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
9/29/2013For Immediate Release
Shimano NEPCX & Verge NECXS
Today marked the second and final day of the 15th annual Great Brewers Gran Prix of Gloucester, the race nicknamed “The New England World Championships,” due in large part to the serious contingent of world-class athletes who show up to race here. Hosts Essex County Velo and race promoter Paul Boudreau orchestrated a masterpiece for the opening weekend of the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge.
A stunning seaside backdrop, Stage Fort Park set the scene for almost a thousand racers in eleven categories of racing, who, along with their families and race fans from all over, enjoyed the racing on this expertly-designed, fast, dry course all day long. Throngs of fans gathered for the Elite races this afternoon, waiting to see who would take the series lead in the Elite men’s, Elite women’s, men’s U23 and women’s U23 categories.
The strongest and the fastest Elite women appeared motivated for a win today. Right from the whistle, a group of the top racers formed: Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing), Crystal Anthony (Optum Racing p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies), Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS), Kaitie Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld), Courtenay McFadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster), Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom), yesterday’s winner Elle Anderson (California Giant – Specialized) and her teammate Meredith Miller. Brimming with confidence after her win over a solid field yesterday, Anderson attacked the lead group repeatedly, eventually launching an attack only Wyman could follow. The chase group organized and mustered what they could to reel in the leaders. For laps, Wyman sat second wheel, controlling Anderson’s subsequent attacks with the calm of an experienced racer; however, Anderson proved too much for Wyman to handle. Anderson made her winning move within the final half lap, dropping Wyman for good to make a clean sweep of the weekend as Wyman rolled across in second. The chase group, meanwhile, shifted their focus from chasing to jockeying for that final podium spot. It was Meredith Miller around that last corner and onto the pavement first, securing the third podium step.
“I really love this race, so this is a very special win for me!” says New England born and bred Elle Anderson of her wins at Gloucester, which are now numbers two and three in a 3-win streak.
The Elite men kicked up dust as a long, uninterrupted line of racers snaked through the course in the first lap. The front of the race began to organize, with Ben Berden and Jamey Driscoll of Raleigh-Clement, Tim Johnson and Ryan Trebon of Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld, Yannick Eckmann (California Giant-Specialized), and Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund/NCC/Vittoria) forming a powerful train to leave the rest of the field in the dust. The group never stayed comfortable, however; Johnson and Trebon made repeated valiant attacks, each looking like it could succeed. Johnson’s attack with two to go gained him almost ten seconds on the other leaders, and the crowd roared for what seemed like a winning move. Powers cranked it into overdrive and led the chase, closing down Johnson’s gap with an alacrity only Trebon could match. The rest of the leaders’ group shattered and were left to fend for themselves as the three leaders crossed the line with one to go. It was Powers who launched the next attack, Johnson on his wheel, Trebon losing some time on them. Johnson chased hard but was forced into the pit with a half lap remaining, leaving Powers to claim the victory. Trebon crossed the line second, Johnson third.
“I’ve done a lot of racing here, and I have a lot of memories,” said Powers of his double win at Gloucester. “I’m glad for the community and the support I find here. I’m just happy to be here at Gloucester!”
In the Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series presented by Verge Elite pointscompetition, our two-day winners Powers and Anderson wear the leaders’ jerseys, while Antonneau and Eckmann wear the jerseys for U23 women and men.
The series continues next weekend at the Providence Cyclocross Festival, where New England’s Holy Week of Cyclocross continues. Expect a strong showing of the nation’s top racers once again, as battles continue in the Shimano series and in the USA Cycling Pro CX series.
Elite Women top ten
1. ElleAnderson (California Giant Strawberries/ Specialized)
2. Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Racing)
3. Meredith Miller (California Giant/Specialized)
4. Gabby Durrin (Rapha-FOCUS)
5. Crystal Anthony (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
6. Laura Van Gilder (Van Dessel p/b Mellow Mushroom)
7. Courtenay Mcfadden (Bicycle Bluebook/HRS/Rock Lobster)
8. Kaitlin Antonneau (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)
9. Nicole Duke (Marin Bikes/SPY)
10. Maghalie Rochette (Cyclocrossoworld)
Complete results from crossresults.com: http://www.crossresults.com/race/3326#cat40727
Elite Men top ten
1. Jeremy Powers (Rapha-FOCUS)
2. Ryan Trebon (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)
3. Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld)
4. Ben Berden (Raleigh Clement)
5. Stephen Hyde (JAM Fund / NCC / Vittoria)
6. Yannick Eckmann (California Giant/Specialized)
7. Jamey Driscoll (Raleigh Clement)
8. Troy Wells (Team CLIF Bar)
9. Shawn Milne (Keough Cyclocross)
10. Tristan Schouten (Optum p/b Kelly Benefit Strategies)
Complete results from crossresults.com: http://www.crossresults.com/race/3326#cat40728
Above is the latest panoramic view from Tablet Rock.
Of interest is the greenest grass on the ball field is where the course ran this past September.
Our landscaper Tyler Munroe Landscaping of Andover has down a stellar job prepping things in the fall. They will be back in the spring as needed.
For comparison, the images taken below show the venue three days after the event (top) and eleven days after the event (bottom).
Mountain Bike Hall of Fame inductee and cycling advocate Peter Webber, provided the following for use in a report I prepared for the Gloucester Planning & Development Committee:
*When considering any park activity, there are certainly impacts that happen, but the question is, are those impacts acceptable, and are they reasonable and appropriate in relation to the big picture of the specific park and the Park Department’s mission and management policies. One reason the park exists is for recreation. There is an impact of providing recreation. It is appropriate.*
Considerable time and effort was spent trying to convince the City of Gloucester that the above is true for Stage Fort Park with respect to the Gran Prix of Gloucester. Tonight, our efforts paid off and we’re happy to announce the 15th edition of the Gran Prix of Gloucester will take place on the weekend of 28 & 29 September 2013. Registration opens tomorrow (Wednesday 28 August 2013) at 1:00pm.
In early May, when the chances of our event taking place in Gloucester were close to zero, I started writing a letter. I had planned to send it with the announcement of our cancelation to thank everyone who helped the Gran Prix of Gloucester along the way. So with a much happier ending than anticipated, I’d like to finish this note by thanking these individuals by name.
- Dan Tieger, Stu Thorne and Aaron Millett who helped pave the way for the inaugural event and helped in the crucial early editions of the race.
- Mark Cole and the Gloucester Parks Department
- Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Chief Administrative Officer Jim Duggan and Christine Pantano of the Mayor’s Office
- The Gloucester City Council
- The Gloucester Police and Fire departments
- Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester
- Heidi Wakeman and the Gloucester Open Space Committee
- The Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce
- The athletes who helped make this race a “must do” including Tim Johnson, Jesse Anthony, Jeremy Powers, Dale Knapp, Anne Grande Knapp, Gina Hall, Carmen D’Aluisio, Lyne Bessette, Erwin Vervecken, Marc Gullickson, Mark and Frank McCormack, Ryan Trebon and many others.
- All the racers who traveled to our event in the early 2000′s and transformed Gloucester into a national event
- Fellow North American Cyclocross Trophy (NACT) promoters Brook Watts, Terry Buchanan, Chris Grealish, Jim Brown, and Myles Romanow
- Bruce Fina & Joan Hanscom of the USGP who taught us so much about production and helped us take our event ever further
- Geoff Proctor, former USGP Technical Director, now US Representative in the UCI Cyclocross Commission
- Lyle Fulkerson and the SuperCup crew
- The Verge Series sponsors, promoters and staff
- Shimano New England Professional Cyclocross Series promoters, sponsors and staff
- Everyone at BikeReg.com: friendly staff, excellent product, unequaled customer service
- Steve and Sherri Curcuru our former City of Gloucester liaisons
- The internet brain trust of the NECX Ryan Kelly and Colin Reuter
- The dozens of families who provided host housing for our visitors
- Eric Marro who always challenged me on the race course and left a Belgian ale for me every year at the registration table
- Johnny Janzen the master carpenter who helped with our podium, scaffolding, the flyover and beach run
- Adam Sykes of International Cycling
- Professor Gary David and his colleagues at Bentley University for work on the GPG economic impact survey
- JD Bilodeau, Alan Atwoord and John Frey, the backbones of New England bike racing who brought years of experience with them to Gloucester
- Richard Fries and Chris Zigmont who did the majority of our race announcing
- Scott Bumpus of Seaside Cycle, the ultimate host who ran our hospitality tent for many years
- Ted Landers of Great Brewers/Seaboard Products, our Title Sponsor for several years
- All our other sponsors & vendors, Pedro’s, Mavic, Craft and many others, too numerous to mention here
- Diane Fortini and her amazing NEBRA staff
- USA Cycling staff and officials as well as the UCI Comms we’ve had the pleasure to work with
- the Christo of American Cyclocross, our course designer, Tom Stevens; as well as our previous designer Marc Bavineau of Centraal Cycle
- Adam Myerson my friend, confidant and sometime therapist
- Racers and fellow promoters from the New England Cyclocross scene and the rest of the US
- Everyone who wrote letters of support for GP Gloucester to the City
- The hundreds of amazing volunteers over the years
- Our Kids Race Directors and staff: Joe Anthony, Stu Dalzel, Geoff Hamilton, Jonathan Senning and David Beaulieu
- Everyone in Essex County Velo past & present, in particular Ben & Zach Johnson, Ron Smithers, Patrick Cochran, Jason Knauff, Megan Curry, Dan Donovan, and Shawn McCarthy. Especially the heavy lifters of ECV for the past several years, who’s help has been invaluable these past several years Michele Satrowski and Chris McKernan
- Finally, my wife & children who put up with daddy going to meetings at night and working strange hours for so long.
Hope to see you at Stage Fort Park for edition number fifteen!
Race Director: Gran Prix of Gloucester