For a second day, Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) and Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com) were on top of the podiums for Verge NECCS round twelve. With perfect late-fall New England weather and an exciting new spin on a classic course, racers and spectators left Sterling today with an appreciation for the hard work and passion that goes into making an elite level event. Today’s course took riders through a never before-seen woods section and up a freshly built set of stairs; taking full advantage of the many different elevations and smooth grass across the grounds of Chocksett Middle School. (See Photo Gallery)
All photos copyright Dave McElwaine – used with permission
McConneloug showed the elite women that she means business and has her eyes on a Verge series victory. Just as yesterday, she was able to take advantage of a fast start, create space between her and the competition and use her combination of fantastic power and finesse that have given her much success on the mountain biking World Cup circuit.
Behind her, today’s more technical course suited series leader Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) better than yesterday’s windy power course and she was able to make the selection riding in second position in front of a trio of Minuteman Road Club riders in Andrea Smith, Anna Barensfeld and Ann D’Ambrusio.
A rolled tubular well away from the pit followed by a second mechanical dropped Smith from contention, leaving Barensfeld and D’Ambrusio to work together and hold onto the final podium spot. On the finishing straight, though, there was no teamwork as the two sprinted for third place; Barensfeld narrowly got the best of D’Ambrusio for her first series podium.
Powers’s victory yesterday was certainly impressive, but today his victory was nothing short of dominant. By the end of the first lap, through a combination of a strong start, deft handling and massive strength, Powers was alone on the front and there he stayed until raising his hands in victory. Powers now has a tally of 8 UCI wins this season, making 20 total for his team.
Behind him, once again, was series leader Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix), seemingly ready to take another second place behind the Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com racer. Timmerman’s hopes were dashed as Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/IF) made a break out of his chase group, made contact with Timmerman and subsequently left him in the dust. Once again, Lindine rode his bike with absolute ferocity and with his second place, matched his previous best result in a Verge race. For his part, Timmerman held on for a comfortable third and the assurance that, as long as he shows up to NBX next weekend in Warwick, Rhode Island, he will win the series title.
The U-23 victory went, to bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/IF racer, and future attendee of Euro Cross Camp, Jerome Townsend. Second in the U-23 was series leader Luke Keough (Champion System) whose lead over Townsend has narrowed to a mere fifteen points.
With the conclusion of the Bay State Cyclocross weekend, the Verge NECCS gears up for a final weekend of intense action in Warwick, Rhode Island with the NBX GP of Cross on December 5 and 6.
Elite Women Top 10
1. Jeremy Powers (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld) 0:58:50
2. Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF) 0:59:15
3. Dan Timmerman (RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX) 0:59:43
4. Jerome Townsend (BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF) 0:59:52
5. Josh Dillon (RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX) 0:59:52
6. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) 1:00:25
7. William Dugan (RICHARD SACHS – RGM WATCHES – RADIX) 1:00:30
8. Luke Keough (Team Champion System) 1:00:56
9. Dylan Mcnicholas (CCB Racing) 1:01:05
10. Peter Bradshaw (Embrocation Cycling Journal) 1:02:17
Elite Men Top 10
1. Mary Mcconneloug (KENDA-Seven-NoTubes) 0:36:38
2. Maureen Bruno roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) 0:37:07
3. Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club) 0:37:34
4. Ann D’ambruoso (Minuteman Road Club) 0:37:34
5. Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) 0:37:56
6. Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com) 0:39:01
7. Anna Milkowski (BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / IF) 0:39:17
8. Rebecca Blatt (US Army/ Central Wheel) 0:39:17
9. Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad A) 0:39:17
10. Arielli Filiberti (Dartmouth College) 0:31:29
Complete results here