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2003 Verge New England Championship Cyclo-Cross Series
Sat Mar 1, 2003
NEW ENGLAND - The U.S. cyclo-cross season is only just behind us, with the crowning of the new U.S. Champion, New England native Jonathan Page (Richard Sachs). Nonetheless, the organizers of the Verge New England Cyclo-cross Series have already begun to plan for next season. With the goal of strengthening the prize packages, the schedule, and raising the bar for cyclo-cross in the U.S., the Series organizers held their first meeting in January, and have released the schedule for the 2003 season:
2003 Verge NECCS Schedule
Round 1: October 18 - The Downeast Cyclo-cross (ME) UCI Cat. 2
Round 2: November 2 - ECV Cyclo-cross (MA) UCI Cat. 2
Round 3:: November 16 - Amherst International Cyclo-cross (MA) UCI Cat. 2
Round 4:: November 30 - Chainbiter 5.0 Cyclo-cross (CT) UCI Cat. 3
Round 5:: December 7 - W.E. Stedman Co. Grand Prix of Cyclo-cross (RI) UCI Cat. 3
Round 6:: December 21 - NEBC Cyclo-cross (NH) UCI Cat. 3
In addition to the Verge NECCS events, the Central Massachusetts Cyclo-cross to End Homelessness (UCI Cat. 2), will be held on Nov. 1st, making an important weekend for any riders seeking to gain maximum UCI points.
For next season, the organizers are planning on bigger prize lists, continued movement towards equal prize money for the elite women, and higher UCI-status for some of the races. "With the level of success the Verge Series experienced last year, and the possible move of nationals to January next year, thinking ahead to next season is more important than ever before," says Verge NECCS Series Promoter Adam Hodges Myerson. "We firmly believe, that for a cyclo-cross series in the U.S. to be considered an elite event now, the organizers need to be planning next season well before the current season has ended. We want to continue to set the standard for cyclo-cross in the U.S." Last year's Verge Series champion Marc Gullickson echoed these comments, stating that, "hopefully promoters around the country will work with these dates so that the best 'crossers in the country can have the opportunity to race against each other every weekend. I am planning on defending my title next season and look forward to the great events that make up the NECCS calendar."
Last year Gullickson, who won all five of the events he contested, dominated the Series. The only other rider to win a series race was Gullickson's World's teammate Johannes Huseby of Independent Fabrication, who won the penultimate round in Rhode Island. Along with Gullickson and Huseby, the series saw the participation of Mongoose/Hyundai's Todd Wells (then U.S. National Champion), Jonathan Page of Richard Sachs, the Saturn duo of Tim Johnson and Mark McCormack, British under-23 Champion Shaun Snodden, Clif Bar's Andy Jacques-Mayne and Jackson Stewart, under-23 National Champion Adam Craig (Giant), and Junior National Champion Jesse Anthony (Saturn Development Team). On the women's side, Seven Cycles' Mary McConneloug reigned supreme, taking the series title over some very formidable talent, including Cyclocrossworld.com's Lyne Bessette (Canadian National Champion), and Clif Bar's Carmen D'aluisio and Gina Hall.
Returning as series headline sponsor will be Verge Sport, producers of fine custom cycling clothing and accessories, as well as their new line of V-Gear. Fans will once again be able to look for the Verge New England Championship Cyclo-cross Series jersey on the backs of the Verge Series leaders, and this year will be able to purchase Verge Series gear for themselves. Last year, other series sponsors included Cycle-Smart Coaching and Event Productions; Time Sport USA, designer and manufacturer of cycling pedals, shoes, frames and forks; The Ride Magazine, providing in-depth coverage of East Coast Bike Culture; Honey Stinger, convenient honey-based energy foods; BikeReg.com, the premier on-line registration company for cycling events; and Maxxis International, committed to delivering high performance tires to the world. Coming on board as a new sponsor for next season will be intenspicts.com, on-line provider of comprehensive photo coverage and sales for cycling and other sporting events.
Log onto the Verge NECCS website, www.necyclocross.com for more information.
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