BOSTON, Mass.—The 2018 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart will conclude this weekend with the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross. Rounds seven and eight of the Vittoria Series will take place Dec. 1 and 2 at Goddard Memorial State Park in West Warwick, R.I.

The final chapter of the Series showcases the essence of cyclocross in New England with its twists and turns, rooty descents and the legendary long beach sections and will feature two days of Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) sanctioned races, Class 1 (C1) on Saturday and Class 2 (C2) on Sunday.

2018 Vittoria Series Recap

The Vittoria Series began in Gloucester, Mass., in mid-October, followed by events in Northampton, Mass. and Suffern, N.Y. in November. With a total of eight events in the Northeast, the Vittoria Series is the longest standing, UCI cyclocross series in the United States.

The coveted Vittoria Series overall jerseys are on the line this weekend. 2017 NBX Gran Prix of 'Cross Day 2. photo: Angelica Dixon

The coveted Vittoria Series overall jerseys are on the line this weekend. 2017 NBX Gran Prix of ‘Cross Day 2. photo: Angelica Dixon

At this weekend’s NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross, athletes will compete for points on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX), as well as for the Vittoria Series overall competition. A final Verge Sport jersey will be awarded to the winners this weekend in Rhode Island.

Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing) was the early leader for Elite Women but was overtaken in the third week at Supercross Cup in Suffern, N.Y. by Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano). Using a ferocious victory at the Supercross Cup over the young Canadian and last year’s Vittoria Series winner Ruby West (Specialized – Tenspeed Hero), Fahringer now leads Noble by a slim 10 points.

For the Elite Men, this year’s story has been all about Curtis White (Cannondale p/b White is currently undefeated in the Elite Men’s competition with six victories and is set to defend his 2017 Vittoria Series title.

“NBX is always a big finale to the Vittoria Series,” said Series President Adam Myerson, “But this year with the C1 contest in the mix, with the Elite Women’s jersey still up for grabs, with Curtis trying to pitch a perfect game and Hyde returning to racing, there’s a lot to pay attention to.”

Vittoria Series Standings:

Elite Women, Top 3:

  1. Rebecca Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano), 160 points
  2. Ellen Noble (Trek Factory Racing), 150 points
  3. Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel Factory Team), 129 points

U23 Women, Top 3:

  1. Clio Dinan (Independent), 200 points
  2. Anna Savage (JAM Fund/NCC), 155 points
  3. Aliza Tobias (Killington Mountain School/BMB), 125 points

Elite Men, Top 3:

  1. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b, 300 points
  2. Sam Noel (UVM Cycling/Cannondale Cyclocross), 131 points
  3. Spencer Petrov (Cannondale p/b, 116 points

U23 Men, Top 3:

  1. Sam Noel (UVM Cycling/Cannondale Cyclocross), 230 points
  2. Cooper Willsey (Furman University/Cannondale Cyclocross), 170 points
  3. Spencer Petrov (Cannondale p/b, 170 points

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After heartbreak and redemption at Supercross Cup, Fahringer (Kona Maxxis Shimano) is rested and ready to race for the Elite Women after the Thanksgiving break. “I had a really nice, quiet Thanksgiving,” said Fahringer, who captured her first ProCX win of the season on the second day of Supercross Cup and is second overall in ProCX standings.

“It feels great not to be over-traveled at this point in the season. And I’m very happy to finally have a win under by belt, but I also understand that at this point domestically, I have a C1 weekend and Nationals left before I start racing in Europe. So though I’d love to keep up a winning streak, it may be a fight for podiums or other top results. NBX has always proven a tricky course for me, but hopefully with confidence and less pressure to finally win, I can race more relaxed.”

Rebecca Fahringer found redemption on Day 2 of the Supercross Cup. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Rebecca Fahringer found redemption on Day 2 of the Supercross Cup. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Returning to NBX this year is West (Specialized – Tenspeed Hero), who won her first U.S. UCI race in Warwick in 2017 as she claimed back-to-back victories to clinch the Vittoria Series title.

“I’m super excited to be coming back to NBX this year. It’s one of my favorite races on the schedule, with such a scenic venue and fun course. I had a breakthrough weekend at this race last year, so I’m hoping to draw on the things I learned from last year for the races this weekend. I was also thrilled to see Saturday will be a C1 this year, so I’m sure competition will be tough. I’m really excited for some good racing on the beach in Rhode Island.”

Ruby West is back at NBX this weekend. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Ruby West is back at NBX this weekend. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Also racing this weekend is Kaitlin Keough (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld). “I’m looking forward to racing in Warwick this weekend,” said Keough, who is fifth overall in ProCX standings. “Although I’ve never raced there, I’ve only ever heard wonderful things as it’s a classic New England CX race. I’m looking forward to the weekend and hoping to have one last solid race effort before heading into Nationals.”

Additional riders to watch in the Elite Women’s race include Caroline Nolan (Voler/Clif/Rock Lobster), who finished on the podium at the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross, Crystal Anthony (Liv Cycling) and Caroline Mani (Van Dessel Factory Team). All three are in the Top 15 of the ProCX standings.

Kaitie Keough is set to race this weekend at the NBX Gran Prix. 2018 Cincinnati Cyclocross Day 2. © B. Buckley

Kaitie Keough is set to race this weekend at the NBX Gran Prix. 2018 Cincinnati Cyclocross Day 2. © B. Buckley

For the Elite Men, White will look to maintain his undefeated Vittoria Series streak to claim the Series title for a second consecutive year.

“I’m really looking forward to racing in Warwick again,” said White, who moved to third place in ProCX standings with two wins at The Verge Northampton International. “It’s another New England classic that I’ve raced since I was a kid.  The course has always been unique and something special to Warwick.”

After Supercross Cup, White declared that the Stars-and-Stripes jersey was the goal going forward.

“With it being a C1 this year, we’ll see more top guys that are making their final preparations for Nationals.  I’m focused on bringing my best to the start line. I just came off a big training block, and my form is right where I want it to be. As always, our goal is to put Cannondale on the top step. Both Spencer (Petrov)  and Stephen (Hyde) will have a few cards to play.”

Curtis White is hoping to stay perfect in the 2018 Vittoria Series. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Curtis White is hoping to stay perfect in the 2018 Vittoria Series. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Joining White will be Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld teammate and reigning U.S. Cyclocross National Champion Stephen Hyde. “NBX was one of the first UCI races I ever attended. It really opened my eyes to cyclocross in New England and taught me about adapting to different course conditions. It also taught me the importance of running in your training! I’ve taken a long break from the race over the last four years, as I am normally in Europe racing the World Cup circuit. I can’t wait to get back to racing on this iconic New England race. Also, really excited to be back in the Vittoria New England Series again. This will be my first race back since my injury at Pan Ams (Nov. 3-4) and I am ready to rip it up with my Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld teammates.”

Looking to upset those team tactics will be Kerry Werner (Kona Maxxis Shimano), who is the top-ranked ProCX rider for Elite Men.

“I am really looking forward to racing NBX. I haven’t participated in four years or so, and I remember the course having a distinct Euro feel, with the beach section and established trails through the woods. The vibe is great too and there are usually lots of spectators. Being the final C1 of the season and so close to Nationals, it should be a big reveal of how everyone’s Nationals training blocks have affected their fitness levels. Even though it is late in the season, I have some pre-race jitters already. In a way, it feels distinctly like the first race of the season, though we are three months into this dance.”

Kerry Werner heads north again this weekend for the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Kerry Werner heads north again this weekend for the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross. 2018 Rockland County Supercross Cup Day 2. © Angelica Dixon

Racing in front of hometown sponsor Apex Technologies will be Justin Lindine (Hyperthreads/Apex Pro Cycling). The New England native has strong ties to the region even after moving to Ogden, Utah several years ago.

“I’m really excited to be back in Rhode Island for NBX this weekend and think it’s really exciting that the event has made the jump up to C1 status. I believe it really shows just how committed NBX is to supporting and growing the sport, to see them step up and try and run the highest caliber event. The race has been such a regular part of my season that it’s especially cool to be heading into the C1 weekend having raced here so many times. It’s been a while since I competed in a C1 event on a course I know and like so much. Hopefully, I can capitalize on some of that prior experience and grab a good result as we head into the final weeks before Nationals.”

Additional Elite Men to watch include Jack Kisseberth (Garneau Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare), Merwin Davis (Cycle-Smart) and Scott Smith (Dirt League). These three riders are in the Top 20 of the ProCX standings.

The USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships will be held two weeks following NBX, on Dec. 11-16. It will be the first time the event will be hosted in Louisville. Forty-two national titles will be on the line for male and female athletes, crowned in the Junior, Senior, Collegiate, U23, Masters and Elite categories.

Each day of NBX will feature amateur racing throughout the day prior to the elite competitions in the afternoon. Categories competing in the Vittoria Series finale will race for the final Verge Sport jerseys to be awarded. The current standings heading into Saturday and Sunday’s racing can be found here.

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Elite start lists are below.

Featured image: Angelica Dixon

Elite Women's Start List: 2018 NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross

CrystalAnthonyNewbury ParkCALiv Cycling
BrittLeeBowmanNew YorkNYRSCX - House Ind - DWR - HM
KaylaBrannenThetfordVTCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief
CaitlinC. BernsteinRenoNVVive La Tarte
EmilyCurleyEasthamptonMACorner Cycle
RebeccaFahringerConcordNHKona Maxxis Shimano
ElizabethHuukiWest PointNYArmy West Point Cycling
ArleyKemmererPalmertonPAFearless Femme Racing
KaitlinKeoughColorado SpringsCOCannondale
TaylorKuyk-WhitePhiladelphiaPAPhilly Bike Expo
ReginaLeggeSalemNHTrek Cyclocross Collective
LeslieLupienMedfordMAVelocio NECX
CarolineManivandessel factory
AnjaMeichsnerBelmontMABikeway Source/ Bell Lap Racing
SaraMelikianWilbrahamMACompetitive Edge Racing
AllisonMrugalWest ChesterPAAmy D Grassroots
TarynMudgePhiladelphiaPAFearless Femme Racing
CarolineNolanChicoCAVoler / Easton/ HRS/ Rock Lobster
AlixNorrisLebanonNHCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief
MeghanOwensRICHMONDVTHands-On Cycling p/b Guerciotti
ChristinReuterLeedsMAMad Alchemy | Zanconato
HeatherRichardRoslindaleMALadies First Cycling
JaneRossiNewburyportMARhode Island School of Design
RachelRubinoPhiladelphiaPAFearless Femme Racing
AnnaSavageWestboroughMAJAM Fund / NCC
NatalieTapiasEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
AlizaTobiasFleetwoodPAKillington Mountain School/BMB
Jauron (Roni)VetterManchesterNHMad Alchemy | Zanconato
RubyWestDundasONSpecialized - Tenspeed Hero
EricaZavetaBrevardNCGarneau-Easton p/b TLC

Elite Men's Start Lists: 2018 NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross

JoshBauerRichfieldMNDonkey Label
TrentBlackburnEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
AndrewBordenPittsfieldVTCastleton University
KevinBouchard-HallWestportNYVelocio Northeast
PeterBradshawAtkinsonNHMad Alchemy | Zanconato
EthanCallJeffersonNHDartmouth College
ErikCarlsonEast GreenwichRIHyperthreads/Apex
DanielChabanovPhiladelphiaPARSCX - House Ind - DWR - HM
MatthewCurbeauMillisMAVelocio Northeast
SeanCurranArlingtonMABicycle Express Racing
ZacharyCurtisBridgewaterMABMB Racing
MerwinDavisStar CityWVCycle-Smart
AlecDonahueEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
NilesGagnonSouth Glens FallsNYGrey Ghost Bicycles
IanGielarWesthamptonMAJAM / NCC
MarkHewittBostonMAJAM / NCC
StephenHydeEasthamptonMACannondale P/B
JackKisseberthWesthamptonMAGarneau Easton p/b Transitions Life Care
NicholasLandoBurlingtonVTUVM Cycling / Comp Edge Racing
JacobLeBlancKeeneNHComp Edge Racing
JustinLindineNorth OgdenUTHyperthreads/Apex Pro Cycling
TravisLivermonWinston SalemNCThe Endurance Collective
PeterMacLeodCantonMARide Maple / Hold Fast Cycling
michaelmarstonRoxburyMADaedalus & Allstonvelo
DanielMcCabeWhitmanMAPlant Power Racing p/b Vegan Athletic
AddisonMinottJamaica PlainMADaedalus & Allstonvelo
ChrisNiesenEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
SamNoelShelburneVTUVM Cycling / Cannondale Cyclocrossworld
JamesNorrisLebanonNHCowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief
ChristianNorvoldBerlinMAJAM / NCC
FinneganO'ConnorBurlingtonVTUVM Cycling / Comp Edge Racing
MatthewOwensRichmondVTUVM Cycling / Hands On
MichaelOwensRichmondVTRSCX - House Ind - DWR - HM
SpencerPetrovWesthamptonMACannondale p/b
JeremyPowersSouthamptonMAPactimo / Fuji / SRAM
AllanSchroederBoiseIDHigh Desert Hustle
AllanSchroederBoiseIDHigh Desert Hustle
ScottSmithWesthamptonMADirt League
DougThorpPORTLANDMEColonial Bicycle Company
DanVaughnEasthamptonMAJAM / NCC
AnthonyVeccaPortlandCTStage 1 / Airline Cycles
GenoVillafanoVERNON ROCKVILLECTStorrs Center Cycle Racing
KaleWenczelLeverettMAJAM / NCC
KerryWerner Jr.BirdsboroPAKona Maxxis Shimano
CurtisWhiteDelansonNYCannondale p/b