Bessette, McCormack lead Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series

As the wet days of another New England October drip away, Lyne Bessette ( Garneau) and Mark McCormack (Team Clif Bar) lead the series standings in 2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series presented by Cycle-Smart in the Elite Women’s and Men’s races, respectively. Bessette and McCormack won their respective races in the flooded mud bogs of the 2005 Downeast Cyclo-Cross in New Gloucester, Maine, October 15th and will hit the heart of the Verge NECCS races with a good head of steam.

Bessette has been the uncontested queen of North American cyclo-cross thus far in 2005, marking her return to the ‘cross circuit with a string of impressive wins. For his part, four-time defending Verge NECCS champion McCormack has held his fine form from the road season into the fall. However, McCormack figures to face a serious challenge through the remaining five Verge NECCS races from Tim Johnson ( Garneau), whose rapid grab at UCI points will see the 2001 National Champion lining up on the front of the start grid for the rest of the season. Defending Under-23 series and national champion, Jesse Anthony (Team Clif Bar), continues to go from strength to strength. His regular position in the top-five in the Elite Men’s race could cement him another series title.

Last year’s Masters 35+ series champ, Jonny Bold (Corner Cycle), continues his run on the jersey, leading after New Gloucester. But Bold could face a real challenge from first-year masters racer Rob Hult (Fior di Frutta). New York’s Christopher Long (Independent Fabrication) leads the 45+ category after the first race. In what promises to be a season-long battle, Jerome Townsend (Bicycle Alley) leads in the Junior series standings. Canadian Pascal Bussibres (Abbrsuz LA GoeLiche) heads up the B race series. Pip Bannister (Putney-West Hill) leads the Masters 55+ while Jarred Reutar (44Velo) is tops in the Cub Junior category.

The 2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series continues November 12-13 in Farmington, Conn. and Northampton, Mass.

The 2005 Verge NECCS is sponsored by Verge Sport, makers of quality cycling apparel, and specializing in custom clothing orders; Cycle-Smart: Solutions for Cycling, personalized coaching for all cycling disciplines: Greyhound Juice, warming salves and skin care products for all athletes;, the solution for all of your online registration needs for cycling events; and Litmus Designs, integrating web technology and graphic design solutions for your business needs.

For complete series standings from the 2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, presented by Cycle-Smart please go to

2005 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series Series Points Standings after Round 1

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