Top 10 From Cycle-Smart International

This week’s Top 10 list comes from Cycle-Smart International and it’s all about getting air. On Saturday, after a quick drop-off the riders went over railroad tracks and many got some air. On Sunday, the course was modified but a few, or maybe only one, managed to lift the wheels.

A Tough Two Years For Nick Keough

Two years ago, a then 19-year old Nick Keough won the U23 overall at the 2008 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross and seemed to be poised to take the world by storm. Then, the second-oldest of the five New England Keough brothers was challenged by crashes, injuries, an illness and bad luck. Fast forward to…

Luke Keough Makes It Two At Cycle-Smart International

Taking advantage of a bobble, Luke Keough (Champion Systems p/b Keough Cyclocross) took off flying from the 3-rider lead group and soloed to victory at 20th Cycle-Smart International. That made it a sweep for the 19-year old Keough who is younger than the oldest running UCI cross race in the US.  Twenty-five seconds later,  race…

Van Gilder Sweeps Cycle-Smart International

It was on for the start and the attacks didn’t stop in the Elite Women’s race on day 2 of the 20th Cycle-Smart International. A modified course with longer power straighaways, one less steep runup and wind led to a strong group splintering off on the first lap. The first riders then attacked each other,…

On Tap: 20th Cycle-Smart International

This weekend, Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts will host the 20th annual Cycle-Smart International, rounds 5 and 6 of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series Presented by Cycle-Smart. In keeping with years past, the organizers of the oldest UCI race in North America are taking full advantage of the terrain at Look Park with its fast grass with Velcro-like turns, the tight woods section on the upper level, fast descents with tricky lines and challenging run-ups.

Annis Repeats As Myerson Scores First UCI Win

Sunday’s fourth round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series saw the best competition of this year’s series to date. The podiums of three of the marquee races came down to bunch sprints, much to the delight of an enthusiastic crowd. For a second day, New Gloucester, Maine’s Pineland Farms’ scenic landscape played host…

McConneloug and Powers sweep Sterling

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…

McConneloug and Powers On Top at Bay State

Some very impressive performances came from all sides, elite and amateur, men and women in Sterling, Massachusetts for the eleventh round of the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series. Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) dominated the elite women while Jeremy Powers (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com) was on top of the elite men, taking his seventh UCI win of the season. Photos by Dave McElwaine.

On Tap: Bay State Cyclocross and Jingle Cross Rock

Five UCI cross races on tap this weekend, the 2-day/2-race Bay State Cyclocross in Sterling, Massachussetts and the 3-day/3-race Jingle Cross Rock in Iowa City, Iowa. Rounds 11 and 12 of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series (NECCS), the Bay State Cyclocross looms heavily over the heads of the series leaders as only one…

Cross Standings update: USAC, MAC and NECCS

Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing/Seven) leads the USA Cycling cross standings and the MAC and NECCS Series in the UCI Elite Women’s category. As for the men, Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com teammates Jamey Driscoll & Jeremy Powers are tied on the USAC standings, Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-RGM) leads tight NECCS race and Valentiz Scherz leads MAC.

On Tap: NECCS Cycle-Smart International

Two UCI cross races on tap this weekend in the US, the Cycle-Smart International I & II, held at Look Park in Northampton, MA. The 19th edition of the race comprises rounds nine and ten of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series. With over twenty years of cyclocross experience between them, course designers JD…