NORTHAMPTON, Mass. —The 2019 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series continued with race number 2 on Sunday with the Verge Northampton International Cyclocross presented by Cycle-Smart (NohoCX).
Now in its 29th year, NohoCX is the oldest cyclocross race in North America sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI). Elite racers competed for UCI Category 2 points in USA Cycling’s Pro Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX) and the Verge leader jersey for the Vittoria Series.
Caroline Nolan (Voler/Easton/HRS/Rock Lobster) claimed her second UCI win of the weekend in the elite women’s race. Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label Racing) would attack early and overcome mechanicals to claim his second win on the weekend as well. Both riders extended their Vittoria Series lead.
The first of three race weekends, the Vittoria Series follows competition on classic cyclocross courses in the Northeast, which include Northampton, M.A., Suffern, N.Y., and Warwick, R.I. It is the longest standing UCI cyclocross series in the United States. Athletes compete for points on the USA Cycling Pro Cyclocross Calendar (ProCX), as well as the Vittoria Series overall competition.
Nolan Wins Tight Elite Women’s Race
In the elite women’s race, a group of three riders including Nolan, Arley Kemmerer (Bike Law Network p/b Piscitello) and Caitlin Bernstein (Easton/ Velocio/McGovern Cycles) would establish themselves as contenders in today’s event.
“It was fun,” exclaimed Nolan. “The course was super flowy and really dynamic and it played to a lot of different people’s strengths and we had a big group to start and I kind of just wanted to settle in and see where it went. We kind of whittled it down to six and I knew with like three and a half laps, this is too big so I started putting a little bit more pressure on, taking a couple of sections a little harder.
“There were a lot of lead changes, a lot of different tactics. I knew going into the last lap that I had to be front. I knew that with the two run-ups in the back you had to into them first because it was such a short flat power section after.”
Nolan would be first out of the final turn to take a decisive win. Kemmerer and Berstein would finish second and third by mere inches.
“Word on the street is that we (Kemmerer and Nolan) both rode flat tires for maybe the last quarter of a lap,” noted Kemmerer. “We didn’t know that about each other which is good. So I had front flat, which made the end of the race a little interesting. I thought, well, at least it will grip in the corners but I was also a little bit nervous that maybe it wouldn’t because we were going pretty fast in these turns.”
Bernstein, who would finish third, locked onto Nolan’s wheel early and made the lead group. “I felt a little bit stronger today and I was a little more purposeful about getting right to the front. Every time anyone was standing up sprinting out of a straight I was right there and trying to match that.”
Ortenblad Doubles Up
In the elite men’s race, after Saturday’s bunch sprint finish, Ortenblad would set out to establish an early lead.
“I didn’t want it to be a huge group again,” said Ortenblad. “I took the holeshot and just kind of pinned it and had a pretty big gap right away so I knew that going wire-to-wire was going to hurt, but I tried to do it and then had a little slip-up. Of course I can never just make it easy. So then from there it got kind of tactical again.”
After establishing a nearly 30 second lead over Travis Livermon, Ortenblad would slide out and Livermon seized the opportunity and the pair set out on their final 2 laps together and it would come down to the final turns and finishing sprint.
“I pushed really hard in the last lap, especially into the woods section,” said Livermon. “I figured if I was in front and could get any kind of a gap or if he slipped up at all that was it. He didn’t, he stayed right on me. So then coming through the corners I’d kind of slow up a little bit and then jam it real hard out of them and then he came on the inside and then I tried to come on his inside but then he ended up getting it.”
Ortenblad took the win in the sprint.
Ben Frederick (ORNOT) would finish third, 33 seconds behind Ortenblad for his second UCI podium of the season. “Today was a lot of riding by yourself in the wind,” said Frederick. “There weren’t any groups to ride in and I ended up having a mechanical so I had to ride the singlespeed today. I dropped a chain. But it ended up being just as fast and more fun for sure.”
Racing will continue next weekend, November 16-17, in Suffern N.Y. with Supercross Cup. Watch the races unfold in person or by following tweets at @VittoriaSeries.
For more information and coverage on this weekend’s race in Northampton follow on Facebook and YouTube for race weekend highlights video highlights provided by dirtwire.tv. For more information visit necyclocross.com.
Full results are below.
Elite Women Results: 2019 Northampton International Day 2
|1||Caroline||Nolan||VOLER / EASTON / HRS / ROCK LOBSTER||44:31|
|2||Arley||Kemmerer||BIKE LAW NETWORK P/B PISCITELLO LAW||44:32|
|3||Caitlin||Bernstein||EASTON/ VELOCIO/ MCGOVERN CYCLES||44:32|
|4||Jane||Rossi||JAM / NCC||44:39|
|6||Rachel||Rubino||PHILLY BIKE EXPO||45:00|
|7||Anna||Megale||TREK CYCLOCROSS COLLECTIVE||45:41|
|8||Stephanie||Taplin||INDIGENOUS WHEEL CO.||45:46|
|9||Regina||Legge||TREK CYCLOCROSS COLLECTIVE||45:48|
|10||Taylor||Kuyk-white||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||45:48|
|11||Beth||Ann orton||TEAM S&M CX||45:49|
|15||Jennifer||Malik||RED KITE FUND PB BIKEFETTISH||46:46|
|16||Erica||Zaveta||THE PONY SHOP P/B KPMG||46:47|
|19||Rachel||Geiter||WALLA WALLA ROASTERY P/B JAKROO||47:14|
|20||Rhys||May||RHYS MAY JEWELRY||47:31|
|25||Leslie||Ethridge||ORNOT X SANTA CRUZ||48:16|
|26||Alexandra||Burton||POINT S AUTO P/B NOKIAN TYRES||48:23|
|29||Annabel||Buckley mcmahon||NEW ENGLAND DEVO P/B CADENCE WEALTH MANAGEMENT||49:11|
|30||Elizabeth||White||FAST FUN NICE P/B WATTIE INK||49:14|
|31||Heidi||Wood||HIFI SOUND CYCLING COMPONENTS||49:24|
|33||Clementine||Nixon||KING KOG/ SUN AND AIR||49:38|
|34||Elizabeth||Huuki||ARMY WEST POINT CYCLING||49:57|
|35||Marilyn||Rayner||RED KITE COACHING||50:17|
|36||Kelli||Montgomery||STAGE 1/AIRLINE CYCLES||50:39|
|37||Shane||Ferro||KING KOG / SUN AND AIR||50:45|
|38||Erin||Gordon||RARE DISEASE CYCLING / KESWICK||50:47|
|39||Anna||Savage||JAM FUND / NCC||51:21|
|41||Brittlee||Bowman||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||52:38|
|42||Holly||Neckermann||NO. 22 RACING||1L|
|43||Jenna||Latour nichols||PHILLY BIKE EXPO||1L|
|44||Sara||Melikian||COMPETITIVE EDGE RACING||2L|
Elite Men Results: 2019 Northampton International Day 2
|1||Tobin||Ortenblad||SANTA CRUZ / DONKEY LABEL RACING||59:31|
|4||Nick||Lando||COMPETITIVE EDGE RACING||1:00:17|
|5||Kevin||Bradford-parish||SETCOACHING P/B KBPRACING||1:00:38|
|7||Andrew||Giniat||PONY SHOP P/B KPMG||1:01:11|
|8||Jacob||Leblanc||COMPETITIVE EDGE RACING||1:01:11|
|9||Greg||Gunsalus||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||1:01:17|
|11||Patrick||Collins||KB PHOTO CX / A-D BIKES||1:01:32|
|12||Chris||Niesen||JAM / NCC||1:01:55|
|13||John||Harris||JOHNNY'S PLACE P/B BUTCHERBOX CYCLING||1:02:13|
|16||Daniel||Chabanov||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||1:02:35|
|17||Kaler||Marshall||WALLA WALLA ROASTERY P/B JAKROO||1:02:35|
|19||Ben||Guernsey||METTLE CYCLING P/B LEAVE IT ON THE ROAD||1:02:51|
|20||Sam||O'keefe||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||1:02:52|
|24||Molly||Cameron||POINT S AUTO P/B NOKIAN TYRES||1:03:19|
|28||Jonathan||Anderson||J MONEYS FACTORY ELITE PROFESSIONAL U65 DEVELOPMEN||1:03:55|
|29||Allan||Schroeder||HIGH DESERT HUSTLE||1:03:56|
|30||Jeremy||Russell||RIVER CITY BICYCLES / BIKE LAW||1:04:28|
|31||Christian||Norvold||JAM / NCC||1:05:00|
|32||Trevor||Raab||THE 5TH FLOOR NYC||1:05:29|
|33||Andrew||Loaiza||METTLE CYCLING P/B LEAVE IT ON THE ROAD||1:05:45|
|34||Sean||Curran||BICYCLE EXPRESS RACING||1:05:47|
|35||Pete||Macleod||RIDE MAPLE / HOLD FAST CYCLING||2L|
|36||Peter||Bradshaw||MAD ALCHEMY | ZANCONATO||2L|
|37||Daniel||Fitzgibbons||GREEN LINE VELO DRIVEN BY ZIPCAR||2L|
|38||Ian||Megale||TEAM UPCYCLE P/B ST. ALPHONSUS MEDICAL CENTER||2L|
|40||Camden||Brooks||HANDS-ON CYCLING P/B GUERCIOTTI||2L|
|42||Scott||Birdsey||GS SAVILE ROAD||2L|
|43||Daniel||Vaughn||JAM / NCC||2L|
|44||Daniel||Mccabe||COMMUNITY BICYCLE RACING||2L|
|45||John||D'agostino||CRCA/GOOD GUYS RACING P/B HIGH WATER WOMEN||3L|
|DNF||Michael||Owens||RSCX - HOUSE IND - DWR - HM||DNF|