By Dave McElwaine in Sterling, Massachusetts
Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing) and Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale) won the Bay State Cyclo-cross, round number seven in the Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series (NECCS) on Saturday in Sterling, Massachusetts. The pair took their respective wins using two different approaches.
Bruno Roy put it in cruise control and easily pulled away from her competitors on a typical November day in New England. Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) looked especially strong on the flat sections of the course and rolled to second place alone. Sally Annis (NEBC/Cycle Loft/Devonshire Dental) rode one of her strongest races of the year to take third.
In contrast, Jamey Driscoll (Cyclocrossworld/Cannondale) slipped a pedal at the start and had to work his way back through many riders before taking the lead and staying out front until the finish. Once Driscoll worked his way to the front of the race, he found himself in a group of five. It appeared that just as Driscoll assumed second wheel, Nick Keough (Jittery Joe's) counter-attacked. Only Driscoll was able to follow, and eventually was able to go around Keough.
"I had to ride cross-eyed to shake him (Keough) off my wheel," said Driscoll.
Matt White (Bikereg/ Joe's Garage) and Justin Spinelli (Richard Sachs/ RGM Watches) were locked in a battle for second place until a downhill crash by Spinelli relegated him to third.
The Verge New England Championship Series wraps up next weekend in Warwick, Rhode Island. Going into the final, Wellons and Driscoll are leading the series.