Races Heat Up as NECCS Finale Approaches

December 3, 2010
Jeff Bramhall
Media Coordinator, Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series
(617) 669-5056

As the end of another great season approaches, New England’s best racers will head to the NBX GP of Cross in Warwick, Rhode Island for the traditional finale of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart. This year’s event will play host to some of the tightest races in the history of the series, with the title for the Elite Men and Women up for grabs.

The Elite Men will come down to the very last lap on Sunday as Justin Lindine (bikereg.com/Joe’s Garage/Scott) holds only a slim edge over series president Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart). Lindine started out the season strong with a pair of third place finishes in Vermont, behind Tim Johnson and Luca Damiani. Lindine’s season has continued much the same, finding himself on the podium at nearly every race, but will come into NBX looking for his first series victory. Myerson, on the other hand, has been steadily improving over the course of the season, taking his first ever UCI victory at Downeast Cyclocross in Maine and has been consistently in the top-five since. Myerson, who has indicated this may be his last season racing the elites, would like nothing more than to win the overall series for the first time. With only 17 points between them, both will be racing to win, knowing that any mistake could cost them their chance at glory.

The Elite Women have a similar battle at the top with Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) coming into the final weekend of the series wearing the leader’s jersey. Behind Smith is Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) who won the first three races she entered, but is paying the price for skipping the second day of the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend. Smith regained series leadership from Annis this past Sunday in Sterling with a thoroughly satisfying sprint victory over Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles). If Smith’s performance last year is any indication, she should be coming into form with the hopes of a podium at Nationals. The race for the third series podium spot is wide open with six racers within a handful of points.

Beyond the elites, there will be another eight competitions that will be awarded on Sunday. Each of these competitors will be treated to one of the most unique cyclocross courses New England has to offer. Combining long sand runs and rooty sinews through the woods, NBX offers a challenge to racers unlike the other races in the series. As has been the case in years past, Saturday’s course will be relatively open and fast with Sunday’s course boasting tighter corners and fewer power sections.

A consistent favorite of racers and spectators alike, the carousel house will once again be open, heated and prime for watching the fast uphill hurdles.

The final two rounds of the Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle Smart get underway bright and early at 8:30 on Saturday morning with the Elite Women starting at 1:30 and Men at 2:30 each day. Following the day’s racing on Sunday will be the Series Championship presentations.

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The 2010 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series will be contested over five weekends. Rounds one and two will take place in Williston, VT at the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend on September 18 and 19. Rounds three and four will be Downeast Cyclocross in New Gloucester, Maine on October 23 and 24. The 20th Edition of the Cycle-Smart International will be rounds five and six on November 6 and 7 in Northampton, MA. Bay State Cyclocross and the NBX GP of Cross will hold the final four rounds of the series in Sterling, MA on November 28 and 29 and in Warwick, RI on December 4 and 5, respectively. This year’s series is generously supported by Verge Sport, makers of fine cycling clothing and products since 1993; by Bob’s Red Mill, producers of whole grain foods for every meal of the day; by Cycle-Smart, purveyors of personalized cycling coaching and solutions for riders across the country; by BikeReg.com, the official online registration service of the NECCS; by Pedal Power Photography, the official photographer of the NECCS; by crossresults.com, the internet’s premier race result and ranking resource; by Challenge, makers of professional level tubulars and open tubulars, by the Northampton Cycling Club Youth Development Program, helping to bring the champions of the future to the sport of bicycle racing. and by Ryders Eyewear, sport-specific and performance eyewear.

2010 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Schedule:

  • Green Mountain Cyclo-Cross Weekend – September 18th and 19th – Williston, Vermont
  • Downeast Cyclo-Cross – October 23rd and 24th – New Gloucester, Maine
  • The Cycle-Smart International – November 6th and 7th – Northampton, Massachusetts
  • Bay State Cyclo-Cross – November 27th and 28th – Sterling, Massachusetts
  • NBX Grand Prix – December 4th and 5th – Warwick, Rhode Island