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McConneloug holds off Anthony to win Cycle-Smart International

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Elite Women’s Podium (L to R) Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) 2nd, Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) 1st, Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) 3rd

Elite Women’s Podium (L to R) Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) 2nd, Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) 1st, Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) 3rd
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Pink tires seemed to be all the rage today

Pink tires seemed to be all the rage today
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Catherine Sterling (Bikeman.com) chasing Ellen Noble on the run-up

Catherine Sterling (Bikeman.com) chasing Ellen Noble on the run-up
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Karin Holmes (Riverside Racing) on the steep, loose run-up

Karin Holmes (Riverside Racing) on the steep, loose run-up
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) on the stairs in third place

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) on the stairs in third place
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Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) racing solidly in fourth place

Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) racing solidly in fourth place
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Natasha Elliot (The Cyclery) running the steps in the top ten racers

Natasha Elliot (The Cyclery) running the steps in the top ten racers
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) sprinting up the steepest run-up

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) sprinting up the steepest run-up
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) at the top of the run-up

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) at the top of the run-up
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) had third place for the entire race

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) had third place for the entire race
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) out for a day in the woods

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) out for a day in the woods
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) and Crystal Anthony put on quite a show

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) and Crystal Anthony put on quite a show
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New Englander Adam Craig watching the women’s race

New Englander Adam Craig watching the women’s race
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) warming up before the race

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) warming up before the race
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Elite Women’s front row

Elite Women’s front row
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) with the race lead on lap one

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) with the race lead on lap one
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) on the stairs

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) on the stairs
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) approaching the stairs

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) approaching the stairs
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Elite Women running the stairs

Elite Women running the stairs
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Cyrstal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) stumbles on the run-up

Cyrstal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) stumbles on the run-up
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Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) on the steep run-up

Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) on the steep run-up
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Colavita teammates on one of the run-ups

Colavita teammates on one of the run-ups
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) descending on the drops

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) descending on the drops
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) at the railroad crossing

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) at the railroad crossing
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Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) jumping the railroad tracks

Anna Barensfeld (Pedalpowertraining.com) jumping the railroad tracks
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Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) leads a group over the railroad crossing

Frances Morrison (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) leads a group over the railroad crossing
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) edges out Crystal Anthony for the win

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) edges out Crystal Anthony for the win
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Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) takes fourth place

Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) takes fourth place
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Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) and Cassandra Maimenko (Silverbull) sprinting to the line

Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) and Cassandra Maimenko (Silverbull) sprinting to the line
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) chasing McConneloug

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) chasing McConneloug
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Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) riding on one of the paved paths

Sally Annis (Pedalpowertraining.com) riding on one of the paved paths
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Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) running the stairs

Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall) running the stairs
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Women running the uphill stairs

Women running the uphill stairs
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A properly dressed course crossing guard

A properly dressed course crossing guard
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Elite Women’s start led out by Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)

Elite Women’s start led out by Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes)
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Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading Crystal Anthony on lap one

Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-NoTubes) leading Crystal Anthony on lap one
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Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) trying to recover from a couple spills

Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) trying to recover from a couple spills
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Erika Yozell (South Mountain Cycles) riding some pavement

Erika Yozell (South Mountain Cycles) riding some pavement
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It was a gorgeous day for bike racing in New England

It was a gorgeous day for bike racing in New England
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In the women’s race, Mary McConneloug (Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes)and Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) were in a league of their own, establishing a sizable gap over the rest of the field in the first lap. They went on to finish first and second with Anna Barensfield (pedalpowertraining.com) taking third.

McConneloug and Anthony traded the lead ahead of a solo chasing Barensfeld for most of the race and just when it looked like a sprint finish was imminent, Anthony dropped her chain with two laps remaining. It was this little mistake that would give McConneloug the small gap she needed to win.

Anthony charged hard for the last lap and it looked like she might overtake McConneloug, but in the end McConneloug’s flawless performance brought her to the line one second ahead of Anthony and another 50 seconds ahead of Barensfeld.

“I was able to just make up a few seconds here and there,” said McConneloug of her race, “and that’s what cyclo-cross is all about.”

Full Results
1Mary McConneloug (USA) Team Kenda/Seven/Notubes0:39:52
2Crystal Anthony (USA) Cyclocrossworld.com0:00:01
3Anna Barensfeld (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:00:50
4Évelyne Blouin (Can) Ride With Rendall0:01:11
5Jenny Ives (USA) Favata TRT-Unovelo cross team0:01:22
6Sally Annis (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:01:27
7Cassandra Maximenko (USA) Silverbull targettraining
8Frances Morrison (USA) J.A.M. Fund/NCC
9Natasha Elliott (Can) The Cyclery0:01:31
10Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:50
11Brittlee Bowman (USA) pedalpowertraining.com0:01:54
12Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com
13Christina Birch (USA) JAM/NCC/Vittoria0:02:24
14Kathleen Lysakowski (USA) Cycle Lodge0:02:33
15Ellen Noble (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective0:02:37
16Molly Hurford (USA) Colavita/Espn-W0:02:41
17Stacey Barbossa (USA) Colavita/espnW NJ0:02:42
18Lori Cooke (USA) Cycle Lodge0:03:21
19Marian Jamison (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:26
20Nancy Labbe-Giguere (Can) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:31
21Bailey Semian (USA) Pure Energy Cycling-ProAirHFA0:03:36
22Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) NYCross.com p/b VOmax0:03:38
23Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:03:39
24Vickie Monahan (USA) Expo Wheelmen0:03:40
25Kathleen Wulfkuhle (USA) C3-Athletes Serving Athletes0:03:41
26Karin Holmes (USA) Riverside Racing
27Joanne Grogan (USA) Cyclocrossracing.com0:04:03
28Lauri Webber (USA) Wooden Wheels Racing
29Deirdre Smith (USA) B2C2 p/b Boloco0:04:54
30Erica Yozell Miller (USA) South Mountain Cycles0:05:02
31Giulia Righi (Ita) Central Wheel0:05:04
32Cait Dooley (USA) Geekhouse Bikes0:05:08
33Jocelyn Mauldin (USA) NEBC p/b Cycle Loft0:05:26
34Lauren Kling (USA) New England Athletic Cyclocross0:08:13

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