For Immediate Release
New England Critweek Director
As summer finally hits New England, Cycle-Smart New England Critweek presented by Verge heats up as well with the news that newly crowned national criterium champion Emma White (Rally UHC Cycling) will attend, along with her brother and last year’s Fitchburg Longsjo Classic winner Curtis White (Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld).
Racing last weekend at the US national championships in Knoxville, TN, White took home three titles: Elite and U23 criterium, and U23 road champion. She’s looking forward to bringing the stars and stripes to Critweek:
“I’m super excited to be back in New England doing the races I did when I was younger,” White said. “Wearing the national champion jersey in the races will be so special — I’ve had some national titles before but never in the pro field. I love racing in New England because this is where it all started. I love the courses and all of the people involved.”
White will be heading to France after Exeter, leaving the overall Critweek title wide open for a consistent rider. ButcherBox, Apex-PedalPower, BikeReg/Share Coffee, and Sunapee will all show up with full squads, and a notable nine-rider team from ButcherBox in support of Kristen Arnold. Apex will look to Leslie Lupien and Erin Faccone for results, while Christin Reuter is coming off a strong season so far for BikeReg. Last year’s overall winner, Ellen Noble, will not be defending this year, as she pursues the World Cup mountain bike circuit.
On the men’s side, Curtis White will have his hands full as a solo rider against a number of strong teams and individuals. As on the women’s side, ButcherBox will have a full squad and multiple angles to play, with Connor Sallee for the breakaways and Sam Rosenholtz in the sprints. CCB sprinter Kevin Goguen, last year’s overall runner up, will also be a favorite in the big finishes. The winner from 2018, Adam Myerson (Cycle-Smart), played down his chances this year:
“Last year I was coming into Critweek off a big peak for Masters Nationals and a new jersey. This year I’ve been focused more on work and family, and with Masters Nationals moved to August, I’ll be using Critweek as part of that build up. Still, you can never rule out the benefit of age and treachery,” Myerson said.
The team to watch this season has turned out to be the U23 focused New England Devo p/b Cadence Wealth Management. Their eight rider squad is coming off great results at Tour of America’s Dairylands, where Travis Wold won the cat. 2 overall and had a stint in the pro leader’s jersey. New Zealander Madi Hartley-Brown has been on the podium frequently this year as well. Look for those two as well as Keith Mullaly to animate the races all week in search of the Verge Leader’s Jersey.
For more information on all the events and Critweek standings, visit https://www.necritweek.com/.