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Wells wins Boston Rebellion Pro XC

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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) wins her first Pro-XCT race at Boston Rebellion

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) wins her first Pro-XCT race at Boston Rebellion
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Kimberley Quinlan (Bicycle Express) riding a rock garden on lap one

Kimberley Quinlan (Bicycle Express) riding a rock garden on lap one
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding to a podium finish

Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) riding to a podium finish
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Megan Chinburg riding solidly in third place

Megan Chinburg riding solidly in third place
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Ellen Nobel (Competitive Cyclist) had Anthony in sight for most of the race

Ellen Nobel (Competitive Cyclist) had Anthony in sight for most of the race
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) leading through the roots and rocks on lap one

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) leading through the roots and rocks on lap one
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Cyclocross friends Ellen Noble, Maghalie Rochette, and Crystal Anthony

Cyclocross friends Ellen Noble, Maghalie Rochette, and Crystal Anthony
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) at the start

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) at the start
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Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) is coming off a win at Gnar Weasels

Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) is coming off a win at Gnar Weasels
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It was a perfect summer day for racing in Walpole, Massachusetts

It was a perfect summer day for racing in Walpole, Massachusetts
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Big Wheel Bikes were everywhere today

Big Wheel Bikes were everywhere today
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The Barn at Adams Farm

The Barn at Adams Farm
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Kristine Contento-Angeli seemed to have a good time but did not finish

Kristine Contento-Angeli seemed to have a good time but did not finish
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) smiling on a steep climb during lap two

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) smiling on a steep climb during lap two
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Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) riding alone with one lap to go

Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) riding alone with one lap to go
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The pro women heading out onto the course

The pro women heading out onto the course
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Ellen Noble (Competive Cyclist) leading on lap one

Ellen Noble (Competive Cyclist) leading on lap one
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Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) took the hole-shot

Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) took the hole-shot
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Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) on row two at the start

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) on row two at the start
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Megan Chinburg riding with one lap to go

Megan Chinburg riding with one lap to go
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Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) pushing her bike on a steep climb

Bryna Blanchard (Windham Mountain Outfitters) pushing her bike on a steep climb
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Jareb Oitter (MTBracenews.com) climbing out of the saddle on lap two

Jareb Oitter (MTBracenews.com) climbing out of the saddle on lap two
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Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) could not reel in the leaders

Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) could not reel in the leaders
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Megan Chinburg climbing in third place

Megan Chinburg climbing in third place
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Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) owned second place the whole race

Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist) owned second place the whole race
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Todd Wells (Specialized) wins the first Boston Rebellionn Pro-XCT

Todd Wells (Specialized) wins the first Boston Rebellionn Pro-XCT
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Cole Oberman (RareDiseaseCycling.org) leading the pro men out onto the course

Cole Oberman (RareDiseaseCycling.org) leading the pro men out onto the course
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Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) riding in the top ten

Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) riding in the top ten
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Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) was only about 100 meters behind Wells on lap two

Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) was only about 100 meters behind Wells on lap two
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Todd Wells (Specialized) with a comfortable lead on lap two of five

Todd Wells (Specialized) with a comfortable lead on lap two of five
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There were plenty of rocks to give equipment a good testing

There were plenty of rocks to give equipment a good testing
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Triathlete Brian Hughes (Fast Splits) is no stranger to New England singletrack

Triathlete Brian Hughes (Fast Splits) is no stranger to New England singletrack
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USA Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding roots on Adams Farm

USA Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) riding roots on Adams Farm
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Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) worked his way through the pack to command second place

Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) worked his way through the pack to command second place
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Thomas Sampson ((Vittoria/Yeti) riding solidly in third place

Thomas Sampson ((Vittoria/Yeti) riding solidly in third place
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Mitch Hoke (Pros Closet) struggled a bit with this New England course

Mitch Hoke (Pros Closet) struggled a bit with this New England course
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William Malone (ATA Cycles) riding in second place

William Malone (ATA Cycles) riding in second place
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Todd Wells (Specialized) assumed command of the race on lap one

Todd Wells (Specialized) assumed command of the race on lap one
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Cameron Dodge riding in sixth place on lap two

Cameron Dodge riding in sixth place on lap two
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Riders on the steepest climb on the course

Riders on the steepest climb on the course
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Cole Oberman (RareDiseaseCycling.org) took the hole shot

Cole Oberman (RareDiseaseCycling.org) took the hole shot
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Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) at the start

Jeremy Powers (Rapha Focus) at the start
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Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sports) took fourth place today

Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sports) took fourth place today
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Brendan McCormack (CCB Racing) looking very much like his Uncle Mark McCormack

Brendan McCormack (CCB Racing) looking very much like his Uncle Mark McCormack
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Justin Sotdorus (The Bike Shak) ripping through a rock garden

Justin Sotdorus (The Bike Shak) ripping through a rock garden
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Ben Ortt (HWB Santa Cruz) descending through the rocks

Ben Ortt (HWB Santa Cruz) descending through the rocks
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Stephen Hyde (Astellas Pro Cycling) riding in the lush forest at Walpole, Massachusetts

Stephen Hyde (Astellas Pro Cycling) riding in the lush forest at Walpole, Massachusetts
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Ryan Roodall (Top Gear/Felt) riding to a top ten finish

Ryan Roodall (Top Gear/Felt) riding to a top ten finish
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Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) descending through a rock garden

Cole Oberman (Rare Disease Cycling) descending through a rock garden
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Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) was clearly the best of the rest today.

Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing) was clearly the best of the rest today.
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Todd Wells (Specialized) had no problems with the rocks or roots today

Todd Wells (Specialized) had no problems with the rocks or roots today
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USA Champion Todd Wells (Specialized) on the front row

USA Champion Todd Wells (Specialized) on the front row
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Todd Wells (Specialized) looked as good as ever as he dominated the new Boston Rebellion Pro-XCT nearly from start to finish. Dan Timmerman (Riverside Racing), who started last, worked his way through the field within two laps to claim second place. Local favorite Tom Sampson (Vittoria/Yeti) edged out Chris Baddick (Boulder Cycle Sports) for third place in a sprint to the line. Baddick finished in fourth place, while Billy Malone (ATA Cycles) rounded out the podium in fifth place.

Racing took place on Adams Farm on a mix of double-track, fire roads, and twisty singletrack on soft dirt in thick forest. With only 338 feet of climbing per lap, the climbs were short and punchy. There were several sections of rock gardens where spectators gathered to cheer on their favorite racers. The Pro Men raced five laps, while the Pro Women raced four.

Cole Oberman (Rarediseasecycling.org) took the hole-shot, but it did not take long for Wells to assume command. By the end of the first lap Wells had a gap while Sampson, Cameron Dodge, Oberman, Woodall, and Baddick were closely bunched in a chase group.

After his last place call-up, Timmerman could be seen slicing his way through the field. He commented, “I passed as many as I could immediately and then in the woods it was anywhere I could...It became a matter of just getting around people as fast as I could.”

Wells commented on Timmerman’s effort, “Seeing Dan (Timmerman) coming up gave me some motivation. You come into this field at the start-finish and you can kind of gauge where guys are. I could see him there and sort of gauge where we both were….he was coming in as I was going out so it gave me extra motivation to keep pushing.”

As the race progressed, riders settled into what would be their final finishing position. Wells just motored away from everyone except Timmerman, who kept it close. In the end, Wells had a 49 second margin of victory. Tom Sampson and Chris Baddick were another minute behind Timmerman.

Wells admitted to having a bit of home-course advantage, “These trails are exactly like the trails that I grew up, and learned to ride on. At that point I had a 26-inch hard-tail, no suspension, and tubes at 60 psi. So, to have a 29-inch (Specialized) Epic with tubeless tires was just incredible out there.”

Wells was finishing off his preparation for the National Championships at Mammoth Mountain, California next weekend. He commented, “It’s nice to get a win coming into Nat’s. Mom and Dad live not too far from here so to have them in the feed zone cheering me on was great too. With Nationals being at altitude, I just wanted to come here and get a good power workout.

Wells continued, “I feel like I have prepared as good as I can and I’ve had good races at altitude, and at climbing races. I prefer we had it here in Boston at Sea Level, but I’m looking forward to it, and to trying to defend the jersey.”

Pro Women’s Race

Cyclocross specialist and local pro Crystal Anthony (Riverside Racing) used her familiarity with this course and New Enlgand style racing to take her first ever Pro-XCT victory. Ellen Noble (Competitive Cyclist), the U-23 Cyclocross Champion, kept the race close, and finished in second place. Megan Chinburg finished third. Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) took fourth place, while Karen Potter (MTBracenews.com) finished fifth.

Ellen Noble took the hole-shot and led the pro women into the singletrack. Crystal Anthony created a gap when she attacked the field in the middle of the first lap on a power line climb.

With temperatures near 90-degrees, Noble admitted to being a bit hesitant to chase Anthony down. She explained, “I was close, but I was nervous about whether I would “have it” to go and chase Crystal down and keep her away. I didn’t really know how I would feel with the heat so I just tried to keep it safe, and it ended up paying off with second.”

Nobel added, “Basically, every race in the summer that I have completely screwed up was because of the heat…and I am just getting to the point where I am taking enough precautions to keep it together. So, I am really excited that today I didn’t screw up and I stayed cool. “ By the end of the race, she was only twenty-three seconds behind Anthony.

Maghalie Rochette started strongly; riding behind Noble, but ultimately was not able to keep pace with the New England pros. She slipped back to fourth place, a full minute behind Megan Chinburg.

Anthony commented on her victory, “It was awesome. This is sort of a local course for me so it was really exciting for me to see lots of friends. It was great to be able to come and pre-ride a lot this week, being close by. This course was all about knowing the turns and just being able to conserve bits of energy here and there.”

Anthony added, “This is the kind of course that I ride all the time so just knowing how to ride these corners and ride this style. There are no big climbs, just punchy stuff, and sort of a pedaling course”.

When asked about doing more mountain bike racing, she replied, “I will do the Wisconsin WORS race, and hopefully I got enough points to do Windham (World Cup).

The Pro Men and Women will race Short Track Sunday afternoon on Adams Farm. Todd Wells is not expected to compete as he planned to leave immediately for the higher altitude of Mammoth Mountain.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Todd Wells (USA) Specialized1:35:51
2Dan Timmerman (USA) Riverside Racing0:00:49
3Thomas Sampson (USA) Vittoria/Yeti Cycles0:01:55
4Chris Baddick (GBr) Boulder Cycle Sport/YogaGlo0:01:56
5William Melone (USA) ATA Cycles0:02:38
6Cameron Dodge (USA)0:03:02
7Benjamin Sonntag (Ger) Team Clif Bar0:03:03
8Cole Oberman (USA) RareDiseaseCycling.org0:03:08
9Ryan Woodall (USA) Top Gear Bicycles/Felt/Industry Nine0:03:36
10Jeremy Powers (USA) Rapha Focus0:04:57
11Stephen Hyde (USA) Astellas Pro Cycling0:05:06
12Christopher Hamlin (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:07:39
13Alex Meucci (USA) Team Bent’s0:09:31
14Dylan Johnson (USA) Scott Pro Mountain Bike Team0:10:13
15Gregory Jancaitis (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:11:26
16Brendan Mccormack (USA) CCB Racing0:11:27
17Peter Macleod (USA) BAR FLY0:11:56
18Aaron Albright (USA) NoTubes Trans-Sylvania Epic0:13:03
19Brian Hughes (USA) Fast Splits Multisport0:14:44
20Ben Ortt (USA) HWB Santa Cruz0:16:02
21Eric Bostrom (USA) Ride Biker Cannondale0:16:23
22Ian Gielar (USA) Giant Co-Factory Off-Road Team0:16:49
23Mitchell Hoke (USA) The Pro’s Closet CX0:17:36
24Justin Sotdorus (USA) The Bike Shak Cycling Team0:21:43
25Paul Meier (USA) Team Martys
DNFMichael Wissell (USA) B2C2/Boloco
DNFTyler Berliner (USA) ENGVT
DNFScott Smith (USA) Jam/NCC/Vittoria
DNFJustin Lindine (USA) Competitive Cyclist
DNFBryan Horsley (USA) Sea Sports Cycling

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Crystal Anthony (USA) Riverside Racing1:30:06
2Ellen Noble (USA) Competitive Cyclist MTB Team0:00:23
3Megan Chinburg (USA)0:03:42
4Maghalie Rochette (Can) Luna Pro Team0:04:32
5Karen Potter (USA) MTBracenews.com0:05:31
6Bryna Blanchard (USA) Windham Mountain Outfitters0:05:48
7Kimberley Quinlan (USA) Bicycle Express Racing0:07:44
8Amy Horstmeyer (USA) Twin Six/Team Green0:16:30
9Olivia Harkness (USA) Gold Coast Mfg.0:28:13
10Catherine Harnden (Can)
DNFKristine Contento-Angeli (USA) MTBNJ
DNSKaterina Nash (Cze) Luna Pro Team

 

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