We strive to make GP Gloucester the best racing experience possible. One of our biggest challenges is parking. We also need to adhere to City requirements for tents and awnings. With this in mind, we’ve made some changes.
Entering Stage Fort Park
On both days, you’ll need to enter the park at the southern entrance. Follow Rt 127 south to Hough (set your GPS to 41 Hough Ave Gloucester MA). Parking attendants will be on hand to help. If the lot is full, please use the auxiliary parking at Gloucester High School (32 Leslie O Johnson Road).
We’ve moved Club Row tents right on the race course in the area we’ve traditionally placed the Beer tent and other elements of our vendor expo. Each Club Row spot will be allocated a parking spot in close proximity to the course crossing closest to Club Row.
If you purchased a Club Row spot, simply print your BIkeReg receipt or have it accessible on your phone. Show the parking attendant. You’ll be allowed access to Club Row parking.
We’ll be emailing you all individually with your Club Row tent location.
UCI Team Parking
The new parking area is in the upper parking lot just adjacent to the finish line (aka the former Club Row area). This new location is flat and more suitable for those with larger vehicles. It also allows City parking staff to better use the land in the traditional UCI parking area to get more vehicles in. If you’re arriving on Saturday or Sunday, please print your BikeReg receipt or have accessible on your phone.
Please remember, UCI team parking is for your large vehicle. A purchased UCI team parking spot does not mean that your team of 10 riders can park all their vehicles near your spot.
Open RV Parking
At the northern entrance to the park, there’s a baseball field called Boudreau Field. The parking lot for that field will be open as a first-come, first-served, parking area for RVs and other large vehicles. No overnight parking allowed.
Overflow Parking - if the Stage Fort Parking lot fills, please head north on Rt 127 and go to Gloucester High School. You can enjoy the short pedal back to the park for a little warm up.
Please arrive early for your race. It may take a little time to get you parked. When you get stressed about a missed start, it affects those around you. I know, because I spoke to the parking attendants last year. Remember they are there to help.
Nudity. Please be mindful that there are families in the park. If you’re in the southern area of the park, there are homes near the park entrance. They saw you naked last year.
Camping or sleeping at the park. Sorry, but this is prohibited.
Georgia Way, Tolman Ave and the other small streets adjacent to the southern part of Sage Fort Park are residential areas. Please don’t park there. If you see one of the residents, wave. Say hello. It will offset the yelling and curse words they heard last year from a few bad apples who parked where they shouldn’t because they were running late.
I hope you enjoy this year's Gran Prix of Gloucester.
Congratulations, these speedy fingers won the Race to Register!
Cat 4/5 Men Gary Baker
Masters 35+ 4/5 Kevin Teves
Women Cat 4 Krys Blakemore
Juniors 9-14 David Thompson
Masters 45+ Roger Cadman
Masters 55+ James Godbey
Masters 35+ Sebastian Logue
Cat 3 Women Tamara Bonn
Men Cat 3 Brad Walker
Cat 4/5 Men Matthew Rohr
Masters 35+ 4/5 Jonathan O'Keeffe
Women Cat 4 Aiyana Curry
Juniors 9-14 Cormac Rohda
Masters 45+ Christopher White
Masters 55+ Jeff Litchfield
Masters 35+ Edward Parsons
Cat 3 Women Alixanna Norris
Men Cat 3 Phillip Golden
Our partner CRAFT Sportswear will contact each of the winners.
The Race to Register
In order to perform at your highest ability no matter the weather you need to be able to manage your body temperature. That is why for the Craft Gran Prix of Gloucester, Craft Sportswear is giving away their world renowned Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Baselayer. Its ability to efficiently pull moisture away from your skin results in keeping you cool and dry. The Cool Mesh Superlight Sleeveless Baselayer performs at the highest level so you can enjoy the hard work.
First Person to Register for Craft Gran Prix of Gloucester
First Person to Register per non-UCI Category
18th Person to Register (18th Year Anniversary)
Registration for the 18th CRAFT Sportswear Gran prix of Gloucester can be found on BikeReg.com
Gran Prix of Gloucester Announces CRAFT Sportswear and Ipswich Ale Brewing as New Sponsors. SRAM Continues Support as Technical Sponsor.
FOR RELEASE 3 SEPTEMBER 2015
The Gran Prix of Gloucester is pleased to partner with CRAFT Sportswear as title sponsor and Ipswich Ale Brewing as presenting sponsor of the 2015 event. SRAM returns this year as Technical Sponsor for the race. These exciting partnerships reflect the Gran Prix of Gloucester’s longstanding connection with cycling brands as well as area businesses. The event’s appeal is broad and far-reaching as evidenced by the throngs of participants and spectators that journey to scenic Stage Fort Park every year to watch a weekend of world-class racing.
CRAFT Sportswear, a Swedish apparel manufacturer with U.S. operations based in Beverly, MA, offers custom cycling wear trusted by many road and cyclocross teams. According to Eric Schenker, CEO of CRAFT Sportswear, the partnership with this classic New England race is a logical one.
“We are thrilled to become the title sponsor of the Gran Prix of Gloucester,” says Schenker. “CRAFT Sportswear and cyclocross is a match made in heaven with our core products like Baselayer, Winter Gear and Custom Cycling apparel. We’re so fortunate to have such an iconic and prestigious race in our backyard and having partnered with the event for a number of years, it’s frankly about time we took this next step! This is our first major cycling event sponsorship in the United States and will be a great addition to our other cycling sponsorships with pro teams like ORICA Green-EDGE, BORA Argon 18, and Team Novo Nordisk, as well as the NBC Sports broadcast team of the Tour De France.”
Local brewer, Ipswich Ale Brewing, also based on Boston’s North Shore, is renowned for its innovative, seasonal craft beers. With cyclocross and beer often mentioned in the same breath, Ipswich Ale Brewing saw tremendous value in aligning with the race.
“The Gran Prix of Gloucester features cyclocross competitors from around the world, so we were thrilled when the organizers approached us wanting to showcase Ipswich Ales exclusively at the event,” says Rob Martin, Owner and President of the Ipswich Ale Brewery. “After trekking through the course, we’re confident that one of the many Ipswich Ales available will be just what the doctor ordered for participants and thirsty spectators alike. All beverages will be served from the Ipswich Ale Tapmobile, a North Shore institution in its own right. It is exciting to have them at such a prominent sporting event.”
Along with exciting new sponsors, the Gran Prix of Gloucester plans to reveal a revamped and recharged version of this classic race. This year’s courses will feature many traditional elements as well new, improved components of Stage Fort Park that the race has never utilized.
The CRAFT Sportwear Gran Prix of Gloucester Presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing will take place on September 27th and 28th. Some of the world’s best racers, along with hundreds of amateur athletes, will compete on Gloucester soil to gain points in the Verge New England Cyclocross Series. Cyclocross fans from around the globe will be able to follow live Twitter updates at @VergeNECXS, @GPGloucester, and #gpgcx. High-quality video coverage of the weekend’s races will be found on DirtWire TV (dirtwire.tv).
Our event doesn't exist without our volunteers. We are ever grateful. here are the winners of this year's raffle. We'll be distributing at the next few races and shipping to folks we don't see at the races.
Michelle Smith: SRAM CX1 group set
Tim Henninan: Zipp 30 Wheelset
Lesli Cohen: Mad Alchemy Special Edition Gloucester Embrocation
Brad Smith: Clement X’plor USH Tires
Tony Vasallo: Clement Strada Tires
Tony Fiancada: Clement X’plor MSO Tires
Greg Ralich: SRAM Slick Wire Cable Set
Rob Rolsma: Zipp Tangente Tires
Katy Driscoll: Zipp Tangente Tires
Zach Abuzza: Zipp Schwag Bag
Preston Buehrer: Pedro’s Chain Pig
Lydia Hausle: Pedro’s Prize Pack
Dan Johnson: SRAM Schwag Pack
Stuart Boyd: Hammer Schwag Bag
Phil Meyer: Zipp Tangente Tires
David Jamison: Pedro’s Chain Pig
Jenn Minery: Pedro’s pack
Lodrina Cherne: SRAM Shift/Brake set
Bill Papp: Clement X'plor Tires
Andrew Gruden: Zipp Tangete Tires
Tammy Bonn: Mad Alchemy Special Edition Gloucester Embrocation
Mike Murphy: Pedro’s Chain Pig
Laney: Clement X'Plor USH Tires
Erin Faccone: SRAM Slick Wire Cable Set
Alex Meier: Pedro's Chain Pig
9/28/2014For Immediate Release
Spectators were treated to exciting racing throughout this second day of Rapha Super Cross Gloucester as competitors battled hard in all fourteen categories of racing on a course even drier than yesterday's. After thousands of tires passed through the course yesterday, continuing throughout the day today, the ground was chewed down into sand, exposing rocks, roots, and loose corners where before there had been none. The fast course required excessive power, but racers also needed plenty of handling skills in order to remain upright through the sandy corners. The second day of the Verge New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stan's NoTubes and Cycle-Smart saw many hard-fought battles for lead in the Series competitions.
The Elite Women lit up the start, with Arley Kemmerer (PB2 Pro Cycling) speeding up the start straight to move into an early lead. Emily Zaveta (Amy D. Racing) jumped on her wheel, and Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo) quickly followed. Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) chased the group of four, but it was Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) who managed to bridge to the leaders. Mani's broken wrist makes sprint starts and standing attacks next to impossible, so her style this weekend has been to surge steadily until she catches the lead group. Kemmerer attacked and built a gap, but Mani hadn't yet finished her surge. As Maghalie Rochette (Luna Pro Team) bridged to the leaders, Mani caught Kemmerer and powered right through her. Mani continued an amazing ride to win the race despite her injury. Kemmerer's ride was decidedly strong, and she finished second. Rochette finished third after attacking the chase, claiming the U23 Women's lead in the Verge New England Cyclocross Series. Mani claimed the Elite Women's jersey in the Series from Wyman, who finished fourth today.
"Racing is really painful right now, but the huge crowd cheering today really helped me forget about the pain," said Mani of winning today and taking the Series lead - despite her injury.
Next up, the Elite Men stampeded onto the course, kicking up clouds of dust as they went. Lukas Winterberg (MG-Cycling Team) was on the attack, gaining a gap on the chase very early into the race. Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) got to Winterberg's wheel, and then yesterday's winner Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) shut down their advantage with a huge chase group on his wheel. Powers moved to the front of the group, and was soon on the attack to defend his Series lead. Winterberg, worn out from the time he spent on the front in today's heat and dust, couldn't prevent the motivated Powers from getting away. Meanwhile, Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement) attacked the chase behind Winterberg and Powers, cranking the pedals and putting major time into the shattered chase. Driscoll sped through the space between him and Winterberg, catching the Swiss rider and passing him in short time. Driscoll set his sights on Powers, who increased his pace in response to the pressure. Powers maintained his gap to win, sweeping the first weekend of Verge NECXS racing in 2014. Driscoll powered in for a well-earned second, with Winterberg behind him in third. Curtis White finished a strong fourth today to retain his U23 Men's Series lead.
9/27/2014For Immediate Release
The opening day of the 2014 Verge New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stan's NoTubes and Cycle-Smart was today's first day of racing at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester. Dry, dusty course conditions added an element of uncertainty to this fast course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Decisive features included two sets of stairs, a set of barriers, and characteristic off-camber swooping turns. The usual ocean breezes at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester were absent today, and racers faced an added challenge with summer-like heat.
A massive Elite Women's field brimming with talent and speed took the course this afternoon, led by Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing), Gabby Durrin (Team Neon Velo), Kaitie Antonneau (Twenty16 Professional Racing Team), local powerhouse Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), and Meredith Miller (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team). On a fast course like Gloucester's, the group stayed together, playing tactical games and trading attacks. Wyman controlled every attempt by her competitors to gain gaps, while the cat-and-mouse helped Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC) and Caroline Mani (Raleigh/Clement) to bridge to the leaders. A broken wrist forced Mani to race in a cast, but she seemed unperturbed by this setback, riding stronger and stronger in the heat of the afternoon. Mani, Miller, then Anthony launched attacks, but a bike tangle involving Miller and Anthony took both out of contention. Wyman and Antonneau went clear in the last lap, creating a gap the remaining chasers, Mani and Durrin, couldn't close. Although Wyman and Antonneau hit the final pavement stretch together, Wyman took the sprint. Antonneau followed for second, Durrin took third, and Mani claimed an amazing fourth despite her injury. Ellen Noble claimed the U23 women's win.
"I'm happy with fourth, especially in my condition," said Mani of her race.
Next, the Elite Men were off, kicking up clouds of dust as they stampeded through the start. Allen Krughoff (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team) grabbed the lead early on, and soon had a gap on the field. A worthy chase formed behind him, with strong contenders among the charge: Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC), Tim Johnson (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), Ben Berden (Raleigh/Clement), Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), Lukas Winterberg (MG-Cycling Team), Jonathan Page (Fuji/Spy), Curtis White (Cannondale/Cyclocrossworld), Dan Timmerman (House Industries/Simplehuman/Richard Sachs), and Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh/Clement). The group remained intact, Krughoff setting a very fast pace while Winterberg and then Hyde followed second, until Powers attacked and quickly gapped the others. Although Krughoff tried to bridge to Powers, he found himself paying for his earlier efforts. Powers' gap only grew, and, as the chase mustered to bring him back, Timmerman went away from them. Powers rolled in for a solid win, Timmerman behind him, and Berden bested teammate Driscoll for third. White won the U23 victory with a great ride. Sadly, Miller needed stitches after her crash and won't be starting tomorrow's race.
"I was hurting at the beginning," said Powers. "I survived the attacks, then made my move. Gloucester is such a great race, especially today with the huge crowd cheering!"
In the earlier Series races today, coach to the Elites Al Donahue (JAM Fund/NCC) took the 35+ men's leaders jersey while heir to the Keough bike racing dynasty Ian Keough (Hot Tubes Junior Development) won the Junior Men's jersey. Curtis and Emma White's younger brother Harrison White (Cyclocrossworld Development Team) proved he'll be one to watch by winning the Cub Junior Boy's crown, while Ryley Mosher (Wheelworks) won the Girl's division. Paul Richard (Riverside Racing) won 45+ Men's, Bib Bisson (Maggie Rosas/Grace Barker/The Willo) won 55+, and Preston Buerher (B2C2 p/b Boloco) took the Category 3 Men's win.
In the first edition of the Series to offer a women's Category 3 race in addition to a beginner's Category 4 race, Becca Fahringer (JAM Fund/NCC) won the overall Cat 3 jersey, and Clara Kelly (NEBC) won 35+, while Turner Ramsay (KMS Cycling) won the Junior Women's division.
Tomorrow's race will be available for live stream from Gnarly Monkey athttp://www.gnarlymonkey.com/. Watch cycle-smart/necxs for news and updates, and be sure to follow @VergeNECXS for live race updates and more!
Full results available from Crossresults:
The 2014-2015 New England UCI Cyclocross season officially kicks off this weekend, September 27 and 28, with Rapha Super Cross Gloucester. Gorgeous Stage Fort Park in Gloucester hosts the oceanside race for the sixteenth time, this year marking the first edition with new title sponsor Rapha on board. The partnership of revered cycling brand Rapha with this historic race promises classic and exciting racing this weekend - and for years to come.
Huge crowds mass for this weekend of racing, famously known around New England as the biggest cyclocross race in the region. Amateur racers, their families, and large numbers of cycling fans will crowd the venue to spectate the headlining acts of the weekend, the Elite races, from the famous Great Brewers' Beer Garden. The races this year will certainly be the most thrilling to watch yet.
Fresh from a solid win at CrossVegas, Meredith Miller (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team) brings her sprinting legs to New England to challenge British National Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) and the legendary Laura Van Gilder (Mellow Mushroom p/b Pink Siren Sports). In the mix battling for top spots will be New England natives Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Ellen Noble (JAM Fund/NCC), and Cassandra Maximenko (Rare VOS Racing/Van Dessel/PowerBar), all ranked within the top 15 in the Pro CX standings.
US National Cyclocross Champion Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing), who won both days of Gloucester last year, looks to be an unstoppable force so far this season. Arriving to challenge him will be Tim Johnson (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld), Allen Krugoff (Noosa Professional Cyclocross Team), Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh-Clement), and former US National Cyclocross Champion Jonathan Page (Fuji/SPY).
In addition to being part of Rapha's international Super Cross Series, Rapha Super Cross Gloucester begins the 2014 Verge New England Cyclocross Series, the longest-running UCI series in the US. The Series encompasses a total of fourteen Elite and amateur categories, spanning the entire weekend and continuing through the season with three races selected for their commitment to quality racing. The oldest UCI cyclocross race in the US, the Cycle-Smart International, celebrates its 24th year November 1 & 2. On November 29 & 30, the Baystate Cyclocross brings its signature technical challenges to Sterling, MA. The grand Series finale will be held December 6 & 7 at the NBX Gran Prix of Cyclocross in Warwick, RI. The race is also a part of USA Cycling's season-long Pro CX calendar, which will award the top US racers this 2014-2015 season prizes totaling $40,000.
A photo exhibition celebrating the essence of Gloucester's character - and the character of the other stunning Rapha Super Cross locations around the world - during the 363 days a year these towns are not hosting world-class cyclocross races. Ben Ingham's Theatres of Cross: Exhibition will be on view at Gloucester's own art space, The Hive, Friday and Saturday in conjunction with the race weekend.
Gloucester will be broadcast live on gnarlymonkey.com, and fans can also follow along live on Twitter at @VergeNECXS and @gpgloucester. News and updates will be posted regularly at cycle-smart.com/necxs and at gpgloucester.com. The hashtag to use for this race weekend is #RSCgloucester.
For two days a year, the beauty of Gloucester’s Stage Fort Park serves as the backdrop for one of the biggest cyclocross races in the US. The historic race is also a stop on the global tour of the Rapha Super Cross Series, spanning Japan to England, Australia to the US.
Ben Ingham’s Theatres of Cross: Exhibition explores the essence of Gloucester’s character - and the character of the other stunning race locations around the world - during those other 363 days. This seaside town’s long history and understated beauty feature prominently in this photo exhibition as it travels to Manchester, New York, San Francisco, and Gloucester’s own art space, The Hive.
The opening reception from 7-9 pm on September 25 will feature light refreshments. The exhibition will remain on view through Friday and Saturday, coinciding with racing events at Rapha Super Cross Gloucester.
Theatres of Cross: Exhibition
11 Pleasant Street
Opening Reception: Sept 25
On view Sept 25-27
Rapha Super Cross Gloucester
Stage Fort Park
Sept 27 + 28