Noble wins New England series while Smith takes U23

For Immediate Release

Vicky Sama, JAM Fund Media Coordinator

jamcycling@gmail.com

Ellen Noble (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) won the New England Cyclocross Series presented by Stans NoTues and Cycle-Smart after two days of exciting racing at Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick, Rhode Island. Day one of the NBX Gran Prix was a close battle between Noble and Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com) who raced pedal-to-pedal for 50-minutes over mud, roots, ruts and long stretches of sand. Noble-- who was a bit tired after two weeks of racing in Belgium-- put that thought behind her, put in a few digs, gained some time and beat White by eleven seconds.

"The most valuable lesson I've ever learned about bike racing is to never give up," Noble said. "I remembered that lesson today and kicked it back into gear."

On Sunday, Noble finished second to White but had enough points to win the overall elite women's and U23 series titles.

 Scott Smith #16, rode over the giant logs while most other riders jumped on foot during Saturday's NBX Gran Prix. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

Scott Smith #16, rode over the giant logs while most other riders jumped on foot during Saturday's NBX Gran Prix. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

Scott Smith (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) retained the series lead and was crowned the U23 king after finishing 5th on Sunday and 8th on Saturday. 

Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) got his first UCI podium finish on Saturday, pulling away from the chase group in the final lap and crossing the line in 3rd place.  Coach Al Donahue got two top ten finishes in the elite men's race.

 Jack Kisseberth had an impressive race on Saturday, separating himself from the chase group to finish 3rd. It was his first UCI podium finish. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

Jack Kisseberth had an impressive race on Saturday, separating himself from the chase group to finish 3rd. It was his first UCI podium finish. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

 Men's elite podium after Saturday's NBX Gran Prix, from left to right: Anthony Clark (Squid), Jeremy Martin (Louis Garneau) and Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC/Vittoria). Photo by Jena Greaser.

Men's elite podium after Saturday's NBX Gran Prix, from left to right: Anthony Clark (Squid), Jeremy Martin (Louis Garneau) and Jack Kisseberth (JAM/NCC/Vittoria). Photo by Jena Greaser.

Jena Greaser (JAM/NCC/Vittoria) had a super strong race on Sunday, putting in the watts on the runs and taking third.

"Stoked! Took third and got my revenge," Greaser said. "It was the raddest cross course-- techie and challenging, just like it should be."

 Jena Greaser and Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com) ran through the sand during Sunday's NBX Gran Prix. Photo by Angelica Dixon.

Jena Greaser and Emma White (Cyclocrossworld.com) ran through the sand during Sunday's NBX Gran Prix. Photo by Angelica Dixon.

JAM Alum Anthony Clark (Squid) got his first-ever UCI victory, winning Sunday's race, which also gave him the overall series title.

 JAM alum Anthony Clark (Squid) won the series finale on Sunday through blood, sweat and tears. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

JAM alum Anthony Clark (Squid) won the series finale on Sunday through blood, sweat and tears. Photo by Todd Prekaski.

Other JAM/NCC/Vittoria riders at the Verge Series Finale had solid races including Cameron Scott who got 5th in the men's category 3, Dylan Belkap-Lerner and Aiden Mapel.