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By VeloNews Interactive
Sunday’s fifth round of the Verge New England Championship Series has been rescheduled due to the snowstorm sweeping the Northeast, organizers said Saturday.
The WE Stedman Grand Prix in Rhode Island has been rescheduled for December 20, creating a big double weekend with another category-3 race, the Patterson Construction/NEBC Cyclo-Cross and Series finals, slated the next day in Merrimack, New Hampshire.
“We’re up and ready to go with the race,” said event organizer Joel Brown of Pavé Productions. “We have plows and snowblowers ready, as well as an alternate course from what we’ve run in the past. But safe travel also has to be a concern.”
Series president Adam Hodges Myerson concurred. “We knowNew Englanders aren’t afraid to race in the snow,” he said. “But when the news reported that four people had already died on the roadways, and that the worst of the storm wasn’t going to hit until Saturday evening and into Sunday morning, when people would be attempting to travel to the race, we realize that we have a safety issue.
“We’re all figuratively dying to race ‘cross, but we certainly don’t need that to be literal.”
All registrations will be honored at the December 20 race, and BikeReg.com will be re-opened to accommodate new entrants. The race organizer also will honor requests for refunds.