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Keough claims close win over McNicholas

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Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) celebrates his victory at the Cycle-Smart International

Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) celebrates his victory at the Cycle-Smart International
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Luke Keough blasted to the victory

Luke Keough blasted to the victory
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The leaders tackle the steep run-up on the final lap.

The leaders tackle the steep run-up on the final lap.
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) with the race lead.

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) with the race lead.
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading on the steep run-up.

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading on the steep run-up.
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Justine Lindine fans making themselves known.

Justine Lindine fans making themselves known.
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Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) before winning both the U-23 and Elite races.

Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) before winning both the U-23 and Elite races.
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Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) was hoping to extend his UCI winning streak.

Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) was hoping to extend his UCI winning streak.
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Halloween decorations dotted the countryside.

Halloween decorations dotted the countryside.
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Some young racers decided to have a long-jump contest in the sand pit once the bike race concluded.

Some young racers decided to have a long-jump contest in the sand pit once the bike race concluded.
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Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) out-sprints McNicholas for the win.

Luke Keough (Champion p/b Keough Cyclocross) out-sprints McNicholas for the win.
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The Fall foliage and great weather blessed the event.

The Fall foliage and great weather blessed the event.
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Josh Dillon (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) leading a group through the sand pit.

Josh Dillon (RGM Watches-Richard Sachs) leading a group through the sand pit.
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Eric Brungger (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leading Adam Myerson.

Eric Brungger (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leading Adam Myerson.
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Adam Myerson (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) is also the promoter of this 21-yr-old event.

Adam Myerson (Smartstop/ Mock Orange Bikes) is also the promoter of this 21-yr-old event.
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Bobby Bailery (1K2GO.com) blazing through the sand.

Bobby Bailery (1K2GO.com) blazing through the sand.
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The pits were fairly quiet today.

The pits were fairly quiet today.
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Ryan Dewald (Haymarket/SEAVS) bringing a new meaning to orange.

Ryan Dewald (Haymarket/SEAVS) bringing a new meaning to orange.
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Patrick Bradley (Philadelphia Cyclocross) leading a big group up a climb.

Patrick Bradley (Philadelphia Cyclocross) leading a big group up a climb.
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RGM Watches teammates Josh Dillon and Christian Favata.

RGM Watches teammates Josh Dillon and Christian Favata.
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Series leader Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) riding in fifth position.

Series leader Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) riding in fifth position.
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Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes) on a steep, loose climb.

Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes) on a steep, loose climb.
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Keough on one of the climbs.

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leading Keough on one of the climbs.
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) on the run.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) on the run.
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Austin Pferd (Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run-up.

Austin Pferd (Cyclocrossworld.com) on the run-up.
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Andrew Wulfkule racing in tenth position.

Andrew Wulfkule racing in tenth position.
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Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/NCC) put in a late race surge.

Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund/NCC) put in a late race surge.
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Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) running the barriers.

Justine Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) running the barriers.
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Luke Keough in his native habitat – winning a sprint

Luke Keough in his native habitat – winning a sprint
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leads Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) through the barriers.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leads Luke Keough (Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross) through the barriers.
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Lindine pushes the pace down the Raleigh Ramp

Lindine pushes the pace down the Raleigh Ramp
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Lindine leads Durrin and Myerson

Lindine leads Durrin and Myerson
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McNicholas spent a lot of the day at the front

McNicholas spent a lot of the day at the front
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McNicholas leads Winterberg

McNicholas leads Winterberg
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Luke Keough drove the pace hard

Luke Keough drove the pace hard
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Townsend made lots of hard attacks

Townsend made lots of hard attacks
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Lindine heads up the chase

Lindine heads up the chase
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The Elite men’s podium (L to R): Dylan McNicholas, Luke Keough, Lukas Winterberg

The Elite men’s podium (L to R): Dylan McNicholas, Luke Keough, Lukas Winterberg
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Lindine maintains his series lead

Lindine maintains his series lead
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leads Luke Keough over the barriers.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) leads Luke Keough over the barriers.
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Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes).

Jerome Townsend (Smartstop/Mock Orange Bikes).
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Manny Goguen (Bikereg.com) rode brilliantly until he suffered some cramping.

Manny Goguen (Bikereg.com) rode brilliantly until he suffered some cramping.
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Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) could not quite close down the gap to the leaders.

Justin Lindine (Bikereg.com/ Joe’s Garage) could not quite close down the gap to the leaders.
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding in third place on lap two.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding in third place on lap two.
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leads Luke Keough down one of the descents.

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) leads Luke Keough down one of the descents.
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Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding behind McNicholas.

Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) riding behind McNicholas.
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Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) takes the hole-shot

Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) takes the hole-shot
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Elite Men’s start at Look Park in Northampton, MA.

Elite Men’s start at Look Park in Northampton, MA.
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Luke Keough leads the U23 classification

Luke Keough leads the U23 classification
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McNicholas leads through the sand

McNicholas leads through the sand
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Luke Keough (Champion System-Keough Cyclocross) nabbed a sprint victory at the UCI C2 Cycle Smart International held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. He out-paced his two all-race breakaway companions Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com) in second and Lukas Winterberg (Philadelphia Cyclocross School) in third.

“It was nice to repeat,” Keough said. “It was a fast race but groups were selected right away, the three of us got away and we ended up in a sprint. For me, it was best to wait for the sprint. I took it from the last rider and won.”

The event marked round five of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclo-cross Series that is currently led by Justin Lindine (BikeReg.com/Joe’s Garage). Lindine has dominated the New England and Mid-Atlantic cyclo-cross scenes this season. However, an untimely crash at the beginning of the race took him out of contention for the win.

Look Park’s terrain offered a perfect combination of hills, wooded single track and open grass sections. Some of the main features of the course included two steep run-ups, dual descents, a set of hurdles and rail road tracks.

“We used a steep run up in the woods and it was a great course, fast and dry which was perfect,” Keough said. “I was surprised there was not more snow, it dried up and was sunny all day.”

It was reported that Lindine slid out at the start and was forced to do much of the chasing but could not recover the time he lost to the race leaders. Keough, McNicholas and Winterberg separated themselves from the rest of the field early in the race and put forth a tactical battle to the finish line.

“I didn’t need to push it or attack during the race or anything,” Keough said. “I was confident sitting there and waiting for a sprint. The other two tried to attack me and they didn’t want it to come down to a sprint. I just tried to cover each one of them.”

 

Full results

1Luke Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross1:01:00
2Dylan McNicholas (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
3Lukas Winterberg (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:00:03
4Jeremy Durrin (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC0:00:23
5Jerome Townsend (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:00:25
6Justin Lindine (USA) Bikereg.com-Joe's Garage0:00:26
7Adam Myerson (USA) SmartStop-Mock Orange Bikes p/b Ridley0:01:21
8Jared Nieters (USA) Haymarket-Seavs Racing0:01:50
9Joshua Dillon (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs
10Daniel Chabanov (USA) RGM Watches-Richard Sachs0:01:54
11Andrew Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes
12Christian Favata (USA) RGM Watches - Richard Sachs0:01:55
13Anthony Clark (USA) J.A.M. Fund - NCC
14Ryan Dewald (USA) Haymarket-Seavs0:02:25
15Patrick Bradley (USA) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:26
16Lukas Müller (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School0:02:41
17Greg Whitney (USA) Ride Studio Café
18Synjen Marrocco (USA) Corner Cycle0:02:42
19Shawn Milne (USA) Essex County Velo - Driven by Mazda0:03:13
20David Wilcox (USA) Cycle-Smart0:03:18
21Colin Reuter (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:03:32
22Bobby Bailey (USA) 1K2GO Sports0:03:33
23Manny Goguen (USA) BikeReg.com - Joe's Garage0:03:42
24Kevin Sweeney (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:04:06
25Jesse Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross0:04:15
26Michael Wissell (USA) B2C2 - Boloco0:04:28
27Thomas Sampson (USA)0:04:45
28Joshua Thornton (USA) GG Events LLC0:04:51
29Donny Green (USA) Cycle-Smart0:05:12
30Tim Janson (USA) nycross.com0:05:18
31Stephen Pierce (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:05:19
32John Burns (USA) Burns Racing0:05:20
33Austin Pferd (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:05:28
34Hunter Pronovost (USA) Cheshire Cycle Racing - CyclistsAreNotRockstars.com0:05:32
35Adam Sullivan (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal
36Cary Fridrich (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:05:35
37Zachary Semain (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team0:07:23
38Richard Bardwell (USA) Cycle-Smart0:07:25
39Ryan Kelly (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:07:51
40Peter Hagerty (USA) Team Plan C p/b Stevens0:07:58
41Pierre Vanden Borre (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:08:01
42Michael Rea (USA) UVM Cycling-1lap
43Gunnar Bergey (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes-2laps
DNFCorey Collier (USA) Light Gives Heat-World Bicycle Relief-BOO
DNFEvan Burkhart (USA) BikeReg.com-Cannondale
DNFAdam St. Germain (USA) NBX-Circle A Cycles
DNFBen Coleman (USA) UVM Cycling
DNFEric Brungger (Swi) Philadelphia Cyclocross School
DNFLeonardo Sandoval (USA)
DNFMatthew O'Keefe (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com
DNFNicholas Keough (USA) Champion System p/b Keough Cyclocross
DNSPatrick Goguen (USA) Team CF
DNSJeffrey Bahnson (USA) Van Dessel Factory Team

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