McConneloug sweeps Cycle-Smart International weekend

Van Gilder and Elliott swap podium places from previous day

Mary McConneloug has swept all before her in Northampton following the mountain biker’s second victory of the weekend in the Cycle Smart International. The elite women’s race featured a tough battle between McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes), Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes), Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussure/Ogilvy) and Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).

On the first lap, McConneloug used the mountain biking prowess that took her to the Olympics to begin pulling away on the ride-up; once she went clear, she never looked back and soloed to another victory in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Behind her, Van Gilder and Elliott were neck-and-neck the whole race, each using their different strengths to good advantage, with Van Gilder taking the lead on the power sections and Elliott leading through the sinuous roots on the upper level of the course.

Elliott’s tactic of keeping the pressure up in hopes of forcing her competition to make a mistake didn’t work, as Van Gilder was able to hold tight until the last lap. The final pass through the sand pit with a quarter lap remaining saw Van Gilder launch an attack, pulling clear and crossing the line second. Elliott was close behind in third while Andrea Smith came through alone for fourth.

Series leader Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing) came onto the finishing straight with Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (’s Bicycles) but wasn’t able to match their acceleration, finishing seventh and holding onto the series lead.

Full results
1Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/NoTubes0:38:43 
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:10 
3Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy0:00:20 
4Andrea Smith (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:00:44 
5Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Plan C0:01:35 
6Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA)'s Bicycles0:01:35 
7Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles0:01:36 
8Ann D'Ambruoso (USA) Minuteman Cycling Club0:01:45 
9Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing0:02:11 
10Anna Barensfeld (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:02:27 
11Anna Milkowski (USA)'s Garage/IF0:02:31 
12Linnea Koons (USA) October Factory Racing0:02:35 
13Christina Tamilio (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:02:50 
14Arielle Filiberti (USA) Dartmouth College0:03:12 
15Rebecca Blatt (USA) US Army/Central Wheel0:03:13 
16Karin Holmes (USA) Sunapee S&W0:03:14 
17Sarah Krzysiak (USA) Syracuse Bicycle/Spokepost.com0:03:50 
18Beth Mason (USA) Verge Test Pilot0:04:14 
19Bryna Nestor (USA) Anthem Sports0:04:14 
20Michelle Kersbergen (USA) Joe's Garage0:04:50 
21Callie Gordon (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:04:51 
22Allison Snooks (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:05:17 
23Natalia Gardiol (USA) Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames0:05:33 
24Marilyn Ruseckas (USA) Seven Cycles0:06:13 


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