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Gallery: New England’s cyclocross ‘holy week’ wraps up in Providence

The KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival featured some fast — and muddy — racing in the Rhode Island capital
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Tom Hopper put the finishing touches on Jeremy Powers’ Focus race bike. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
The historic Roger Williams Park was overtaken by team compounds, exhibitors, and several 100+ rider fields. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
British national champ Helen Wyman pinned her numbers onto her European champion jersey shortly before her race. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Meredith Miller and mechanic Damion Shanks watched the rain begin before the elite women’s race. Miller sustained a deep cut on her knee the previous weekend but was cleared to compete Saturday. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
The elite women’s race started in a steady light rain that would quickly turn the course slick. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Katie Compton wasted no time moving to the front of the chase group early on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Arley Kemmerer led the elite women’s field onto the dirt following a pileup coming off the start. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Rain had been a topic of conversation throughout the day, as weather radar showed a major storm coming but possibly skirting the Providence area. The rain started just before the elite women’s race and built throughout the afternoon, changing the course characteristics drastically. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Katie Compton again put on a display of skill and strength on the difficult Providence course, creating a 30-second advantage over her pursuers by the second lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Rachel Lloyd continued her impressive comeback to cyclocross by claiming a second-place result ahead of former Providence winner and European champion Helen Wyman. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Jeremy Powers had more than a bike length on the rest of his front-row starters less than a 100 feet into the race. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
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Zach McDonald usually excels in slippery conditions that require good bike handling skills. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Jeremy Powers decided to race only Saturday’s UCI C1 race in order to prepare for one-race World Cup weekends he’ll be contesting in Europe this season. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Tim Johnson finished second to Jeremy Powers on day 1 of the KMC Cyclo-cross Festival, but for most of the season, he’s struggled with back pain. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Lukas Winterberg worked hard to get through the field and claim third place in the closest racing of the elite men’s race. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Crowds were not detered by the heavy rains at the finish of the elite men’s race. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
Haro trials rider Mike Steidley completed a more than 10-foot hop in one of his shows between races. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 1
The men’s cat 2 and 3 140-rider field winded through the expo area on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
As she did on Saturday, Katina Walker pulled the masters women’s field into a high-speed, single-file train of select riders, but unlike Saturday, lost the lead in the final meters. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
The spectator count was high on Sunday with perfect weather — and a big beer garden. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Gage Hecht led the UCI 17-18 Juniors category, a race that featured unusually close, and fast, racing in the select group. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Spencer Petrov managed to get past the many Cyclocrossworld.com riders and Gage Hecht to take the win in the UCI 17-18 Juniors race, an event and a category that holds special significance in the northeast cyclocross community. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
A relaxed Gabby Durin and Helen Wyman before the start of the elite women’s race. Wyman, a past Providence winner, and Durin both were credible candidates for a win on the fast Sunday course. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Local rider Emma White found herself on the front of the elite women’s field on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Katie Compton quickly spooled up the turbos on the second lap, and only Helen Wyman could stay on — but not for long. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Katie Compton, as usual, found herself alone by the third lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Zach McDonald once again managed to take the holeshot in the elite men’s field on a fast and flowing course that suits his style. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Sunday’s big surprise was Stephen Hyde, who won the elite men’s race by finding his way around riders like Jonathan Page, then building a substantial lead and holding on to the end. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Jonathan Page led the chase after Stephen Hyde on the first lap. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Ben Berden put in long pulls to help reduce Stephen Hyde’s lead. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Lukas Winterberg and Stephen Hyde, riders familar with one another, built a lead of more than 15 seconds over their chasers. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Track conditions went from Saturday’s mud to Sunday’s tacky hardpack and even dusty hardpack. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
After the chasers reeled in Lukas Winterberg, Jamie Driscoll began an all-out chase of solo leader Stephen Hyde. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com
2014 KMC Providence Cyclo-cross Festival: Day 2
Stephen Hyde held off the chasers and sealed his biggest victory in Sunday’s UCI C2 race. Photo: Wil Matthews | www. wilmatthewsphoto.com