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Van Gilder makes it a perfect double in Baystate

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Annis narrowly bested Anthony

Annis narrowly bested Anthony
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The Women

The Women
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The Women get things going

The Women get things going
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Van Gilder leads the group up the stairs

Van Gilder leads the group up the stairs
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Van Gilder and Smith were wheel to wheel on the climb

Van Gilder and Smith were wheel to wheel on the climb
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Smith gets ready to dive back onto the track

Smith gets ready to dive back onto the track
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Van Gilder leads Anderson up the lower stairs

Van Gilder leads Anderson up the lower stairs
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Crystal Anthony shows off her new fork

Crystal Anthony shows off her new fork
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Always a savvy tactician, Van Gilder never left the first two wheels of the group

Always a savvy tactician, Van Gilder never left the first two wheels of the group
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Anthony was looking for revenge

Anthony was looking for revenge
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Van Gilder doubled up on the weekend

Van Gilder doubled up on the weekend
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Muschroom Pizza) seals her victory with a last lap attack.

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Muschroom Pizza) seals her victory with a last lap attack.
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) had her hand bandaged after the race due to a collision with the same fence that took down Smith

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) had her hand bandaged after the race due to a collision with the same fence that took down Smith
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Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) entering the woods

Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) entering the woods
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Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) couldn't care less about matching socks

Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) couldn't care less about matching socks
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Elle Anderson ( Ladies First Racing) on the climb into the woods

Elle Anderson ( Ladies First Racing) on the climb into the woods
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Crystal Anthony (Ladies Frist Racing) entering the woods behind Van Gilder and Smith

Crystal Anthony (Ladies Frist Racing) entering the woods behind Van Gilder and Smith
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) entering the singletrack

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) entering the singletrack
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) entering the woods with the lead

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) entering the woods with the lead
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Elle Anderson (Ladies Firsat Racing) keeping pace with the leaders

Elle Anderson (Ladies Firsat Racing) keeping pace with the leaders
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) up the steep climb

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) up the steep climb
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC) running the stairs

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC) running the stairs
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Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) has been coming onto form lately

Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) has been coming onto form lately
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Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) was able to sit in a bit as it was up to the Ladies First Team to work over Van Gilder

Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) was able to sit in a bit as it was up to the Ladies First Team to work over Van Gilder
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Elle Anderson (Ladies Firsat Racing) on the steps ahead of Smith and Anthony

Elle Anderson (Ladies Firsat Racing) on the steps ahead of Smith and Anthony
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Andrea Smith and two of her Ladies First team-mates try to keep pace with Van Gilder

Andrea Smith and two of her Ladies First team-mates try to keep pace with Van Gilder
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading over the barriers

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading over the barriers
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) is the pre-race favorite

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) is the pre-race favorite
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There could be no mistake as to where the start was

There could be no mistake as to where the start was
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Ladies First Racing Team was all smiles before the race

Ladies First Racing Team was all smiles before the race
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Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) is one of the riders who can challenge Van Gilder

Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) is one of the riders who can challenge Van Gilder
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Former USA Cyclocross

Former USA Cyclocross
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The lead group running a ridge on the course

The lead group running a ridge on the course
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Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) takes second place over Crystal Anthony

Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) takes second place over Crystal Anthony
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) had a late race bobble that took her out of contention

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) had a late race bobble that took her out of contention
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading Sally Annis into the stairs

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading Sally Annis into the stairs
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) tangled with the chain link fence and went down

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) tangled with the chain link fence and went down
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) pacing the lead group around the cinder track

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) pacing the lead group around the cinder track
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Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) leading the chasers on the track

Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) leading the chasers on the track
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading the gang of six to the steepest climb

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading the gang of six to the steepest climb
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A Northeast Cycling racer riding with a bandaged leg

A Northeast Cycling racer riding with a bandaged leg
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Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) riding in sixth position

Rebecca Wellons (Quad Cycles) riding in sixth position
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Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) riding in the chase group

Carolyn Popovic (Team CF) riding in the chase group
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) pushing the pace early in the race

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) pushing the pace early in the race
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The leaders re-mount on an off-camber section of the course

The leaders re-mount on an off-camber section of the course
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading up one of the sets of steps

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) leading up one of the sets of steps
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Laura Van Gilder and Andrea Smith leading out the women at the start

Laura Van Gilder and Andrea Smith leading out the women at the start
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) on the run-up

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) on the run-up
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Women’s Podium (L to R) Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) 2nd, Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) 1st, Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing) 3rd

Women’s Podium (L to R) Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) 2nd, Laura Van Gilder (C3/Mellow Mushroom Pizza) 1st, Crystal Anthony (Ladies First Racing) 3rd
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom) made a final lap attack to distance Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and claim the second race of the Baystate series, making it two from two for the American.

How it unfolded

The women’s race started with an extremely fast pace, headed immediately by Van Gilder. Knowing that the first few course features would be decisive, she took to the front and led the field up the first set of stairs.

Thanks to a pileup on the off-camber, the selection came very early in the day. At the front, the group was Van Gilder, Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) and the trio from LadiesFirst, Andrea Smith, Crystal Anthony and Elle Anderson.

The group of five worked well together, with Van Gilder either driving the pace or sitting second wheel, to ensure that she was not taken by any team action from the LadiesFirst racers. Crystal Anthony spent a good portion of the race on the front, trying for payback from Saturday’s intense disappointment where a broken fork cost her a chance at the podium.

At the back of the group, it seemed like Sally Annis was in constant trouble, yo-yoing off the back, often sitting three or four bike lengths off the end.

The decision came in two parts, first, Smith missed a technical remount with a lap and a half left and was hung up on a fence for a moment, at which point, the pace picked up and Annis rejoined – sitting directly behind Van Gilder. Anthony launched an attack that was quickly covered and countered by Van Gilder, with a half lap to go. Van Gilder put together a few seconds advantage and was able to raise her hands alone in victory.

Behind, Annis outsprinted Anthony for second. Smith crossed the line fourth after recovering and passing Anderson, who came fifth.

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 p/b Mellow Mushroom0:37:26
2Sally Annis (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:00:05
3Crystal Anthony (USA) LadiesFirst Racing
4Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:10
5Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:14
6Rebecca Wellons (USA) Quad Cycles0:01:27
7Carolyn Popovic (USA) Team CF0:01:30
8Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:01:41
9Brittlee Bowman (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:02:12
10Jena Greaser (USA) NorEast Cycling
11Casandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull/Target Training
12Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:02:16
13Stacey Barbossa (USA) Elite Endurance Training Systems0:03:02
14Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:32
15Sarah Krzysiak (USA) NYCROSS.com0:03:40
16Lauren Kling (USA) New England Athletic Cyclocross0:03:50
17Nancy Labbe-giguere (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:54
18Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:04:40
19Molly Hurford (USA) Team Rockstar Games / Signature Cycles0:05:39
20Frances Morrison (USA) J.A.M. Fund/NCC0:06:01
21Elizabeth White (USA) BLUE STEEL CYCLERY0:06:13
22Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYcross.com

 

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