day for the well-rounded racer to claim victory.

The Verge NECX Series races heated up throughout the day as some of the nation's best racers entered into season-long competitions spanning fifteen categories of elite and amateur racing. The Series' commitment to equality in men's and women's racing is evidenced by the newly added 45+ Category 3 women's category and an Elite 35+ women's category, and by this weekend's entirely sold out races for Category 4 Women, Category 3 Women, and Elite Women.

The Elite Women took to the course, a cloud of dust billowing from the course as the large field of racers sped through the dry, sandy track. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) gained a gap early, as a large chase massed behind them. Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement), a winner at Gloucester last year, bridged to the leaders. The chase was on: a few seconds back, Katie Compton (Trek Factory Racing), Amanda Miller (Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo), and Australian National Champion Lisa Jacobs hunted down the leaders.

Compton bridged to the front as Wyman, whose strengths were not favored by today's course, fell a bit off pace. Noble, Mani, and Compton gained time on the field as Wyman rode alone in fourth spot. The chase hung on, working to reel in Wyman, as Mani and Noble traded attacks in the hopes of weakening Compton. Compton clung with tenacity to the leaders, but was unable to muster the legs to come around the other two in the lead group.

Noble launched an attack in the final corners and gained several seconds on Mani, only to bobble. Mani won by a slim margin over Noble in second and Compton in third. Wyman remained in fourth spot, holding off the chase from Miller in fifth.

In the Series competitions, Mani claims the overall jersey. Noble is the U23 leader, while Compton has the first-ever 35+ Elite Women's leader's jersey in the history of the Series.

The men's podium: Powers first, White second, Hyde third. Photo by Todd Prekaski The men's podium: Powers first, White second, Hyde third. Photo by Todd Prekaski

The men of the Cannondale p/b team made their plan clear early in the Elite Men's race. Curtis White took the hole shot, and teammates Stephen Hyde and Ryan Trebon went right with him. Jeremy Powers, defending a two-year winning streak at Gloucester, soon found himself in a lead group including only himself and the Cannondale trio, isolated and only getting further away from any chase group.
Each man in green would attack, forcing Powers to chase down every move singlehandedly. Trebon flatted on a sharp rock through a sandy stretch, and Powers attacked. Soon Hyde, too, flatted, leaving young a White alone with the National Champion. Powers moved into the engine room, gapping White off his wheel, as Hyde chased in third and Trebon worked his way back into the top ten. Powers, able to meter his efforts without the need to chase down his competitors' attacks, won the day, making his fifth in a row at Gloucester. White held on for second, Hyde claimed third, and Trebon fought back for fifth just out of reach of Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement), whose solid race got him the fourth spot.
Powers moves into the Series lead, as White claims the U23 Series victory. Another day of racing at Gloucester tomorrow will cement the Series leadership for those racers, elite and amateur, master and cub junior. Follow along live on Twitter with live updates from @VergeNECXS, @GPGloucester, and #gpgcx.

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Gran Prix of Gloucester, Men's Elite Race, Day 1

RankFrist NameLast NameTeamTime
1JeremyPowersAspire Racing1:07:08
2CurtisWhiteCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:07:22
3StephenHydeCannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld.com1:07:44
4JameyDriscollRaleigh / Clement1:08:20
5RyanTrebonCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:08:29
8CameronDodgeTeam Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strate1:09:03
9TobinOrtenbladCalifornia Giant Berry Farms-Specia1:09:11
10RaphaelGagneRed Truck - Garneau p/b Easton Cycl1:09:19
11AnthonyClarkSquid Bikes1:09:31
12TravisLivermonMock Orange Bikes Pro CX Team p/b V1:10:02
14DanielSummerhillMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross team1:10:51
16HugoRobinsonNeon Velo Cycling Team1:11:02
17JesseAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:11:10
18MarkMcconnellHot Sauce Cycling Club1:11:15
19GarryMillburnTrek SRAM Champion System1:11:41
20RobertMarionAmerican Classic Pro CX Team1:11:44
22DerrickSt johnSilber Pro Cycling1:11:48
25MichaelVan den hamRed Truck -- Garneau p/b Easton Cyc1:12:01
26LanceHaidetRaliegh Clement1:12:32
27CodyKaiserLangeTwins / Specialized1:12:59
29AlexRyanChampion System/Cannondale2L
31JeremyRussellPortland Titanium3L
34DanielTimmermanStan's NoTubes Elite CX4L
35ChrisFieldEssex County Velo4L
38ThierryLaliberteXprezo-Borsao Factory4L
39Jean-philippeThibault-robergeTrek Cyclocross Collective4L
40MerwinDavispathfinder of wv4L
42AbeGoorskeyAmerican Classic Pro CX Team4L
43AndrewLoaizaThump Cycling p/b Turin4L
45GregWhitneyArrow Racing4L
47BrianHughesFast Splits Multisport4L
49KeithGarrisonKING KOG4L
50PrestonBuehrerB2C2 p/b Boloco5L
51AndrewLysaghtCUPPOW p/b B2C25L
52MattSurchTekne Cycle Club5L
53BradSmithThe Drifters5L
55GreggGriffoTeam ROG5L
56SamuelLearC3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.5L
58NicholasKeoughChampion System p/b Keough Cyclocro5L
60MichaelGarriganVan Dessel/ Shimano/ Velocolour5L
61TreverKingsburyBOO Bicycles5L
62FordMurphyJoe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg6L
63AndrewReimannCyclocross Magazine Racing6L
64JeremyBrazealAetna-Expo Wheelmen6L
65DanielHadleySemi Tough Cycling Club6L
66AlanAdamsThe Cycling House6L
67JimWood333fab CX Factory Team7L
68CorySmallCCB Racing7L
69AdamSullivanGrinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge8L
DNFLukeKeoughMaxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross TeamDNF
DNFJesseKeoughFoundation Cycling NYCDNF
DNFKerryWernerRaliegh ClementDNF
DNFWaltonBrushIrt pro cyclingDNF
DNFGavinHaleyGiant Factory Cyclocross TeamDNF
DNFJustinLindineApex / NBX / TrekDNF
DNFEvanMcneelyNorco Factory TeamDNF
DNFCharlesBerhtramTeam CuppowDNF
DNFJeremyMartinLouis GarneauDNF
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