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Cyclocross: Verge New England Championship Series # 5
 
By Christopher Fauske
Date: 10/11/2009
Cyclocross: Verge New England Championship Series # 5
 

Cyclocross: Verge New England Championship Series # 5
Katrina Nash and Tim Johnson dominate firt day of Providence Festival of Cyclocross

Providence Festival of Cyclocross
The return of cyclocross to Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI was marked by dominant performances by Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com).

Elite Women
Nash took the lead on the first lap of the race and quickly made sure that the race was going to be for second place. Mary McConneloug (Kenda-Seven-Notubes) took the silver medal with a long solo effort but was never able to get closer than ten seconds to Nash.

Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix), and Pro Women rider Meredith Miller fought it out for the third step on the podium with Dombroski opening a gap in the woods just before the finishing straight. Local favorite, Maureen Bruno-Roy (MM Racing p/b Seven Cycles) beat out Giant Bicycles rider Kelli Emmett and Minuteman Road Club rider Andrea Smith for fifth.

Elite Men
Tim Johnson showed that his shoulder is well on the mend by picking up where he left off last Sunday in Gloucester. The Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com rider took the lead on the first lap and never let off the gas, eventually taking the victory by over a minute. Not to be outdone, his teammate Jamey Driscoll took a resounding second, powering up through the field after a slow start. Champion Systems rider Christopher Jones continued his breakout season in third, pulling away from a strong chase group with two to go.

U-23 winner Jerome Townsend (BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage / IF) pulled in fourth ahead of Nicholas Weighall (California Giant), Valentin Scherz (PRO CYCLES-SCOTT-NEWWORK) and Justin Spinelli (Svelte Cycles). Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-RGM-Radix) finished 8th to maintain his overall series lead.

Elite Masterís
Johnny Bold (Corner Cycle) and Roger Aspholm (Westwood Velo) dueled at the front, leaving the rest of the race well behind them. Matched head to head, Bold was able to break away in the last wooded section of the course, pulling in nine seconds before Aspholm. In third was Jon Cariveau (Moots) from Colorado driving a hard pace to take the final podium step.

U-19 race was the prizefight of the day with a three-up battle of young New England talent. Joshua Lehmann (Sunapee/S&W/Continental Paving Racing Team) took the holeshot and eventually settled into a group with Jesse Keough (CLNoonan/KAM/Coast to Coast) and Nate Morse (CLIF BAR Development Cyclocross Team). The three duked it out as a group until Keough turned up the pressure with one to go and soloed to victory. Morse held on for second with Lehmann in third.

Top Ten, Saturday
Elite Men's Results

1. Timothy Johnson (Cannondale/cyclocrossworld.com) in 1:03:39
2. Jamey Driscoll (Bikereg.com / Cannondale) in 1:03:39
3. Christopher Jones (Champion System) in 1:05:15
4. Dan Timmerman (Richard Sachs-Rgm Watches) in 1:05:24
5. Jerome Townsend (BikeReg.com / Joe's Garage) in 1:05:43
6. Luke Keogh (Champion Systems) in 1:05:51
7. Josh Dillon (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) in 1:05:51
8. William Dugan (Richard Sachs-RGM Watches) in 1:06:05
9. Justin Robinson (California Giant) in 1:06:13
10. Davide Frattini (Fuji) in 1:06:16.

Elite Women Results
1. Katrina Nash (Luna Pro Team) in 0:42:56
2. Mary Mconneloug (Kenda-Seven-Notubes) in 0:43:18
3. Amy Dombroski (Richard Sachs/rgm Watches/radix) in 0:43:47
4. Meredith Miller (Pro Women) in 0:43:58
5. Andrea Smith (Minuteman Road Club) in 0:44:45
6. Lyne Bessette (October Factory Racing) in 0:44:45<
7. Kelli Emmett (Giant Bicycles) in 0:44:45
8. Maureen Bruno roy (Mm Racing p/b Seven Bicycles) in 0:44:45
9. Rebecca Wellons (Team Plan C) in 0:45:58
10. Amanda Carey (Kenda/trainwitheric.com) in 0:46:06

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