Weekend Preview: CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester Kicks Off Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart

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10/11/2016

For Immediate Release

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Jeremy Powers solos to his third year of Gran Prix Gloucester victories. Will he make this year the fourth? Photo: Todd Prekaski

BOSTON, Mass. (October 11, 2016)

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The CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester Presented by Ipswich Ale Brewing will be the first weekend of competition of the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart. The Vittoria Series is the only UCI series in the US and attracts top racers to compete for the coveted Verge overall Series jersey.

The legendary Gloucester event is a classic New England race hosted by Essex County Velo and is affectionately known in the Northeast as "New England Worlds." "We're excited to continue with a newly expanded UCI series." said Race Director Paul Boudreau.

Both Men's and Women's Elite races will feature exciting racing between many of the top pros in the sport. Undefeated the last three years at Gloucester, Jeremy Powers (Aspire Racing) is one of the top contenders this weekend. Gloucester is a homecoming for the Massachusetts native."Gloucester is as home town as they come and I'm excited to get out there and continue my comeback to racing after my injury back at Trek CXC cup a couple weeks ago. The course is always challenging and the promotion is top notch so I always look forward to the weekend."

Powers will be challenged by up-and-comer Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com). White had outstanding results at Charm City Cross and KMC Cross Fest and looks to continue his streak this weekend. The Maxxis-Shimano Pro Cyclocross duo of Danny Summerhill and Travis Livermon will be in the hunt for the podium as well. Livermon is looking forward to the first race of the series in New England. "Gloucester is one of the most iconic races in the US," stated Livermon. "It's always great to spend time at the amazing venue. For me, this past weekend in Baltimore was full of bad luck and I'm eager to turn things back around this weekend."

Not to be counted out, make certain to watch riders like Antonin Marecaille (AVC Aix-en-Provence) who has made his US debut with consistent performances over the last few weeks including a win at a local New England race under the lights last Wednesday, The Night Weasels Cometh. Adam Craig (Giant Factory) looks to put on a show for the always stellar Gloucester crowds. "Since I started racing 'cross in New England 15 years ago, I can always count on Stage Fort Park to serve up great racing with even better crowds! We're going to have a good time, and rally some turns!"

For the Elite Women we can expect to see nine time British National Champion and two time European Cyclocross Champion Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) and Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing), the current World Cup U23 leader, duke it out at Stage Fort Park. Wyman, who is coming off of a double podium weekend at Charm City Cross always looks forward to Gloucester. "It's one of the highlights of the North American calendar. I've had some good results so far this season but the competition will be hard especially given the fast nature of the traditional course here."

Other racers to watch include local favorite Kate Lysakowski (Joe's Garage CX/BikeReg) and West Coast based Serena Gordon (LIV/Giant Co-Factory). Gordon, who is primarily based on the West Coast, had an opportunity present itself to do some East Coast racing for the first time. "Gloucester will be the first weekend of three in a East Coast racing block and I couldn't be more excited to be kicking things off in Massachusetts," said Gordon. "New England racing is a whole other beast, from what I hear, and I am exciting to get a taste of it."

This year the Vittoria Series expands from three to four weekends and extends into New York, continuing to attract top riders from around the country and the globe who will compete for the coveted overall Vittoria Series jersey. In addition to UCI Elite and U23 titles for both men and women, amateur racers are a offered a chance to compete for Series points in ten categories.

Watch the races unfold in person or by following tweets at @VittoriaSeries. For more information visit http://www.necyclocross.com.

 

Series Calendar

CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA

October 15-16

 

The Verge Northampton International

Look Park, Northampton, MA

November 12-13

 

Supercross Cup

Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY

November 19-20

 

NBX Gran Prix of 'Cross

Goddard Memorial Park, Warwick, RI

December 3-4

 

Series Competition Categories

Elite Men

Elite Men Under 23

Elite Women

Elite Women Under 23

Masters 35+ Women

Category 3 Men

Category 3 Women

Junior 10-14 Girls

Junior 10-14 Boys

Junior 15-18 Men

Junior 15-18 Women (Category 3)

Masters 35+ Men

Masters 45+ Men

Masters 55+ Men

Series Preview: 2016 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series - presented by Cycle-Smart

Emma White and Ellen Noble battle it out at the 2015 NBX Gran Prix. NBX will serve as the grand finale of the 2016 Vittoria NECXS.

Emma White and Ellen Noble battle it out at the 2015 NBX Gran Prix. NBX will serve as the grand finale of the 2016 Vittoria NECXS.

 

BOSTON, Mass. (September 21, 2016) -  With cyclocross season underway, the Northeast kicks into high gear with the 2016 Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series presented by Cycle-Smart. Well-known for its high quality events, the Series will continue that tradition with the support of new title sponsor, Vittoria. "Adam Myerson has been a key player in the growth of cyclocross in the United States, and his vast experience is evident in this world-class race series," Vittoria Vice President of Marketing and Product Ken Avery said. "The Vittoria Series is growing and we're proud to be title sponsor." 

This year the Series expands from three to four weekends and extends into New York, continuing to attract top riders from around the country and the globe who will compete for the coveted overall Vittoria Series jersey. In addition to UCI Elite and U23 titles for both men and women, and a 35+ elite jersey for women, amateur racers are a offered a chance to compete for Series points in ten categories.

The 2016 Series will kick off at the CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester, October 15 and 16 in scenic Stage Fort Park. "The Vittoria Series is the only UCI cyclocross Series on this continent" said Gloucester Executive and Technical Director Paul Boudreau. "It has a great tradition of producing the sport's next wave of stars while also attracting new people to the sport. We're excited to continue our involvement."

This year's Verge Northampton International, on November 12 and 13, hosts one of New England's favorite races and the oldest UCI race in the US. The crown jewel of New England cyclocross will have The JAM Fund on hand raising money for the development of future cyclocross stars, and welcomes former Series title sponsor Verge as its new race weekend sponsor. "I've been racing 'cross with the folks at Verge all the way back to when I was a junior. To have them stay involved as title sponsor of our individual race feels really good for us."

New to the Series this year is Supercross Cup November 19 and 20. Big changes are in store for the New York race after 12 years running as a stand-alone UCI-sanctioned event. Moving to a new venue in Suffern, competitors will find a challenging course with access to permanent athletic facilities and a more central location at Rockland Community College. "We loved racing at the Anthony Wayne, but I am really excited about our new venue and all the possibilities it affords," says Supercross Race Director Myles Romanow.

The Series grand finale will be at the NBX Gran Prix of 'Cross. Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island will host the final chapter on a course that is the essence of cyclocross in New England: twists and turns, rooty descents and the legendary beach sections.

Watch the races unfold in person or by following tweets at @VittoriaSeries. For more information visit http://www.necyclocross.com.

 

Series Calendar

CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester
Stage Fort Park, Gloucester, MA
October 15-16

The Verge Northampton International
Look Park, Northampton, MA
November 12-13

Supercross Cup
Rockland Community College, Suffern, NY
November 19-20

NBX Gran Prix of 'Cross
Goddard Memorial Park, Warwick, RI
December 3-4

Series Competition Categories

  • Elite Men
  • Elite Men Under 23
  • Elite Women
  • Elite Women Under 23
  • Elite Women 35+
  • Category 3 Men
  • Category 3 Women
  • Junior 10-14 Girls
  • Junior 10-14 Boys
  • Junior 15-18 Men
  • Junior 15-18 Women (Category 3)
  • Masters 35+ Men
  • Masters 35+ Women (Category 3)
  • Masters 45+ Men
  • Masters 55+ Men

Vittoria earns title sponsorship of Northeast Cyclocross Series

Vittoria is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the NECXS. Now known as the Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series, this year the prestigious race series expands outside of New England with a Supercross Cup added in New York State.

For years this cyclocross series has been heralded across the US as the best in the America. Top pros from around the country – and even from across the globe – come to Northeast soil to battle for the coveted overall series win. In addition to being the only official UCI series in North America, amateur racers are offered a chance to compete for series points in 10 categories as well.

“Vittoria Series organizer Adam Myerson has been a key player in the growth of cyclocross in the United States, and his vast experience is evident in this world-class race series,” Vittoria Vice President of Marketing and Product Ken Avery said. “The Vittoria Series is growing and we’re proud to be title sponsor.”

Vittoria Series staff are working hard to ensure both elite and amateur racers are offered a season of events unrivaled anywhere. Classic courses and more pro-only sections promise the races will be as fun to race as they will be to spectate. Partnerships with breweries and restaurants add up to fall festival events with a focus on local fare that makes the Northeast great.

“The Vittoria Series offers a World Cup experience to every category from amateur to pro,” Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross President and Organizer Adam Myerson said. “This series produces top American champions like Jeremy Powers and Ellen Noble, and with Vittoria’s support, it will continue producing champions for years to come.”

This year the Vittoria Series will feature four events total – three in New England and a new round in New York. See the updated schedule below.

Vittoria Northeast Cyclocross Series Schedule
CRAFT Sportswear Gran Prix of Gloucester – Oct. 15-16, 2016, Gloucester, Mass.
The Cycle-Smart Northampton International – Nov. 12-13, 2016, Northampton, Mass.
Supercross Cup – Nov. 19-20, 2016 – Stony Point, N.Y.
NBX Gran Prix of ’Cross – Dec. 3-4, 2016, Warwick, R.I.

For information on event dates and locations visit: 
http://cycle-smart.com/necxs.

About Vittoria
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