This week in the New England Fall has become known as North American Cyclocross’ Holy Week. With the Providence Cyclocross festival in Rhode Island and the quirky, but well attended Night Weasels race in Shrewsbury, MA, rounding out the Holy Trinity is last weekend’s Rapha Super Cross Gloucester.The great thing about Gloucester – the fishing town in northern Massachusetts – is that it can do anything when it comes to the weather. There have been days where snow has fallen on the racers and crowds, who turn around the next day to sunny, breezy weather commonly associated with summer. But, isn’t that half the fun of cross? You never know what you’re going to get. However, when it comes to the racing – longtime promoter Paul Boudreau knows how to turn out the hits, not only bringing in the best of this country’s cross racers, but then offering them one of the best race venues in the world.
Conditions were sunny, dry and dusty for this year’s proceedings, but the results could not have been better. Jeremy Powers looked resplendent in his Aspire Racing kit and took the race nearly from the gun on both days. His continued dominance over the US racing circuit cemented by a win in his adopted hometown of Gloucester, Massachusetts was the icing on a multi-layered cake.
The racing wasn’t without incident, however, as Meredith Miller, a hopeful on the first day in the Elite Women’s category, crashed on the final lap and received eight stitches as her only reward. But foreigners Helen Wyman of the UK and French Citizen Caroline Mani seemed more than eager to pick up where Miller left off, taking the wins on the first and second day, respectively.
Tillie – the Rapha Mobile Cycle Club – was on site to keep the espresso intake coming for the inaugural Rapha Super Cross Gloucester. David Wilcox, the man on the ground, is a native New Englander himself and seemed content to pull shots throughout the entirety of the day; only stopping to don a skinsuit and race the Men’s Elite race himself. Tillie’s pilot/ barista just does not stop.
And as the throngs of people left behind the fishermen and citizens of Gloucester, it is safe to say that they did it with an eye to the future and the promise of a return.