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
For Immediate Release
Contact: Henry Ferrini – 978-281-2355
Gloucester Writers Center and the RAPHA SUPER CROSS GLOUCESTER sponsor presentation by author Lorenz J. Finison on “Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900.
September 27th, 2014, 7:30 PM
Cultural Center of Rocky Neck, 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester
There will be a presentation and book signing by Lorenz J. Finison, founding member of Cycling through History and author of Boston’s Cycling Craze, 1880-1900 on Saturday evening at 7:30 at the Cultural Center of Rocky Neck. The event will follow the Pro Cyclocross Race held Saturday at Stage Fort Park. Finison explores the rise of Boston Cycling through the lives of several participants, including Kittie Knox, a bi-racial twenty year-old seamstress: Mary Sargent Hopkins, publisher of the Wheelwoman; and Abbot Bassett, a vocal cycling advocate for forty years. Finison reveals the challenges facing these riders in a time of segregation, increased immigration, and debates about the rights of women.
From 1877 to 1896, the popularity of bicycles increased exponentially, and Boston was in on it from the start. The Boston Bicycle Club was the first in the nation and the city’s cyclists formed the nucleus of a new national organization the League of American Wheelmen. Massachusetts had the largest per capital membership in the league in the 1890s and the largest percentage of women members.
There will be a suggested donation of $10.00,. $5.00 for students with proceeds benefitting GWC community education programs. As always at GWC events no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information go to gloucesterwriters.org.
5 Wall Street
Gloucester, MA 01930
4 August 2014 For Immediate Release
After hosting fifteen years of the best New England cyclocross racing, the hallowed ground of Stage Fort Park in Gloucester will see big changes on September 27th and 28th, 2014. Renowned cycling apparel brand Rapha joins forces with the Gran Prix of Gloucester in the race’s sixteenth year to reinvent this classic event as the Rapha Super Cross Gloucester.
The race at Gloucester is a perfect match for a cycling brand like Rapha, who, beyond simply offering the finest cycling clothing, celebrates the beauty and the challenge of the sport - and Gloucester’s course brings both elements to the fore. In this quintessential New England seaside town, top-notch racers find challenging cambered turns, beachy sand sections, and fast power sections, all against a stunning backdrop of ocean views.
Jeremy Powers, US National Cyclocross Champion, will return to one of his favorite races to defend his status as winner of both days of racing in Gloucester last year. “Gloucester is a special race for me. It's a true New England classic: the big, rowdy crowds always show up, the course is dynamic and challenging, and all the top riders line up. I am truly excited about Rapha's partnership with Gloucester this year. Rapha has chosen a race that aligns perfectly with their brand: historic, classic, and epic," says Powers.
Gloucester joins an international constellation of incomparable races that comprises the six races of the Rapha Super Cross series, which spans four countries and as many continents. The series hosts paramount events in Japan, Australia, the UK, and the US, celebrating the truly international character of the sport of cyclocross.
Joining Rapha at Super Cross Gloucester will be SRAM, the leader in innovative cycling components and a favorite among cyclocross racers. Racers seeking neutral support will be beyond relieved to find SRAM’s expert engineering and excellent support waiting for them in the pit. Great Brewers, representing the finest brewers of craft beer, celebrates a decade of supporting cyclocross racing in Gloucester.
Rapha Super Cross Gloucester, known to many as New England Worlds, will draw the highest caliber of US and international racers. As a part of the peerless Verge New England Cyclocross series, Rapha Super Cross Gloucester demonstrates beyond a shadow of doubt the dominance of the New England cyclocross scene in the US. The race is also a part of the USA Cycling Pro CX calendar, a highly competitive season-long Elite-level competition awarding $40,000 in prize money. Competitors fight hard for these early-season UCI and Pro CX points awarded in Gloucester, and they stick around to chase more points at the Providence Cyclocross Festival a mere hour’s drive away the next weekend. Nowhere else in the country will two more meaningful race weekends occur in such close proximity.
Almost every category at this race fills up well before the race date, so be sure to register online at BikeReg.com/gloucester beginning at noon August 12. Stay tuned for more details and news about Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Presented by Great Brewers in coming weeks, and check http://www.gloucestercx.com
Rapha Super Cross Gloucester Presented by Great Brewers
Hosted by Essex County Velo
Technical Sponsor SRAM
Official Bike Shop Seaside Cycle
Official Cleaning Sponsor Pedro’s
Official Wheels ZIPP
9/28/2013 For Immediate Release
Shimano NEPCX & Verge NECXS
Today marked the first day of a weekend of racing at Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester at the seaside Stage Fort Park in Gloucester, MA, drawing teeming crowds to cheer on the world-class racers. A far cry from last year’s muddy slogfest, the first day of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge today was dry, dusty, and fast. Despite four dismounts in each lap, racers turned incredibly fast lap times as their wheels cut through the loose, sandy corners on the expertly designed course.
With a strong showing of top-level racers, the Elite women’s race was anything but decided. Bets were on Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing) who took the helm immediately. The crowd waited for the European Cyclocross Champion’s signature move: riding away from the field early for a decisive win of thirty seconds; however, Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS), Elle Anderson (California Giant-Specialized) and Crystal Anthony (Optum Racing p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies) matched Wyman move for move. Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement) and Meredith Miller (California Giant-Specialized) formed a chase group in an attempt to reel in the leaders, but a fire was lit under the lead group as Anderson made a bold attack with one lap to go. Her gap stuck, the pressure caused Wyman to fall off Durrin and Anthony. Anderson’s hard work paid off, as she crossed the line with a solid lead on Durrin in second and Anthony in third. In fourth was Wyman, with Miller besting Mani for fifth.
The Elite men’s star-studded field hit the course next. Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement) pressed the pace right off the bat, creating a lead group of Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement), Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), and U23 National Champion Yannick Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized). Behind them chased Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross), Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), and Jeremy Durrin (Optum Racing p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies). Johnson kicked his motor into overdrive to connect with the leaders, as teammates Berden and Driscoll traded attacks on the group. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS) bridged up, bringing Milne and Jesse Anthony with him, forming a supergroup of the race’s biggest players. More attacks shattered the group, as Powers, Trebon, and Johnson rode away, Berden and Driscoll seconds behind. Trebon fell back to fifth after a flat, leaving Powers and Johnson to duke it out for the win. Powers attacked in the last half lap to win that battle, with Johnson taking second and Driscoll third. Berden was on Driscoll’s wheel for fourth, and Trebon nabbed fifth.
The Gran Prix of Gloucester will continue tomorrow with more exciting racing. Follow live race updates at @NEproCX, and follow Cyclocross Magazine’s aggregated twitter feed from all the accounts reporting on the race: http://www.cxmagazine.com/gloucester-2013-live-coverage
Elite Women top ten
1. Elle Anderson (California Giant Strawberries/ Specialized)
2. Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS)
3 Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
4. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing)
5. Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized)
6. Caroline Mani (Raleigh Clement)
7. Courtenay Mcfadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
8. Amy Dombroski (Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)
9. Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom)
10. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/SPY)
Complete results from crossresults.com:
Elite Men top ten
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS)
2. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)
3. Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement)
4. Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement)
5. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)
6. Jesse Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
7. Yannick Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized)
8. Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria)
9. Justin Lindine (Redline / NBX)
10. Lukas Winterberg (Muller Landscape / BH Bikes)
Complete results from crossresults.com: http://www.crossresults.com/race/3325#cat40713