Updated standings after race 2 - Exeter Classic

A shakeup after race 2, as the Verge Sport leaders jersey moves from Cole Archambault (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) to James Brookshire (Chainheart Cycling Development). Regina Legge (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) continued ownership of the leaders jersey and her winning ways, once again riding her way to the top podium step.

Chainheart continues to lead the team overall for the men, as does Green Line Velo for the women.

Full results are available on road-results.com.

ELITE MEN:

Place Team Total Greenfield Exeter
1 J. Colton C Brookshire Chainheart Cycling Development 55 15 40
2 Ian Clarke CCB Velotooler 53 40 13
3 Cole Archambault GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 50 50
4 Curtis White Rally Cycling 50 50
5 Charlie Hough Chainheart Cycling Development 47 30 17
6 Thomas Barnett Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 35 35
7 Sam Rosenholtz CCB Velotooler 35 35
8 Michael Landry CT Cycling Advancement Program 33 30 3
9 Allan Rego Lupus Racing Team 30 30
10 Ernest Tautkus CVC / Hartford Healthcare Sports Medicine 30 30
11 Sean McElroy Chainheart Cycling Development 28 13 15
12 Tyler Cloutier Renewed Professional Cyclocross 25 25
13 Adam Myerson Cycle-Smart 25 25
14 Grayson Brookshire Chainheart Cycling Development 18 9 9
15 Matthew Shaffer Grinta! P/B Best Buddies 17 17
16 David Maynard Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 11 11
17 Dylan McNicholas POLARTEC 11 11
18 Vivien Rindisbacher NCCH p/b MGCC 7 7
19 Keith Mullaly Levine Law Group p/b Huseby 7 7
20 Joshua Anderson CCB Velotooler 5 5
21 Gennaro Ameno GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 5 5
22 Thomas Coleman Minuteman Road Club 3 3
23 Nate Morse CCB Velotooler 1 1
24 AJ Moran GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 1 1
Place Team Overall Total Greenfield Exeter
1 Chainheart Cycling Development 148 67 81
2 CCB Velotooler 94 46 48
3 GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 56 50 6
4 Rally Cycling 50 50
5 Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 46 46
6 CT Cycling Advancement Program 33 30 3
7 CVC / Hartford Healthcare Sports Medicine 30 30
8 Lupus Racing Team 30 30
9 Cycle-Smart 25 25
10 Renewed Professional Cyclocross 25 25
11 Grinta! P/B Best Buddies 17 17
12 POLARTEC 11 11
13 Levine Law Group p/b Huseby 7 7
14 NCCH p/b MGCC 7 7
15 Minuteman Road Club 3 3

ELITE WOMEN:

Place Team Total Greenfield Exeter
1 Regina Legge GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 80 40 40
2 Laura Summers Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 45 20 25
3 Erin Faccone pedalpowertraining.com 45 25 20
4 Ashlyn Woods 45 30 15
5 Emma Bast Zubaz Racing 40 10 30
6 Leslie Timm Sunapee/Buchika's/Continental Paving 20 15 5
7 Cody Harris Moxie Racing p/b Trek/Colonial Bicycles 10 10
8 Leslie Lupien 8 1 7
9 Paige Williams BCA/Linen 7 7
10 Kathryn Roszko BikeReg Elite Racing 5 5
11 Lydia Hausle B2C2 3 3
12 Danielle Ruane Sunapee/Buchikas/Continental Paving 3 3
13 Valerie Hopkins Riverside Racing 1 1
Place Team Overall Total Greenfield Exeter
1 GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 81 41 40
2 Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 45 20 25
3 pedalpowertraining.com 45 25 20
4 Ashlyn Woods 45 30 15
5 Zubaz Racing 40 10 30
6 Sunapee/Buchika's/Continental Paving 23 18 5
7 Moxie Racing p/b Trek/Colonial Bicycles 10 10
8 Leslie Lupien 8 1 7
9 BCA/Linen 7 7
10 BikeReg Elite Racing 5 5
11 B2C2 3 3
12 Riverside Racing 1 1

New England Crit Week kicks off!

New England Crit Week got off to a great start in Greenfield, Massachusetts on Sunday. The Verge Sport leaders jerseys were bestowed upon Cole Archambault (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) - who successfully defended his 2016 win - and Regina Legge, also of Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar.

Regina Legge and Cole Archambault, leaders of Verge Sport New England Crit week after the Greenfield Crit.  Darcey Moore Photo

Regina Legge and Cole Archambault, leaders of Verge Sport New England Crit week after the Greenfield Crit. Darcey Moore Photo

About 1/3 of the way into the Elite Men's race, Archambault and three other riders (Ian Clarke/CCB Velotooler, Thomas Barnett/ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing and Michael Landry/CT Cycling Advancement Program) fought their way off the front of the field, eventually catching what was left with eight laps remaining on the fast, one-kilometer(ish) course in Greenfield. From there it was Green Line Velo and CCB battling to get their riders to the best position, with Archambault ending in the best spot - enough time to get a victory salute on his way to the top step of the podium and into the first Verge Sport leader's jersey. Clarke finished second, Barnett in third.

The Elite Women's race started with several moves off the front, the most promising containing Legge's teammate Sarah Shipley (who earlier in the day won the Women's 3/4/5 race) and Emma Bast (Zubaz Racing). Bast eventually spent ten laps off the front on her own, before being absorbed by the field as it looked to end in a field sprint. Legge opened her sprint up early, winning with daylight between second place Ashlyn Woods and third place Erin Faccone (pedalpowertraining.com).

Verge Sport Team Competition

Men's Team Leaders - Chainheart Cycling Development  Darcey Moore Photo

Men's Team Leaders - Chainheart Cycling Development Darcey Moore Photo

Women's Team Leaders - Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar  Darcey Moore Photo

Women's Team Leaders - Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar Darcey Moore Photo

Chainheart Cycling Development - a four man, U23 team out of the Southeast - had all four of their racers scoring points, and as a result are the Men's Team Overall leaders after Greenfield.

Regina Legge's victory led the way for Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar to claim the Women's Team Overall after the first day of New England Crit Week.

The team leaders can be identified with the colorful Verge Sport custom leaders socks - making them easy to pick out of the field (helpful for spectators, racers, and event staff alike).

butcherbox.com Most Savage Rider

The Most Savage Rider awards - containing steaks, beer, and other goodies from butcherbox.com went to the previous mentioned Emma Bast in the Elite Women's Race on account of her time spent suffering, solo, off the front.

The award in the Elite Men's Race went to Matthew Shaffer (Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge), as he started the season as a Category 5 racer, and ended up 7th (in the second chase group, off the front) in the Men's Pro/1/2/3 race.

Matthew Shaffer, Most Savage Rider  Darcey Moore Photo

Matthew Shaffer, Most Savage Rider Darcey Moore Photo

Updated standings after race 1 - Greenfield

Here are the initial standings after the first day of racing - the Greenfield Crit. Cole Archambault (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) leads the Men's Elite series, Regina Legge (Green Line Velo driven by Zipcar) leads the Women's Elite series.

Chainheart Development Team, out of South Carolina, is leading the Men's Team Overall, and Green Line Velo drive by Zipcar leads the Women's Team Overall.

Elite men:

Team Total Greenfield
Cole Archambault GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 50 50
Ian Clarke CCB Velotooler 40 40
Thomas Barnett Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 35 35
Michael Landry CT Cycling Advancement Program 30 30
Charlie Hough Chainheart Development Team 25 25
Tyler Cloutier Renewed Professional Cyclocross 20 20
Matthew Shaffer Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge 17 17
James Brookshire Chainheart Development Team 15 15
Sean Mcelroy Chainheart Development Team 13 13
David Maynard Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 11 11
Grayson Brookshire Chainheart Development Team 9 9
Vivien Rindisbacher NCCH p/b MGCC 7 7
Joshua Anderson CCB Velotooler 5 5
Thomas Coleman Minuteman Road Club 3 3
Nate Morse CCB Velotooler 1 1
Team Overall Total
Chainheart Development Team 62
GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 50
CCB Velotooler 46
Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 46
CT Cycling Advancement Program 30
Renewed Professional Cyclocross 20
Grinta! p/b Best Buddies Challenge 17
NCCH p/b MGCC 7
Minuteman Road Club 3

Elite Women:

Team Total Greenfield
Regina Legge GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 40 40
Ashlyn Woods Ashlyn's Team 30 30
Erin Faccone pedalpowertraining.com 25 25
Laura Summers Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 20 20
Leslie Timm Sunapee/Buchika's/Continental Pavin 15 15
Emma Bast Zubaz Racing 10 10
Paige Williams BCA/Linen 7 7
Kathryn Roszko BikeReg Elite Racing 5 5
Danielle Ruane Sunapee/Buchika's/Continental Pavin 3 3
Leslie Lupien GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 1 1
Team Overall Total
GREEN LINE VELO driven by Zipcar 41
Ashlyn's Team 30
pedalpowertraining.com 25
Team ERRACE p/b DSO Manufacturing 20
Sunapee/Buchika's/Continental Pavin 18
Zubaz Racing 10
BCA/Linen 7
BikeReg Elite Racing 5

Verge Sport headlines 2017 New England Crit Week, Unifies Five Races Across New England

A long-time supporter of racing series’ throughout New England, Verge Sport will be headlining New England Crit Week in 2017. Beginning on June 18th with the Greenfield Criterium in Greenfield, MA, the series will bring racers across New England making stops in Exeter, NH (Exeter Classic), Thompson, CT (Thompson Cycling Grand Prix), and will conclude with a two-stage Longsjo Classic in Leominster and Fitchburg, MA on June 24th and 25, respectively. The support of Verge Sport is a significant development for the series, providing unity for racers, promoters, and the communities that host the events over eight days in mid June.

“We believe that sport builds community and embrace the opportunity to give back to and help build up the people and events that make up the Verge Global family. Verge Sport has deep competitive roots so when the opportunity to be involved with New England Crit Week arose the automatic response to be involved was YES!” says David Sommerville, Director of Verge America. With the backing of Verge Sport, the 2017 edition of New England Crit Week will feature team and individual omnium competitions with custom-designed Verge Sport leaders jerseys and socks awarded at each event.

The new support by Verge Sport follows a collective effort by the promoters of the individual races that make up New England Crit Week to provide a more compelling and competitive racing experience. “With high-caliber events pulling some of the top end racers to other parts of the country during the summer, providing a local race series that people get can really excited about and build their calendar around is important for nurturing the health of the local New England road racing scene,” says Lydia Hausle, Race Director of the Greenfield Criterium. In addition to retaining series sponsorship from Verge, the promoters of the individual races of New England Crit Week have banded together to build additional infrastructure to support the series, including a new and modernized website, an enlivened social media and branding plan, and the introduction of a Most Aggressive Rider competition for each race. The result is something quite special - a collection of races that will each maintain their unique, local-grown flare, but that collectively provide one organized series with more heightened competition and camaraderie.

Promoter of the Longsjo Classic, Alan Cote, is optimistic that the unification of the race series will provide an even stronger draw for local competitors in New England. "New England Criterium Week will be the biggest week of bike racing in the northeastern US this year,” said Cote. “With five events in eight days, capped with American Road Calendar events at the historic Longsjo races in Fitchburg, full fields are expected at all the races." New England Bicycle Racing Association (NEBRA) Administrator, JD Bilodeau, echoed Cote’s enthusiasm. "We are excited to have Verge Sport supporting some of the most historic races in New England. Located in the heart of our cycling community, the events in New England Criterium Week represent some of the best racing of the summer."

Find more information about New England Crit Week, including how to register, at www.NEcritweek.com. Follow along online @NECritWeek!

About Verge Sport: The inspiration behind Verge Sport came straight from the clothing needs of an elite athlete, Michael Magur. Racing in the European road cycling circuit throughout the early 1990s it became obvious to Michael that the custom technical apparel needs of athletes were outpacing what was being delivered — the wheels turned and Verge Sport was born in 1999. Verge Sport is knowledgable and confident about all levels of custom sublimation and technical garment production without being elitist or discouraging to new or less experienced cycling, running or nordic sport participants. We speak to the top-end technically minded consumer while remaining welcoming to technical garment new comers. Athletes across the world have worn Verge Sport garments on their way to the podium for nearly two decades. http://www.vergesport.com/us-en/

About the Art Longsjo Foundation: The Longsjo Classic is named after Arthur “Art” Matthew Longsjo, Jr. (October 23, 1931 – September 16, 1958), who was an American Olympian speed skater and cyclist. He was the first person to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year. In 1958 Longsjo won three races, the Tour of Somerville, the Tour du St. Laurent stage race and the Quebec-Montreal Road Race. Art Longsjo died in 1958 following a car accident in Burlington, Vermont. He had been returning from the Quebec-Montreal Road Race. In 1960 the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic was held in Fitchburg in memory of Longsjo. The race is a road bicycle racing stage race and is still held annually. http://www.longsjo.com/wp/