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Van Gilder sprints to victorious weekend in NBX Gran Prix

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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) sweeping the weekend in Warwick

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) sweeping the weekend in Warwick
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) edges Bruno-Roy at the line for 5th place

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) edges Bruno-Roy at the line for 5th place
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) racing to an impressive 9th place finish

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) racing to an impressive 9th place finish
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) about to attack Elliott and Bruno-Roy

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) about to attack Elliott and Bruno-Roy
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Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) leading Mo Bruno-Roy on the pavement

Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) leading Mo Bruno-Roy on the pavement
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading the chasers through some turns

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading the chasers through some turns
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Elite Women racing mid-pack along the ocean

Elite Women racing mid-pack along the ocean
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) chasing Kemmerer, Anderson, and Van Gilder

Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) chasing Kemmerer, Anderson, and Van Gilder
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Vickie Monahan (Expo Racing) descending out of the woods

Vickie Monahan (Expo Racing) descending out of the woods
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Elizabeth Lukowski (Nycross.com) about to hit a big descent

Elizabeth Lukowski (Nycross.com) about to hit a big descent
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading three other road racers on the front of the race

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading three other road racers on the front of the race
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) dismounting before the uphill barriers

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) dismounting before the uphill barriers
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Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) lost contact with the other chasers

Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) lost contact with the other chasers
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Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), right, takes on Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) in the final sprint

Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), right, takes on Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) in the final sprint
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), left, is rarely beaten in a sprint and she wasn'’t today

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom), left, is rarely beaten in a sprint and she wasn'’t today
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing)

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing)
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Julie Lafreniere (Xprezo-Borsao) approaching the barriers

Julie Lafreniere (Xprezo-Borsao) approaching the barriers
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) descending out of the woods with a lead

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) descending out of the woods with a lead
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) taking command of the race

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) taking command of the race
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Molly Hurford (Colavita/ESPN)

Molly Hurford (Colavita/ESPN)
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Elite Women running one of two sets of barriers

Elite Women running one of two sets of barriers
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
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Elite Women'’s start

Elite Women'’s start
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing), Arley Kemmerer, Crystal Anthony, and Anna Barensfeld at the start

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing), Arley Kemmerer, Crystal Anthony, and Anna Barensfeld at the start
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) eventually wins the hole shot

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) eventually wins the hole shot
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) running the beach on lap one

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) running the beach on lap one
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) could tie the series with a win today

Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) could tie the series with a win today
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) was having a much better outing today

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) was having a much better outing today
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Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) leading a chase group on the pavement

Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) leading a chase group on the pavement
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Abigail Isolda (Nycross.com p/b VOMAX on the pavement

Abigail Isolda (Nycross.com p/b VOMAX on the pavement
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading the race at the barriers

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading the race at the barriers
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) racing in the lead group

Crystal Anthony (Cyclcorossworld.com) racing in the lead group
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Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob'’s Red Mill-Seven) just behind the lead group

Mo Bruno-Roy (Bob'’s Red Mill-Seven) just behind the lead group
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Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Van Gilder through the sand

Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing) leading Van Gilder through the sand
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) running stride for stride with Anderson

Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) running stride for stride with Anderson
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The leaders running in deep sand

The leaders running in deep sand
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Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) leading Bruno-Roy and McConneloug through the sand

Natasha Elliott (Steven’s Racing P/B The Cyclery) leading Bruno-Roy and McConneloug through the sand
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com)

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) putting in a massive effort to reach the leaders

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) putting in a massive effort to reach the leaders
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Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom) completed the weekend sweep by narrowly winning Sunday’s UCI C2 race, the final race of the New England Shimano Pro Cyclocross Series at the NBX Gran Prix at Goddard Park in Warwick, RI. Arley Kemmerer (C3 - Athletes Serving Athlete) fought Van Gilder to the line to take second place ahead of third place finisher Crystal Anthony (CyclocrossWorld.com).

Van Gilder, Kemmerer, Anthony and Elle Anderson (LadiesFirst Racing) separated themselves from the rest of the field from the gun. Missing from the lead group were Mo Bruno Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes), and Natasha Elliott (Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery).

McConneloug pushed the pace midway through the race in an effort to bridge to the leaders, disposing of Elliott. Bruno Roy and McConneloug worked together for the remainder of the race but they were never able to get within less than 15 seconds of the lead quartet.

Halfway into the last lap, Anthony attacked on the loose, sandy uphill before the flyover but she was unable to escape from a hard-charging Van Gilder and Kemmerer. Anthony then bobbled on a remount which allowed Van Gilder and Kemmerer to come around her.

The leaders were altogether coming out of the sand for the last time, and as she had the day before, Van Gilder led the group to the last paved corner. Kemmerer put in a massive effort to come around Van Gilder and in the end the officials had to consult the finish photo to decide the winner, Laura Van Gilder. Anthony and Anderson crossed the line in 3rd and 4th place, only one second behind Van Gilder and Kemmerer.

A win would have secured the New England Shimano Pro Cyclocross Series overall title for Anthony, but she was forced to settle for 2nd place to the series’ overall winner, Helen Wyman, with her third place finish on the day.

"I tried to get away on that sandy uphill back there," said Anthony, "but it didn’t work. I was pretty gassed after that effort and I made a mistake on the remount after the logs and I lost the lead and never got it back."

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) Mellow Mushroom0:40:50
2Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
3Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:01
4Elle Anderson (USA) LadiesFirst Racing
5Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes0:00:20
6Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles0:00:21
7Natasha Elliott (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:00:48
8Maghalie Rochette (Can) PowerWatts - Fit Time0:01:36
9Frances Morrison (USA) J.A.M. Fund/NCC0:01:40
10Sally Annis (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:01:47
11Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:01:50
12Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:01:53
13Christina Birch (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:01:55
14Brittlee Bowman (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:02:19
15Julie Lafrenière (Can) Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery0:02:23
16Jenny Ives (USA) Favata TRT-Unovelo cross team0:02:35
17Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:02:44
18Anna Barensfeld (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:03:04
19Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:22
20Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:03:26
21Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:03:52
22Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax0:03:58
23Allyson Tufano (USA) Sportif Coaching Group/BPB0:04:06
24Michelle Bishop (USA) North Point Women’s Racing0:04:23
25Jennifer Tillman (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:04:36
26Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:04:44
27Vickie Monahan (USA) Expo Wheelmen0:05:05
28Bailey Semian (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA0:05:06
29Deirdre Smith (USA) Smith0:05:23
30Melissa Lafleur (USA) Bonk! Support0:06:40
31Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita/Espn-W0:06:52
32Abigail Isolda (USA) Nycross.com p/b Vomax0:06:53
33Elizabeth Allen (USA) Danielson Adventure Sports0:07:38
34Jordan Dubé (USA) Mad Alchemy/ Verge Rider Cooperativ0:09:32

 

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