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Looking back at the Gran Prix of Gloucester - Gallery

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Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) approaching the stairs with White, Powers, and Clark close behind.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) approaching the stairs with White, Powers, and Clark close behind.
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Emma White (Cannondale) on the front row of the start

Emma White (Cannondale) on the front row of the start
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Sammy Runnels (Squid Squad) was having a brilliant race

Sammy Runnels (Squid Squad) was having a brilliant race
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Emily Kachorek (Squid Squad) followed by Teal Stetson-Lee on a tricky descent

Emily Kachorek (Squid Squad) followed by Teal Stetson-Lee on a tricky descent
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) closed the gap to Compton somewhat on the final lap

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) closed the gap to Compton somewhat on the final lap
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Sunny Gilbert (Fearless Femme Racing) leads a group through the switchbacks

Sunny Gilbert (Fearless Femme Racing) leads a group through the switchbacks
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was happy with her performance on Sunday

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) was happy with her performance on Sunday
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Gloucester double winner Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label) gets ready for Sunday's race

Gloucester double winner Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label) gets ready for Sunday's race
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) leading up the steep climb on the second lap with Werner and Ortenblad in tow

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) leading up the steep climb on the second lap with Werner and Ortenblad in tow
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Jeremy Powers following his Aspire Racing team-mate Spencer Petrov through the mayhem at the first set of barriers

Jeremy Powers following his Aspire Racing team-mate Spencer Petrov through the mayhem at the first set of barriers
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Scott Smith (JAM-NCC) at the top of the run-up mid-race

Scott Smith (JAM-NCC) at the top of the run-up mid-race
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The leaders pass by the big rock at the end of lap one on Sunday

The leaders pass by the big rock at the end of lap one on Sunday
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Curtis White (Cannondale) could not quite hang with Powers and Ortenblad today

Curtis White (Cannondale) could not quite hang with Powers and Ortenblad today
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 Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) running the stairs late in the contest

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) running the stairs late in the contest
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Spencer Petrov (Aspire Racing) leading Bjorn Selander on one of the run-ups

Spencer Petrov (Aspire Racing) leading Bjorn Selander on one of the run-ups
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Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) leading a group through the start/finish with one lap to go

Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart) leading a group through the start/finish with one lap to go
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The lead pack was together for only one lap

The lead pack was together for only one lap
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Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) riding in fourth position during lap one

Courtenay McFadden (Pivot) riding in fourth position during lap one
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 Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) took the hole-shot on Sunday and led in the early going

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) took the hole-shot on Sunday and led in the early going
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) leading White on the steepest run-up

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) leading White on the steepest run-up
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Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep) racing in third position during lap three on Saturday

Christel Ferrier Bruneau (SAS-Mocogep) racing in third position during lap three on Saturday
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Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) on her way to a fourth place finish on Saturday

Crystal Anthony (Maxxis-Shimano) on her way to a fourth place finish on Saturday
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Beth AnnOrton (Team S&M CX) on the run-up

Beth AnnOrton (Team S&M CX) on the run-up
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) chasing Ferrier Bruneau early in Saturday's race

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) chasing Ferrier Bruneau early in Saturday's race
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Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) attempting to break away from White in the final moments of Saturday's race

Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) attempting to break away from White in the final moments of Saturday's race
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Emma White (Cannondale) takes the Saturday win at Gloucester

Emma White (Cannondale) takes the Saturday win at Gloucester
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Anthony Clark (Squid Squad) chasing Curtis White mid-race

Anthony Clark (Squid Squad) chasing Curtis White mid-race
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A JAM Fund racer emerging from a run-up along the ocean

A JAM Fund racer emerging from a run-up along the ocean
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Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) at the front of the race next to the ocean

Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) at the front of the race next to the ocean
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Spectators atop the big rock at Stage Fort Park watch Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) and Anthony Clark (Squid Squad) during lap two

Spectators atop the big rock at Stage Fort Park watch Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) and Anthony Clark (Squid Squad) during lap two
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Justine Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads) making his way up the most difficult run-up

Justine Lindine (Apex/NBX/Hyperthreads) making his way up the most difficult run-up
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Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) wins before a huge Saturday crowd at Gloucester

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz/Donkey Label) wins before a huge Saturday crowd at Gloucester
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Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label) takes the win and sweeps the Gloucester weekend.

Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz-Donkey Label) takes the win and sweeps the Gloucester weekend.
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The Craft Gran Prix of Gloucester may be the closest thing the US has to an iconic cyclo-cross race. The venue in Gloucester, Massachusetts, along the Atlantic Coast north of Boston is both incredibly scenic and fittingly hard.

The Saturday and Sunday C2 races are part of USA Cycling's Pro Cyclo-cross Calendar, while also serving as the opening rounds of the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart.

Four-time US champion Jeremy Powers summed it up well in a statement on the race website. "Gloucester is a special race for me," Powers said. It's a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up. Historic, classic, and epic."

Westerner Tobin Ortenblad (Santa Cruz Donkey Label Racing) of California swept both Elite men's races in Gloucester this year, while the Elite women's races saw Emma White (Cannondale-CyclocrossWorld.com) of New York take the Saturday win and Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) of Maine win on Sunday.

Check out these Dave McElwaine photos for a look at the action and the spectacle.