Stop two of Verge Sport New England Crit week moved 90 miles east to downtown Exeter, NH for the 34th edition of the Exeter Classic. Regina Legge (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) is now two for two in NE Crit Week, winning in Exeter and defending the Verge Sport jersey. Curtis White (Rally) won the men's race, but the aggressive riding of Chainheart Cycling Development rode James Brookshire into the men's leaders jersey.
The women's race was evenly matched, and the over $700 in primes was not enough to encourage a group to get off the front. Legge's Green Line Velo team controlled the final laps of the race and delivered her and her leader's jersey to the finish line first, over Emma Bast (Zubaz Racing) and Laura Summers (Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing).
In the men's race, a few groups managed to get off the front, but none for more than a lap or so - until the final minutes of the race, that is. Then, a group of five fought their way off the front, holding a very small gap that ended in a five man sprint, with Curtis White going home the victor over James Brookshire and Sam Rosenholtz (CCB Velotooler).
Now, there are only five points separating the top four of the men's overall competition!
VERGE SPORT TEAM COMPETITION
The continued dominance of Regina Legge kept her and her Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar teammates in the yellow Verge Sport leaders socks, and James Brookshire's second place helped solidify Chainheart's lead in the team competition.
BUTCHERBOX.COM MOST SAVAGE RIDER
Ashlyn Woods - top five at collegiate road and crit nationals - took home the butcherbox.com Most Savage Rider award in the women's race. She was all over the front, and went home with $300 in cash primes!
Mike Morse (Colonial Bicycle Company) was the Most Savage Rider in the men's race, burying himself for the Chad Young Memorial Prime with 5 laps to go.