A state better known for its yacht racing, Rhode Island will host this weekend's Verge New England Championships Cyclo-Cross Series finals with the W.E. Stedman Grand Prix of Cyclo-Cross on Saturday, and the Castor's Grand Prix of Cyclo-Cross on Sunday. This event will be preparation for the following weekend's Liberty Mutual US national championships as well as a race-heavy end to the six-race Verge NECCS. With top riders from all across the US flying in to get a final shot of racing before Nationals, overall Verge NECCS winner's will be decided in Warwick on Sunday
Coming into the Rhode Island "double dip" Tim Johnson (Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau) maintains a slim 15 point series lead over four-time defending Verge NECCS champion Mark McCormack (Team Clif Bar). While Johnson and McCormack concentrate on racing each other for the Verge NECCS crown, non-title contenders Todd Wells (GT-Hyundai), winner of the final USGP race, Barry Wicks (Kona), winner of USGP #5, and Jeremy Powers (Jelly Belly-Pool Gel) may well throw a few spanners into the overall points chase. Under-23 Series leader Jesse Anthony (Team Clif Bar) has clinched his Verge NECCS title and appears likely to finish in the top three in the elite men's points as well.
With elite women's points leader Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com-Louis Garneau) missing the final weekend due to commitments in Europe, the women's overall title will be decided - second-placed Maureen Bruno Roy (Independent Fabrication) needs a solid weekend to take the overall series jersey but it may well be within her grasp.
For more information on the 2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series please go to www.necyclocross.com