McConneloug cruises to another win

Van Gilder and Smith make it an experienced podium

The final weekend of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series got underway in Warwick, Rhode Island with the NBX Grand Prix of Cross. A steady rain on top of an already soft, rooty and sinuous course gave a definite advantage to riders with finesse and bike-handling ability. At the outset of the day, many of the series titles were up for grabs, and the the day's racing reflected that with great competitions from the beginning to the end including shares of victory and heartbreak.

Once again, Kenda/Seven/NoTubes racer Mary McConneloug dominated the UCI elite women's category. Her decision to stay stateside this fall and race cyclo-cross has paid dividends as her victory today puts her within 35 points of the absent Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing). McConneloug's win extends her streak to five, having swept the Cycle-Smart International and Bay State Cyclocross weekends.

All she will need on Sunday is a fifth place to take the series title home with her. Behind McConneloug, Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) picked up her third silver medal of the series. Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) came back from a tough day last Sunday and finished third, also moving into third in the series.


Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda-Seven-NoTubes0:42:38 
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:32 
3Andrea Smith (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:00:51 
4Anna Barensfeld (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:01:27 
5Gesa Brickman (Can) Stevens Racing Team0:01:39 
6Ann D'Ambruoso (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:01:57 
7Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing0:02:11 
8Linnea Koons (USA) October Factory Racing  
9Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Plan C0:02:17 
10Perri Mertens (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy0:02:36 
11Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Trainwitheric.com0:02:46 
12Rebecca Blatt (USA) US Army/ Central Wheel0:03:15 
13Frances Morrison (USA) Cycle-Smart/NCC0:03:24 
14Anna Milkowski (USA) / Joe's Garage / IF0:03:35 
15Christina Tamilio (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:45 
16Crystal Anthony (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:56 
17Allison Snooks (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:04:42 
18Karin Holmes (USA) Sunapee S&W0:04:52 
19Emma Bast (USA) Cycle-Smart / NCC0:05:08 
20Bryna Nestor (USA) Anthem Sports0:05:16 
21Natalia Gardiol (USA) Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames0:06:54 
22Anna McLoon (USA) Harvard University Cycling Association0:07:23 
23Clara Kelly (USA) NEBC/Devonshire Dental  
DNFLesley Chown (Can) Handlebars CC  
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