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Chris Blevins takes out Boston Rebellion

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Chris Blevins (Specialized) take the win and the lead in the Pro-XCT Series

Chris Blevins (Specialized) take the win and the lead in the Pro-XCT Series
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A group in Revolutionary War outfits started the race

A group in Revolutionary War outfits started the race
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A racer returning to the venue through one of the open fields on Adams Farm

A racer returning to the venue through one of the open fields on Adams Farm
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Lucas Rowton (Montrose Bike) riding buff singletrack during lap three

Lucas Rowton (Montrose Bike) riding buff singletrack during lap three
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Alex Wild (Trail Head Racing) would later suffer a puncture that ended his day

Alex Wild (Trail Head Racing) would later suffer a puncture that ended his day
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Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) riding a rock garden with one lap remaining

Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) riding a rock garden with one lap remaining
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Nicholas Lando (Elite Endurance.com) riding alone on the trip back to the venue

Nicholas Lando (Elite Endurance.com) riding alone on the trip back to the venue
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USA Cyclocross Champion (Jeremy Powers) tuning up his skills and fitness for the approaching cyclocross season

USA Cyclocross Champion (Jeremy Powers) tuning up his skills and fitness for the approaching cyclocross season
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Kate Courtney congratulates her teammate Chris Blevins on his win today

Kate Courtney congratulates her teammate Chris Blevins on his win today
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Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) congratulates Chris Blevins on his hard fought victory

Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) congratulates Chris Blevins on his hard fought victory
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Sandy Floren (Trek) finishing third, congratulates Chris Blevins at the finish

Sandy Floren (Trek) finishing third, congratulates Chris Blevins at the finish
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Sandy Floren riding just behind the leaders during lap three

Sandy Floren riding just behind the leaders during lap three
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Jonathan Josue Quesada Castillo (Costa Rica) led a strong contingent from his country

Jonathan Josue Quesada Castillo (Costa Rica) led a strong contingent from his country
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Chris Blevins (Specialized) at the start

Chris Blevins (Specialized) at the start
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Australia’s Cameron Ivory (Specialized) on the front row

Australia’s Cameron Ivory (Specialized) on the front row
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The Elite Men’s start included 55 men

The Elite Men’s start included 55 men
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Cameron Ivory (Specialized) took the hole-shot and led for part of a lap

Cameron Ivory (Specialized) took the hole-shot and led for part of a lap
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Chris Blevins (Specialized) had taken the lead by the end of lap one

Chris Blevins (Specialized) had taken the lead by the end of lap one
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Cameron Ivory (Specialized) in pursuit of Chris Blevins (Specialized)

Cameron Ivory (Specialized) in pursuit of Chris Blevins (Specialized)
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A rider passes by the barn on the Adam’s Farm

A rider passes by the barn on the Adam’s Farm
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Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) riding in third position near the end of lap

Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) riding in third position near the end of lap
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Raphael Auclair (Pivot) riding twisty singletrack during the second lap

Raphael Auclair (Pivot) riding twisty singletrack during the second lap
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A rider flies off the Shimano Jump during lap three

A rider flies off the Shimano Jump during lap three
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Costa Rica send a large squad to race. (L to R) Deigo Alonso Scolano Guillen, Andrey Fonseca Urena, Jonathan Josue Quesada Castillo

Costa Rica send a large squad to race. (L to R) Deigo Alonso Scolano Guillen, Andrey Fonseca Urena, Jonathan Josue Quesada Castillo
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Nineteen year-old Chris Blevins (Specialized) battled Australian Champion Dan McConnell (DanAndBec) for six laps to take the win on Adams Farm and assume the lead in the Pro-XCT Series. Former World Cup winner McConnell had to settle for second place as he cramped in the final rock garden. Sany Floren finished in third place, just two seconds behind McConnell.

With fifty-five starters from several different countries riding on the relatively flat course at Adams Farm, it was difficult for anyone to get away from the peloton. But somewhere on lap two, Blevins and McConnell got a gap and then set a pace that nobody could match. Blevins seemed to have a slight advantage on the small, punchy climbs, while McConnell was slightly stronger on the flats.

Blevins commented on is race with McConnell, "It was an absolute honor to be able to battle with him. I had to kind of check myself to realize whom I was racing against. The past two weekends in Vermont, and at Nationals (at Snowshoe Mountain), were like mental battles to keep yourself flowing through the roots and the trees. And today there was a lot of that."

Blevins added, "I think he (McConnell) cramped on the last rocky section and after that I kind of surged ahead, but it was a good battle."

McConnell explained what happened at the finish, "I didn't have the legs to back myself in a sprint so I just went for it during the last rock garden, trying to get a gap because I knew I was fairly strong through there the last few laps. But, I just went off-line and my leg locked up pretty bad, so I had to just coast it in to the finish."

The Pro Men will compete in Short Track Racing on Sunday at Adams Farm. 

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Christopher Blevins (USA) Specialized1:32:46
2Daniel McConnell (Aus) DanAndBec0:00:52
3Sandy Floren (USA)0:00:54
4Cameron Ivory (Aus) Bear Development Team0:01:07
5Luke Vrouwenvelder (USA)0:01:10
6Jonathan Josue Quesada Castillo (CRc) Bear Development Team0:01:16
7Cole House (USA)0:02:40
8Jerry Dufour (USA)0:02:42
9Nicholas Beechan (USA) Bear Development Team0:02:59
10Carson Beckett (USA)0:03:06
11Richard Cypress Gorry (USA) Bear Development Team0:03:08
12Ryan Woodall (USA)0:03:33
13Alex Meucci (USA)0:04:03
14Marc Andre Fortier (Can)0:04:19
15Alexandre Vialle (Can) Pivot Cycles - OTE0:04:22
16Sven Strähle (Ger)0:04:29
17Emile Farrell-Dessureault (Can) German Technology Racing0:04:39
18Daniel Johnson (USA)0:04:40
19Jason Blodgett (USA) Bear Development Team0:05:27
20Callum Carson (Aus)0:06:03
21Stephan Davoust (USA)0:06:05
22Carson Lange (USA)0:06:06
23Christopher Hamlin (USA)0:06:55
24Jeremy Powers (USA)0:07:02
25Samuel Elson (USA)0:07:06
26Peter Karinen (USA)
27Garrett Gerchar (USA)0:07:07
28Bryan Horsley (USA)0:07:16
29Noah Tautfest (USA)0:07:17
30Lucas Rowton (USA)0:08:30
31Adam Bucklin (USA)0:08:35
32Jacob Sacket (USA)0:09:00
33Nathan Barton (USA)0:09:06
34Steffen Andersen (USA)0:09:27
35Matthew O'Keefe (USA)0:09:33
36Nicholas Lando (USA)0:09:39
37Sebastian Alejandro Miranda Maldonado (Chi)0:09:48
38Carlos Herrera Arroyo (CRc)0:09:51
39Neal Burton (USA)0:10:30
40Samuel Hedlund (USA)0:11:18
41Christopher Ziegler (USA)0:11:36
42Diego Alonso Solano Guillen (CRc)0:11:57
43Jack Kisseberth (USA)0:12:13
44Cody Schwartz (USA)0:13:34
45Zackary Ghalayini (USA)0:13:35
46Greg Jancaitis (USA)0:13:36
47Jakob Hartmann (Ger)0:14:22
48Matthew Green (USA) German Technology Racing0:05:06
49Andrey Fonseca Ureña (CRc)0:13:38
50Noah Flaxman (USA)0:13:39
51Alex Wild (USA)0:13:40
DNFRaphael Auclair (Can)
DNFMatthew Clements (USA) Pivot Cycles - OTE
DNFMike Jaworski (USA)
DNSTrevor Deruise (USA)
DNSKyle Ward (Aus)

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