Sally Annis won a duel with series leader Andrea Smith in Sunday’s fourth round of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series. Meanwhile, Adam Myerson scored his first UCI victory in more than 20 years of racing, taking a three-up sprint on the pavement at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine.
Day 2 of the Downeast Cyclocross saw a three-way battle among teammates Annis and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (Crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and series leader Smith (Ladies First Racing).
Each woman tried to break free from the group as they wound through the pastures but no moves stuck. It was not until the last half lap, when Annis and Smith took advantage of a bobble by Bresnick-Zocchi, that the duel between the two women began in earnest.
Annis, whose cycling success prior to this year came on the road, rode conservatively as she led Smith through the final grass turns. Once the two were on the pavement, the race was decided. It was Annis’ fourth UCI victory of the season (and of her career).
Smith kept a slim lead in the series competition.
The elite men’s race also quickly boiled down to a three-rider contest. At the gun, Myerson (Cycle-Smart), Dylan McNicholas (Pedro’s) and series leader Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com-Joe’s Garage-Scott) banded together and left the rest of the field behind.
McNicholas and Lindine both took long pulls, hoping someone would crack, while Myerson seemed content to sit in and take advantage of mistakes by his competitors. As the laps ticked down and each attack was countered, it began to look as though it would come down to a sprint finish, giving the veteran Myerson a clear advantage.
As the three rode onto the pavement, Myerson took the sprint from the front with McNicholas second and Lindine third. It was Myerson’s first UCI victory in more than two decades as a senior racer and may be his last as an elite.
Lindine kept the series leadership with his third place.
The next round in the Verge series will be the 20th edition of the Cycle Smart International November 6-7 in Northampton, Massachusetts.
- 1. Adam Myerson, Cycle-Smart, 1:00:47
- 2. Dylan Mcnicholas, Pedros, same time
- 3. Justin Lindine, Bikereg.com-Joe’s Garage-Scott, s.t.
- 4. Nicholas Keough, Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross, 1:01:36
- 5. Josh Dillon, Richard Sachs-RGM Watches-Radix, 1:01:50
- 1. Sally Annis, Crossresults.com p/b Jra Cycles, 32:53
- 2. Andrea Smith, LadiesFirst Racing, same time
- 3. Sara Bresnick-Zocchi, Crossresults.com-Pedalpowercoaching.com, 33:32
- 4. Linnea Koons, Embrocation Cycling Journal, 33:51
- 5. Crystal Anthony, LadiesFirst Racing, 34:13