The Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart returns from a few weeks break with the Downeast Cyclocross Weekend at scenic Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. With clear skies expected, a repeat of last year’s mudfest is not in the cards, but the racing will be top notch. Despite many of the big national names spending the weekend in Kentucky, the depth of the New England cyclocross scene will be highlighted as many racers who will be at the front of national competition are staying near home and making the trip to Maine.
Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) will be defending the Elite Women’s jersey in Maine. Smith will be trying to outgun her teammates Crystal Anthony, Ann D’Ambruoso and Christina Tamilio, who currently account for four of the top five overall. The Crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles cartel of Sara Bresnick-Zocchi and Sally Annis will be hoping to take the top step and bringing the series lead home with them.
For the Elite Men, it will be a battle of some of the best regional racers who are poised to make a jump to the national stage as Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Scott) will look to don the leader’s jersey Saturday night. Along with Lindine, Series President, Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) will be looking to pull in a victory in a UCI race, but may just be happy to not take a mid-race shoe change like last year. Dylan McNicholas (Pedro’s) has his sights set on a second UCI podium of his season.
What may be the best race to watch this weekend will be the regrouping of Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo), Jonny Bold (Corner Cycle) and Kevin Hines (Corner Cycle) in the 35+ Masters race. These three, normally inseparable during cross season, have had a couple weekends apart and always bring their best when going head-to-head.
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