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McConneloug cruises to another win

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McConneloug had all the attributes of a gazelle as she galloped to victory.

McConneloug had all the attributes of a gazelle as she galloped to victory.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Laura Van Guilder chases second place in the elite women's race.

Laura Van Guilder chases second place in the elite women's race.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Mary McConneloug on her way to another victory.

Mary McConneloug on her way to another victory.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Mary McConneloug wins again during a successful season thus far.

Mary McConneloug wins again during a successful season thus far.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), left, and Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) battle for second place.

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), left, and Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) battle for second place.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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A fan sporting a gorilla suit watches the elite women's race.

A fan sporting a gorilla suit watches the elite women's race.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Linnea Koons (October Factory Racing) finished the day in eighth place.

Linnea Koons (October Factory Racing) finished the day in eighth place.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Race winner Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Race winner Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames)

Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy)

Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy) on the beach.

Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy) on the beach.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) shoulders her bike while running the beach section.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) shoulders her bike while running the beach section.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) en route to a second place finish.

Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) en route to a second place finish.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)

The final weekend of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series got underway in Warwick, Rhode Island with the NBX Grand Prix of Cross. A steady rain on top of an already soft, rooty and sinuous course gave a definite advantage to riders with finesse and bike-handling ability. At the outset of the day, many of the series titles were up for grabs, and the the day's racing reflected that with great competitions from the beginning to the end including shares of victory and heartbreak.

Once again, Kenda/Seven/NoTubes racer Mary McConneloug dominated the UCI elite women's category. Her decision to stay stateside this fall and race cyclo-cross has paid dividends as her victory today puts her within 35 points of the absent Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing). McConneloug's win extends her streak to five, having swept the Cycle-Smart International and Bay State Cyclocross weekends.

All she will need on Sunday is a fifth place to take the series title home with her. Behind McConneloug, Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes) picked up her third silver medal of the series. Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) came back from a tough day last Sunday and finished third, also moving into third in the series.

Results

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda-Seven-NoTubes0:42:38
2Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 Athletes Serving Athletes0:00:32
3Andrea Smith (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:00:51
4Anna Barensfeld (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:01:27
5Gesa Brickman (Can) Stevens Racing Team0:01:39
6Ann D'Ambruoso (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:01:57
7Sally Annis (USA) Hub Racing0:02:11
8Linnea Koons (USA) October Factory Racing
9Rebecca Wellons (USA) Team Plan C0:02:17
10Perri Mertens (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy0:02:36
11Amanda Carey (USA) Kenda/Trainwitheric.com0:02:46
12Rebecca Blatt (USA) US Army/ Central Wheel0:03:15
13Frances Morrison (USA) Cycle-Smart/NCC0:03:24
14Anna Milkowski (USA) BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / IF0:03:35
15Christina Tamilio (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:45
16Crystal Anthony (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:03:56
17Allison Snooks (USA) Minuteman Road Club0:04:42
18Karin Holmes (USA) Sunapee S&W0:04:52
19Emma Bast (USA) Cycle-Smart / NCC0:05:08
20Bryna Nestor (USA) Anthem Sports0:05:16
21Natalia Gardiol (USA) Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames0:06:54
22Anna McLoon (USA) Harvard University Cycling Association0:07:23
23Clara Kelly (USA) NEBC/Devonshire Dental
DNFLesley Chown (Can) Handlebars CC

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