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Ruby West Podiums on Day Two at Verge Northampton International – St. John 10th

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November 12, 2017 (Northampton, Mass.) – Curtis White and Emma White of the Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com squad swept the Verge Northampton International presented by Cycle-Smart, earning maximum points to improve their standings for USA Cycling’s Professional Cyclocross (ProCX) calendar. Both extended their leads in the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by presented by Clif Bar and Cycle-Smart.

Ruby West vs Emma White  ©  Chris McIntosh
Similar to Saturday’s Elite Women’s race, Emma White would shake things up early. However on Sunday, she controlled the race with teammate Canadian U23 National Champion Ruby West. The pair would escape early and work together for the majority of the race.

“On the first lap we came through and we had a gap,” said White, who now has four ProCX wins this season, and is third overall in the ProCX standings. “So I think both of our goals was to make the gaps grow as much as possible. We just kept the pace high. Ruby was riding really well in the technical sections and I held the pace through the power sections. In the last lap, we just let it go.”

Emma White leads Ruby West  ©  Chris McIntosh
White would take the win a mere two seconds over her teammate. Rebecca Fahringer (Stan’s NoTubes p/b Maxxis/gofahr) would come in third, 55 seconds behind White. Coming off a second-place finish on Saturday, Fahringer had escaped with a group that included Cassandra Maximenko (VanDessel/Atom Composite Wheels) and Arley Kemmerer (Fearless Femme Racing) with three laps to go. Maximenko would finish fourth, and Kemmerer would fade to eighth.

Women’s podium  ©  Chris McIntosh
Teammates and friends, White and West would work together until the final lap. “Emma was on the front for the whole race and on the last lap she just looked at me and said, ‘OK, we’re racing now.’ Up until then we were just trying to maintain the gap and work together. And then, it was like, OK, we are fighting each other now,” West said.

Elite Men’s Race

With Saturday’s winner Stephen Hyde (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com) taking a break, Curtis White was left to control the Elite Men’s race on his own. White, who won both days of Northampton in 2016, would escape with two JAM Fund riders early on lap one.

“Jack Kisseberth and Scott Smith and I got away early,” said White, who entered the weekend in seventh place overall in ProCX standings. “In the run-up in the back of the woods, I tried riding it, probably made it about three-quarters of the way. That was the initial gap, and bit by bit after that.”

Curtis White wins  ©  Chris McIntosh
Kisseberth would continue near the front of the race, but Smith would end up in the pits twice and fall off the pace. White would attack with five laps to go and maintain a solo lead.

“I was sitting second wheel when Curtis went,” noted Kisseberth. “I just didn’t have the power to hang with him. I started dangling in no-man’s land between Curtis and the trailing group. I did that for about a lap. I sat up a bit and rode with the trailing second group. Lindine was really strong and broke away in the last lap.”

Justin Lindine (Apex / NBX / Hyperthreads) would fight his way forward to ensure the battle wouldn’t conclude in a sprint. He secured second place, 22 seconds behind White, and 12 seconds ahead of a charging Kisseberth, from nearby Westhampton, Mass. The New England rider would finish third in a close sprint over Anthony Clark (Squid Squad), who would finish fourth. Smith would finish sixth.

“Curtis got away early in the race,” said Lindine. “We were kind of chasing him for a while, but the gap opened up to a point where it was pretty obvious that we weren’t going to reel it back. It was me and Jack (Kisseberth) and Anthony (Clark). They are both solid riders, and I didn’t want it to go down to a sprint. So with three or four laps to go, I started trying to wind it up and keep the pressure on. I think I finally managed to open it up a little bit in the woods on the top of the course, and keep it from there. It was a hard last two laps trying to maintain that.”

The 49-rider field saw most of the frozen sections soften as the temperatures hovered in the mid 30’s. Without any mistakes or technical mishaps, White was able to ride alone for six of the seven laps.

Men’s podium  ©  Chris McIntosh
“Yesterday was more like motor pacing. It was great watching Stephen’s (Hyde) lines the whole day and I definitely learned a lot. Today was just focusing on my race and riding as smooth as I could. I really tried to ramp it up the last two laps, kind of make sure all the efforts I made were really sharp and punchy,” added White, who said he would continue his season with the next two rounds of Vittoria Series events at Supercross Cup in Suffern, N.Y. (Nov. 18-19) and NBX Gran Prix of ‘Cross in Warwick, R.I. (Dec. 2-3).

Three ProCX events are scheduled across the U.S. next weekend, Nov. 18-19, with six days of Category 2 racing. The Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series continues with Supercross Cup in Suffern, N.Y. Racing and a full course of family activities next to the “World Cup-style” venue will be hosted for a second consecutive year at Rockland Community College.

Racing in Indianapolis, Ind. will return to the Indy Cycloplex for the 2017 Major Taylor ‘Cross Cup. In addition to ProCX points for Elite Women and Men, there will be competitions for Junior 17-18 Men. It is also a stop for the Ohio Valley Cyclocross (OVCX) Series event.

On the West Coast, the weekend of cyclocross has a new name and a new home. CX MoVal (Moreno Valley) will be held at March Field Park, neighboring March Air Reserve Base. The event is co-hosted by the City of Moreno Valley Recreation and Parks and SoCalCross. Categories will feature ProXC points for U23 Men as well as Junior 17-18 Men, Elite Women and Elite Men.

For Vittoria Series Standings, visit www.crossresults.com. For ProCX standings, visit here.

1. Emma White (USA) Cannondale pb CyclocrossWorld.com 46:02
2. Ruby West (Can) Cannondale Cyclocrossworld.com devo team 00:02
3. Rebecca Fahringer (USA) Stan’s NoTubes p/b Maxxis / gofahr 00:55
4. Cassandra Maximenko (USA) VanDessel/Atom Composite Wheels 01:10
5. Kathryn Cumming (USA) Jalapeno Cycling 01:48
6. Julie Wright (USA) Team Averica 02:03
7. Rachel Rubino (USA) Fearless Femme Racing 02:06
8. Arley Kemmerer (USA) Fearless Femme Racing 02:08
9. Natalie Tapias (USA) JAM / NCC 02:24
10. Regina Legge (USA) Trek Cyclocross Collective 02:32
11. Natasha Elliott (Can) Garneau – Easton p/b Transitions LifeCare 02:53
13. Rebecca Gross (USA) Zero D Racing 03:45
14. Sophie Russenberger (USA) DaHÄNGER 03:52
15. Jauron (Roni) Vetter (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato 04:12
16. Erin Faccone (USA) Team Averica 04:33
17. Taryn Mudge (USA) Fearless Femme Racing 04:49
18. Katie Carlson (USA) Ladies First p/b Milton Caterpillar
19. Danielle Morshead (USA) 04:57
20. Alixanna Norris (USA) Cowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief 05:10
21. Leslie Lupien (USA) Team Averica 05:38
22. Elizabeth White (USA) Bicycle Express 05:46
23. Kayla Brannen (USA) Cowbell Racing p/b World Bicycle Relief 05:55
24. Heather Richard (USA) Ladies First p/b Milton Caterpillar 05:57
25. Marianna Williams (USA) Fuji Cross Crew 06:01
26. Natalie Forsythe (USA) Riverside Racing 07:22
27. Lindsey Crifasi (USA) Team Sticky Fingers 07:33
28. Kelli Montgomery (USA) Stage 1 07:49
29. Meghan Owens (USA) UVM Cycling
30. Paige Williams (USA) Fuji Cross Crew 08:09
31. Alex Carlson (USA) Cycle-Smart 08:38
32. Shane Ferro (USA) Two Seconds Ahead Racing 10:18
33. Sara Melikian (USA) pedalpowertraining.com 10:34
2L Melissa Seib (USA) UVM Cycling
DNF Elizabeth Lukowski (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato
DNS Christin Reuter (USA) Mad Alchemy | Zanconato

1. Curtis White (USA) Cannondale P/B Cyclocrossworld 57:52
2. Justin Lindine (USA) Apex / Nbx / Hyperthreads 00:22
3. Jack Kisseberth (USA) Jam/Ncc 00:34
4. Anthony Clark (USA) Squid Squad 00:35
5. Jeremy Powers (USA) Aspire Pro Racing 01:39
6. Scott Smith (USA) Jam / Ncc 01:47
7. Derrick St John (Can) Van Dessel P/B Hyperthreades 01:56
8. Dan Chabanov (USA) House Ind/Nokia Health/Simplehuman 02:07
9. Merwin Davis (USA) Cycle-Smart Inc. 02:24
10. Patrick Collins (USA) Minuteman Road Club 02:51
11. Dylan McNicholas (USA) Polartec 03:18
12. Adam Myerson (USA) Cycle-Smart 03:28
13. Kevin Bouchard-Hall (USA) Wrenegade Sports/Team Placid Planet 03:29
14. Ian Gielar (USA) Ncc / Jam Fund
15. Andy Scott (USA) Riverside Racing 03:39
16. Andrew Borden (USA) X-Men 03:57
17. Chris Niesen (USA) Jam / Ncc 04:19
18. Travis Wold (USA) Spin Arts Cycling
19. Christopher Rabadi (USA) Unattached 04:20
20. Bryan Horsley (USA) Sea Sports Cyclery & Outdoor 04:21
21. Jacob Fetty (USA) Cycle-Smart
22. Doug Thorp (USA) Colonial Bicycle Company
23. Nick Lando (USA) Hands-On Cycling 04:23
24. Michael Landry (USA) Voler/Clif/Hrs/Rock Lobster 04:32
25. Gerald Adasavage (USA) Ludwig & Larsen Racing 04:57
26. Tim Willis (USA) Jam / Ncc 05:01
27. Bradford Smith (USA) The Drifters
28. Matthew sousa (USA) B2C2/Jra 05:24
29. James Norris (USA) Cowbell Racing P/B World Bicycle Relief 05:34
30. Nate Morse (USA) Minuteman Road Club 05:46
31. Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Drapac 05:53
32. Zachary Curtis (USA) Bmb Racing 05:56
33. Daniel FitzGibbons (USA) Green Line Velo Driven By Zipcar
34. Peter Mancini (Can) Crank Studio 05:58
35. Johannes Stromski (USA) Killington Mountain School 06:12
36. Cameron Scott (USA) Competitive Edge 06:13
37. Colin Reuter (USA) Crossresults.Com 06:39
38. Ben Powers (USA) Riverside Racing 07:12
39. Gennaro Ameno (USA) Green Line Velo Driven By Zipcar 07:18
40. Matt Perreault (USA) Colonial Bicycle Company 07:26
41. John Eckert (USA) Cycleloft 08:16
42. Kyle Murphy (USA) Ludwig & Larsen Racing 08:55
2L A.J. Moran (USA) Green Line Velo Driven By Zipcar
2L Gregory Colby (USA) B2C2/Jra Cycles
2L Ben Ryan (USA) New England Devo P/B Cadence Wealth Management
DNF Clyde Sebastian Logue (USA) Colonial Bicycle Co
DNF Sam Hedlund (USA) Uvm Cycling
DNF Patrick Torpey (USA) Crca/To Be Determined
DNF Kale Wenczel (USA) Jam / Ncc
DNS Justin Morgan (USA) Top Club Cyclocross
DNS Trent Blackburn (USA) Jam / Ncc
DNS Ian Clarke (USA) Uvm Cycling

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