Rapha Super Cross Gloucester kicked off the 2014 Verge New England Cyclocross Series this past weekend. The unseasonably high temperatures on the Massachusetts North Shore made for fast, dry, and dusty courses in Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park.
Powers takes weekend sweep
After what has been an impeccable start to his season, national champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) claimed victory on both days in Gloucester.
Saturday’s race was punctuated by an early attack from Allen Krughoff (Noosa Pro Cycling), which led to the day’s main selection. After being caught, Krughoff kept the pace high in the select group while Powers sat comfortably in the mix before making his winning move.
“I was hurting at the beginning. I survived the attacks, then made my move.” Powers said. “Gloucester is such a great race, especially today with the huge crowd cheering.”
Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs) and Ben Berden (Raliegh-Clement) rounded out the day’s podium, while Curtis White (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) claimed a win in the U23 category.
Sunday saw similar early escapes as Lukas Winterberg (MG-Cycling Team) and White attacked in the opening laps. With Powers leading a large chase group, he kept a high tempo, ultimately coming around the leaders near the end of the race.
Powers soloed to victory for the second day in a row saying, “I’m excited to represent my New England roots with these wins.” Sunday was also his sixth consecutive victory, over the course of three weekends.
Jamie Driscoll (Raliegh-Clement) finished second on the day, with Winterman closely behind in third. White finished fourth on the day, retaining his lead in the U23 division.
Wyman and Mani split
Large elite women’s fields took to the course for fast racing on both days in Gloucester.
Saturday’s race featured cat-and-mouse racing as the field stayed largely together for much of the day. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Kaitie Antonneau (Twenty16) attacked on the final lap, staying away to the line. Wyman out-sprinted her breakaway partner, and Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo) finished third.
Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) took the win in the U23 category.
Meredith Miller (Noosa Pro Cycling) was involved in a crash with Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) in the end of the race, taking both of them out of contention and sending Miller to the hospital for stitches in her leg.
Sunday saw a bit more excitement in the elite women’s field as a fast start from Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling) led an early charge. With Durrin, Wyman, and Erica Zaveta (Amy D. Racing) on her wheel, an early break was established and the rest of the field was left to chase.
Looking for redemption, Crystal Anthony sat on the front of the chase, trying to bring back the group of four, but it was Caroline Mani (Raliegh-Clement) who was able to bridge up to the move.
Racing with a cast on a broken left wrist, Mani charged past the lead group and on to a win in the second day of Rapha Super Cross.
“Racing is really painful right now, but the huge crowd cheering today really helped me forget about the pain,” said Mani following her victory.
Kemmerer claimed second on the day, while Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) took third after bridging to the lead group late in the race.