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McConneloug sweeps Cycle-Smart International weekend

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The elite women's front row gets final instructions from the officials

The elite women's front row gets final instructions from the officials
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) leads McConneloug and Van Gilder through the first sand pit.

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) leads McConneloug and Van Gilder through the first sand pit.
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) hot on Elliot's wheel.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) hot on Elliot's wheel.
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) having a spectacular outing.

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) having a spectacular outing.
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Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) descending the steepest hill.

Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) descending the steepest hill.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) was poetry in motion today.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) was poetry in motion today.
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) streaking through the woods with Elliot.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) streaking through the woods with Elliot.
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy).

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy).
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) was not far behind Elliot.

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) was not far behind Elliot.
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Sara Bresnick-Zocci (Pedalpower coaching-Landry's) is no stranger to riding singletrack.

Sara Bresnick-Zocci (Pedalpower coaching-Landry's) is no stranger to riding singletrack.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading Van Gilder on the pavement.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) leading Van Gilder on the pavement.
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Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) in a group of three on the pavement.

Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) in a group of three on the pavement.
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The elite women's podium (l-r): Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes),  Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes), Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy).

The elite women's podium (l-r): Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes),  Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes), Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy).
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Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven Cycles) puts on another Verge New England leader's jersey.

Mo Bruno-Roy (M&M Racing-Seven Cycles) puts on another Verge New England leader's jersey.
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) leads Elliot over the barriers.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) leads Elliot over the barriers.
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Olympian mountain biker Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) is quite comfortable on steep climbs.

Olympian mountain biker Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) is quite comfortable on steep climbs.
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) on the steep hill behind McConneloug.

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) on the steep hill behind McConneloug.
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) rode the steep hill every lap.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) rode the steep hill every lap.
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Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) climbing out of the saddle.

Rebecca Wellons (Ridley) climbing out of the saddle.
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Sally Annis (Hub Racing) chose to run the hill.

Sally Annis (Hub Racing) chose to run the hill.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) descending in first place.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) descending in first place.
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) sat 10 seconds behind McConneloug.

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) sat 10 seconds behind McConneloug.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) swept the weekend with her win today.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) swept the weekend with her win today.
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Elliot and Van Gilder gave chase all race but couldn't stop McConneloug.

Elliot and Van Gilder gave chase all race but couldn't stop McConneloug.
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Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) on the steep hill behind McConneloug.Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) leads Van Gilder up the steep climb.

Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) on the steep hill behind McConneloug.Natasha Elliot (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy) leads Van Gilder up the steep climb.
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Mary McConneloug climbs en route to victory.

Mary McConneloug climbs en route to victory.
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Mary McConneloug can't believe it as she crosses the line as the victor.

Mary McConneloug can't believe it as she crosses the line as the victor.
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Laura Van Gilder demonstrates her power on the climb.

Laura Van Gilder demonstrates her power on the climb.
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Laura Van Gilder trails Natasha Elliot as they chase McConneloug.

Laura Van Gilder trails Natasha Elliot as they chase McConneloug.
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Mary McConneloug has swept all before her in Northampton following the mountain biker’s second victory of the weekend in the Cycle Smart International. The elite women’s race featured a tough battle between McConneloug (Kenda/Seven/NoTubes), Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes), Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussure/Ogilvy) and Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).

On the first lap, McConneloug used the mountain biking prowess that took her to the Olympics to begin pulling away on the ride-up; once she went clear, she never looked back and soloed to another victory in front of an enthusiastic home crowd.

Behind her, Van Gilder and Elliott were neck-and-neck the whole race, each using their different strengths to good advantage, with Van Gilder taking the lead on the power sections and Elliott leading through the sinuous roots on the upper level of the course.

Elliott’s tactic of keeping the pressure up in hopes of forcing her competition to make a mistake didn’t work, as Van Gilder was able to hold tight until the last lap. The final pass through the sand pit with a quarter lap remaining saw Van Gilder launch an attack, pulling clear and crossing the line second. Elliott was close behind in third while Andrea Smith came through alone for fourth.

Series leader Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing) came onto the finishing straight with Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (pedalpowercoaching.com/Landry’s Bicycles) but wasn’t able to match their acceleration, finishing seventh and holding onto the series lead.

Full results
1Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/NoTubes0:38:43
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:10
3Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy0:00:20
4Andrea Smith (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:00:44
5Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Plan C0:01:35
6Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Pedalpowercoaching.com/Landry's Bicycles0:01:35
7Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles0:01:36
8Ann D'Ambruoso (USA) Minuteman Cycling Club0:01:45
9Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing0:02:11
10Anna Barensfeld (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:02:27
11Anna Milkowski (USA) BikeReg.com/Joe's Garage/IF0:02:31
12Linnea Koons (USA) October Factory Racing0:02:35
13Christina Tamilio (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:02:50
14Arielle Filiberti (USA) Dartmouth College0:03:12
15Rebecca Blatt (USA) US Army/Central Wheel0:03:13
16Karin Holmes (USA) Sunapee S&W0:03:14
17Sarah Krzysiak (USA) Syracuse Bicycle/Spokepost.com0:03:50
18Beth Mason (USA) Verge Test Pilot0:04:14
19Bryna Nestor (USA) Anthem Sports0:04:14
20Michelle Kersbergen (USA) Joe's Garage0:04:50
21Callie Gordon (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:04:51
22Allison Snooks (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:05:17
23Natalia Gardiol (USA) Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames0:05:33
24Marilyn Ruseckas (USA) Seven Cycles0:06:13

 

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