CX Season Openers Recap

By Anna Barensfeld

Cyclocross season is officially underway and LadiesFirst Racing has been happy to finally put rubber to the road. Three races of the Tobacco Valley CX Series kicked off the season in Central MA, with Blunt Park, Monson, and Palmer CX taking place over the past two weeks. LadiesFirst elite and developmental teams have represented well, and people are noticing the team, asking about us what we’re all about! We are here to support the progression of women in the sport, and raise the level of competition in women’s CX racing in New England!

Blunt Park Cyclocross – 8-22-10

Rainy and a bit muddy, this course is technical and is a great reminder of ‘cross skills after a summer training and racing on the road. Chicane, up and down, woods, logs, barriers, this course has it all. Big props to Devon Fitzgerald on completing her first CX race ever!

Andrea Smith 1st

Ann D’Ambruoso 2nd

Anna Barensfeld 3rd

Christina Tamilio 4th

Allison Snooks 7th

Devon Fitzgerald 16th

Monson Cyclocross – 8-28-10

Temps were hot hot hot and the course was bone dry and fast. Plenty of pavement, some very steep run/ride ups and some rocky downhills made for an eventful day. Anna flatted in the front and Ann double-flatted (taking her out of the race), while Christina had a strong race to pull in 3rd and Devon saw how much ‘cross can vary from course to course!

Christina Tamilio 3rd

Anna Barensfeld 5th

Devon Fitzgerald 15th

Ann D’Ambruoso DNF

Palmer Jungle Cross – 8-29-10

The dry, hot weather kept it up but the Tobacco Valley CX Series crew mixed it up with a much more technical course at Palmer. Fast, rooty woods, triple barriers, and swoopy corners made for a super fun course. Christina continued her impressive season start with a 2nd place, while Anna fell back into 3rd and Allison Snooks salvaged a top ten finish after being forced off-course on the first lap by a pileup crash in front of her. Congrats to Melissa Downes on giving her first CX race a go!

Christina Tamilio 2nd

Anna Barensfeld 3rd

Allison Snooks 9th

Melissa Downes DNF

Thanks to the race organizers for two weekends of phenomenal grassroots racing, and Mark for the super neutral support!

Photos below: Palmer Cyclocross, credit to Rob Bauer

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