Cycle-Smart International has been happening in Aspire Racing’s hometown for 26 years now, and the iconic NoHoCX race, as it’s now referred to, is one that the team all too often is forced to miss. But this year, the crew was home for the weekend and able to toe the line for two days of fast, fun UCI racing just minutes from home.
Ellen had a good weekend, taking fourth on Saturday and second on Sunday. “Northampton always holds a special place in my heart,” she says. “It was the first cyclocross race I ever did, and it really sparked my love for the sport.”
Both days, Ellen found herself in the lead group with Maghalie Rochette, Emma White and Crystal Anthony. Saturday’s race found the four riding together until Maghalie and Emma attacked and rode away, with Maghalie eventually taking the win. Sunday’s race played out similarly, but Ellen was in great racing form, and she and Emma were the two to take off midway through the race. Emma eventually finished with the win, but the battle was fierce.
“This weekend, despite some trouble on day 1, was equally as great. I always love racing at my hometown event, and seeing so many friends before heading over to Europe. Getting on the podium on Sunday was great, and gives me confidence heading into the next World Cup block.”
“It’s such a great atmosphere and group of people, which made it a highly enjoyable weekend with friends and family 15 minutes from home,” Ellen’s teammate Jeremy Powers adds.
Saturday’s race played out tougher than he anticipated, thanks to a busy week and a fast group of racers on the front for the bulk of the race. Jeremy sat in the lead group for most of the race, until Curtis White attacked off the front about two-thirds into the hour of racing, and Jeremy worked with Jeremy Durrin and newcomer and JAM Fund rider Jack Kisseberth to chase back on. “With sponsor commitments on Wednesday and Thursday last week in NYC, I felt a bit off on Saturday and didn’t quite have a the snap I wanted for the race,” he explains, and he finished in fourth place.
Jeremy surprised the crowds by lining up for Sunday’s race as well, and he spent the race dueling with Curtis White. “Sunday, I felt good racing from the front for a majority of the day and ended up missing the win in the sprint finish with Curtis White,” he explains.
He handily took second place, and felt good about the result. “Tactically, I maybe didn’t ride my best race and came up a bike length short, but I got in a great effort and it was nice to be racing at the front again, pushing the pace and racing hard.”
Aspire Racing heads to Europe tomorrow for Koksijde and Zeven World Cups so stay tuned for updates!
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