This northeast region of the States is known for its ‘cross racing and has produced such well-known racers such as Tim Johnson and Jeremy Powers. It also draws riders from across the Atlantic such as former World Champion Erwin Vervecken of Belgium and, this year, seven-time British National Champion and current European Cross Champion, Helen Wyman.
The Oceanside course tends to present riders with varying weather conditions but this time around the racers were faced with warm, dry, dusty, and very fast conditions.
Gloucester didn’t produce its usual muddy, European style of racing as it has in the past but it didn’t disappoint either. The fast dry and dusty circuits made for some aggressive, tactical and incredibly fast racing.
Both Elle Anderson of Cal Giant Berry Farms-Specialized and Jeremy Powers of Rapha-Focus swept the field with smooth, consistent, and powerful riding and both were a pleasure to watch.
Powers had this to say about his race, summing the racing up perfectly:
“Today was a hard fought battle. You could see that it was so fast and every single little bobble counted; one second here, one second there. That’s what made the difference today. It’s making those guys make mistakes and capitalising on it. Today was so fast that you had to wait and think like a real biker racer on a day like today.”
We hope you enjoy the photos below.