Van den Ham and Noble win Cycle-Smart International day 1

25th Anniversary race continues Sunday

Michael Van Den Ham (Red Truck-Garneau) finished first in the 25th edition of the Cycle-Smart International, just ahead of his team-mate and Canadian Champion Raphael Gagne. Anthony Clark (Squd Bikes) secured the last spot on the podium in a sprint finish against mark McConnell (Hot Sauce Cycling)

The new Red Truck-Garneau team put on a clinic today. Gagne and Van Den Ham took turns at the front and were able to distance themselves from their competitors by the end of the second lap. From that point on they rode an effective two-man time trial that consistently increased the gap to the chasers.

“That was absolutely a team victory with Raf”, remarked Van Den Ham. “We worked really well together a couple weeks ago at the Canadian National Championships, when Raf took the win”.

Van Den Ham continued, “I’m so happy to take the win today but it never would have been possible without Raf. He pulled so much and that fatigued him a bit on the last lap. This is my first UCI win, period…this is the biggest result of my career hands down.”

The course at Look Park included a considerable amount of time on the grassy field, but also a large chunk of time in the woods on a plateau at the back of the course. The loose, rocky, rooty run-up was, as usual, the most popular place for the huge number of spectators to view the race.

The course also included a technical descent that had given the Elite Women fits. The men, however, seemed to have little problem with it.

The Elite Men will race again at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Look Park in Northampton. 

Women's Race

Ellen Noble (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) put her head down with two laps remaining and sailed away from Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com), winning by eight seconds over White. Kate Lysakowski (Joe’s Garage) took the last step on the podium, finishing third.

Ellen Noble took the hole-shot but the long back and forth section on grass allowed Emma White to use her road-racing prowess to get by Noble and lead for a considerable period. But, Noble was not content following White.

“I have a really hard time sitting in and racing with other people so I started to get a little antsy”, remarked Noble. “So, I made a move and noticed I was getting a little bit of time on some of the turns. I noticed then that she was starting to close in but I wasn’t ready to give up and let myself be absorbed.”

Noble added, “So, I gave it one more hard effort. I noticed I was getting a gap so I just went all in for a lap and got a good gap and then left some room for mistakes.”

Last weekend Noble won the U-23 Pan Am Championship. She was already the USA U-23 National Champion. A student at the University of Massachusetts, this weekend is essentially a home race for her.

The Saturday course at Look Park included it’s famous run-up, but also included a very technical “pros only” downhill switchback descent. All of the lead women were able to ride that section, but the majority of the women’s field had to run it.

The Cycle-Smart International was celebrating its 25th birthday on Saturday. The crowds were large and seemed to be enjoying the New England autumn weather and scenery.

The Elite Women will race again on Sunday. 

Full Results

Elite Men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Van den Ham (Red Truck-Garneau p/b Easton Cycling)1:03:33 
2Raphael Gagne (Red Truck-Garneau p/b Easton Cycling)0:00:04 
3Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes)0:00:21 
4Mark McConnell (Hot Sauce Cycling Club)0:00:22 
5Cameron Dodge0:00:46 
6Dylan McNicholas (POLARTEC)0:00:52 
7Evan McNeely (Norco Factory Team)0:00:55 
8Scott Smith (Jam/NCC/Vittoria)0:01:19 
9Christian Favata (TRT BICYCLES)0:01:38 
10Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC/Vittoria)0:01:45 
11Jeremy Martin Louis (Garneau Quebec)0:01:46 
12Derrick St John (Silber Pro Cycling)0:02:31 
13Joachim Parbo (Challege Tires)0:02:41 
14Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart)0:02:42 
15Adam St.Germain (NEXT-BMB)0:02:43 
16Sam O'Keefe (HOUSE IND/WITHINGS/SIMPLEHUMAN)0:02:47 
17Kyle Murphy (Hudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing)0:03:42 
18Erik Box (Cycles Devinci)0:03:45 
19Jean-Philippe Thibault-Roberge (Trek Cyclocross Collective)0:04:18 
20Nicholas Keough (Keough Cyclocross)0:04:31 
21Mathieu Bélanger-Barrette (Opus/OGC)0:04:32 
22Greg Whitney (Arrow Racing)0:04:37 
23Charles Berhtram (Team Cuppow)0:04:53 
24Patrick Collins (Minuteman Road Club)0:04:55 
25Andrew Reardon (Sonic Cycling)0:05:04 
26Matthew Sousa (Team Cuppow)0:05:05 
27Aaron Oakes (NYCROSS p/b Craft)0:05:25 
28Michael Landry (Yale University)0:05:36 
29Michael Wissell (Team Cuppow)0:05:40 
30Austin Skomra (Cycle-Smart Grassroots Team)0:05:42 
31Chris Field (Essex County Velo)  
32Case Butler (JAM/NCC/Vittoria)0:06:11 
33Eric Follen (Colonial Bicycle Company)0:06:17 
34Cory Small (UVM Cycling)0:06:26 
35Andrew Lysaght (Team CUPPOW)0:06:27 
36Ryan Fisher (The 5th Floor NYC)0:06:33 
37Colin Reuter (Crossresults.com)0:06:44 
38Olivier Vrambout (Waffle Power)0:06:51 
39Ian Gielar (Rochester Institute of Technology)0:06:55 
40Matt Perreault (Colonial Bicycle Company)0:06:57 
41Trent Blackburn (Independent Fabrication)0:07:02 
42Doug Thorp (Colonial Bicycle Company #ShowUpOrB)0:07:03 
43Benjamin Grenier (Rancourt & Co. Cycling)0:07:13 
44Brad Smith (The Drifters)0:07:36 
45Andrew Lints (RIT Cycling)0:07:44 
46Kurt Belhumeur0:07:46 
47Ian Schon (Team Cuppow)0:08:09 
48Adam Sullivan (Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge)0:08:22 
49Jesse Keough (Keough Cyclocross)0:09:02 
50Chris Pino (The 5th Floor NYC)0:09:43 
51Keith Garrison (KING KOG)0:09:44 
52Preston Buehrer (B2C2 p/b Boloco)  
53Peter Striegel (UVM Cycling)  
54John Eckert (STAMPEDE)  
55Nicolas Catlin (Sherpa)  
56Ford Murphy (Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg)  
57Andrew Reimann (Cyclocross Magazine Racing)  
58AJ Moran (GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar)  
59Nolan Garon (Wentworth Institute of Technology)  
60Jesse Stauffer (Kelly Benefit Strategies/LSV)  
61David Berg (Dartmouth College)  
62Devin Wagner (NYCROSS p/b Craft)  
DNFEvan Murphy (Hudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing)  
DNFIan Keough (Keough Cyclocross)  
DNFPeter Goguen (RACE CF)  
Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Noble (Jam/NCC/Vittoria)0:44:19 
2Emma White (Cyclocrossworld Devo Team)0:00:31 
3Kathleen Lysakowski (Joe's Garage Cx p/b Bikereg)0:00:45 
4Jena Greaser  
5Cassandra Maximenko (Van Dessel/ISM/PowerBar/ChallengeTi)0:00:57 
6Natasha Elliott (Red Truck - Garneau p/b Easton Cycling)0:01:41 
7Kathryn Cumming (Cyclocross Magazine Racing)0:01:45 
8Kate Northcott (West Hill Shop)0:01:55 
9Megan Chinburg0:02:10 
10Brittlee Bowman (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)0:02:11 
11Carol Jeane (Sansome Foundry Cycles)0:02:42 
12Jenny Ives (Verge Test Pilot/Jamis)0:02:51 
13Catherine Sterling (Bikeman.Com)0:03:23 
14Julie Wright (Team Averica)0:03:33 
15Joanne Grogan (Next-BMB)0:03:42 
16Erin Faccone (Team Averica)0:03:50 
17Regina Legge (Green Line Velo Driven By Zipcar)0:03:51 
18Katina Walker (Park Ave. Bike Shop)0:04:33 
19Rebecca Wellons (Bikeway Source/Bell Lap Racing)0:04:38 
20Anna Dingman (Trt Bicycles)0:04:39 
21Roni Vetter (State 9 Racing p/b Vittoria)0:04:42 
22Natasja Brooijmans (Green Line Velo Driven By Zipcar)0:04:43 
23Bryna Blanchard (North American Velo)0:04:49 
24Natalie Tapias (Thisteamsaveslives)0:04:54 
25Leslie Timm (Ladies First Racing)0:05:25 
26Joelle Numainville (Bigla Pro Cycling)0:05:36 
27Melissa Seib (UVM Cycling)0:05:39 
28Elizabeth White (House Ind/Withings/Simplehuman)0:05:40 
29Frances Morrison (C3 Twenty20 Cycling)0:05:57 
30Danielle Ruane (Sunapee/Continental Paving/Buchikas)0:06:40 
31Melissa Lafleur (Stedman's Bicycle Co.)0:06:51 
32Jessica Duppler (Colonial Bicycle Company)0:07:22 
33Christin Reuter (Crossresults.Com)0:08:03 
34Jen Nordhem0:08:13 
35Julie Van Der Hoop (MIT Cycling Team)0:08:20 
36Hannah Rossi (Team Averica)0:09:01 
37Caitlin Szymkowicz (Crossresults.Com)  
38Clio Dinan (NCVC/Unitedhealthcare)  
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