As the end of another great season approaches, New England’s best racers will head to the NBX GP of Cross in Warwick, Rhode Island for the traditional finale of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart. This year’s event will play host to some of the tightest races in the history of the series, with the title for the Elite Men and Women up for grabs.
The Elite Men will come down to the very last lap on Sunday as Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) holds only a slim edge over series president Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart). Lindine started out the season strong with a pair of third place finishes in Vermont, behind Tim Johnson and Luca Damiani. Lindine’s season has continued much the same, finding himself on the podium at nearly every race, but will come into NBX looking for his first series victory. Myerson, on the other hand, has been steadily improving over the course of the season, taking his first ever UCI victory at Downeast Cyclocross in Maine and has been consistently in the top-five since. Myerson, who has indicated this may be his last season racing the elites, would like nothing more than to win the overall series for the first time. With only 17 points between them, both will be racing to win, knowing that any mistake could cost them their chance at glory.
The Elite Women have a similar battle at the top with Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) coming into the final weekend of the series wearing the leader’s jersey. Behind Smith is Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) who won the first three races she entered, but is paying the price for skipping the second day of the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend. Smith regained series leadership from Annis this past Sunday in Sterling with a thoroughly satisfying sprint victory over Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles). If Smith’s performance last year is any indication, she should be coming into form with the hopes of a podium at Nationals. The race for the third series podium spot is wide open with six racers within a handful of points.
Beyond the elites, there will be another eight competitions that will be awarded on Sunday. Each of these competitors will be treated to one of the most unique cyclocross courses New England has to offer. Combining long sand runs and rooty sinews through the woods, NBX offers a challenge to racers unlike the other races in the series. As has been the case in years past, Saturday’s course will be relatively open and fast with Sunday’s course boasting tighter corners and fewer power sections.
A consistent favorite of racers and spectators alike, the carousel house will once again be open, heated and prime for watching the fast uphill hurdles.
The final two rounds of the Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle Smart get underway bright and early at 8:30 on Saturday morning with the Elite Women starting at 1:30 and Men at 2:30 each day. Following the day’s racing on Sunday will be the Series Championship presentations.