Powers heads into the last lap in the lead. © Cyclocross Magazine

Powers heads into the last lap in the lead. © Cyclocross Magazine

Today, cloudy skies hinted at rain but ultimately, those hoping for a mud-fest were disappointed at Roger Williams Park. In the women’s race, it was Katerina Nash (Luna), racing in a small lead group with Elle Anderson (Cal Giant) and Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) from early on in the race, who would attack and take the win in a dominant fashion. However, the story of the day was that Anderson took the second place spot over Compton in a final sprint, showing that she is the real deal this season. In the men’s race, a large lead group developed early on with all of the “key players” one would expect, but it was a group with Powers, Johnson and Berden that would eventually emerge as the leaders. Johnson contested for the win, but Powers surged and outsprinted him, and Berden nipped him at the line, leaving the final order Powers, Berden and Johnson.

by Cindy Brennan

If there was ever a question, the Providence Cyclocross Festival clearly asserted itself this year as the biggest race in United States cyclocross. The festival includes three days of racing and other cycling-related activities in Providence, Rhode Island, including a newly added day of racing on Friday. This weekend closes out New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross, a week brimming with racing action from the top cyclocross racers in the country. The Elite races in Providence are a part of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge, and part of USA Cycling’s season-long ProCx Series. For the Elite racers, this race is ranked a C1, the highest UCI ranking a race can have, awarding elevated points in overall UCI standings and in the ProCX contest. Additionally, the amateur races today are a part of the prestigious and long-running Verge New England Cyclocross Series, deciding leaders in eight categories of amateur racing.

Friday’s races included a fat bike race, singlespeed races, and a team Madison race. These events brought Tim Johnson and Mo Bruno Roy out for a bit of fun before the more serious races today. Also on Friday, the Builders’ Ball featured exquisite designs from the most skilled bike builders in New England. On display were Massachusetts-based Firefly Bicycles, NFG Cycles, and Honey Bikes and Rhode Island designers Circle A Cycles and Chapman Cycles, plus plenty of other eye-catching creations from all over New England.

Nash comes in for the win. © Todd Prekaski

Nash comes in for the win. © Todd Prekaski

The Elite women’s contest today seemed to be a sure bet: Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) joined us in New England this weekend. This nine-time US National Champion, hugely successful in European races, rarely losing on US soil, brought her impressive resume to the course at Roger Williams Park for the first time since US Cyclocross Nationals was held here in 2005 and 2006 – and she won both those races. The whistle blew, and a separation quickly formed, including Compton and Elle Anderson (California Giant/Specialized), confident from her four-win streak that included last weekend’s Gran Prix of Gloucester. With them was Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team), who recently took a victory at CrossVegas, and who posed a definite threat to Compton. The three extraordinary racers broke away from the rest of the field, with Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) forming a chase in an attempt to bridge to the leaders. Nash launched an attack that the other two could not match. Anderson and Compton were forced to work together to control Nash’s ten-second lead. Ultimately, they were unsuccessful: Nash rolled through with a solid victory, with Anderson following in second and Compton claiming third.

The men hit the course next, with the heavy hitters forming a separation early. Up front was Ben Berden (Raleigh-Clement), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale/, Tim Johnson(Cannondale/, and Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus), joined by Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory). Gagne’s ability to stay with these leaders, the top racers in the US Elite men’s circuit, shows just how strong the Canadian is this season. Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC), Yannick Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized), and Lukas Winterberg (Muller Landscape/BH Bikes) created a chase, and while they never lost time to the leaders, they could never quite close down the gap. Meanwhile, the leaders traded attacks, Trebon launching, then Berden, then Johnson, and finally Powers, twice, to create a gap that would stick and shatter the organization of that leaders’ group. Powers won day one in Providence today, Berden second, and Johnson third. Gagne claimed an amazing fourth, with Trebon just behind in fifth.

“Race organizer Richard Fries put a lot of work into this,” said Powers. “I’m happy to win so close to home!”

This places the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge leaders’ jerseys in the hands of Jeremy Powers and Elle Anderson. In the U23 divisions, Kaitie Antonneau and Yannick Eckmann hold onto their leaders’ jerseys as well.

The Elite junior’s race at PCF today was the first chance for juniors to earn ProCX juniors series points. The race was also a Worlds qualifier event. Peter Goguen (Team CF) attacked to gain a substantial lead, while teammate Austin Vincent and Raphael Au Clair (Subway-Sigma/Pivot Cycles) chased. Goguen won with authority, while Vincent took second spot and Au Clair third.

In the Verge series amateur races, Sam Noel (1K To Go – Onion River Sports) and Daniel John Vaughn (Corning/No Tubes/Swan Cycles) tie in the Junior boys 10-14 division. Stephen Pierce (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) remains in front for the category 3 men and his teammate Alec Donahue is crushing the 35+ Masters. Lizzy Gunsalus (Team Gunsalus) moves into the lead in the Junior girls 10-14 category. Melissa Seib ( holds the Amateur women’s division, with Alissa Allegrini (Nantucket Velo) still leading the Amatuer Masters women. In Masters men’s categories, Roger Asphlom (Fincroft Cycling Team) leads the 45+ and Al Blanchard (Blue Ribbon Restaurants) the 55+.

Lap of Silence for Amy Dombroski. © Todd Prekaski

Lap of Silence for Amy Dombroski. © Todd Prekaski

A palpable weight could be felt on the course today, as the NECX mourns one of its own. Amy Dombroski passed away this week, leaving a family of racers behind to remember her amazing talent and warmth. Her NECX family remembered her with a lap of silence in her honor today, as riders of all levels rode together in quiet celebration of a life taken too soon. From hair ribbons to bar tape, temporary tattoos to stickers, Amy was everywhere with us at PCF.

Results below gallery.

Elite Women Day 1 Providence Day 1 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime  
1KaterinaNashLuna Pro Team0:43:24
2ElleAndersonCalifornia Giant Strawberries/ Spec0:43:31
3KatieComptonTrek Cyclocross Collective0:43:33
4MeredithMillerCalifornia Giant/Specialized0:44:19
5CrystalAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:44:30
8HelenWymanKona Factory Racing0:44:54
9MaryMcconnelougTeam Kenda / Stan's NoTubes0:45:00
10CourtenayMcfaddenBicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster0:45:06
11LauraVan gilderVan Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom Pizz0:45:10
12ArleyKemmererC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:45:10
13CarolineManiRaleigh / Clement0:45:11
14MaureenBruno royBob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:45:11
15KaitlinAntonneauCannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com0:45:25
16NatashaElliottRare Vos Racing/Stevens0:46:05
17CassandraMaximenkoRare Vos Racing/Van Dessel0:46:20
20AmandaCareyStan's NoTubes Elite0:46:46
21CarolinaGomez-villafaneTeam Rambuski Law0:46:53
23StaceyBarbossaNJ/NY Colavita Women's Team0:47:14
24JennyIvesVerge Sport/Test Pilot0:47:22
25KateNorthcottBeam Team Racing0:47:34
28ChristinaBirchJAM Fund / NCC0:47:57
29FrancesMorrisonC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:48:20
30StephanieWetzelParadise Racing0:48:32
31JamieGilgenInfinit Canada / Cyclepower0:48:34
33LoriCookeCycle Lodge0:48:37
34JessicaDupplerTrek Portsmouth0:48:49
35KathrynCummingTeam Yacht Club0:49:05
36LaurenDagostinoNJ/NY COLAVITA WOMEN'S TEAM0:49:13
37MollyHurfordNJ/NY COLAVITA WOMEN'S TEAM0:49:14
38NicolePisaniHealthy Kids Happy Kids0:49:25
39VickieMonahanRare Vos Racing0:49:27
40VickiBarclayStan's NoTubes Women's Elite Team0:49:32
41VictoriaGatesJAM Fund / NCC0:49:33
42JessicaKutzTeam EPS/CSS p/b Shebell & Shebell0:49:44
43AllisonArensmanSophisticated Living p/b Bob's Red0:49:46
44Katrina (Trina)BaumsteigerTeam Rambuski Law0:49:46
45RebeccaWellonsSeaside Cycle0:49:58
46MelodyChaseRaleigh Bicycles/Gus' Bike Shop0:50:01
47KerryLitkaThe Velo Resource0:50:12
48ErinMascelliPeanut Butter & Co. Human Zoom0:50:23
49ShannonGibsonStan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Tea0:50:27
50MelissaLafleurBONK! Support2L
51AmyBreylaC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.2L
52StephanieThompsonWD Racing / NYC Velo3L
53HeatherHeinrichWooden Wheels Racing3L
54KristineChurchPeanut Butter & Co Human Zoom3L p/b VOmax3L
57JordanDub_Keough Cyclocross4L
58CaitDooleyCuppow/Geekhouse Bikes4L

Elite Men Day 1 Providence Day 1 2013

PlFirst NameLast NameTeamTime  
2BenBerdenRaleigh / Clement1:05:08
3TimJohnsonCannondale pb Cyclocrossworld.com1:05:08
4RaphaelGagneRocky Mountain factory1:05:19
6YannickEckmannCalifornia Giant/Specialized1:06:32
7WinterbergLukasM?ller Landscape / BH Bikes1:06:32
8StephenHydeJAM Fund / NCC1:06:33
9JameyDriscollRaleigh / Clement1:07:02
10JeremyDurrinOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:07:08
11LukeKeoughKeough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle1:07:11
12CameronDodgeSCOTT BIKES1:07:12
14AllenKrughoffRaleigh Clement1:07:17
15JesseAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:07:52
16ChristianFavataTRT BICYCLES p/b STANS NO TUBES1:07:53
17CurtisWhiteCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:07:56
18JustinLindineRedline / NBX1:07:57
19EdwinBullVan Dessel Factory Team1:08:01
20CodyKaiserCalifornia Giant/Specialized1:08:13
21TobinOrtenbladCalifornia Giant/ Specialized1:08:19
22IsaacNeffTrek Cyclocross Collective1:08:33
23TroyWellsTeam CLIF BAR1:08:37
24Jean-philippeThibault-robergeTrek Cyclocross Collective1:08:54
25DerrickSt johnStevens Racing p/b The Cyclery1:08:56
26AnthonyClarkJAM Fund / NCC1:09:01
27JesseKeoughKeough Cyclocross p/b Felt Bicycle1:09:04
29TimothyAllenFeedback Sporsts1:09:16
30MatthewShriverTrek Cyclocross Collective1:09:19
31BenjaminSonntagTeam Clif Bar1:09:30 / Joe's Garage1:09:30
33AdamMyersonTeam SmartStop/Mountain Khakis1:09:44
34MitchellHokeOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:09:46
35SamO'keefeC3 - Twenty20 Cycling Co.1:09:47
36JakeWellsStan's NoTubes Elite Cyclocross Tea1:10:08
37CraigEtheridgeRaleigh / Clement1:10:31
38CraigRicheyVOmax - p/b No1:10:44
40EvanMcneelyNorco Factory Team1:11:21
41EvanMurphyNYC Velo p/b The Cannibal1:11:38
42WilliamEllistonVan Dessel Factory Team1:11:44
43CharlieSchubertGPM Sport1:11:49
44BrendanRhimKMS/Start House Cycling Team1:11:59
45SeanPantellereSTAMPEDE! p/b Budd Bike Works1:12:06
46AdamSt. germainENGVT / Specialized1:13:03 / Joe's Garage1L
48BradenKappiusTeam Clif Bar3L
50BrendanMccormackClif Bar / Pactimo3L p/b VOmax3L
52KurtBelhumeurBCD Racing P/B Bern Unlimited/Pedro3L
53CameronMccormackClif Bar / Pactimo3L
55ChristopherHamlinBicycle Express/Kona Bikes3L
58AdamSullivanEmbrocation / Gaulzetti Cicli3L
59ChrisFieldEssex County Velo3L
60ThierryLaliberteTeam Xprezo Borsao3L
61AustinSkomraTBS Racing p/b Plan2Peak3L
62MannyGoguenRACE CF | @racecf3L
63SpencerDowningHorizon Organic4L
64AndrewLoaizaRMRC4L - Halter's4L
66EvanCooperHudson Furniture Cyclocross4L
68CaryFridrichMad Alchemy/ Verge Rider Cooperativ4L
70ChrisAlgarCape Cod Racing/C45L
71AlistairSponselCumberland Transit Cycling5L / Joe's Garage5L
75MatthewMeansC3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.5L
76MichaelVan den hamCycle-smart6L
77JohnHansonNBX/Narragansett Beer/Apex6L
78TylerSteinFond du lac/ oshkosh cyclery6L
79ColinDunlapHutches HD/Bend Dental6L
81JamesStoutNorth of the Border Bikes Race/Cham8L
82MichaelGarriganVan Dessel10L