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McConneloug takes commanding win in Beacon 'cross

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Laura Van Gilder racing to the final podium spot, third.

Laura Van Gilder racing to the final podium spot, third.
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Mary McConneloug rides to a win.

Mary McConneloug rides to a win.
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Mary McConneloug runs with her bike.

Mary McConneloug runs with her bike.
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A message to racers.

A message to racers.
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Maureen Bruno Roy rode strongly.

Maureen Bruno Roy rode strongly.
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Maureen Bruno Roy on her way to second place

Maureen Bruno Roy on her way to second place
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Mary McConneloug, once a regular on the MAC circuit, dominated the UCI Elite women's event as she simply rode away from the field Beacon Cross field on Saturday.

It was a stacked women's race, with defending MAC champion Laura Van Gilder and perennial front runner Dee Winfield of C3 Athletes Serving Athletes, 2008 MAC champion Mo Bruno Roy (MM Racing presented by Seven Cycles) and proven race winners Arley Kemmerer (Hub Racing), Jennifer Maxwell (ATAC Sportwear present by The Bike Rack) and Carolyn Popovic (guest riding for the promoting Beacon-Cape Atlantic club), among others.

"This is a fast and smooth race course, which I love," said McConneloug afterward. "But I knew I had to pin it from the start."

Pin it she did, winning by over a minute. Behind her, the race looked more like an Australian Pursuit, with Bruno Roy and Van Gilder time trialing to second and third place, respectively.

Elite Women - Full results
1Mary McConneloug (USA)0:38:39
2Maureen Bruno Roy (USA)0:01:06
3Laura Van Gilder (USA)0:01:28
4Deidre Winfield (USA)0:02:10
5Kristin Gavin (USA)0:02:28
6Amanda Carey (USA)0:03:04
7Jennifer Maxwell (USA)0:04:16
8Arley Kemmerer (USA)0:04:53
9Lauri Webber (USA)0:05:12
10Lenore Pipes (USA)0:05:28
11Beth Mason (USA)0:05:36
12Kristine Church (USA)0:06:02
13Diane Grim (USA)0:06:57
14Andrea Luebbe (USA)0:07:36
15Jessica Singerman (USA)0:07:53
16Lisa Most (USA)0:09:08

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