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Back-to-back wins for Van Gilder

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Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) leads the pack on the first lap.

Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) leads the pack on the first lap. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) makes it 2 for 2 this weekend in Northampton

Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) makes it 2 for 2 this weekend in Northampton (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), and Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) are what remains of that front group

Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), and Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) are what remains of that front group (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) motors away from the front group

Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) motors away from the front group (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Arley Kemmerer (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) has bridged to Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing), the two would dangle just behind the front group for most of the race

Arley Kemmerer (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) has bridged to Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing), the two would dangle just behind the front group for most of the race (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Sally Annis (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com) leads the front group

Sally Annis (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com) leads the front group (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles)

Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes)

Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes) (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com) recovered form the previous day's crash and would finish 2nd on the day

Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com) recovered form the previous day's crash and would finish 2nd on the day (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing) leaves the chase group in pursuit of the front group

Christina Tamilio (Ladies First Racing) leaves the chase group in pursuit of the front group (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Almost from the gun a group of five left the elite women's field for the day: Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes), Sally Annis (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), and Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing)

Almost from the gun a group of five left the elite women's field for the day: Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles), Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes), Sally Annis (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), and Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) regains the lead of the Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series

Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) regains the lead of the Verge New England Championship Cyclocross Series (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Elite Women's Podium, Left to Right: Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes), Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing)

Elite Women's Podium, Left to Right: Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com/pedalpower.com), Laura Van Gilder (C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes), Andrea Smith (Ladies First Racing) (Image credit: Dave Chiu)
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Teammates Sally Annis and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) were pleased with fifth and second, respectively.

Teammates Sally Annis and Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) were pleased with fifth and second, respectively. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) won the sprint for second from the front.

Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) won the sprint for second from the front. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) notches another impressive victory.

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) notches another impressive victory. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b JRA Cycles) powered into fourth on the day.

Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b JRA Cycles) powered into fourth on the day. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Early on, Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) attacked repeatedly, but Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) wouldn’t let her get away.

Early on, Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) attacked repeatedly, but Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) wouldn’t let her get away. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) comes through the dog leg.

Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) comes through the dog leg. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) gets ready for the off-camber ride-up.

Sally Annis (crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles) gets ready for the off-camber ride-up. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Rebecca Wellons (Pedro’s) began to find her form.

Rebecca Wellons (Pedro’s) began to find her form. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) speeds through the hurdles.

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) speeds through the hurdles. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Arley Kemmerer (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) had a solid sixth place on the day.

Arley Kemmerer (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) had a solid sixth place on the day. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) pushes through a turn.

Laura Van Gilder (C3/Athletes Serving Athletes) pushes through a turn. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) handles a bend.

Maureen Bruno-Roy (Bob’s Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles) handles a bend. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)
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The Women’s Podium (L to R) – Bresnick-Zocchi, Van Gilder, Smith.

The Women’s Podium (L to R) – Bresnick-Zocchi, Van Gilder, Smith. (Image credit: Natalia Boltukhova/Pedal Power Photography)

Laura Van Gilder (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) took a second solo victory of the weekend at the C2 Cycle-Smart International held at Look Park in Northampton, Massachusetts. In the 20th edition of the event, the UCI world points leader rode away from a small lead group to take the win ahead of Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (Crossresults.com) in second and Andrea Smith (LadiesFirst Racing) in third.

"I'm very pleased and felt that I rode a solid race and that my skills were really there today," Van Gilder said. "I feel like people were looking to beat me, sort of like I had a bulls eye on me and so no victory comes easily for me. I'm pleased with how I'm riding and being able to test myself with each race this season."

"The promoters also offered equal prize money to the top places in the women's and men's field," she added. "I'm very appreciative of the promoters that are able to do that. I'm happy to support those races because they are supporting us."

The Cycle-Smart International is a member of the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross 10-round series. Sally Annis (Crossresults.com) is currently leading the overall ranking.

The UCI elite women's race quickly shook out to reveal a strong lead group of five riders in contention for the race win. The upper level of the course is known for its embedded roots that cater to the technically talented riders like pro mountain biker Bresnick-Zocchi. Others in the front group included Van Gilder, Smith, Annis and Maureen Bruno Roy (Bob's Red Mill-Seven Cycles).

"I think the course lent itself to aggressive riding," Van Gilder said. "People came out riding hungry for the win. It showed because everyone was riding really well and tried to break up the group. But everyone, at times, had a little bit of difficulty."

The course drop down to the lower half where racers contested several raised train track crossings, technical and fast twists, long straightaways and a deep sand pit that better-suited Van Gilder's riding style.

"Today I made more mistakes and bobbles than I did yesterday," Van Gilder said. "I kept my head together and regrouped after every instance. Mo really pushed the pace and so did Bresnick and Annis. I got a clean break out of the sand pit and was clear for the last lap and a quarter."

Van Gilder gain several second exiting the sand pit forcing Bresnick-Zocchi, Annis and Smith to chase. She increased her lead on the final lap securing her second victory of the weekend. Bresnick-Zocchi lead the chase all the way into the finish line for second place on the day ahead of Smith and Bruno-Roy.

Full Results
1Laura Van Gilder (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:39:49
2Sara Bresnick-Zocchi (USA) Crossresults.Com-Pedalpowercoaching.com0:00:05
3Andrea Smith (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:00:06
4Maureen Bruno Roy (USA) Bob's Red Mill p/b Seven Cycles
5Sally Annis (USA) crossresults.com p/b JRA Cycles0:00:29
6Arley Kemmerer (USA) C3 - Athletes Serving Athletes0:01:04
7Carolyn Popovic (USA) PAValleys.com0:01:12
8Christina Tamilio (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:13
9Linnea Koons (USA) Embrocation Cycling Journal0:01:27
10Nikki Thiemann (USA) Team CF0:01:35
11Rebecca Wellons (USA) Pedro's0:01:47
12Rebecca Blatt (USA) Silverbull Central Wheel0:01:55
13Anna Barensfeld (USA) LadiesFirst Racing0:01:57
14Sarah Kaufmann (USA) elete/Roaring Mouse0:02:33
15Arielle Filiberti (USA) Specialized D4 Women p/b Bicycle Haus0:02:39
16Marilyn Ruseckas (USA) Seven Cycles/NoTubes/FitWerx
17Sarah Krzysiak (USA) NYCross.com / CBRC0:02:59
18Cassandra Maximenko (USA) silverbull centralwheel0:03:00
19Catherine Sterling (USA) Bikeman.com0:03:43
20Laura Ralston (GBr) MIT0:03:48
21Bryna Nestor (USA)0:03:53
22Amy Cutler (USA) Team EPS-CSS p/b Brielle Cyclery0:04:20
23Jena Greaser (USA) Colavita Racing0:04:32
24Patricia Dowd (USA) Team Delphine0:04:42
25Jessica Hayes Conroy (USA) North American Velo0:05:08

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