Northampton Verge NECCS double preview

As the season's temperatures hover near freezing through fall's ever shortening days, the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series, presented by Cycle-Smart, enters the heart of its ultra-competitive schedule. In the first of the Series' two "double dip weekends" the Verge NECCS makes stops in Farmington, Conn. and Northampton, Mass. November 12-13.

Saturday's Chainbiter 7.0 at Farmington's Winding Trails Park offers one of the most challenging courses in the Verge NECCS. With a combination of wooded trails, open fields, paved sections, several small climbs and dips, and one massive sand pit the Chainbiter never fails to sort out the strong riders. Last year's race went off under a blanket of snow that quickly turned the races into mud baths, the only muddy race of the 2004 NECCS.

One of the national ‘cross circuit's "must attend" events, Sunday's 15

Going into the Farmington/Northampton double dip Verge NECCS leaders are as follows: Elite Men, Mark McCormack (Team Clif Bar); Elite Women, Lyne Bessette ( Garneau); Under-23 Men, Jesse Anthony (Team Clif Bar); Masters 35+, Jonny Bold (Corner Cycle); Masters 45+, Chris Long (Independent Fabrication-Gotham); Junior Men, Jerome Townsend (Bicycle Alley); B Men, Pascal Bussibres (Abbrsuz LA GoeLiche); Cub Juniors, Jared Reuta (44Velo); Masters 55+, Phil Bannister (Putney-West Hill).

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