Martin, Noble open NBX Gran Prix with wins

On a course lauded as the best in New England, the first day of the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclo-cross got underway in Warwick, Rhode Island's Goddard Park today. Round 5 of the Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series presented by Stan's NoTubes and Cycle-Smart, each one of the day's races was action-packed as racers fought for Series points in this final weekend of the 2015 Series.

In addition to its place as a favorite among racers, NBX is a quintessential New England race course. The race carves its way through challenging, rugged terrain against the scenic backdrop of Greenwich Bay. A successful race in Warwick today required finesse through rooty turns, skill in sand, and the fitness to sprint through the long sand runs the NBX course is famous for.

In the Elite Women's race, fans anticipated a duel between Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) and Emma White ( -- both U23 racers, and both among the best in the country. Noble wears the Series leader's jersey in both the U23 and overall women's categories, and hopes to end the weekend with the Series win, while White hopes to overtake the crown. The two opened a gap almost immediately, leaving Arley Kemmerer (Level Eleven Racing p/b PB2) and Jena Greaser (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) to chase.

White launched an early attack and shook Noble, eventually gaining a gap of almost twenty seconds. Greaser shook Kemmerer and was alone in the chase, closing in on Noble, when White suffered a mechanical and had to pit. Noble caught and passed White, reversing the roles of the hunter and the hunted. Kemmerer surged from her fourth-place spot to catch Greaser, the two working together to reel in the two leaders, but the young racers were just too strong. Noble took the win, solidifying her Series lead, with White hot on her heels for second. A battle for third resulted in Kemmerer outsprinting Greaser in the final stretch. 

The Elite Men were up next. The overall men's leader's jersey was up for grabs, since Raphael Gagne has now set his sights on next year's World Cup mountain bike season. Next in line for the crown were Anthony Clark (Squid Bikes) and Curtis White (Cannondale p/b, and both were ready to throw down to claim the jersey today.

U23 Series leader Scott Smith (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) led the charge onto the course, with Clark, White, Jeremy Martin (Louis Garneau), and Dylan McNicholas (Polartec) in tow. Clark raced determinedly, working to open a gap with Martin and White. McNicholas caught on, but the course claimed another victim in the White family: Curtis was forced to the pit for a new bike, falling back to a chase group just as the lead group was snapping into action. White was unable to bridge back in the short time remaining. In the final few corners, with the group still together, McNicholas went down in a corner with Clark behind him, allowing Martin to escape. Martin claimed the win, with Clark second. Jack Kisseberth broke away from the chase group to claim the final podium spot.

Clark's finish earned him the Series leader's jersey, and Smith held onto his lead in the U23 men's category. Clark will work to retain his Series lead tomorrow, the final day of the 2015 Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series presented by Stan's NoTubes and Cycle-Smart. Awards in fifteen categories of racing will be presented in a closing ceremony after the completion of the Elite races.

Elite Men

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jeremy Martin (Can) Louis Garneau1:05:32
2Anthony Clark (USA) Squid Bikes0:00:02
3Jack Kisseberth (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:00:13
4Ben Frederick (USA) beyondCX0:00:14
5Dylan Mcnicholas (USA) POLARTEC0:00:35
6Curtis White (USA) Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:39
8Scott Smith (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:01:23
10Alec Donahue (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:02:56
11Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:33
12Adam St. germain (USA) NEXT-BMB0:04:06
13Gerald Adasavage (USA) Hudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing0:04:13
14Kyle Murphy (USA) Hudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing0:04:16
15Patrick Collins (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:04:18
16Charles Berhtram (USA) Team CuppowRow 15 - Cell 2
17Michael Mihalik (USA) Jmac Cycling/Novacare0:04:44
18Nicolas Catlin (USA) Sherpa0:04:45
19Ian Keough (USA) Keough Cyclocross0:04:49
20Andrew Lints (USA) RIT Cycling0:04:58
21Tim Ratta (USA) Barks X Wreck Adventure Club0:05:14
22Evan Murphy (USA) Hudson/Ludwig & Larsen Racing0:05:24
23Matthew Sousa (USA) Team Cuppow0:05:28
24Aaron Oakes (USA) NYCROSS p/b Craft0:05:39
25Chris Field (USA) Essex County Velo0:05:43
26Benjamin Grenier (USA) Rancourt & Co. Cycling0:05:47
27Michael Landry (USA) Yale0:05:53
28Scott Fitzgerald (NZl) Photon Racing p/b Engineered Assemb0:05:58
29Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com0:06:57
30Case Butler (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:06:59
31Adam Sullivan (USA) Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge0:07:04
32David Berg (USA) Dartmouth College0:07:28
33Ian Schon (USA) Team Cuppow0:07:29
34Brad Smith (USA) The Drifters0:07:37
35Tim Willis (USA) King Kog0:07:46
36Peter Striegel (USA) UVM Cycling0:08:24
37Cory Small (USA) UVM Cycling0:08:49
38Andrew Mcgowan (USA) C3-Twenty20 Cycling0:09:23
39Pete Macleod (USA) BARFLY0:09:34
40Matthew Erchull (USA) KindHuman-CycleSmartRow 39 - Cell 2
41Nolan Garon (USA) Wentworth Institute of TechnologyRow 40 - Cell 2
42Ford Murphy (USA) Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeRegRow 41 - Cell 2
DQJesse Keough (USA) Keough CyclocrossRow 42 - Cell 2
DNFMatt Timmerman (USA) CannondaleRow 43 - Cell 2
DNFAndrew Reimann (USA) Cyclocross Magazine RacingRow 44 - Cell 2
DNFIan Gielar (USA) Rochester Institute of TechnologyRow 45 - Cell 2
DNFAustin Skomra (USA) Cycle-Smart Grassroots TeamRow 46 - Cell 2
DNFKurt Belhumeur (USA)Row 47 - Cell 2
DNFAJ Moran (USA) GREEN LINE VELO driven by ZipcarRow 48 - Cell 2
DNFChristian Favata (USA) TRT BICYCLESRow 49 - Cell 2
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Keough CyclocrossRow 50 - Cell 2
DNFPeter Goguen (USA) RACE CFRow 51 - Cell 2

Elite Women

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ellen Noble (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:50:53
2Emma White (USA) Cyclocrossworld Devo Team0:00:11
3Arley Kemmerer (USA) Level Eleven Racing p/b PB20:00:28
4Jena Greaser (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:00:29
5Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Joe's Garage CX p/b BikeReg0:01:35
6Kate Northcott (USA) West Hill Shop0:02:13
8Stacey Barbossa (USA) MidAtlantic Colavita Women's Team0:02:56
9Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:03:09
10Jenny Ives (USA) Verge Test Pilot/Jamis0:03:36
11Jessica Duppler (USA) Colonial Bicycle Company0:03:48
12Joanne Grogan (USA) NEXT-BMB0:03:54
13Erin Faccone (USA) Team Averica0:04:00
14Regina Legge (USA) GREEN LINE VELO driven by ZipcarRow 13 - Cell 2
15Ruby West (Can) Centurion Next Wave0:04:30
16Roni Vetter (USA) State 9 Racing p/b Vittoria0:04:32
17Anna Dingman (USA) TRT Bicycles0:04:35
18Katina Walker (USA) Park Ave. Bike Shop0:04:55
19Leslie Timm (USA) ladies first racing0:05:16
20Bryna Blanchard (USA) North American Velo0:05:21
21Natasja Brooijmans (USA) GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar0:05:28
22Melissa Seib (USA) UVM Cycling0:06:13
23Julie Wright (USA) Team Averica0:06:14
24Julie Van der hoop (Can) MIT Cycling Team p/b Thoughtforms0:06:34
25Melissa Lafleur (USA) Stedman's Bicycle Co.0:08:24
26Natalie Tapias (USA) ThisTeamSavesLives0:08:53
DNFChristin Reuter (USA) crossresults.comRow 27 - Cell 2
DNFFrances Morrison (USA) C3 Twenty20 CyclingRow 28 - Cell 2


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