The finale of the 2012 Verge New England Cyclocross Series will be held this Thanksgiving holiday weekend at Baystate Cyclocross; the only two UCI 'cross races – both C2 - in the United States this weekend. The races take place at the revered and formidable course designed by Tom Stevens in Sterling, Massachusetts, offering one challenging course feature after another: off-camber turns, stairs, difficult remounts, even a horse jump.
Justin Lindine (Redline) the leader of the Elite Men's category, looks to have a clear road ahead to taking the series in Sterling. His solid lead in series points will likely prevent another eleventh-hour upset for the hometown hero. His experience losing the series win on the last day of racing two years ago will make Lindine's first Verge New England Cyclocross Series win all the sweeter. He will be facing fierce competitors in Sunday's series finale where both Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale p/b cyclocrossworld.com) will be starting.
"I'm looking forward to the race in Sterling, as I always do, and I look forward to the good competition from New England's best," said US champion Powers, who is headed to the World Cup in Roubaix, France next week.
Crystal Anthony (Cyclocrossworld.com) looks certain to be crowned the Queen of New England cyclocross in 2012. Her current series points lead is as big as the gaps she has won with in all four Elite Women's Verge Series races so far this season. Anthony has taken a place among the nation's best this year, earning a third-place ranking in USA Cycling's individual Elite Women's cyclocross standings heading into the the weekend. Competition for the victory each day however will be fierce as Anthony will face Elle Anderson (Ladies First Racing), Sally Annis (Pedal Power Training), and Arley Kemerer (C3-Athletes Serving Athletes), all formidable opponents.
2012 Verge New England Cyclocross Series points earned at Rounds 1 and 2 during Green Mountain Cyclocross Weekend in Williston, VT and Round 3 and 4 of Downeast Cyclocross Weekend in New Gloucester, ME have been tallied, offering a snapshot of who's who in New England Cyclocross - but be prepared for the fiercest battles to be fought this weekend.
Follow all the race day action as the Elite races are live-tweeted from @VergeNECXS. The hashtag for the weekend will be #BaystateCX. Elite women race at 2pm and elite men at 3 pm CST on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25, 2012.