The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart kicked off on Saturday in Williston, Vermont. The first day of the Green Mountain Cyclocross weekend was capped by the dominant wins of Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and US National Champion Tim Johnson (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com).
A cool damp morning turned into a warm and bright day at the Catamount Family Center and the first weekend of UCI racing in New England brought out some familiar faces as well as some new ones. Annis took the Elite Women’s field by surprise by powering away from a group that included Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill/Seven Cycles) and Crystal Anthony (Ladies First).
“I knew I was going well but those girls are really fast, I knew I just had to keep on the gas,” Annis said following her victory, seeming almost surprised that she was able to create an insurmountable lead.
Annis’s win was her first ever UCI level victory. Behind, Anthony and Bruno-Roy were taking hard pulls to keep away from an elite chase group of six riders. As the laps ticked down, it became apparent that Anthony and Bruno-Roy were going to battle for the final two steps of the podium; heading into the final corners, Anthony took the lead with Bruno-Roy content to sit second wheel, confident in her ability to come around in a sprint. Bruno-Roy attempted to make her move with about 50 meters left and Anthony closed the door, forcing the Bob’s Red Mill racer to try to change sides, unable to do so, Anthony crossed the line second with Bruno-Roy third.
The Elite Men saw Johnson power away from a stacked field. Said second place finisher Luca Damiani (El Gato CX p/b Podium Cycling), “I tried to attack and TJ went after I did. Nobody could catch him.”
As Damiani chased, solidifying his second place the battle for third as well as the U-23 lead came into play. A group containing Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Cannondale), Joachim Parbo (KCH Leopard Cycles) and Jerome Townsend (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) vied for the third spot overall while Lindine solidified his position at the top of the U-23. According to Parbo, who came fourth, Lindine discovered a new gear unmatchable by his chasing companions and soloed into third. The U-23 podium was rounded out by a pair of Keoughs – Luke and Jake – on their new Champion Systems/Keough Racing team.
The Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend continues Sunday as this year’s first crop of series leaders battle to hold onto their leads.
Top 10 Elite Women (See complete results)
1. Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles)
2. Crystal Anthony (LadiesFirst Racing)
3. Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles)
4. Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing)
5. Ann D’Ambruoso (LadiesFirst Racing)
6. Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/Pedalpowercoaching.com)
7. Linnea Koons (Embrocation Cycling Journal)
8. Melissa Bunn (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery)
9. Rebecca Blatt (Silver Bull/Central Wheel)
10. Kris Walker (Contender)
Top 10 Elite/U23 Men (See complete results)
1. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld.com)
2. Luca Damiani (Colavita Sutter Home p/b CookingLight)
3. Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com / Cannondale)
4. Joachim Parbo (KCH Leopard Cycles)
5. Jerome Townsend (BikeReg.com / Joe’s Garage / Scott)
6. Justin Spinelli (Richard Sachs/RGM Watches/Radix)
7. Luke Keough (Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross)
8. Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart)
9. Jake Keough (Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross)
10. Dylan McNicholas (PEDROS)
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