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McConneloug motors to win number two

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Mary McConneloug was quite at home in the new singletrack today.

Mary McConneloug was quite at home in the new singletrack today.
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A mightily pleased Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) sweeps the weekend races at Sterling.

A mightily pleased Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) sweeps the weekend races at Sterling.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) celebrates her victory in Sterling.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-No Tubes) celebrates her victory in Sterling.
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Kelly Ciara (Northeast Bicycle Club-Cycle Loft-Devonshire Dental) heads down a steep hill.

Kelly Ciara (Northeast Bicycle Club-Cycle Loft-Devonshire Dental) heads down a steep hill.
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Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) choosing to run a hill rather than try to ride it.

Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) choosing to run a hill rather than try to ride it.
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Mo Bruno-Roy (M& M Racing-Seven Cycles) heading into the woods.

Mo Bruno-Roy (M& M Racing-Seven Cycles) heading into the woods.
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Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club) riding to a third place finish.

Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club) riding to a third place finish.
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Rebecca Wellons (Stevens Cycles) in the woods.

Rebecca Wellons (Stevens Cycles) in the woods.
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Amanda Carey (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) having a good race.

Amanda Carey (Kenda-Tomac-Hayes) having a good race.
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Elite Womens start is won by Rebecca Wellons (Stevens Cycles).

Elite Womens start is won by Rebecca Wellons (Stevens Cycles).
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Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) finishing on the pavement.

Anna Milkowski (Bikereg.com) finishing on the pavement.
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Rebecca Wellons takes the hole shot in the elite women's race.

Rebecca Wellons takes the hole shot in the elite women's race.
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Andrea Smith rolled a tyre and had to get a new bike.

Andrea Smith rolled a tyre and had to get a new bike.
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Mary McConneloug wins the elite women's race.

Mary McConneloug wins the elite women's race.
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Mary McConneloug enters the woods en route to her second win of the weekend.

Mary McConneloug enters the woods en route to her second win of the weekend.
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Maureen Bruno Roy follows Mary McConneloug.

Maureen Bruno Roy follows Mary McConneloug.
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Mary Mcconneloug, right, leads Maureen Bruno Roy up the stairs.

Mary Mcconneloug, right, leads Maureen Bruno Roy up the stairs.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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The elite women's podium (l-r): Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles), 2nd; Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes), 1st; Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club), 3rd.

The elite women's podium (l-r): Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles), 2nd; Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes), 1st; Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club), 3rd.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes), left, celebrates her win.

Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes), left, celebrates her win.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Runner-up Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) talks to the media.

Runner-up Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) talks to the media.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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A Minuteman Road Club rider tackles a section of stairs.

A Minuteman Road Club rider tackles a section of stairs.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles)

Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes)

Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda - Seven - NoTubes)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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An elite women's rider charges up the stairs.

An elite women's rider charges up the stairs.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) showed the elite women on Sunday's Baystate Cyclo-cross in Sterling, Massachusetts that she means business and has her eyes on a Verge series victory with her second straight win of the weekend.

Just as she did on Saturday, McConneloug was able to take advantage of a fast start, create space between her and the competition and use her combination of fantastic power and finesse that have given her much success on the mountain biking World Cup circuit.

Behind her, today's more technical course at the Chocksett Middle School suited series leader Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) better than Saturday's windy power course and she was able to make the selection riding in second position in front of a trio of Minuteman Road Club riders in Andrea Smith, Anna Barensfeld and Ann D'Ambrusio.

A rolled tubular well away from the pit followed by a second mechanical dropped Smith from contention, leaving Barensfeld and D'Ambrusio to work together and hold onto the final podium spot. On the finishing straight, though, there was no teamwork as the two sprinted for third place; Barensfeld narrowly got the best of D'Ambrusio for her first series podium.

Full results
1Mary Mcconneloug (USA) KENDA-Seven-NoTubes0:36:38
2Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles0:00:29
3Anna Barensfeld (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:00:56
4Ann d'Ambruoso (USA) Minuteman Road Club
5Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Plan C0:01:18
6Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Trainwitheric.com0:02:23
7Anna Milkowski (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / IF0:02:39
8Rebecca Blatt (USA) US Army/ Central Wheel
9Perri Mertens (Aus) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy
10Arielle Filiberti (USA)0:02:51
11Christina Tamilio (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:00
12Marilyn Ruseckas (USA) Seven Cycles0:03:15
13Emma Bast (USA) Cycle-Smart / NCC0:03:22
14Crystal Anthony (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:30
15Natalia Gardiol (USA)0:03:41
16Frances Morrison (USA) Cycle-Smart/NCC
17Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing0:04:19
18Clara Kelly (USA)0:04:43
19Michelle Kersbergen (USA)0:05:18
20Anna Mcloon (USA)0:05:30
21Allison Snooks (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:05:38
22Andrea Smith (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:05:46
23Beth Mason (USA) Verge Test Pilot0:06:12

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