UCI mountain bike racing returned to Massachusetts with the UCI C2-ranked Boston Rebellion Saturday. Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) and Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) took the elite women’s and elite men’s titles at the penultimate stop on the ProXCT calendar.
Anthony, who lives in Massachusetts, used her local knowledge of the trails to her advantage, following Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) in the beginning before powering away on the first climb.
Anthony slowly built up her lead throughout the race, finishing 23 seconds ahead of runner-up Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist). Noble, 20, is the reigning women’s under-23 U.S. national cyclocross champion. Megan Chinburg finished in third, more than three minutes down.
“I’m psyched to see the ProXCT come to my home state,” Anthony said. “It was a great course and the pre-riding I did all week helped because today was all about when to conserve energy and when to put on the gas. It also helped once I was fatigued to know the best lines, and all those little gains add up.”
Wells was hyper-motivated to win over the weekend, having his parents in the feed zone to support him and gearing up for mountain bike national championships. Like Anthony, Wells grabbed the lead early on the first lap and soon rode away from the rest of the field.
“There were three of us initially, and then I managed to get a gap and go off by myself,” Wells said. “It’s always nice to be up front and set your own pace but it can also be tricky to keep your concentration.”
The ride of the day came from runner-up Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing), another cyclocross racer. “Dead last call up,” Timmerman (Riverside Racing) said after the race. “I passed as many as I could immediately and then in the woods it was anywhere I could, even if I ended up running out of it. It became a matter of just getting around people as fast as I could.”
Three-time and current elite men’s U.S. national cyclocross champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) made an appearance on the mountain bike scene, as he prepares for the upcoming cyclocross season. Powers finished in 10th place.
Top 10, elite women
1. Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) 1h20’06”
2. Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) 1h20’29”
3. Megan Chinburg 1h23’29”
4. Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) 1h24’38”
5. Karen Potter (MTBracesnews.com) 1h25’37”
6. Bryna Blanchard (Windham Moutain Outfitters) 1h25’54”
7. Kimberly Quinlan (Bicycles Express Racing) 1h27’50”
8. Amy Horstmeyer (Twin Six/Team Green) 1h46’36”
9. Olvia Harness
10. Catherina Harnden
Top 10, elite men
1. Todd Wells (Specialized Factory Racing) 1h35’51”
2. Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) 1h36’40”
3. Tom Sampson (Vittoria-Yeti Cycles) 1h37’46”
4. Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sport-YogaGlo) 1h37’46”
5. William Melone (ATA Cycles) 1h38’29”
6. Cameron Dadge (Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team) 1h38’53”
7. Bejamin Sontag (Clif Bar) 1h38’53”
8. Cole Oberman (RareDiseaseCycling.org) 1h38’59”
9. Ryan Woodall (Top Gear Bicycles-Felt) 1h39’27”
10. Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) 1h40’48”