NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts (VN) — Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) swept the Cycle-Smart International weekend on Sunday as Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) took the women’s victory over Saturday’s winner Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven).
The second day of the 22nd Cycle-Smart International unfolded under clear blue skies on a fantastic New England autumn day. The dry, fast course offered racers plenty of wide, sweeping turns, some power sections and a long run-up. And the trademark course layout, with its lower fields and more technical upper deck, let spectators see most of the action from one central vantage point.
In the elite women’s race a group of six immediately broke from the field, including Anthony, McConneloug, Anna Barensfeld (Pedal Power), Arley Kemmerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes) and Evelyne Blouin (Ride with Rendall).
Anthony pmotored away from the others, blowing the group apart. Kemmerer was the only one able to follow, latching onto Anthony’s wheel as McConneloug sputtered.
Anthony attacked again, putting Kemmerer in difficulty, and McConneloug accelerated, catching and passing the C3 rider. But she couldn’t catch Anthony, who rode to a clean victory, with McConneloug second and Kemmerer third.
“I tried to be patient in the corners, but stay on the gas. I knew Mary was right there,” said Anthony.
The men’s contest saw Powers in the lead through the first twists and turns on the course, with Dylan McNicholas (Cyclocrossworld.com), Jeremy Durrin (JAM Fund-NCC), Adam Craig, Mike Garrigan (Stage-Race-Blacksmith Cycle) and Raphael Gagne (Rocky Mountain Factory).
Justin Lindine (Redline) bridged to the lead group only to crash and have to chase back once again. Powers covered attacks from Gagne and Craig, but when Lindine jumped after returning to the leaders it was his attack that put real pressure on the group.
Powers and Craig fought back to Lindine’s wheel as McNicholas led a chase group.
Exhausted from chasing, Lindine finally fell off the pace and it was Powers and Craig battling though the final corners of the last lap. Powers hit the pavement first to take the win, with Craig just behind for second and Lindine putting in a tremendous ride for third.
“Winning today was incredible. I was getting a lot of motivation from my family and the cyclocross community here, so it means a lot to me to win both days,” said Powers.
Powers holds a solid lead in the Shimano New England Pro Cyclocross Series, while McConneloug took over top spot in the women’s division. The series will conclude December 1-2 at the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Warwick, Rhode Island.