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Wyman kicks off 'cross season on top in Vermont

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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) takes the win at the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) takes the win at the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend
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The Catamount Family Center was packed with avid cyclocross racers and fans today

The Catamount Family Center was packed with avid cyclocross racers and fans today
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Maghalie Rochette congratulates Helen Wyman at the finish

Maghalie Rochette congratulates Helen Wyman at the finish
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Women'’s Podium (L to R): Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) 2nd, Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) 1st, Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) 3rd

Women'’s Podium (L to R): Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) 2nd, Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) 1st, Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) 3rd
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Elite Women'’s start was won by Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing)

Elite Women'’s start was won by Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing)
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) leading out the Elite women at the start

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) leading out the Elite women at the start
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Natasha Elliot (Rare Vos Racing) suffering on the stairs

Natasha Elliot (Rare Vos Racing) suffering on the stairs
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Kate Lysakowski (Cycle Lodge) running the stairs

Kate Lysakowski (Cycle Lodge) running the stairs
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Almost all of the Catamount course was on mowed grass

Almost all of the Catamount course was on mowed grass
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Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) with one lap to go

Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) with one lap to go
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Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) in third place with one lap to go

Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) in third place with one lap to go
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) running the barriers on her last lap

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) running the barriers on her last lap
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Lyne Bessette finishing off a set of stairs

Lyne Bessette finishing off a set of stairs
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Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) running in second position on lap three

Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) running in second position on lap three
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) comes into the race as the heavy favorite

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) comes into the race as the heavy favorite
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Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) is making her debut for her new team

Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling) is making her debut for her new team
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) at the center of the front row

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) at the center of the front row
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) went straight to the lead on lap one

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) went straight to the lead on lap one
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Natasha Ellitot (Rare Vos Racing) running the barriers near the front of the race

Natasha Ellitot (Rare Vos Racing) running the barriers near the front of the race
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’'s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) got off to a good start

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’'s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) got off to a good start
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Kate Northcott (Beam Team Racing) followed by Lyne Bessette

Kate Northcott (Beam Team Racing) followed by Lyne Bessette
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) putting on a clinic

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) putting on a clinic
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob'’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) riding in fourth position near the lake

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob'’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) riding in fourth position near the lake
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Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) running one of the two sets of stairs

Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) running one of the two sets of stairs
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Helen Wyman (Kona) kicked off her 2013 cyclo-cross season with a wire-to-wire victory in the New England Verge Series opener. Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossworld.com) provided some surprising competition for a couple laps before settling into an unchallenged second place performance. Crystal Anthony (Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) was strong as expected and nailed down third place. Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Milll p/b Seven Cycles) held off a hard charging Natasha Elliot (Rare Vos Racing) for fourth place. Elliot finished fifth.

Retired champion Lyne Bessette (Cyclocrossworld.com) made an appearance today in preparation for the Cross Vegas race next week. She started from the back row and quickly passed most of the Elite Women and settled for a sixth place finish.

The weather at the Catamount Family Center was a huge factor in today’s racing. The area had been pounded by rain for two days, which saw early morning racers dealing with slippery mud and grass. Nearly the entire track was mowed grass, which was quite boggy in areas where water could collect.

However, by mid-morning the skies began to clear and the course slowly started to dry out. By race time it was in much better condition. There were still a couple mud pits but the grassy sections became faster. Due to long lap times the women only raced four laps and finished several minutes under the 40-minute plan.

Helen Wyman took took the hole shot and looked back only briefly. She said, “I thought I would just go from the gun and see what happens. The young Canadian rider, Maghalie Rochette, was behind me and I thought it was Lyne Bessette. I said “Oh no…I know how good she is!”

Wyman continued, “I just kept riding as hard as I could and I seemed to crack her a little bit. The gap got to a decent size and I knew I could hold it.”

The Elite women’s race was sponsored by ENGVT, who offered cash to match the payout for the men’s fields this weekend. “World class female athletes deserve the same payout as their male counterparts,” said Jerry Chabot of ENGVT. “I think the US is leading the way in women’s cross and we are seeing an influx of top women racers as a result. I would love to see the US ’Cross circuit become the dominant circuit for Elite women.”

Helen Wyman seemed to appreciative, “It’s a really tough course and it’s important to race really hard because ENGVT put up equal prize money.”

The Elite Women will compete in day two of the Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend on Sunday. Blue skies are expected so the track is likely to become even faster.

Full results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Racing0:36:31
2Maghalie Rochette (Can) CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM0:00:47
3Crystal Anthony (USA) Optum Pro Cycling p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies0:01:12
4Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:01:17
5Natasha Elliott (Can) Rare Vos Racing/Stevens0:01:52
6Lyne Bessette (Can)0:02:02
7Kate Northcott (USA) Beam Team Racing0:02:22
8Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling Co.0:02:26
9Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:02:27
10Emma White (USA) CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM0:02:43
11Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:03:08
12BrittLee Bowman (USA) House Industries/Richard Sachs/RGM0:03:15
13Christina Birch (USA) JAM Fund/NCC0:03:26
14Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:03:49
15Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:03:59
16Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:04:00
17Stephanie Wetzel (USA) Paradise Racing0:04:07
18Melody Chase (USA) Raleigh Bicycles/Gus' Bike Shop0:04:13
19Jessie Duppler (USA) Trek Portsmouth0:04:14
20Ellen Noble (USA)0:04:26
21Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Sport/Test Pilot0:04:32
22Kerry Litka (USA) The Velo Resource0:04:45
23Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCROSS.com p/b VOmax0:05:23
24Victoria Gates (USA) JAM Fund/NCC0:05:45
25Nancy Labbe-Giguere (Can)0:06:09
26Vickie Monahan (USA) Rare Vos Racing0:06:12
27Melissa Lafleur (USA) BONK! Support0:06:24
28Rosanne Van Dorn (USA)0:07:39
29Deirdre Smith (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco0:08:48
30Abigail Isolda (USA) NYCROSS.com p/b VOMax0:08:52
31Jordan Dube (USA) CYCLOCROSSWORLD.COM0:10:33
32Stephanie Thompson (USA) WD Racing / NYC Velo0:12:17

 

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