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Van Gilder wins NBX Gran Prix opener

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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) taking the win in Warwick.

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) taking the win in Warwick.
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The race officials were bundled up due to the frigid weather.

The race officials were bundled up due to the frigid weather.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) racing in third position.

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) racing in third position.
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) about to enter the last stretch of pavement.

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) about to enter the last stretch of pavement.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) nailing down third place ahead of Crystal Anthony.

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) nailing down third place ahead of Crystal Anthony.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes).
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Young Ellen Noble appeared to have a halo while warming up in her tent.

Young Ellen Noble appeared to have a halo while warming up in her tent.
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Crystal Anthony and Frances Morrisison in the staging area.

Crystal Anthony and Frances Morrisison in the staging area.
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Nobody is quite sure how many hundreds of races Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) has won.

Nobody is quite sure how many hundreds of races Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) has won.
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Elite Women’s start.

Elite Women’s start.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes the hole shot.

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes the hole shot.
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Natasha Elliott (Stevens Racing P/B The Cyclery) running the beach.

Natasha Elliott (Stevens Racing P/B The Cyclery) running the beach.
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Lori Cooke (Cycle Lodge) leading a group of women down the beach.

Lori Cooke (Cycle Lodge) leading a group of women down the beach.
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Anna Barensfeld (PedalPowerTraining.com) sprinting over the barriers.

Anna Barensfeld (PedalPowerTraining.com) sprinting over the barriers.
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Cassandra Maximenko’s long legs made the barriers look short (Silverbull/Bones/Thule).

Cassandra Maximenko’s long legs made the barriers look short (Silverbull/Bones/Thule).
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven) on her way to an 8th-place finish.

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven) on her way to an 8th-place finish.
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) with two laps to go.

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) with two laps to go.
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Rebecca Wellons (Seaside Cycles) trying to make a comeback from a leg injury.

Rebecca Wellons (Seaside Cycles) trying to make a comeback from a leg injury.
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) chasing Van Gilder.

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) chasing Van Gilder.
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) with the race lead.

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) with the race lead.
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Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing) running the beach.

Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing) running the beach.
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Catherine Sterling (Bikeman.com).

Catherine Sterling (Bikeman.com).
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) is one of the race favorites.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) is one of the race favorites.
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) is having her best cyclocross season.

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) is having her best cyclocross season.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes the hole shot.

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) takes the hole shot.
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Elite Women head uphill at the start.

Elite Women head uphill at the start.
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) leading on the beach run.

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) leading on the beach run.
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) trying to stay with the leaders.

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) trying to stay with the leaders.
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven) watching the road racers get away in the fast conditions.

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill-Seven) watching the road racers get away in the fast conditions.
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Rebecca Wellons (Seaside Cycle) on the run-up from the beach.

Rebecca Wellons (Seaside Cycle) on the run-up from the beach.
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) leading Arley Kemmerer over the barriers.

Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) leading Arley Kemmerer over the barriers.
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Elite Women chasing the leaders on lap two.

Elite Women chasing the leaders on lap two.
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Riders had to deal with a long section of beach along the ocean.

Riders had to deal with a long section of beach along the ocean.
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) chasing Elle Anderson on lap two.

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) chasing Elle Anderson on lap two.
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Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull/Bones/Thule) on her way to a top five finish.

Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull/Bones/Thule) on her way to a top five finish.
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) racing with the leaders on lap two.

Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) racing with the leaders on lap two.
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Brittlee Bowman (PedalPowerTraining.com) leaving the beach.

Brittlee Bowman (PedalPowerTraining.com) leaving the beach.
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) running along the ocean.

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) running along the ocean.
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Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull/Bones/Thule) leading Bruno-Roy, Kemmerer, and Anthony on the beach run.

Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull/Bones/Thule) leading Bruno-Roy, Kemmerer, and Anthony on the beach run.
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Mellow Mushroom’s Laura Van Gilder was able to sneak away from Elle Anderson (LadiesFirst Racing) to win Saturday’s UCI C2 event with C3 – Athletes Serving Athletes’Arley Kemmerer finishing in 3rd place.

Van Gilder and Anderson escaped early from a lead group that included Kemmerer, Crystal Anthony (CyclocrossWorld.com), Cassandra Maximenko (Silverbull/Bones/Thule) and Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles).

Van Gilder and Anderson worked together for the majority of the raceto maintain their gap over the four chasers until Van Gilder opened up a small gap over Anderson on the final lap. Behind the two leaders, Kemmerer put in a strong attack in an effort to connect with the front two, and while she got close, she was never able to bridge the gap.

“She just sort of started to creep away from me,” said Anderson of Van Gilder, “and I was never able to get back to her.”

Van Gilder maintained her gap over Anderson to take the win by seven seconds, and while she didn’t connect with the leaders, Kemmerer’s attack was good enough to finish 3rd, just five seconds off Anderson. Anthony and Maximenko finished in the 4th and 5thpositions a few seconds behind Kemmerer.

“That finish is very tactical,” said Van Gilder. “I’ve seen 2nd place come around the leader on the pavement, so I wanted to get there on my own.”

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:37:46
2Elle Anderson (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:00:07
3Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0;00:12
4Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.Com0:00:16
5Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull/Bones/Thule0:00:31
6Natasha Elliott (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:00:36
7Julie Lafreniere (Can) Xprezo-Borsao0:00:39
8Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:00:43
9Mary McConneloug (USA) Kenda-Seven-Notubes0:01:16
10Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:01:26
11Brittlee Bowman (USA) Pedalpowertraining.com0:01:30
12Jenny Ives (USA) Favata Trt-Unovelo Cross Team
13Anna Barensfeld (USA) Pedalpowertraining.com0:01:41
14Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:02:21
15Christina Birch (USA) Jam Fund / NCC / Vittoria0:02:22
16Frances Morrison (USA) Jam Fund / NCC / Vittoria0:02:43
17Marian Jamison (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:02:50
18Sally Annis (USA) Pedalpowertraining.com0:03:07
19Allyson Tufano (USA) Sportif Coaching Group/Bpb0:03:09
20Bailey Semian (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-Proairhfa0:03:18
21Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:03:42
22Christina Tamilio (USA) Ladiesfirst Racing0:03:45
23Jennifer Tillman (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:03:47
24Michelle Bishop (USA) North Point Women's Racing0:03:56
25Rebecca Wellons (USA) Seaside Cycle0:04:39
26Maghalie Rochette (Can) Powerwatts-Fttime0:04:50
27Ana Sirianni (USA) Hup United0:05:07
28Melissa Lafleur (USA) Bonk! Support0:06:01
29Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:06:18
30Sara Wisner (USA) Ten200:07:10
31Abigail Isolda (USA) Nycross.com p/b Vomax0:07:19
32Jordan Dubé (USA) Mad Alchemy/ Verge Rider Cooperativ0:07:57
33Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita/Espnw Nj0:08:37
DNFJoanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com
DNFElizabeth Lukowski (USA) Nycross.com p/b Vomax

 

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