Ryan Trebon leads the charge at the men’s start. Todd Prekaski

Ryan Trebon leads the charge at the men’s start. © Todd Prekaski

GLOUCESTER, MASSACHUSETTS – Rain began to hit the course early on Day 2 of the Gran Prix of Gloucester, creating a thick mud which would be a defining feature of this race and shape the day’s events, as most of the day’s races averaged about 11-minute laps. A race that attracts the superstars of cyclocross, in attendance were also all ranges of cycling enthusiasts and cyclocross racers with families in tow. Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA offers spectators a chance to watch the races unfold as competitors snake through trademark off-cambers, a long, muddy run-up, and a loose, sandy beach section. Crowds braved the classic cyclocross weather not only to cheer on their favorite professional cyclocrossers, but also to race in the amateur and intermediate fields early in the day and stop by the Shimano tent to peruse the latest products. Juniors aged 10-14 took to the course early in the day while even younger aspiring racers faced their own scaled-down course around the park’s gazebo.

In the Elite women’s race strongwoman Helen Wyman once again rode away from her field early on, cranking through the mud as a group gathered to chase her down. Nicole Duke, Gabby Day, Julie Krasniak and Mo Bruno Roy mustered to work together chasing Wyman. Several attacks from the group broke the four apart, however, and Duke got away with Day and Bruno Roy next. Bruno Roy was in her element on this challenging and technical course, cranking along through the thick mud. Meredith Miller added some fuel to the fire and bridged up to the chase group just as Duke was getting away from it to hunt Wyman on her own. However, Wyman’s gap grew to such a comfortable distance, 30 seconds or more, that she was able to focus on a smooth, conservative ride, not taking any chances in the slick mud. Day left the chase group behind, catching Duke and immediately passing her to finish in second, with Duke following for third. “I could feel her breathing down my neck. Day is riding so strong right now,” said Duke. Bruno Roy had a great race in her favorite kind of course conditions for a fourth place finish.

Now with two wins at Gloucester to add to her stateside winning streak, Helen Wyman loves coming to race in New England during the early autumn. “It’s the people,” she says. Of the New England courses, she says “while races in Belgium are very epic, races in New England have many cool features making it really challenging.”

The Elite men took to the course as rain began to fall in Gloucester once again. Dylan McNicholas made a bold move off the line to lead the field through the initial chewed-up, slick turns. Jeremy Powers, Ryan Trebon, Tim Johnson and Ben Berden jumped to the lead after the first long, sloppy run-up, McNicholas still hanging on with Driscoll in tow. The group was followed closely by Nicolas Bazin, Ian Field, and Zach McDonald. Trebon attacked, putting the group in significant pain, but Powers matched Trebon and bridged back across to the leader. dominated the front of the race with Johnson and Driscoll swapping places back and forth for third and forth, trying to catch on to teammate Trebon. Berden clung on, and these five maintained their 20-second lead on Bazin, Field, and McDonald behind them. Trebon went on the attack, gaining a 30-second lead on Powers, who suddenly found Berden in his rearview. Trebon rode clean away to a solid victory on a challenging course, as Berden and Powers traded attacks, staying together until they hit the pavement the final time. The second and third podium positions were decided with a sprint, with Powers taking second right at the line. Trebon was happy to win what he called “the best ‘cross race in New England.” Powers, not disappointed about his second place finish, said, “I was happy to race my heart out here in front of so many fans.”

Now that the Gran Prix of Gloucester has kicked off the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series and launched New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross, the biggest week of cyclocross racing in the U.S., the action will continue in Providence this weekend at the Providence Cyclocross Festival October 6 & 7. This venue was the home of the 2005 and 2006 U.S. National Cyclocross Championships. With the first day of the Providence Cyclocross Festival ranked as a UCI Category 1 race, the greats of cyclocross will surely be in attendance.

Elite Women’s Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameTeamPlace
1HelenWymanKona Factory Racing0:38:08
2GabriellaDayRapha - Focus0:39:04
3NicoleDukeRaleigh / Clement0:39:15
4MaureenBruno royBob's Red Mill pb Seven Cycles0:39:27
5JulieKrasniakRapha - Focus0:39:34
6MeredithMillerCal Giant/Specialized0:39:44
8MaryMcconnelougTeam KENDA-Seven-NoTubes0:39:57
9AndreaSmithLadiesFirst Racing0:40:03
10LauraVan gilderMellow Mushroom0:40:24
11NikkiThiemannTeam CF0:40:27
12KaitlinAntonneauCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:40:38
14AmandaCareyVolkswagon Boise Cycling0:41:25
15RebeccaBlattVan Dessel0:41:35
16ElleAndersonLadiesFirst Racing0:41:49
17CarolineManiRaleigh / Clement0:42:29
20StaceyBarbossaColavita/espnW NJ0:43:13
21BethannOrtonTeam S&M0:43:23
22KarinHolmesRiverside Racing0:43:35
23JulieLafreniereStevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:43:43
24ChristinaBirchJAM / NCC / Vittoria0:44:17
26EllenNobleTrek Cyclocross Collective0:44:41
27CassandraMaximenkoSilverbull targettraining0:45:01
28KathleenLysakowskiCycle Lodge0:45:03
29AllysonTufanoSportif Coaching Group/BPB0:45:33
30ChristinaTamilioLadiesFirst Racing0:45:55
31LoriCookeCycle Lodge0:45:58
32VickieMonahanExpo Wheelmen0:46:00 p/b VOmax0:46:15
34MarianJamisonLadiesFirst Racing0:46:22
35EmilyFlynnTommy & Lefebvre Cycling0:47:09
37JenniferTillmanC3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:48:16
38ElizabethAllenDanielson Adventure Sports0:49:54
39BeccaScheppsTeam Type 10:51:05
40CaitDooleyGeekhouse Bikes0:51:36
41JocelynMauldinNEBC p/b Cycle Loft0:52:07
DNFArleyKemmererC3-Athletes Serving AthletesDNF
DNFEricaYozellSouth Mountain CyclesDNF
DNFJulianneOberleNEBC p/b Cycle LoftDNF
DNFJamieGilgenKallisto / Wheels of OakvilleDNF
DNFNancyLabbe-giguereLadiesFirst RacingDNF

Elite Men’s Results:

PlaceFirst NameLast NameTeamTime
1RyanTrebonCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:04:06
3BenBerdenRaleigh / Clement1:04:36
4TimJohnsonCannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com1:04:51
5ZachMcdonaldRapha - Focus1:05:11
6JameyDriscollCannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com1:05:27
7IanFieldHargroves Cycles - Specialized1:06:13
8NicolasBazinTeam AUBER 931:06:24
9TristanSchoutenOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies1:06:54
10YannickEckmannCal Giant/Specialized1:08:00
12JoachimParboChallenge Tires1:08:24
14BrianMatterGear Grinder / Clif Bar1:09:02
16BradleyWhiteMoms in Tow Cyclocross1:09:43
18TravisLivermonMock Orange Bikes1:09:52
19ChristianFavataRGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS1:09:57
21EvanMcneelySpecialized Canada1:10:35
22AnthonyClarkJAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria1:10:40
23DanTimmermanRGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS1:11:08
24JeremyDurrinJAM Fund / NCC1:11:30
25AndrewL'esperanceNorco Factory Team1:11:38
26MannyGoguenC.F. Racing p/b Trek Portsmouth1:11:38
27AdamMyersonTeam SmartStop/Mountain Khakis1:11:39
29ErikTonkinKona/Team S&M1:11:46
30JoelDesgreniersRide With Rendall1:11:56
31JeffBahnsonVan Dessel Factory Team1:12:06
33DanielChabanovRGM WATCHES - RICHARD SACHS1:12:49
34FlavienDassonvilleTeam AUBER 931:13:00
35DerrickSt johnStevens p/b The Cyclery1:13:16
37MichaelBroderickTeam KENDA-Seven-NoTubes1:14:24
38ThomasSampsonJAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria1:14:40
39PatrickChartrandLes Yables / Rocky Mountain1:15:09
41MaksymShepitkoHudson Furniture Racing Team1:15:38
43MarkMccormackClif Bar/Pactimo1L
44GarrettMcleodTeam H&R BLOCK1L
45RobertMarionAmerican Classic Pro Team1L
46AdamSt. germainNBX / Narragansett Beer / Circle A1L
47JoshThorntonSt. Pete Bike and Fitness1L
49ConorO'brienStevens Racing P/B the Cyclery1L
50FelixWilberg1L / Joe's Garage2L
53MikeWissellB2C2 p/b Boloco2L
54JesseAnthonyOptum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies2L
58EricLundgrenJBV Coaching2L
59JohnBurnsBurns Racing2L
60ThierryLaliberteXprezo - Borsao2L
63EvanMurphyNYC Velo2L
64CaryFridrichMad Alchemy / Verge Rider Cooperati2L
65JoshuaLehmannSunapee Racing Team2L
66JoshuaFriedmanThe Devil's Gear Bike Shop/New Have2L
67AdamSullivanEmbrocation Cycling Journal2L
68KiernanOrangeRide with Rendall3L
70AndrewLysaghtMIT Cycling p/b FXDD3L
71GordonDaniellCRCA/W+D Racing3L
72KevinWolfsonMad Alchemy Verge Rider Cooperative3L
DNFChristopherJonesRapha - FocusDNF
DNFMatteoDal-cinRide With RendallDNF
DNFGeoffreyBouchardnbx bikes/narragansett beer PB : APDNF
DNFJeffreyElieRiverside RacingDNF
DNFNoahTautfestBicycle ExpressKona BikesDNF
DNFAlexGrabauSpin Arts CyclingDNF