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Wyman dominates opening round

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Helen Wyman (Kona) was pushed hard

Helen Wyman (Kona) was pushed hard
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Helen Wyman (Kona) sprinting to victory over Gabby Day (Rapha Focus)

Helen Wyman (Kona) sprinting to victory over Gabby Day (Rapha Focus)
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16-year-old Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross) running the barriers

16-year-old Ellen Noble (Trek Cyclocross) running the barriers
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Helen Wyman (Kona) riding the up and down maze

Helen Wyman (Kona) riding the up and down maze
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Helen Wyman (Kona) alone at the steps

Helen Wyman (Kona) alone at the steps
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Becca Schepps (Team Type 1) at the top of the run-up

Becca Schepps (Team Type 1) at the top of the run-up
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Elizabeth Lukowski (Nycross.com) seemed to be having a good time

Elizabeth Lukowski (Nycross.com) seemed to be having a good time
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) on lap one

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) on lap one
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Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) on the pavement

Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) on the pavement
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) takes the holeshot

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) takes the holeshot
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Nicole Duke (Cannondale) having a laugh at the start

Nicole Duke (Cannondale) having a laugh at the start
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Jeremy Durrin congratulates Gabby Day on her race

Jeremy Durrin congratulates Gabby Day on her race
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Gabby Day around some puddles

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Gabby Day around some puddles
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) trying to stay out of the mud

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) trying to stay out of the mud
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Helen Wyman (Kona) after her third win in a row at Gloucester

Helen Wyman (Kona) after her third win in a row at Gloucester
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) edging Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing)

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) edging Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing)
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) sprinting against Mary Mcconneloug

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) sprinting against Mary Mcconneloug
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) racing Andrea Smith up the stairs

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) racing Andrea Smith up the stairs
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Day (Rapha Focus) racing solidly in second place

Day (Rapha Focus) racing solidly in second place
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A racer zig-zagging through blue course markings

A racer zig-zagging through blue course markings
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) lifiting her bike over the barriers

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) lifiting her bike over the barriers
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) running the second set of barriers

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) running the second set of barriers
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Gabby Day through the sand

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Gabby Day through the sand
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) putting in a good ride

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) putting in a good ride
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Jocelyn Maulin (NEBC-Cycle Loft) riding the S-turns

Jocelyn Maulin (NEBC-Cycle Loft) riding the S-turns
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading Antonneau on lap three

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading Antonneau on lap three
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Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) seemed to be enjoying her ride

Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) seemed to be enjoying her ride
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Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racingf) warming up

Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racingf) warming up
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) has picked up right where she left off last season

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) has picked up right where she left off last season
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Nicole Duke (Raleigh Clement) spinning fast circles in her warmup

Nicole Duke (Raleigh Clement) spinning fast circles in her warmup
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Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) concentrating on her warm up

Gabby Day (Rapha Focus) concentrating on her warm up
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Helen Wyman greets her UK countrywoman Gabby Day

Helen Wyman greets her UK countrywoman Gabby Day
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Elite Women’s front row

Elite Women’s front row
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U-23 Champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale)

U-23 Champion Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale)
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) has been flying so far this season

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) has been flying so far this season
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Nicole Duke (Raleigh Clement) visualizing her start

Nicole Duke (Raleigh Clement) visualizing her start
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Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) on the front row

Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) on the front row
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Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) leading on the run-up

Meredith Miller (California Giant Berries) leading on the run-up
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) racing in second position on lap two

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) racing in second position on lap two
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Wendy Simms (Kona) on the run-up

Wendy Simms (Kona) on the run-up
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A racer pushes her Stevens bike on the run-up

A racer pushes her Stevens bike on the run-up
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Two “Doodles” watching the race

Two “Doodles” watching the race
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Helen Wyman (Kona) running some uphill stairs

Helen Wyman (Kona) running some uphill stairs
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Helen Wyman (Kona) cornering in the sand

Helen Wyman (Kona) cornering in the sand
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Helen Wyman (Kona) riding the sand pit

Helen Wyman (Kona) riding the sand pit
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Helen Wyman (Kona) is congratulated by fellow British rider Gabby Day

Helen Wyman (Kona) is congratulated by fellow British rider Gabby Day
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Helen Wyman (Kona) warming with some tunes before the race

Helen Wyman (Kona) warming with some tunes before the race
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Helen Wyman (Kona) riding some tight turns on lap two

Helen Wyman (Kona) riding some tight turns on lap two
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In the Women’s event, last year’s winner of both Gloucester races, Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing), led from start to finish, but it was not without difficulty that she held on for the win over a charging Gabby Day (Rapha-Focus) and a trailing Meredith Miller (Cal Giant/Specialized).

Unlike the men’s event, the women’s race came apart at the sound of the starting whistle. Wyman immediately opened up a 15-second lead over Day. Behind Day, Elle Anderson (LadiesFirst Racing) started putting together the ride of her life, leaving Meredith Miller and Crystal Anthony (CyclocrossWorld) behind. She quickly began to close the gap on Day.

A few laps into the race, Gabby Day appeared to be the only rider in the race capable of catching Wyman, but a small mechanical on the third lap of the 45 minute race cost her valuable time, sending her temporarily back to 4th place. Day compensated for her mechanical failure quickly and was able to regain the 2nd position from a fading Elle Anderson. She then set her sights on Wyman.

“On one of the run-ups my chain came off and I thought I could just put it back on,” said Day, “but it jammed so I had to stop and put it back on and I was back to fourth position. I just tried to relax and move back through and not stress too much about it.”

With two laps remaining in the race, Gabby Day had narrowed the gap between herself and Helen Wyman down to just six seconds, but the few seconds Day was gaining on Wyman in the technical sections of the course were being neutralized by Wyman’s strong efforts on the course’s straightaways.

In the end, Wyman was able to hold off her friend and competitor, holding the same six-second advantage for the last two laps, all the way to the finish. With one lap left, Meredith Miller was able to ride away from Crystal Anthony for 3rd place another 17 seconds behind Day. Anthony held on for 4th place in what can be considered a career performance for the local amateur rider. Mary McConneloug (Team Kenda – Seven – NoTubes) rounded out the top 5.

Wyman said after the race, “Gabby has really stepped it up this season and is racing at the level I know she can race at. She was chasing all the way and she’s super technical but she’s my friend and I’m just really proud of her. It hurts that she gets so close but I was able to hold on for the win in the end.”

 

 

Full Results
1Helen Wyman (GBr) Kona Factory Team0:43:09
2Gabriella Day (GBr) Rapha-Focus0:00:06
3Meredith Miller (USA) Cal Giant Berry Farms/Specialized0:00:23
4Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:32
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes0:00:33
6Julie Krasniak (Fra) Rapha-Focus0:00:34
7Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing
8Kaitlin Antonneau (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld0:01:11
9Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:12
10Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:34
11Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:01:43
12Wendy Simms (Can) Kona0:01:44
13Nicole Thiemann (USA) Team CF0:02:25
14Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:02:58
15Amanda Carey (USA) Volkswagen Boise Cycling0:03:07
16Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:03:13
17Natasha Elliott (Can) The Cyclery0:03:18
18Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:42
19Sally Annis (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:03:43
20Julie Lafrenière (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:03:49
21Évelyne Blouin (Can)0:04:06
22Rebecca Blatt (USA) Van Dessel0:04:08
23Brittlee Bowman (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:04:09
24Jamie Gilgen (USA) Kallisto/Wheels of Oakville0:04:10
25Beth Ann Orton (USA) Team S&M0:04:11
26Stacey Barbossa (USA) Colavita/espnW NJ0:04:17
27Anna Barensfeld (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:04:34
28Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:04:38
29Christina Birch (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria
30Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull targettraining0:04:43
31Allyson Tufano (USA) Sportif Coaching Group/BPB0:04:44
32Karin Holmes (USA) Riverside Racing0:05:07
33Sheila Vibert (USA)0:05:25
34Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:05:27
35Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:05:31
36Erica Yozell Miller (USA) South Mountain Cycles0:05:35
37Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:05:43
38Jennifer Tillman (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:05:58
39Vickie Monahan (USA) Expo Wheelmen0:06:33
40Emily Flynn (Can) Tommy & Lefebvre Cycling0:06:46
41Giulia Righi (Ita) Central Wheel0:07:07
42Rebecca Wellons (USA) Seaside Cycle0:07:45
43Deirdre Smith (USA)0:07:52
44Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax
45Becca Schepps (USA) CRCA/Innervation Fitness/Stan's NoTubes
46Jocelyn Mauldin (USA) NEBC p/b Cycle Loft
47Christine Fort (USA) pedalpowertraining.com
48Patricia Dowd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com

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