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McConneloug adds yet another victory

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Mary McConneloug fights off Andrea Smith for another victory and a New England Verge Title.

Mary McConneloug fights off Andrea Smith for another victory and a New England Verge Title.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Van Guilder on the sandy descent en route to taking third place.

Van Guilder on the sandy descent en route to taking third place.
(Image credit: Paul Weiss)
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Sally Annis (Hub Racing) pursued by Linnea Koons (October Factory Racing).

Sally Annis (Hub Racing) pursued by Linnea Koons (October Factory Racing).
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Allison Snooks (Minuteman Road Club) crashes on a descent.

Allison Snooks (Minuteman Road Club) crashes on a descent.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Teammates Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), left, and Anna Barensfeld post-race.

Teammates Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club), left, and Anna Barensfeld post-race.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) takes the early lead.

Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) takes the early lead.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Ann D'ambruoso (Minuteman Road Club)

Ann D'ambruoso (Minuteman Road Club)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club) powers her way through the sand.

Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club) powers her way through the sand.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club) on the sandy run-up.

Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club) on the sandy run-up.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Emma Bast (Cycle-Smart/NCC)

Emma Bast (Cycle-Smart/NCC)
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Cycle-Smart teammates Frances Morrison, left, and Emma Bast.

Cycle-Smart teammates Frances Morrison, left, and Emma Bast.
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Race winner Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), left, congratulates runner-up Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).

Race winner Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), left, congratulates runner-up Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Race leader Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) is followed by Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).

Race leader Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) is followed by Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club).
(Image credit: Natalia McKittrick, Pedal Power Photography, 2009)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) tackles the run-up.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) tackles the run-up.
(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)

Dry skies with bright sunshine, temperatures in the high 30s and a soft breeze in off the bay were ideal conditions for this classic season ending race. At the end of the day, Mary McConneloug (Kenda / Seven / No Tubes) came away with a race finale win and a series win in the 2009 Verge New England Cyclo-Cross Series.

In contrast to yesterday's course, today racers met the beach twice including once at the beginning of a run-up. Also reintroduced from last year was a section of course affectionately known as "the gut" which is a series of 180-degree turns with soft, sandy corners and plenty of roots.

The elite women's race broke up quickly from the gun, with a two-woman lead group of Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) and McConneloug. Behind them were Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes), Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club) and Gesa Bruechmann (Stevens Racing). While Smith and McConneloug were matching each other move for move, Van Gilder shed Barensfeld who, in turn, shed Bruechmann. It was not until the final lap that McConneloug was able to make a decisive move on Smith, opening a gap just large enough to cruise through the finish line and relish her sixth consecutive victory.

With her victory, McConneloug took the overall series victory for the first time since 2004. Smith's second place gave her a final series placing of third, behind the absent Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing). Also absent was Natasha Elliott (Garneau/Club Chaussure/Ogilvy) whose great early season gave her fourth overall. Fifth in the series and eleventh for the day was Amanda Carey (Kenda/trainwitheric.com).

Results

Elite Women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary McConneloug (KENDA-Seven-NoTubes)0:42:43
2Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club)0:00:09
3Laura Van Gilder (C3 Athletes Serving Athletes)0:01:21
4Anna Barensfeld (Minuteman Road Club)0:01:34
5Gesa Bruechmann (Stevens Racing Team)0:02:12
6Anna Milkowski (BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / IF)0:02:21
7Linnea Koons (October Factory Racing)0:02:26
8Ann D'ambruoso (Minuteman Road Club)0:02:48
9Sally Annis (Hub Racing)0:03:10
10Rebecca Blatt (US Army/ Central Wheel)
11Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com)0:03:20
12Christina Tamilio (Minuteman Road Club)0:03:24
13Perri Mertens (Embrocation Cycling Journal / Mad Alchemy)0:03:28
14Crystal Anthony (Minuteman Road Club)0:04:07
15Emma Bast (Cycle-Smart / NCC)0:04:18
16Frances Morrison (Cycle-Smart/NCC)
17Natalia Gardiol (Cambridge Bicycle / Igleheart Frames)0:05:37
18Bryna Nestor (Anthem Sports)0:05:42
19Sara Cushman (Gearworks/Spinarts)0:05:53
20Emily Curry (Joe's Garage)0:06:23
21Lesley Chown (Handlebars CC)0:08:27
22Allison Snooks (Minuteman Road Club)0:09:14

Overall Series
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mary Mcconneloug (Kenda-Seven-Notubes)550pts
2Maureen Bruno Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles)524
3Andrea Smith (Minuteman Roadclub)465
4Natasha Elliott (Garneau Club Chaussure Ogilvy)415
5Amanda Carey (Kenda/Trainwitheric.com)373

 

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