BOSTON, Mass.The CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing returns for its 19th season and features the opening weekend of competition for the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart. The legendary Gloucester event is a classic New England cyclocross race hosted by Essex County Velo at historic Stage Fort Park.

Elite Category 2 races, sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), will be held both days for professional women and men. These races will provide points for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX). Along with additional points earned for the Vittoria Series overall competition, winning athletes will be awarded coveted Verge leaders’ jerseys at the Gloucester event.

Stage Fort Park is one of the most iconic cyclocross venues in the Northeast. 2016 GP of Gloucester Day 1. photo: Angelica Dixon

Stage Fort Park is one of the most iconic cyclocross venues in the Northeast. 2016 GP of Gloucester Day 1. photo: Angelica Dixon

Men’s Preview

Both Men’s and Women’s Elite races will feature exciting racing between many of the top pros in the sport. For the men, expect to see Aspire Racing riders Jeremy Powers and Spencer Petrov at the front end of the race. A Massachusetts native, four-time U.S. national champion Powers cites Gloucester as one of his favorite events.

“As always, I’m very excited to come back to the classic that is Gloucester again this year,” said Powers. “It’s always a favorite race of mine, with family and friends being able to attend. I can’t help but think of racing here years ago when I lined up as a young Junior rider racing with the Masters and dueling with Jesse Anthony and now I’m bringing my son for the first time, so I’m very excited about that!”

Jeremy Powers solos to his third year of Gran Prix Gloucester victories. Will he make this year the fourth? © Todd Prekaski

Jeremy Powers won both days at Gloucester in 2015. © Todd Prekaski

As for the racing, Powers is hoping for slick conditions. “Competition will be in full force, but that is the same as always and I hope to have a strong race and put on a good show for everyone that comes out to watch and cheer us on. It’s looking like we might even have a little bit of rain in the forecast. One of my best memories was from the 2012 event held in the rain.”

Starting off the season with huge victories at KMC Cross Fest and Charm City Cross, current ProCX leader and former U23 national champion Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) will be a favorite in the Elite Men’s race. “I left home in Santa Cruz in early September for a huge block of racing which started in Rochester, then went to the Midwest World Cups and finally out here for the East Coast races,” said Ortenblad, who is from Santa Cruz, California.

The log staircase is no match for Tobin Ortenblad who pops his front wheel over the top step of the challenging obstacle. Trek CX Cup. © D. Mable /

Tobin Ortenblad has been rolling this season. © D. Mable /

“Gloucester will be my final weekend before heading home for a little break,” he continued. “I did it two years ago and loved the course and location. Not to mention it’s a legendary venue. The weather is beautiful right now and I’m looking forward to one more weekend of racing in New England before heading home. The past couple weeks of racing have been incredible so I’m hoping to bring some of that confidence and fitness into this weekend.”

Other riders to watch in the Elite Men’s race will include Anthony Clark (Squid Squad), Curtis White (Cannondale p/b, and Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC). White scored back-to-back wins in Gloucester in 2016. Kisseberth is coming off of a podium performance at KMC Cross Fest and a solid seventh-place finish on day 2 of Charm City Cross.

Women’s Preview

For the women, expect to see a classic New England duel between youngsters 22-year-old Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) of Kennebunkport, Maine and 20-year-old Emma White (Cannondale/ of Delanson, N.Y. These two have been racing each other at Gloucester since they were beginners. Last year, Noble took the win on Day 1 of Gloucester, while White rode with consistency taking two podiums over the weekend. It could be a tactical race between the two.

The Belgian-style flyover was a favorite of the spectators. 2017 Charm City Cross © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Ellen Noble and Emma White are ready for another Northeast battle. 2017 Charm City Cross © M. Colton / Cyclocross Magazine

Also in the fight for the podium will be French Olympian Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Macogep) and local favorite Crystal Anthony (Maxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross) of Beverly, Massachusetts.

Christel Ferrier Bruneau stayed in the top ten for the 45-minute race at the Trek CX Cup, making her way into third by the time the final lap came to an end. ©D. Mable /

Christel Ferrier Bruneau has been racing well this year and is a podium threat at Gloucester. ©D. Mable /

About the Vittoria Series

After the Vittoria Series begins in Stage Fort Park this weekend, racing will continue with the second event in Western Massachusetts with the Verge Northampton International, on Nov. 11 and 12. This race is one of New England’s favorite races and the oldest UCI race in the U.S.

Returning to the series for a second year is Supercross Cup, Nov. 18 and 19, in Suffern, N.Y. After a successful debut year in a new location, Supercross returns to the “World Cup-style” venue that featured rolling hills, tricky off-cambers, and clenching descents that tested even the most steely-nerved ‘cross racers.

The Vittoria Series grand finale will be at the NBX Gran Prix of ‘Cross. Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, R.I. will host the final chapter on a course that is the essence of cyclocross in New England—twists and turns, rooty descents and the legendary beach sections.

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Series Calendar
CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA
October 14-15
The Verge Northampton International
Look Park, Northampton, MA
November 11-12
Supercross Cup
Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
November 18-19
NBX Gran Prix of ‘Cross
Goddard Memorial Park, Warwick, RI
December 2-3
Stay tuned for more coverage from Gloucester and the 2017 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series.  

Women's Start List (Saturday) - 2017 CRAFT Sportswear Grand Prix of Gloucester

CrystalAnthonyNewbury ParkCAMaxxis Shimano Pro Cyclocross
AllisonArensmanBrevardNCJ.A. King p/b BR'C
KaylaBrannenThetfordVTCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief
KatieCarlsonBristolCTLadies First p/b Milton Caterpillar
AndreaCoxBoxfordMARiverside Racing
CaitlinDowdSmithtownNYRare Disease Cycling / Keswick
ErinFacconeMedfordMATeam Averica
ChristelFerrier BruneauGanbyQCSAS-Macogep
NatalieForsytheBeverlyMARiverside Racing
LydiaHausleBostonMATeam Averica
TaylorKuyk-WhitePhiladelphiaPAPhiladelphia Bike Expo
ReginaLeggeSalemNHTrek Cyclocross Collective
ElizabethLukowskiAlbanyNYMad Alchemy | Zanconato
LeslieLupienEnfieldNHTeam Averica
EmilyMoldenNantucketMANantucket Velo
EllenNobleSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
AlixannaNorrisLebanonNHCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief
Beth AnnOrtonBendORTeam S&M CX
MeghanOwensRichmondVTUVM Cycling
ChristinReuterLeedsMAMad Alchemy | Zanconato
HeatherRichardRoslindaleMALadies First p/b Milton Caterpillar
MelissaSeibBryant PondMEUVM Cycling
NatalieTapiasEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
MagdeleineVallieresSherbrookeQCClub Cycliste de Sherbrooke
Jauron (Roni)VetterManchesterNHMad Alchemy | Zanconato
EmmaWhiteDelansonNYCannondale pb
PaigeWilliamsNorth BenningtonVTFuji Cross Crew
JulieWrightFlorenceMATeam Averica
EricaZavetaBrevardNCEaston Garneau

Men's Start List (Saturday) - 2017 CRAFT Sportswear Grand Prix of Gloucester

FirstLastCityStateTeam Spark
GennaroAmenoRoxburyMAGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar
JesseAnthonyNewbury ParkCARally Cycling
TrentBlackburnEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
PeterBradshawAtkinsonNHMad Alchemy | Zanconato
AlexanderChrystallWellesleyMANew England Devo p/b Cadence Wealth Management
AnthonyClarkFeeding HillsMASquid Squad
IanClarkeBurlingtonVTUVM Cycling
GregoryColbyHyde ParkMAB2C2/JRA Cycles
BenjaminColemanWillistonVTBMB Racing
PatrickCollinsShrewsburyMAMinuteman Road Club
ZacharyCurtisBridgewaterMABMB Racing
Marc-Andr?DaigleMontrealQCGarneau Easton
DanielFitzGibbonsDorchesterMAGREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar
CesarGallegoKew GardensNYKING KOG/ SUN AND AIR
JulesGoguelyOgdenUTApex / NBX / Hyperthreads
PeterGoguenHopedaleMARace C.F.
GreggGriffoRochesterNYPark Ave Bike p/b Borah Teamwear
SamHedlundBurlingtonVTUVM Cycling
BryanHorsleyHarwich PortMASea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor
NicholasKeoughHopedaleMARACE CF
JackKisseberthEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
NickLandoRingwoodNJElite Pro Factory
JustinLindineNorth OgdenUTApex / NBX / Hyperthreads
AndrewLoaizaPlattsburghNYCyclepath PDX
Clyde SebastianLoguePortsmouthNHColonial Bicycle Co
EvanMcNeelyOttawaONRide with Rendall
ChristopherMerolaEasthamptonMALaughing Dog
NateMorseCohassetMACCB - Velotooler
ChrisNiesenEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
TobinOrtenbladSanta CruzCASanta Cruz / Donkey Label Racing
MattOwensRichmondVTUVM Cycling
MichaelOwensRichmondVTHands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti
MattPerreaultMerrimacMAColonial Bicycle Company
SpencerPetrovSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
JeremyPowersSouthamptonMAAspire Racing
BenPowersHaverhillMARiverside Racing
BenRyanRandolphMANew England Devo p/b Cadence Wealth Management
AndyScottAmesburyMARiverside Racing
ScottSmithEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
BradfordSmithMedfordMAThe Drifters
WilsonStevensBuffaloNYLocal Openers p/b Tenspeed Hero
Jean-PhilippeThibault-RobergeSherbrookeQCTrek Cyclocross Collective
DougThorpPORTLANDMEColonial Bicycle Company
MatthewTylerWarrenNJLaughing Dog Bicycles
KaleWenczelLeverettMAJAM / NCC
CurtisWhiteDelansonNYCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld
TedWillardNew BedfordMATeam Spark
TimWillisEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
CooperWillseyHinesburgVTCannondale p/b