Noble goes 1-2 while Smith rules U23.
By Vicky Sama
Fresh off her Pan Am U23 championship, Ellen Noble (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) won the Cycle-Smart International in Northampton, Massachusetts on Saturday and got 2nd on Sunday, giving her the overall lead in the Verge New England Cyclocross Series. Noble dueled it out with Emma White (Cyclocrossworld) in a tight battle on Saturday. With two laps to go, Noble put in a dig, gaining valuable seconds on White and rode in for the win. The two repeated their duel on Sunday.
"I've been racing Emma since my first race here five years ago," Noble said. "As long as we both stay in it, we will always be racing together, and it's really great because we push each other so much."
While Noble and White gained a slight advantage over other riders, Noble's teammate Jena Greaser was hot on their wheels. Greaser rode super strong races and got back-to-back 4th place finishes.
Scott Smith was the winner among the U23, but equally impressive were his overall finishes in the elite men's field, getting an 8th place on Saturday and 6th on Sunday.
It was a big weekend for the JAM/NCC/Vittoria team racing on home turf. Jack Kisseberth got 10th both days in the elite men's field with Case Butler and Ian Gielar also competing with the pros. Al Donahue finished 6th in the junior/master's races on Saturday and Sunday. Dylan Belknap-Lerner and Cameron Scott raced in the Cat. 3 while Caitlin McCarthy raced the women's Cat. 3. Aiden Mapel and Mira Fowler raced in the junior 9-14 race, with Aiden finishing an impressive 4th place on Saturday. JAM Fund alum Anthony Clark had an amazing day of racing on Saturday, sprinting to 3rd place in a tight elite men's race. He finished 7th on Sunday.