By Alan Atwood
Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld.com-Cannondale) and Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing-Seven Cycles) won this weekend’s Bay State Cyclocross race in Sterling, Massachusetts, the seventh event of the Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series.
Driscoll’s win solidified his overall lead in the Verge series. Bruno-Roy was in third place in the series coming into the Sterling race, behind series leader Amy Dombroski (Velo Bella-Kona) and Rebecca Wellons (Ridley). Dombroski was not at the Sterling race.
Unofficially, Wellons now leads the series with 214 points, followed by Dombroski in second at 200 points and Bruno-Roy in third at 193 points.
The series concludes next weekend with the two-day NBX Grand Prix in Warwick, Rhode Island.
The race was held on a typical clean, crisp fall day in New England. While morning conditions were muddy and slick, as the morning’s frost gave way to the sun of the day, the afternoon gave the elite riders a technical but fast parcours. Although Bruno-Roy may have preferred the morning conditions, she dominated the women’s field to take the win and show that she is coming into peak form with the national championships less than a month away.
Bruno-Roy’s quick start set the pace and no one could keep up. Within a half lap she was clear of Wellons, Sally Annis (NEBC/Cycleloft/Devonshire Dental), Amy Wallace (Richard Sachs/RGM/Boathouse), and Anna Milkowski (Velo Bella), amongst others. Bruno-Roy would never be threatened throughout the 40 minute event, but Wellons put through a monster effort on a course that suited her power style to hold on to second place and take the series lead going into the final weekend. Annis was able to pass Wallace to take the final podium spot on the day.
Keough’s wicked start
Driscoll was the favorite on the start line of the men’s race, but the holeshot of the day went to young giant Nick Keough (Jittery Joes/Sonic), who blitzed the field from the end of the first row to lead most of the first two laps. Mostly due to Keough’s efforts the front group was whittled quickly to seven riders, including Matt White (Bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage), Justin Spinelli (Richard Sachs/RGM/Boathouse), Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart/Van Dessel), Josh Dillon (Fiordifrutta), Justine Lindine (TARGETRAINING), and Driscoll.
With Keough hammering the group of seven became two, as Driscoll recognized the strength of the youngster and put it into overdrive to stay with him. But as happens with most efforts of inexperienced riders, Keough ran out of gas and Driscoll got the solo lead that he would not relinquish.
White was on top of the best of the rest, but the fastest rider of the day could have been Spinelli, who twice recovered from mishaps to claw his way up the field and duel with White for second. White took the sprint at the end with Spinelli earning a hard-fought third.
1. Jamey Driscoll Cyclocrossworld.com/Cannondale in 0:56:17 Jericho VT
2. Matt White Bikereg.com / Joe’s Garage in 0:56:42 Leeds MA
3. Justin Spinelli RGM Watches-Richard Sachs-Boathouse Inc in 0:56:42 Nashua NH
4. Josh Dillon Fiordifrutta / Cannondale in 0:57:05 Essex Junction VT
5. Adam Myerson Time Pro Cycling in 0:57:22 Boston MA
6. Alec Donahue Bikereg.com/joe’s Garage in 0:58:29 Hadley MA
7. Justin Lindine Targetraining in 0:58:29 Maplecrest NY
8. Matthew Kraus Richard Sachs/rgm Watches/boathouse Inc in 0:59:00 Pleasantville NY
9. Nathaniel Ward Bikereg.com / Joe’s Garage in 0:59:06 Albany NY
10. Matthew O’keefe Ccb/volkswagen in 0:59:11 Ipswich MA
11. William Dugan RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc in 1:00:05 Burlington VT
12. Eric Thompson Lees-Mcrae College in 1:00:27 Banner Elk NC
13. Adam Snyder 3-D Racing in 1:01:03 Westminster MA
14. Patrick Bradley Rutgers University-New Brunswick/piscataway in 1:01:03 Richwood NJ
15. Rickey Visinski Exodus Road Racing in 1:01:03 Bridgeport CT
16. J Gabriel Lloyd Targetraining in 1:01:22 New York City NY
17. Ryan Larocque Team Bicycle Alley in 1:01:36 Pepperell MA
18. Peter Bradshaw Embrocation/Igleheart/Cambridge/Mad Alchemy in 1:01:36 Boston MA
19. Todd Wheelden Portland Velo Club/kona/661 in 1:02:25 Kents Hill ME
20. Pete Smith Embrocation/Cambridge P/b Mad Alchemy.com in 1:03:00 Merrimac MA
21. Nicholas Keough Sonic/ Louis Garneau in 1:03:09 Sandwich MA
22. Dan Vaillancourt Gorham Bike And Ski in 1:03:22 Saco ME
23. John Burns Bikeman.com in 1:03:49 Yarmouth ME
24. Peter Rubijono Embrocation/cambridge/igleheart/madalchemy in 1:03:54 Somerville MA
25. Greg Carpenter Devo/nso/giant in -1lp Canton CT
26. Michael Rea Noreast in -2lps Norwich VT
1. Maureen Bruno-Roy Mm Racing P/b Seven Cycles in 40:43 Arlington MA
2. Rebecca Wellons Ridley Factory Team in 41:45 Woburn MA
3. Sally Annis NEBC/Cycle Loft/devonshire Dental in 42:20 Nashua NH
4. Amy Wallace RGM Watches – Richard Sachs – Boathouse Inc in 42:36 Andover MA
5. Cris Rothfuss Nebc/cycle Loft/devonshire Dental in 42:42 Medford MA
6. Anna Milkowski Velo Bella-Kona in 44:11 New Haven CT
7. Karen Potter Zanconato in 44:20 Shrewsbury MA
8. Crystal Anthony in 44:36 Beverly MA
9. Andrea Smith Minuteman Road Club in 45:00 Medford MA
10. Mackenzie Dickey Verge Sport Test Pilot in 46:06 Cambridge MA
11. Linnea Koons International Bicycle/global in 46:07 Somerville MA
12. Kathy Sarvary Mid State Cycling in 46:25 Lunenburg MA
13. Callie Mcdowell Boston University / Scantily Plaid in 46:33 Salem MA
14. Rebecca Blatt Team Kenda Tire in 48:43 West Hartford CT
15. Stephanie White Vello Bella-Kona in 49:05 Bedford NH