November 6/09 9:32 am - Top Racers Descend on Northampton for Cycle-Smart International
Posted by Editoress on 11/6/09
With the flurry of last-minute registration done, the fields for this weekend’s Cycle-Smart International will showcase some of the best cyclocross racers from the United States and beyond. At the close, over 1150 racers will be coming out to Northampton, MA for rounds nine and ten of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series.
In the UCI Elite Men’s field, Richard Sachs/RGM/Radix rider Dan Timmerman will have to bring his A game both days to hold on to his series lead. Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com teammates Jamey Driscoll and Jeremy Powers, both of whom are having outstanding seasons, will be vying for the top step on the podium. Not to be outdone, pro mountain biker and 2008 Olympian Adam Craig of Team Giant will be making his first New England cross appearance since 2006. U-23 series leader Luke Keough (Team Champion System) will be looking to improve on his second-place behind Timmerman in Maine and to extend his series lead over Jerome Townsend (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/IF).
The UCI Elite Women draw a similarly powerful field. Series leader Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing) will have her hands full, trying to extend her lead over Canadian powerhouse Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussure/Ogilvy). Mary McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes) will continue her return to domestic cyclocross with a trip to Northampton. McConneloug is coming off her first win of the season at Beacon Cross last weekend and with three second place finishes in Verge Series races this year, she is sure to come out firing. Also making her return to New England is C3/Athletes Serving Athletes racer Laura Van Gilder, who is sure to take a stab at victory on the fast Cycle-Smart International courses.
In other action, the three-way battle on top of the Masters 35+ field will resume as Johnny Bold (Corner Cycle), Kevin Hines (Corner Cycle) and current series leader and national champ, Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) are all slated to appear. The U-19 race will showcase the rivalry between Jesse Keough (CL Noonan/KAM/Coast to Coast), Joshua Lehmann (Sunapee/S&W/Continental Paving) and Nate Morse (Clif Bar Development Cyclocross Team). In the U-15 cub juniors, Austin Vincent (CL Noonan/KAM/Coast to Coast) and Minuteman Road Club’s Peter Goguen will likely continue their dominance and duel for the top two steps of the podium.
Not to be slept on, the Cycle-Smart Pick Up Party is going to happen on Friday night at six pm at the headquarters of Cycle-Smart and New England Bicycle Consulting in Easthampton, only a few miles from downtown Northampton. Beverages have been generously donated by Ramadon’s Package Store in Three Rivers, MA. In addition, there will be cyclocross videos, snacks, friendly faces, race numbers, pros and podium girls. Details, including directions and witty banter can be found here: www.cycle-smart.com
NOTE: Race numbers for the weekend will be available for pick-up at the party, saving time at registration on both days. Also at the event will be the technical guide for this weekend’s racing.